Turning the Tables: Why Offering Candidates the Option Check Your References Might Be the Next Hiring Game-Changer

Have you ever suggested an interviewee check references on YOU?

We’ve all been through the drill of job interviews — candidates submit their references and employers check them before making an offer.

But what if we flipped the script?

What if hiring managers proactively offered candidates the opportunity to check their own references to learn more about culture and management style?

I recently spoke with a Chief Communications Officer at a biotech company who does exactly that.

She encourages candidates to speak with her current and former colleagues, direct reports, and peers.

There are lots of reasons why a hiring manager would do this:

  • Allows candidates to see beyond the polished interviews
  • Shows the hiring manager is confident in their leadership
  • Lays the foundation for a better working relationship
  • Stands out from competitors in the hiring process
  • Gives candidates a sense of control over their job choice
  • Candidates who feel informed are more likely to commit
  • Encourages open dialogue from the start
  • Sets a positive tone for new hires from day one

Interviewing is a two-way street.

Would you offer your references to a candidate as part of their due diligence?