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A good reference check is key to kicking off a great relationship with your new employee. A great reference check template helps you to gather insight that will build trust right from the get go and help you better understand if a candidate is truly the right fit for the role.

In the past, reference checks were often seen as a box ticking exercise that would simply help to verify a candidate’s work history. However, with modern technology and the right ‘know how’ you are able to get so much more value out of a reference check and within a much faster time-frame.

To make it as simple as possible for you to get started, we’ve compiled our most popular articles all in one place so you can find exactly what you need to improve your reference checking process. 

This is your chance to learn from the wisdom of companies who are experiencing all of the amazing benefits that online reference checking has to offer, in all of its glory.

Browse the list below at your leisure and feel free to reach out if you’d like to learn more about how we can help you succeed.

The Importance of Reference Checking

Online Reference Checking Explained

Reference checking is a vital part of the hiring process. Traditionally, referencing has been done over the phone which has been a slow and sometimes very painful process. Discover the freedom of online reference checking and learn about all of the time-saving benefits and value that this platform has to offer.

Why Reference Checking is Critical When Working Remotely

In the current remote working environment where trust is a key factor in many working relationships, you want to be sure that you hire the right person who lives up to the expectations of the role. Find out how doing your due diligence through online reference checking can help protect your business while finding and retaining great talent.


Why Have A Reference Checking Process?

Here are our top three reasons why you should always reference check your candidates irrespective of whether you run a small business or a large multinational. You might be surprised by how much value you can gather and use as part of your everyday hiring process.


What Makes a Great Reference Check?

Since 2011, we have been able to gather and analyse thousands of different questions that have been used in reference checks for a range of roles and industries. Discover the wisdom and insights we've gathered from assessing millions of answers to the reference questions asked through our platform to help you better understand what truly makes a great reference check.


5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Reference Checking Process

Reference checking still serves a critical purpose, when done well. Luckily, there are a few telltale signs that everyone can look out for to know when it’s time to update or change your reference checking process.  Discover how a good online reference checking process will improve your recruitment experience for everyone involved. 

Discover the importance of a good online reference checking process

How to Build a Great Reference Check Template


How to Build a Powerful Reference Check Questionnaire with Xref Template Builder

Learn how to ask the right questions and build reference check questionnaires with our free template builder tool that will help you gather more insight into your candidates. Take advantage of everything we’ve learned and put it into practice with this FREE tool.


Asking The Right Questions for Employment Reference Checking

Choosing the right questions at the reference checking stage can help you uncover hidden potential and make really great hires. Learn more about why you need to ask the right reference checking questions in your employment skill surveys and understand some of the common pitfalls to avoid. 


What Type of Questions Should Your Reference Check Include?

Learn the three most important question categories that are essential for structuring your reference check template to get more meaningful insights from your reference checks. By doing so, you’ll gain a fuller understanding of what truly motivates your candidates and how you can best manage them.


Why Your Reference Questions Should be B.A.C.O.N

Find out why a reference check is only ever as good as the questions it includes. Learn how to structure and embrace the B.A.C.O.N model in your reference checking questionnaires to gain the most insight from your reference checks. Remember all the tips with a catchy acronym to make your mouth water.


3 Top Tips for Reference Checking

Getting meaningful insights from your reference checks can be more simple and easy to achieve than you ever imagined. We have put together these three simple top tips to help you improve and streamline this critical step in your hiring process.

Important Considerations for your Reference Checks


Xref Security and Compliance for Automated Reference Checking

Data privacy and compliance is a common area of concern for many HR teams. Hiring companies need to ensure that their sensitive information is safe from misuse or theft. Discover how Xref can help you keep your data from online reference checking secure and compliant.


3 Pro Tips When Asking For References

In a competitive recruitment market it is becoming more important to make sure you have high quality references. Learn some great tips to enhance the reference checking process for the best results. This is a great article for those looking to start simple yet get a powerful result.


Xref Online Reference Checking FAQs for Employers

FAQ's on using Xref for recruiters and hiring managers. Find all the answers to your questions about the Xref platform in one place. This page is your go-to guide! 

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Reference Checking Guides for Hiring Managers and Recruiters


Digital Reference Checks: Better For All Roles

Download a copy of your free guide all about referencing for a range of different roles. Discover everything you need to know about the different needs each role requires and how you can get the most out of reference checking templates.


What is Online Reference Checking? 

Download your free guide that explains what online reference checking is. ‍We’ve put together this free PDF that covers everything you need to know about digital reference checks to streamline your recruitment process.

Reference Checking Advice for Candidates


4 Reference Checking Tips for Candidates

As recruiters do their due diligence to ensure they hire the right candidates for their organisations, you may have some questions about the process and what to expect. If you’re curious about the process and would like to understand better what to do if you are a candidate applying for a job, we’ve put together some tips and insights about online reference checking to help you out.


Xref Online Reference Checking FAQs for Candidates

We've put together an FAQ on using Xref for candidates. You’ve made it through the interview process and you are now about to go through the referencing process. Here are helpful answers to some of the questions that might come to mind during the reference checking stage.

Reference Checking Advice for Referees


3 Pro Tips for Giving a Good Reference

Providing a reference for ex-employees is vital for the future of candidates when they are applying for new opportunities. We want to share some insight on what it means to give a good reference and how it can impact the decisions made about your past employee’s future. Here are three pro tips on how to ensure you give a good reference.


Xref Online Reference Checking FAQs for Referees

We have put together this FAQ on using Xref for Referees. Whether you are a first time user or if you are familiar with the Xref platform this is your spot to read the answers for some of the burning questions that other Xref users have asked.

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