【求職秘笈】研究：約三分之一求職者在履歷查核階段被淘汰 Study suggests about one-third of job seekers are eliminated during the reference check stage
職場競爭激烈，Reference Check（履歷查核）成為決定求職者命運的關鍵環節。根據全球獵頭公司Accountemps的調查，約三分之一求職者在履歷查核階段被淘汰，這凸顯Reference Check在求職過程中的重要性。然而，許多求職者輕視這環節，有時甚至提供虛假的推薦人名單，結果不僅無助於求職成功，反而可能錯失良機。
In the competitive job market, Reference Checks (resume verification) have become a critical step in determining a job seeker's fate. According to a survey by the global recruitment firm Accountemps, about one-third of job seekers are eliminated during the reference check stage, highlighting the importance of Reference Checks in the job-seeking process. However, many job seekers do not pay enough attention to this step, and sometimes even provide a list of false referees, which not only does not help in securing a job but may also result in missing good opportunities.
What is a Reference Check? Simply put, it is when an employer inquires with the job seeker's former colleagues or bosses to verify the accuracy of the information and work performance provided by the job seeker. Especially for management positions, financial staff, or employees handling sensitive information, meticulous resume verification is indispensable.
During the Reference Check process, employers usually contact 2 to 3 referees recommended by the job seeker, which may include the HR department of the previous company, direct supervisors, colleagues, subordinates or previous clients. Employers will use these contacts to understand the job seeker's work abilities, professional knowledge, and how they handle challenges at work.
Common questions in Reference Checks can be divided into three categories:
- Confirming basic facts: such as company name, job title, working hours, salary, and reasons for leaving, etc.
- Assessing work performance and professional skills: such as job content, performance in areas of expertise, contributions to the company, areas for improvement, etc.
- Understanding interpersonal interactions and ethical reputation: including cooperation style, ease and difficulties in working together, and any ethical controversies that may have arisen.
When a new employer requests references, it is advisable to consider the direct supervisor from the last job first, as they are most familiar with the job seeker's work performance and handling style. Also, obtaining endorsement from well-known figures in the industry can significantly help in increasing the chances of job-seeking success.
Reference Check is a key and indispensable part of the job-seeking process. Job seekers should provide truthful and reliable referees to demonstrate their integrity and professionalism, thereby standing out in the competitive job market.