How to interpret negative feedback from a job candidate’s references

Edited excerpt from How to Make Better Reference Calls by Mark Suster:

You need to be careful about how you actually interpret references. If you get somebody who doesn’t say totally glowing things about your candidate:

  • Think critically about whether that person may have biases that led him to the conclusions he has about your candidates;
  • Ask other people about those specific qualities that the reference said weren’t good – even if you have to call back people with whom you’re already spoken;
  • Understand whether any negative information is something that would stop you from wanting to hire the person. Everybody has weaknesses.

Notes:
(1) Cf. A simple rule for interpreting references for a job candidate.
(2) “Understand whether any negative information is something that would stop you from wanting to hire the person” — cf. The goal of checking a job candidate’s references.

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