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August 4 2015

Are 21 Reference Checks Too Many?

Coming from a business background I was shocked by a conversation I had with a recruitment manager of one of the leading AFL clubs as to the extent they go to in relation to recruitment practices. He said in one instance they had interviewed 21 people (referees) who were colleagues, friends or associates of a recruit to establish whether he was the right fit. The selection of recruits into football clubs has become a big business with some clubs having as many as five or six staff dedicated to recruitment alone. Getting that alignment can be more difficult the bigger the organisation, but I would challenge businesses as to how often we have the clarity and commitment to a set of behaviours that make us willing to interview 21 referees to make sure we make the right choice.