New SkillSurvey Webinar Reveals Strategic Value of Web 2.0 Solutions for Reference-Checking

WAYNE, Penn. — July 17, 2012 — SkillSurvey®, Inc., a provider of reference assessment solutions, will discuss new possibilities in online reference-checking in their July 25 webinar, “The Evolution of Reference-Checking into a Strategic Hiring Solution” from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Research from SHRM shows that 96 percent of human resources professionals check references, yet fewer than 25 percent of those checks are able to produce adequate information beyond employment verification. This webinar will examine how the reference-checking function has evolved from a hiring formality to an opportunity to collect 360-degree feedback that predicts performance and retention. Attendees will learn how the strategic application of technology infuses consistency, reliability and validity into each reference-check, including:

• How to improve quality-of-hire by avoiding 10 to15 percent of candidates who score low with references.
• How to capture behavioral feedback from five references in two days for each candidate.
• How to infuse consistency, reliability and validity into each reference-check.
• How to identify developmental needs of each candidate.
• How to provide information to hiring managers that influences decisions.

Sheri Miller, vice president of SkillSurvey, will lead the webinar. She has helped hundreds of human resources leaders improve their quality-of-hire, increase their recruiting efficiency and implement best practices for hiring. Her firm has advised Fortune 500 companies like McDonald’s and Kohl’s, and leading hospitals like Brigham & Women’s and Penn Medicine. She is an expert at leveraging technology to drive behavioral reference-checking programs and modern-day talent acquisition strategies.

“In our litigious culture, phone reference have become all but worthless,” said Miller. “To get the candidate insights you really need to make successful hires, you need to adopt new technology-enabled tools that can quickly deliver.”

This webinar has been approved for 1 (General) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Registration information for the complimentary webinar is available at

About SkillSurvey

SkillSurvey®, Inc. is the inventor of Web 2.0 reference assessment solutions that increase recruiting efficiency and improve quality-of-hire. Its Web-based programs allow recruiters and hiring managers to collect feedback from references on a candidate’s behaviors and work performance. The information, all gathered electronically, is used to make better hiring decisions. This patent-pending approach to reference assessments is based on over 30 years of research in job competency modeling. Visit

Media contact:

Scott Fuhr
SkillSurvey, Inc.
610-947-6300, ext. 1225