SkillSurvey Offers Webinar on Reference-Checking Evolution and Best Practices

WAYNE, Penn. – April 10, 2013 – SkillSurvey(R), Inc., a provider of reference assessment solutions, will discuss new possibilities in online reference-checking in their April 24 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 HR professionals check references, yet fewer than 25 percent of those checks provide any 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 10-15 percent of candidates who score low with references;
– How to infuse compliance, consistency, reliability and validity into each reference-check;
– How to capture behavioral feedback from five references in two days for each candidate;
– How to identify developmental needs of each candidate; and
– How to provide information to hiring managers that influences decisions.

Jack Kramer, vice-president of field operations for SkillSurvey(R), Inc., will present the webinar. Kramer has helped human resources leaders at hundreds of corporations, including Fortune 1000 firms, improve their quality-of-hire, increase their recruiting efficiency and implement hiring best practices. He is an expert at leveraging technology to drive behavioral reference-checking programs.

“Organizations need much more than verification of work dates to make informed hiring decisions, but until now it’s been hard to come by,” said Kramer. “Technology now exists that turns reference-checking into reference-assessment by gathering important information on candidates’ behaviors, skills and developmental needs. This enables a whole new level of accuracy and efficiency in hiring.”

This complimentary 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(R), 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 for more information.

Media contact:

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