SkillSurvey Webinar Highlights Strategic Value of Online Solutions for Reference-Checking

WAYNE, Penn. — October 23, 2012 — Reference assessment solutions provider SkillSurvey will present strategic hiring best practices in their upcoming webinar, “The Evolution of Reference-Checking into a Strategic Hiring Solution,” on Thursday, November 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 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 compliance, 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 capture behavioral feedback from 5 references in 2 days for each candidate
• How to identify developmental needs of each candidate
• How to provide information to hiring managers that influences decisions

Jack Kramer, vice president of field operations for SkillSurvey, will lead 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.

“Candid feedback on candidates can be hard to come by, but it’s critical to making good hiring decisions,” said Kramer. “Technology can now be leveraged to aggregate truly useful information on candidates’ behaviors, skills and developmental needs, turning reference-checking into reference-assessment—for a whole new level of accuracy and efficiency in hiring.”

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 online 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