Hiring new staff is oftentimes difficult. Making key staffing decisions can be daunting, and it’s important to keep a few rules in mind. One of these is checking references. According to Larry Smith, president of Toronto-based recruitment firm Kathbern Management, checking references is a very important step in the hiring process. While some hiring managers want to “go with their gut” when they meet the perfect candidate, others swear by doing thorough checks.
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Larry Smith, President of Kathbern Management, a leading recruiting firm based in Toronto that focuses on working with business owners to help them find and hire the key people that will make them successful. I asked Larry to talk to me about why reference checking is such an important part of the hiring process. Larry Smith: The topic of reference checks comes up a lot in the hiring world.
Professional fighters (boxers and MMA) will tell you that it is the unforeseen punch that causes the most damage and may ultimately end the fight. The direct hits obviously hurt but the hits out of nowhere have the most effect. The same sort of thing could be applied to a business owner and the operations. While yearly planning and the adoption of budgets is carried with some degree of caution, most are focused on driving revenues and watching costs so noted Michael Kavanagh of Ariem.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".