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The Essential Guide: The Best Reference Questions

Download our report to access 7 question categories and examples you'll be able to use right away to streamline your reference process.

Our questions have been field-tested with thousands of data points.

Searchlight is the quality of hire platform that leverages references to remove bias in performance-driving hiring. We work with companies like Zapier, Masterclass, and Udemy and have gathered 100,000s of answers to 100s of reference questions on our platform.

Harvard Business Review reports that taking the time to hear from a candidate’s prior managers and colleagues often “yields vital information because relevant external observers are in a better position to give you an accurate estimate of whether the candidate will be able to perform.”

In practice, running a structured gold-standard reference process creates huge talent advantages and builds winning companies.

Kenny Mendes, who led recruiting at Box (NYSE BOX) and grew the company from 40 - 1200 people, recommends a systematic way of gathering external perspectives so you can easily compare and corroborate reference feedback to find the most important data points.

Searchlight helps talent leaders like Kenny systematize and streamline their reference processes with accurate and repeatable reference assessments that create meaningful time savings and surface insights that they could not have found elsewhere.

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Download our report to access 7 question categories and examples you'll be able to use right away to streamline your reference process.

Our questions have been field-tested with thousands of data points.

Searchlight is the quality of hire platform that leverages references to remove bias in performance-driving hiring. We work with companies like Zapier, Masterclass, and Udemy and have gathered 100,000s of answers to 100s of reference questions on our platform.

Harvard Business Review reports that taking the time to hear from a candidate’s prior managers and colleagues often “yields vital information because relevant external observers are in a better position to give you an accurate estimate of whether the candidate will be able to perform.”

In practice, running a structured gold-standard reference process creates huge talent advantages and builds winning companies.

Kenny Mendes, who led recruiting at Box (NYSE BOX) and grew the company from 40 - 1200 people, recommends a systematic way of gathering external perspectives so you can easily compare and corroborate reference feedback to find the most important data points.

Searchlight helps talent leaders like Kenny systematize and streamline their reference processes with accurate and repeatable reference assessments that create meaningful time savings and surface insights that they could not have found elsewhere.

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