Collecting candidate references is a time-consuming task and our research suggests that only around 1 in 5 reference requests are successful.
Unsuccessful requests leave a gaping hole in the recruitment process and can lead to recruiting low-quality candidates (references prevent this by supporting your decision on a new hire).
Of course, unsuccessful requests are to be expected with the old way of doing things (where you email a company for a reference and hope for a response).
When you do this, you give the referee all of the work to do. Asking them to write a reference, print, scan, sign, and email it… ugh.
Fact is, they could be too busy to help, the email may land with the wrong person, or your email might get sent to spam. These are common reasons why reference requests land dead in the water. They affect 9 out of 10 recruiters.
Another issue is getting reference details from candidates who don’t have a simple way to provide the information you need. Should they email you? Should they phone you? If they put details on their CV, how will you use that data?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could simplify all of this to just a few online steps?
That’s where our revolutionary new tool comes in…
Introducing AutoRefs, the best way to collect references
AutoRefs is a revolutionary new employee reference tool that makes collecting and checking employment references easier for both the referee and requester.
It has the potential to change the way you manage references forever by simplifying the reference process and increasing response rates.
The way it works is simple:
- You create a candidate reference request in AutoRefs
- You assign a questionnaire to the candidate profile
- The candidate receives an email and provides reference details
- AutoRefs automatically sends reference requests to their referees
- The referees receive an email with a link to complete the questionnaire
- The references are submitted online with no further communication needed
This simplified process has 6 clear benefits:
- It puts all references in one place
AutoRefs is a web-based reference management tool with a simple user interface. You can manage candidates, edit their details, see reference progress and manage candidacy status all in one place, eliminating the need for multiple tools.
- It saves the candidate time
Your candidates can submit referee information in 60 seconds or less. Once you create a profile for them in AutoRefs, you send them a reference request. This gives your candidate the opportunity to share their best references quickly.
- It makes it easier for referees to respond
The traditional way of reference requests is inefficient and unproductive. Asking someone to spend time writing out a reference, printing it, scanning it, or submitting it online is not a realistic thing to ask. People are just too busy. AutoRefs is much faster.
- It simplifies reference management for you
Recruitment is difficult enough without references coming in by email, post, and being uploaded to cloud platforms for you to download. By requesting references via AutoRefs, all references end up in one place – the AutoRefs dashboard.
- It increases reference response rates up to 600%
AutoRefs has been tested by recruitment agencies, SMBs and larger enterprises. On average, reference response rates increased 120% with SMBs and 200% with recruitment agencies. Big businesses saw an uptick up to 600%.
- It eliminates concerns over what can and can’t be said legally
Because AutoRefs uses questionnaires, it provides a format for referees to follow. The questions are strictly professional and related to the role. Concerns over what can and can’t be said legally are a non-issue with the information requested. The question profiles section allows the employer to personalise the questions they wish to ask. (All GDPR compliant of course.)
Powerful features, empowering results
We designed AutoRefs to be the most complete automated online reference checking software in the world. It has everything you need to manage references no matter the size of your recruitment process or HR department.
AutoRefs features include:
- GDPR compliant
- Automated emails
- SMS Notifications
- Easy to use
- Web-based interface
- Unlimited storage
- Questionnaire templates
- Create questionnaire profiles
- Create questions with multiple field types
- Custom branding
- Team management and user permissions
- Buy credits on demand or subscribe for discounts
- Helpdesk support
- 24/7 Live chat
- Training and tutorials
AutoRefs is trusted by 100s of businesses around the world to collect detailed employment references in a reliable and consistent manner.
Our platform is easy to use, cost-effective and scalable for small and large HR departments, recruiters, job agencies and businesses.
Want to start saving time on collecting and checking references? Try AutoRefs risk-free today with a free account that comes with 5 free reference checks. No credit card required.