Here at Eagle Headhunters, we believe referencing to be the corner stone of our business. An absolute necessity that assists in validating the quality of the people we are approaching. Without it we are relying on the word of the individual who is there to promote him/herself – we have conducted hundreds of interviews where the candidates appear to meet all of our search criteria but when the references arrive all is not as it seemed. As we are headhunters and a lot of the work we conduct is confidential we have to be very discreet in how we cross check people but we do it in a way that does not compromise candidate or client.
By the same way we always cross check our candidates we are always slightly surprised that clients engage our services without asking for references from a current client. We believe this to be important and actively encourage our clients to seek a reference from an existing customer of ours – it is a way of quality control for us and also we possess a certain amount of pride in our work and want any future client to see how good we are – in a way we are showing off.
Using a headhunter for the first time can be a big commitment for a company and the best way to allay any doubts is to ask for that reference. Proof is in the pudding.