Hiring Wisdom: Ask Applicants For Their Last Performance Review

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Jan 27, 2014

Since it often proves impossible to get meaningful references on job applicants, a copy of the last performance review can be an invaluable source of information.

However, before you ask for a copy, I suggest you ask the following questions during the interview:

  • Were you given a performance review in your most recent position?
  • What did you think of the review and the evaluations you received?
  • What action did you take based on your performance review?
  • Did you get a copy of that review?

If they have a copy and you are interested in hiring this person, ask them to bring it to the next interview or go ahead make an offer of employment contingent on receiving a copy.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.