One Way To Make a Former Star a Boomerang

Hiring wisdom logoWhen you get a call asking for a reference on a star employee who left you, you’ve just been put on notice that he or she is looking for a new job. So, before you share any information, tell the caller that you will have to call the former employee for their permission to discuss their performance. Ask the caller for the former employee’s current telephone number, then call your former star and ask if they would consider coming back.

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(Excerpted from Mel’s book: 100+1 Top Tips. Tools & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent.)

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at