Hiring Wisdom: Ask Applicants For Their Last Performance Review

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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.

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

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 mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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2 Comments on “Hiring Wisdom: Ask Applicants For Their Last Performance Review

  1. I like it. Not only will it quickly weed out anyone prone to lying in interviews(or at least stretching the truth), it also protects against a former employer giving a bad reference because they are annoyed the employee left. Good idea.

  2. I don’t know … you would be evaluating this person on their action from the feedback but also on the skill level of the review writer themselves and I have seen many poorly written reviews that did not accurately portray the skills of the individual.

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