Checkster: New Reference-Checking Tool for Hiring

Cornell University Office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention announces the launch of a new candidate reference-checking process as of February 17, 2020.

Checkster is an online tool designed to make the time-consuming process of checking references for job candidates quicker and less burdensome. Since references are checked confidentially via text or email, it also supports more candid feedback and reduces the opportunity for bias. Job candidates and references can easily use the system via smartphone at their convenience.

The new tool has been in review and approvals for over a year and is anticipated to reduce hiring time, gather more consistent and accurate feedback, and help reduce employee turnover.

Cornell University requires units to conduct a thorough reference check for all applicants (internal and external) who are offered benefits-eligible employment. The Checkster process will be piloted by local college/unit HR offices for regular non-academic (staff and union) positions.

Managers seeking more information should ­­­­­­­­­­­­contact their HR Representative for details.