Hi Manager Tools,
Recently my company has hired people who bombed the technical part of their interviews on the strength of their internal references. I was wondering what manager tools' views are on how to get the most signal from references and when they should override the results of the normal interview process.
I understand the pov that interviews are high volatility. But my two cents is that a reference shouldn't be able to boost someone from a clear no hire to a hire. Especially, if the person is vouching that the person can master a new technical skill that they have not been exposed to previously.
And of course, how do you know if the reference is being misleading is a whole other can of worms.