Actually talking to your references is a clear pain for anybody in recruiting. So these guys are going to automate yet one more aspect of recruiting and hiring by eliminating even more human judgment from the process. Because, as HR execs like to say, people are our most important asset!
How does this automation of reference checking affect you, the job seeker? I shudder to guess at how your references will communicate their subtle judgments and comments about you when there’s no conversation, no back-and-forth. But these guys didn’t create this service to benefit you. It’s to enable recruiters to gather 2X the amount of references without manual work!
So do you have 2X the number of references who will gleefully report to the Robo Reference Checker? (You could always just decline to provide references.)
Is this going to help or hinder you at getting a job offer? Does it mean less work for you? How about your references? What’s your take?