Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

Doing Due Diligence In Research
April 2, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Research

For those of us who are pure researchers – how do you do due diligence when you are doing a research project? Research by definition is “the systematic investigation into, and study of materials, sources etc. in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions”. Are we, as researchers, making sure we cross all our T’s and dot all our I’s when we are working on our searches?

Here’s a scenario that I’m sure everyone has encountered in their career: you come across the contact information of a potential candidate, copy/paste it into an email and ship it off to the recruiter you are helping. The recruiter gets in touch with the potential candidate only to find out that he/she isn’t there at the company, or in a worst case scenario (which I personally have experienced) the person is deceased! What happened here? 

The problem starts when as researchers we don’t cross-check our data. Taking one resource at its word is like only tasting one type of cabernet and declaring it the best overall, with absolutely no consideration of the other brands available. It is important to do due diligence in research and actually RE-search. Meaning – cross reference the information you have with other sources and make sure it’s up to date and accurate. The resource from which you got the original contact information might be a couple years old. That individual may have relocated, or changed email addresses or no longer works at that company, or Heaven forbid might have passed away, since the information was published.  

Be a good researcher and check your facts! Use more than one search engine – they each index some different data so using only one will lead you to miss out on lots of information. Use bookmarklets to check the last update date of the site. Check the company website for the person’s bio if available. See if the email address you have is still functioning. Validate the phone number (those of you who are telephone sourcers may say that this is the ONLY way to go! J). Just make sure that the information you have is accurate, or you’ll end up wasting your time AND your recruiter’s time by providing them with incorrect information. 

Will your information always be spot on? Nope – but you can at least say that you did your best to find out the correct data. I honestly believe that we cannot call ourselves good researchers unless we are doing everything within our power to make sure that our information is correct. That means exploring ALL the possible avenues to fact-check and cross-reference our data. After all – our business depends on getting our facts straight and getting in touch with the right people. It makes sense to ensure that our research practices will assist us in making this happen as often as possible!


Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: