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Identifying high performers: How Littelfuse uses SkillSurvey Reference® and its Pre-Hire 360® reference check to make informed hiring decisions

The Goal

There is nothing small about this innovative company. Littelfuse is a world leader in circuit protection, and it’s ranked among the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The hiring staff works hard to find best-fit employees to uphold the company’s reputation as a global leader and as a great place to work.

The Challenge

Getting feedback from references took a lot of time and delivered little value. The hiring challenge was magnified by the company’s global reach: Littelfuse has offices in more than 28 countries.

“It was rare that we found someone willing to tell us something about a candidate that actually made a difference. We couldn’t justify the time spent on reference checking because it yielded little more than standard employment information.”

– Human Resources Director for Global Talent and the Americas, Littelfuse

How We Helped

Using SkillSurvey Reference and our Pre-Hire 360 reference checking process, HR is getting much more – and much better – feedback in less time. Candidates provide a minimum of five references, two of whom must be managers. In the past, candidates only gave two or three references.

Most references readily respond because the process is easy, and the e-mailed invitation comes directly from the candidate. And the assurance of confidentiality makes them more candid. References are asked to give feedback on the candidate’s skills and behaviors that correlate with day-to-day success on a particular job opening.

Littelfuse relies on Pre-Hire 360 to process reference checks for its full range of positions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, and the Philippines. Feedback from hiring managers is consistently positive.

“The behavioral-based questions provide the assurance we need; and the objective feedback reflects better on the integrity of our selection process.  It not only helps us identify the most optimal future employees, it also speaks well of the company.”

Human Resources Director for Global Talent and the Americas, Littelfuse

“Candidates have had to broaden their reference base, and that produces more revealing information. There’s no doubt that we’re making better-quality decisions as a result.”

Human Resources Director for Global Talent and the Americas, Littelfuse

The Results

SkillSurvey Reference and our Pre-Hire 360 reference process is helping Littelfuse in its quest to find committed, attentive, and driven employees. The broader pool of reference data helped the company find best-fit employees for nearly 50 positions within a few years, improving hiring quality and recruitment efficiency.


On average, references took
less than 2 days to respond


On average, 5 references
responded per candidate


Saw a reference response
rate of 90%


Littelfuse decreased reference
checking time by 85%


An impressive 3700 references
opted-in to Littelfuse’s passive
sourcing community


Littelfuse saved $4M in
potential turnover costs by
identifying best-fit employees

About Littelfuse

Littelfuse is the world leader in circuit protection serving customers in the electronics, automotive, and industrial markets with technologies including fuses, semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, relays, and sensors.

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