Checking referees

Checking referees

 

After a job interview, check with the applicants' referees to help you make a final decision. Only ask referees questions directly related to the ability to do the job. Avoid questions of a personal nature which are irrelevant to the job. It is a good idea to:

  • Prepare a set of questions based on the job selection criteria before you contact referees.
  • Get reports from current or recent supervisors where possible.
  • Contact at least two referees for each applicant.
  • Look for consistency between referees.
  • Ask for examples of how the applicant responded in specific situations relevant to the job.
  • Ask a referee if they would employ the applicant again.
  • Keep records of the questions you asked and the responses.

If an applicant asks what a referee has said, refer them to the referee.