Sample Reference Check Questions

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SAMPLE REFERENCE CHECK QUESTIONS

The resource listed below is intended as a sample and may be adapted to meet style and use needs

REFERENCE CHECK FOR:

Name/Title of Contact:

Conducted by:

Date: / /

(Name) is a candidate for (Title) . S/he has given your name as a reference.

I. PAST PERFORMANCE

How long have you known (Name) and in what capacity?

How would you describe the quality of his/her work?

II.

COMPETENCY AND EXPERIENCE

(Describe the Position) In considering him/her for this position, what are strengths demonstrated in the past? Areas of concern or that need further development?

Determine 5-7 required competencies for the position. Ask specific questions related to required competencies, i.e., assess his/her use of technology in his/her job; assess his or her financial experience as related to budget forecasting; or, assess his or her experience in team-building.

III.

ALIGNMENT WITH ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES AND GOALS

How would you describe his/her ability to work in teams? to lead teams? to develop team members? (Teamwork)

What can you tell me about his/her

University?

(fill in required experience) ; particularly in a

Describe his/her communication and interpersonal skills. How has she/he demonstrated positive regard for others in the workplace? (Respect)

IV.

Describe his/her career path within your organization. What professional development steps did he/she undertake to enhance skills? (Learning)

How would you describe his/her management style and/or working relationships? With direct reports, if applicable? With colleagues? With customers? (Trustworthiness)

Describe a time when he/she resolved a problem or approached an issue by utilizing a diversely represented group of team members/ colleagues/ students/employees.

Evaluate the success of that experience. (Diversity)

SUMMARY/CLOSING

If you were providing a performance evaluation of him/her today, what would you share? What performance issues need attention?

If you were conducting a search for this position, would you consider him/her for this position? Why?

If given the opportunity, would you hire him/her back in your organization at a later date? Why? If so, in what capacity?

What else do we need to know about this candidate? Additional comments you would like to share, in confidence?

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