While the candidates are asked to provide the University with references,
candidates should be informed that reference checking may be extended
to their current and any or all of their previous employers, even though
they may not be on their reference list. (Be sensitive in coordinating
the checking of the current employer's reference with the candidate.
We do not want to jeopardize their current position).
If a candidate tells you not to contact a specific person or employer,
respect the request. The candidate is not required to provide this authorization,
but checking references should be considered a very important part of
the selection process and the hiring authority should be very cautious
about hiring a new employee who will not provide adequate reference
All references should be relevant to the position sought. If a person
provided as a reference by the candidate does not have knowledge of
the candidate's ability to perform the tasks of the vacant position,
then contacting that reference is of little use.
The best references are, typically, former employers (supervisors/managers
with direct knowledge of the candidates work), former co-workers, and
former educators of the candidate.