Step by Step Procedure in Hiring a Non-Academic Employee
Lita C. Wallace
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You should use the same basic questions for each reference for all of the candidates. If you receive conflicting references about a candidate, you may want to check further. Occasionally you may need to "throw out" a reference because of suspicion or knowledge of bias or unfairness of the reference provider. If you are satisfied that you have all the information to make a good hiring decision, proceed with your decision.
If you guarantee confidentiality to the reference provider, you must honor that agreement. This includes inquiries made as to a candidate's character or abilities during the course of employment.
Feel free to contact UMD HR&EO to review your questions and discuss any outstanding issues or concerns.