Hiring Project Staff Reference Check Guide

After completing the interview process and the top candidate(s) is selected, the next step is the reference check. This check is used to learn more about the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses from select persons that they have worked with.

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When you have interviewed your top candidates and have reached a decision about who to hire, a reference check is the final step before making a job offer and issuing a contract. Here is a brief description of which considerations to make and steps to take when taking references.

When you want to hire an external candidate for your project, consider the following references as your first choices: managers, colleagues, employees or stakeholders. These references should only be from recent workplaces unless the candidate suggests otherwise.

It is recommended that you take several references in order to gain as broad a perspective on the candidate’s strengths and development areas as possible.

Take at least two references, and try to talk to people that have had different roles and working relationships with the candidate. Make it a priority to contact references that are as up-to-date and close to the candidate as possible, i.e. persons that have worked closely with the candidate within the past couple of years.

Please remember that candidate must always consent before you contact references, and that these references should only be contacted when you intend to hire a candidate.

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