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Reference Checks

Conducting a reference check is vital to the selection process. It verifies information provided by the candidate and also gives insight into a candidate’s job performance, work behaviors, and address any “red flags”. Thorough reference checks can determine if the candidate is the most qualified person for the position and will work well with the team. By University policy, a reference check must be completed prior to giving the candidate an employment offer. The Hiring Manager should conduct the reference check.

Reference checks should be completed only on the final candidate.  Obtain consent from the candidate to contact the references and only ask employment related questions. Stanford requires two completed reference checks, however, request three references (one should be from a current or former supervisor, two strongly preferred) who can speak to the candidate's previous work performance. Reference checks should be conducted over the phone.

If the final candidate is a current or former Stanford employee, please contact your HR Manager to coordinate a review of the personnel file.

Reference Check Guidelines

Reference Check Template