6 questions to ask references

When speaking to references, be sure to ask open-ended questions that call for in-depth answers. You can learn more from the subtext of the conversation, so listen for pauses, hesitation and tone to detect anything from enthusiasm to bitterness. interview resume

  1. Please verify the candidate’s dates of employment, title and role.
  2. Is the candidate eligible for rehire? What was the reason for leaving?
  3. While working with your company, did the candidate receive any advancements or promotions? If no, why not?
  4. What was the candidate’s beginning and ending salary? Was the candidate always eligible for salary increases when available?
  5. What duties were assigned to the candidate? Were they completed satisfactorily? Did the candidate go above and beyond without being asked?
  6. What were the candidate’s strengths? What unique skills did the person bring to your organization?


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