3120e AdmGuide_Checking References of Applicants

The following procedure is to be used when conducting a check of references submitted by an applicant:
    A. Prior to any investigation, the applicant is to sign a waiver and a release granting the District permission to
        contact any person listed as a reference as well as any other person who may be familiar with the applicant's
        previous job performance or suitability for employment.
    B. Make telephone (not mail) contact with at least three (3) references.
    C. Prior to contacting the reference, review AG 3120D regarding questions not to ask.
    D. Confine questions to the applicant's suitability for employment work performance, including interpersonal
        skills. Ask "would you hire ________________ again?" or "would you want to work with ________________
        again?" Ask the reference to give specific examples of what the applicant did well and/or to rate the applicant
        on various aspects of the job for which the person is applying.
    E. Take notes of each reference contact, including time and date of the call and the reference's name and
        position. Maintain a written summary of the comments for later use.
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Revised:  August 29, 2011
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 31, 2011, 8:46 AM