Reference checks are an important part of the hiring process. They reveal an objective and relevant perspective of the job candidate that will support or challenge your assessment and/or your decision to make a job offer. The reference check should validate your assessment of the job candidate.
Always get the candidate’s permission to contact each reference, preferably in writing through a reference authorization. This will ensure you do not unknowingly jeopardize a job candidate’s current employment relationship.
The document below is a sample template of a letter to authorize reference checks.