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Sample reference check questions

  1. How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
  2. Please explain your understanding of the candidate's background in (position).
  3. Please discuss the work experience this person has in an applied setting.
  4. What research and/or grants are you aware of with which they have been most recently involved?
  5. What are your perceptions of this person as an instructor in the (area) classroom? Give examples of the course taught.
  6. How well does this person interact and relate to undergraduate and graduate students?
  7. Is there anything else you would want us to know about this candidate?
  8. Can you suggest other references we should call?
  9. Given the opportunity, would you hire this person again (if reference is prior employer)?

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