Candidate Reference Request

Candidate Reference Request


If you’re hiring someone new, you’ll probably need to request a reference. This customizable template can help you do just that.


Use this template to request 2-3 references during the final hiring stages. Make sure to ask candidates for their contact info (think: names, phones, emails) and their relationship to the referee. If you want to learn more about your candidates specific skills, ask for references from managers. But if you’re more into finding out how candidates work in a team, ask for references from coworkers.

Subject line: [Job_title] at [Company_name]

Hi [Candidate_name]!

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us about the [Job_title] position and [completing your assignment]. We loved getting to know you and are really excited to get you into the [next/final] stage of the process. 🙌

Could you provide me with [two] of your references? We need names, contact details and the referee relationship of [two] of your former [managers/colleagues].

Feel free to reach out if you need to chat this through.

Best wishes,

[Your name]

[Your email signature]