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ASK THE RECRUITER—Search consultants offer tips on when to contact references

Recruiters discreet about tapping references too early in search, but candidates can withhold contact information until right time

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Jim Zaniello of Vetted Solutions, left, and Bill Hudson of Heidrick & Struggles

Jan. 19, 2018

Question: How do you recommend handing recruiters’ requests for references at application stage? Candidates may not want to notify references with every application.

Jim Zaniello
President and Founder

Vetted Solutions

At Vetted Solutions, we would advise our clients that requesting references at the application stage is premature. However, associations conducting searches internally may be trying to gather as much information as early as possible to maximize the efficiency of their search.