Reference Check:  Sample Report 11:  Reference Won't Return Calls

Background:  Sometimes we are not able to interview a reference.  Almost always this is because the reference does not answer his phone and does not return phone messages left for him.  Below is a sample report we send to clients facing this problem.  Note that this client was puzzled by the fact that her former supervisor didn't return the phone calls because she had a good relationship with him and received excellent performance reviews.  Her words, "I can't believe he looked directly at me and smiled and told me he would be a reference for me and would do everything he could to help me find a new job.  But he can't be bothered to take a few minutes out of his day to return a phone call!"

Summary:  Over a two week period I tried to contact and interview Mr. [name deleted] but I was not able to reach him.  He did not respond to four voice mails left on his system.  I believe that my experience is what a typical employer trying to do a reference check on you experiences with this reference.  This report outlines my efforts to contact your reference during the past two weeks.

Monday, March 10, 2013
You placed your order for a reference check around 2:00 p.m. on this date.  I phoned your reference around 3:30 p.m. and again at around 4:30 p.m. and reached his voice mail both times.  I did not leave a message at this time because I wanted to try and reach him in person.

Tuesday, March 11, 2013
I called your reference around 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m. and reached his voice mail each time.  Around 3:15 p.m. I left a voice mail asking him to call me.  I told him I was with (name of company) and needed to do a reference check on you.

Thursday, March 13, 2013
I did not contact your reference on March 12th in order to give him two days to return my call.   Since he did not, I left a second voice mail asking him to call me at around 3:00 p.m. on this date.   I told him that I was doing a reference check on you and couldn't offer you a job without talking to him first.

Monday, March 17, 2013
Your reference did not respond to the second voice mail I left on March 13th so I phoned him around 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Each time I reached his voice mail.  Around 4:00 I left a third message asking him to phone me.  I again told him I was doing a reference check on you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2013
I phoned your reference at 9:00 a.m. and again around 2:15 p.m. and reached his voice mail both times.  I did not leave a message.

Wednesday, March 19, 2013
I phoned your reference around 10:30 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. and reached his voice mail both times.  I did not leave a message.

Thursday, March 20, 2013
I phoned your reference around 9:00 a.m. and left the message you gave me permission to leave on his voice mail.  I told this reference that if I didn't interview him by Friday, March 21, 2013, you were going to miss out on a terrific job opportunity. 

Friday, March 21, 2013
I phoned your reference at 3:00 p.m. and again around 4:00 p.m. and reached his voice mail both times.  I did not leave a message.

Monday, March 24th, 2013
Your reference did not return four voice mails left over a two week period. I advised you that it was time to give up and you agreed.


Next sample reference check
Sample Reports:     1  l  2  l  3  l  4  l  5  l  6  l  7  l  8  l  9  l  10  l  11 12
Resume writing tips, cover letter writing tips, job interview questions and answers