It’s important to only make further enquiries about a potential employee when it is absolutely necessary, i.e. once they have been offered and have accepted the job. This will involve less administration and will also help to prevent breaches of the Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act.
Read my Top Tips to ‘how and when to collect the information’, the implications of the Data Protection Act and ‘points to consider when requesting references. I also provide my Template Reference Request Form which you can use to request references from previous employers in a standard format.