FAQ - References

The AMS asks you to provide two references when applying for any position. These references do not have to be a previous employer or supervisor, but simply someone who can accurately comment on your suitability for the position. However, it is strongly recommended that references be individuals positioned to offer objective assessments (e.g. not housemates, family, or partners). For example, if you are living in residence, this could mean asking your DON for a reference. References do not have to be from Queen’s or Kingston.

Any references used should be notified prior to applying that they may be contacted.

Reference checks for successful applicants is recommended but not required. Thus, applicants are encouraged to fill out the application with the expectation that references will be contacted. References should be positioned to offer objective assessments of the applicant. The hiring panel has the discretion to consult additional references it deems relevant.

 

An applicant cannot list members of the permanent staff or members of the hiring panel for the position to which they applied as official references.

Depending on the position(s) being applied to, the hiring panel will ask 3-7 questions lasting anywhere from five (5) to 30 minutes.a

If your references are international and you would prefer the hiring manager contact them via email, that is perfectly okay. Please contact the Talent Acquisition Manager at talent@ams.queensu.ca or the hiring manager directly to ensure the hiring panel is receiving the correct information.

Interview panels range from two (2) to five (5) interviewers. More information about who you will be interviewed by can be found in the AMS Hiring and Appointment Policy and Procedures Manual located at the following link:

Hiring and Appointment Policy and Procedures Manual

References must be individuals positioned to offer objective assessments of the applicant.

In general, hiring panels are seeking to verify that in reality your actions and behaviours align with how you represented yourself to the hiring panel.

The AMS Hiring and Appointment Policy and Procedures Manual governs how an individual is hired to an AMS position and their eligibility throughout. Get more informed!

AMS Hiring Policy and Procedures Manual

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