To: [Insert name]
From: [Insert name]
Subject line: Requesting a Reference
Hello [insert name],
My name is [your name] and I work for [your company name]. We’re within the process of hiring for a [insert job title] and one amongst your former colleagues, [insert candidate name] has made the ultimate cut.
I’m reaching dead set on you because [insert candidate name] pointed to you as a possible reference and mentioned you were their manager for several years. It would be useful if you may tell me a small amount about your overall experience working with [insert candidate name] and whether you'd recommend [him/her/they].
Please let me know if the phone number [insert candidate name] provided is accurate: [enter number]. If you'd rather send me information via email you may do so as well.
Of course, our communication is confidential.
Thank you for your help,
[Your email signature]