Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952651 | Print ISBN: 9781412924702 | Online ISBN: 9781412952651| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Letters of Recommendation
Michael G. Aamodt
In psychology, there is a common belief that the best predictor of future performance is past performance. References and letters of recommendation are methods of predicting future performance by looking at past performance. More than 80% of organizations in the United States check references, and almost all colleges and universities ask for letters of recommendation when admitting students or hiring faculty. Reference check: The process of confirming the accuracy of information provided by an applicant. Reference: The expression of an opinion, either orally or through a written checklist, regarding an applicant's ability, previous performance, work habits, character, or potential for future success. The content and format of the reference are determined by the person or organization asking for the reference. Letter of recommendation: A letter expressing an opinion regarding an applicant's ability, previous performance, work habits, character, or potential for future success. The content and format of the letter It ...