Permissions: Basic, Job Admin, or Site Admin

Product tier: Available to all subscription tiers

Referrals from your organization's existing employees can be a powerful source for strong candidates. In this article, we will cover:

Submit a referral

To submit a referral from your Dashboard, navigate to the Add icon Add.png in the upper right-hand corner. Select Add a Referral from the dropdown menu.


It is not possible to refer a prospect, so choose a job for your referral. If you think they might be good for several different jobs, simply choose one and write a note to the Recruiter outlining the other jobs as well. The Recruiter can then assess your referral's information and make sure they end up in the best job or jobs.

Note: A user can make a referral to any job with a live external job post, as well as to any job where they have been assigned permissions. This means a Basic user can submit referrals only to jobs which have a live external job post, while a Job Admin user can submit a referral to any of their assigned jobs (as well as to any job with a live external job post). Because Site Admins users have access to all jobs, a Site Admin can submit a referral to any job in your Greenhouse Recruiting account.


When selecting a job, the job name will be the primary job post name on the job under Job Setup > Job Posts.

Note: If you would prefer that users submit referrals by internal job name, rather than external primary job post name, you'll need to reach out to a Site Admin to edit your Permission Policies. Have the Site Admin select Configure Configured_Icon.png (gear icon), then choose Permission Policies from the left. Find and check the permission policy When adding a referral, surface the internal job name instead of the primary job post name.

When submitting a referral, be sure to complete the fields under the Details section to provide background about your relationship with the referral.

When finished, click Add this referral at the bottom of the page.


If you have checked Follow referral under the Name & Company section, you will receive notifications when/if your referral is moved to a different stage or has their status changed

View submitted referrals

You can check the status of your referrals by viewing the My Referrals panel on your Dashboard.


Questions about submitted referrals

Every organization has unique internal processes around referrals, so your organization's internal HR/Recruiting team is best equipped to answer questions about your submitted referrals. This includes the following types of questions:

  • Why was my referral rejected?
  • Will I get credit for my referral?
  • How do I delete a submitted referral?
  • How do I edit information about my referral?
  • Why hasn't my referral's status updated in awhile?
  • Why can't I see my referral on my Dashboard any longer?
  • My referral was hired. Why don't they show as hired on my Dashboard?

If you are not sure who to contact on your internal team for questions about your referrals, navigate to the Helpful Links panel on the right-hand side of the My Dashboard page.

Click Email Your In-House Contacts to see your organization's recommended internal contacts for these types of questions.