HR Contacting References BEFORE Considering My Job Application?
Last edited 06/03/2019 - 16:59
Got a weird one here. Applied for a job at a state health department and their HR contacted me advising that they would be contacting my referees immediately, however also informed me that my application had not yet been put forward to the panel.
I'm not too concerned but it turns out they're asking my referees (my direct supervisors) to fill out a multi-page form for a job that I apparently haven't been considered for yet.
Doesn't this sound like madness? Surely the panel would read my application before seeking to corroborate my claimed skills and experience, no? It sounds like a whole lot of potentially unnecessary paperwork and burdening my current boss with this isn't a great way to show loyalty to my existing employer.
What are your thoughts? Is this normal?
Withholding referee contact details was not an option. The system simply wouldn't process my application without them and would give an error.