I'm in a job search process. I'm applying to many different potential employers. On more than one occasion I've had a potential employer ask to speak to references prior to even calling me to ask for an interview. I don't get it....why would an employer want to "get to know" me by asking my friends?
Do they think my hand-picked references will help them understand me better than simply picking up the phone and calling me?
Details to know is that whatever employer I'm hired by, it will very likely involve a move -- very possibly several hundred miles away. It's not easy to simply go in for an interview. Any interview will likely be conducted by phone or a video call/skype.
The reason this is a concern is because I really do value my references time/privacy. I've had references question why several different ones are calling them, when none of them even bother to call me for an interview.
Point of clarification: This is not a situation where they are simply contacting references submitted with the resume -- they email me and ask for references. They don't ask for an interview, but they want to call references before even deciding if they care to interview me.