I'm in a strange situation that I'm not sure how to interpret.
I am the top candidate for a job, and the HR person is currently checking my references. While he has gotten in contact with two of them, he is for some reason having a lot of trouble contacting my third. They keep calling each other for weeks now and just not catching each other. The HR person also supposedly sent the third reference an email, but he never got it. The HR person also said they would make their final decision this month.
I see no incentive for my reference to mess with me by trying to delay my candidacy and potentially ruining my chances. For some reason, I keep having to be the middleman and trying to connect the two and failing at it cause they can't seem to connect. It's been almost a month of the company trying to check all my references. What possible reason could it be that this is such a problem, and could this potentially ruin my candidacy? I am thinking of offering another reference but my current one is a good guy and reliable, and I'm afraid the same issue would come up.
Edit: reference sent in the material, so I am all set. Thank you everyone who answered, I appreciate your opinions and you guys taking the time out of your day to help me out.