It is common practice for employers to ask for a reference from the candidate to assess how good they are and if they fit an open position. How would you react if a potential recruit would ask you (as an employer) for a reference?
Context: I am in the hiring process for a position where they are looking for someone on the long run. They have already asked multiple questions to make sure I know what I am applying for and that if hired, I would actually like the job. I feel like getting in touch with the previous employee would give me the best overview of what the job actually entails, but since I have never heard of such a practice, I feel a little bit embarrassed to ask. It could be interpreted as second thoughts, or they could think it a bad idea since that person left.