I applied for a job and four weeks later I received an email from my potential employer, asking me if I was available for a phone interview and also to provide reference.I replied that I was available and sent 3 references.Week later one of my reference told me he received a call from my potential employer. Now two weeks later I am still waiting for their phone interview.Is this even normal?
This is not normal. Reference checks are the last stage of interviewing in every process I've ever taken part of. Generally done right before an offer is made, sometimes after a conditional offer is made. Not when scheduling a phone interview. I don't see anything likely to be nefarious here, just odd. I wouldn't give any company my references until after I've done an in person (or zoom equivalent). Quite frankly I don't want my references bothered unless I think this is a done deal, I definitely don't want them bothered for every introductory phone call I take.