I'm a software engineer, and am in the interview process for a project that I like. The project is outsourced - we'll be working for Company-A, writing software for company-B. Company-A is waiting to Company-B's OK on me to proceed - I was on a meeting with the hiring manager of Company-A just now. The thing is, I haven't done a very good job on the test.
Company-A had asked for my references in an earlier email and I'd said something like "maybe should wait for test results.."
The Company-A manager I spoke with today asked without asking, or rather, implied in context that it'd "speed up the process doing it on the background" that I could give him my references in the meantime. He didn't ask for my references and the implication wasn't a clear one.
Should I give my references at this stage? I can
- wait till I hear from them still
- give references with something like "just to eliminate the extra round.. when all ready at your end.."
I'm actively looking for a project. My only concern is wearing out my references. But then I like option (2) - might help boost things with Company-B's decision.
I've seen Reference request right before offer stage, but I still could use opinions.
I did 2 and not regretting it.
The worst that can happen is they call my references, I don't get the post and my references get called again for the one after. I don't think this is such a big deal. (?)