First time poster to Workplace. I am a Developer with about 5 years experience. My previous position(at ToxicInc) had been very toxic for my handling so I switched to a better company(BetterInc)before working there for 7 months. Needless to say my Team Lead (TeamLeadJack) @ ToxicInc wasn't very fond of me.
During my job search I came across a very unique situation while dealing with a big consulting firm (TechSystemsInc). This is widely known notable corporation that places candidates at positions that fit both their client needs and the candidates. I came a across a recruiter(RecruiterJoe) from TechSystemsInc thru a Job Network site and continued my conversation with him regarding a specific position he was working on. He asked for my Resume and references before landing me a phone interview. I happily provided the references(ReferenceColleagueTeamMemberAtToxicInc and ReferenceTeamLeadAtOtherInc), and within a couple of days they were checked out. Eventually, the Recruiter told me the position was filled and we will try to get you other opportunities as they come along.
A couple of weeks pass, ReferenceColleagueTeamMemberAtToxicInc contacts me to apologize as he had slipped mentioning my TeamLeadJack and passed his contact to RecruiterJoe. ReferenceColleagueTeamMemberAtToxicInc tells me TeamLeadJack gave an average review for you, after both of them had a conversation. I told ReferenceColleagueTeamMemberAtToxicInc that I never gave TeamLeadJack's contact, nor asked him for a reference.
From what I understand, only designated references should be contacted which I had provided, Correct? Unless this becomes a sales pitch behind my back to TeamLeadJack, again sounds shady but legal. As a candidate who burnt a contact, what should I be doing in a situation like this. Pleasantly speak to RecruiterJack about finding out, Or take the high road. Mainly, for future circumstances, does providing references early matter? I have usually been accustomed to references being checked after a face to face has been completed. What should I do as a candidate ?