I've been asked to provide references before even a mention of an interview. There's something that bothers me about this but I can't put my finger on it. I've never been asked for references before getting an interview, its usually done once an interview is successful and they're looking to move forward.
Have you encountered this? What is going on and why don't recruiters realize they're sending up a yellow flag at least...if not a red one?
There is very little in the way of response in their email - just literally "Would you be able to provide me with a couple professional references?"
I presume that means she actually wants them now, but a one liner is just a put off.