I have always been an employee and not a contractor.
Provision of references have always come after the initial interview, most commonly well into the interview process when there is more certainty of a match.
A consultancy that farms staff out to client companies is requesting to speak with my references before they send my CV to the client company, for a specific role which is not a 100% match. If am am not considered as a match for this role, there is no other role this intermediary / consultancy has for me.
What is the consensus on providing references to a recruiting company before any interviews with the client company and before they have even seen my CV?
My concern is regarding my references being contacted multiple times by multiple consultancies for roles such as this that might not go beyond the client company viewing my CV.