I am in the process of getting an offer and the company asked for references.
Typically, I don’t like to give those until I have received an official offer but in these current times I made an exception and gave my references. I work in research. The project I worked on lost its funding due to COVID in March. I always check in with my references before I give their contact info. My manager at my research position reference is a great reference and has agreed to be a reference but now she’s taking forever to follow up. I worked at that research position for a long time so I really don’t have another manager reference to give. I’m looking for thoughts and opinions on how to handle this. HR has told me it’s the last piece they need to continue with the hiring process.