I've seen quite a few jobs advertised where the schools contact references before offering interviews. Is this the new norm? I guess for a school it's not a bad idea, but for an applicant it can be quite annoying. You might have 4 interviews before you are successful and equally might decide not to take other applications further after the interview. This means asking your referees for numerous references which not only might irritate your current head (references are no longer copy and paste jobs, but usually lengthy, time-consuming affairs) but can cause other issues. Thoughts?