I've received a verbal offer a week ago from a tech startup. I'm now in the reference check stage. HR initially asked me for two references, but has then been constantly following-up with me and has asked me for a total of five references.
The problem that they're facing is that none of my managers are willing to provide an elaborate reference - they only confirmed the title, dates and possibly duties - due to strict company policies at the hedge funds I previously worked at.
I realize this is increasingly becoming the norm, especially in finance, but HR at this startup is not relenting. She wants a manager who can speak about the quality of my work.
Fear I might lose this offer.