I recently applied for a job and received a call from HR that, in order to continue with the selection process, I must submit 2 references from a current supervisor so that they can complete a survey about my work performance. I'm really unsure of how to handle this situation because my current supervisor doesn't even know about my job search and I feel like it could seem a bit strange to ask for a reference so early in the process. Is it normal to ask for a reference from a supervisor before even getting interviewed for a new job? Has anyone else had this experience? I really would like to go forward with this new career opportunity as it is in my dream field but I don't want to jeopardize my current job situation if I'm not selected.