After the interviewers have considered their notes and any assessment results, they will decide who to appoint.
Your provisional offer
If you are successful, you will receive a phone call with a provisional, informal offer. Assuming you wish to take the role, you will then receive a formal provisional offer. We will then send you a letter with a number of forms to complete and pre-addressed envelopes to return these.
We'll also need you to provide some documents and we will seek references, explained further below.
Your start date
We cannot agree a starting date with you until we have your references and the documents we need. If you are currently in work, please do not hand in your notice until you have an agreed starting date.
What we will ask for
We will contact the people you listed as referees on your application. Naturally, we hope they will provide glowing references about you.
However, if a referee feels that you have performed at an unacceptably low level, or you have been dismissed for something that would cast doubt on your suitability for the post, the person giving the reference can provide:
no reference at all
only a basic, factual reference, giving the dates of employment and the job title or
a detailed account, including references to any negative issues.
If a reference is not positive, it is up to you to establish that the information they have provided is misleading or that your previous employer was negligent in giving such a reference. If you can prove this and the reference harms your employability, you should seek legal advice.
Seeing your original documents
For the documents we request, we will need to see the originals, which we will take copies of. Photocopies cannot be accepted.
For identity checks relating to the Criminal Records Bureau (required for posts working with vulnerable groups), documents must be produced in person. For other roles this is not a legal requirement, but we don't advise sending your original documents in the post. We will try to meet you at one of our offices to view, copy and authorise the paperwork. If this isn't possible, we will return your documents to you using registered post, but we cannot guarantee their safety once they are out of our hands.
For information on immigration and visa checks, please visit the Home Office website.
For information on CRB checks see our CRB page.