Interview requirements

(41 Posts)
SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 16:13:00

I have a final round interview on Friday morning. I have literally just been told that I need to bring my passport PLUS two other forms of ID with my address on! As I am a recent graduate living alone in my dad's house (he lives abroad) I literally have nothing. Mobile phone bill is not acceptable apparently... And I turned off paper statements on my (only) bank account years ago. Utility bills etc obviously aren't in my name. I have no idea what I'm going to do and I'm really panicking. Passport and birth certificate (I don't drive) are probably the best I can do. I have been to several final round interviews but have never been asked for anything like this much ID, especially not at such short notice! Any ideas? Of course I'll do the best I can as I really want the job, but are these requirements unreasonable?

aldiwhore Wed 24-Apr-13 16:18:15

It does seem a lot!

A passport should suffice. I would take everything you can think of, and explain your situation. Not a lot else you can do really is there?!

It might be worth getting a provisional license, if that has your address on, even if you've no intention of driving.

WadsCollop Wed 24-Apr-13 16:19:42

Print off from bank should be fine

Library
NHS card/doc appt slips
Student loans co?

squeakytoy Wed 24-Apr-13 16:20:30

Go to your bank and ask for a printed statement. They may charge 50p for it.

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 16:20:56

That's what I'm going to do. I'll be able to show my passport and birth certificate at the very least, though obviously there's no address on either. I feel a little miffed as this is a graduate role (pretty much) so I can't believe my situation is that uncommon.

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 16:23:10

Some good ideas here, thanks. I'll hand over a bank statement if I have to, and if I can get one tomorrow (I'm already having to arrange a last-minute emergency trip home because of this!). Although is it just me who finds the idea of handing over a bank statement complete with huge overdraft and all my transactions more than a tad embarrassing and inappropriate? confused But if needs must... I'm so new to this whole job thing.

Are you on the electoral register at that address?

Have you just got the one bank account?

Nps1976 Wed 24-Apr-13 16:28:50

Attack the bank statement with a big fat marker pen. Cover every single transaction with it. They have no right (nor interest I would hope) to see any of the transactions. I actually think they would find it odd if you didn't do this.

Nps1976 Wed 24-Apr-13 16:31:05

Can you not print your own statement? I've never done it but I imagine it would print in the same format as you'd receive it in the post ie. with your name and address on.

I may be wrong though!

TeaTowelQueen Wed 24-Apr-13 16:40:52

Oh dear, sounds like a place I used to work at! It will just be HR going through the motions so explain your position at the interview. And do cross out all your transactions if you take a bank statement.

Every employer is supposed to make sure that you are who you say you are but most never bother!

Good Luck!

Sounds like it might be for a DBS check (previously CRB) If so, a print out won't be acceptable unless you pop into a branch and get them to stamp it. Have you had a P60 or P45 in the last year?

If it's for DBS, your passport, birth cert and either a stamped bank print out, or P45/P60 would be enough.

MajorDivvy Wed 24-Apr-13 16:44:33

I really feel for you. If I was ever asked for stuff like that I'd be really stuck - all our bills are online and I don't have drivers license or passport!!

Itchywoolyjumper Wed 24-Apr-13 16:50:30

This happens every time I go for a job and its a real pain.
Are you a recent graduate? If your dad's address was your home address when you registered at uni the registry might be able to give you something to confirm it.
The other thing to do is to phone the people you've got the interview with, I've been in this situation a few times and either they've told me to just bring what I can or they've been able to help me work out what I need to bring.

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 19:32:14

I am on the electoral roll and have actually just received a card for voting in the May elections - that really helps, thanks. I am a recent graduate, yes, so naturally hardly anything is in my name. I imagine that's the situation for many of my friends too. I think I'll be ok but could have done without the stress! I haven't even had the CRB check yet; that'll happen only if I get an offer...

TheCraicDealer Wed 24-Apr-13 19:40:15

Any bank I've worked for (four, at the last count...) couldn't give statements with addresses out, they have to be ordered and then sent to your home address, at a cost. Usually takes about a week or so remembers many, many arguments with irate customers

TheCraicDealer Wed 24-Apr-13 19:42:04

Oooh, what about letters from the student loan company?

apostropheuse Wed 24-Apr-13 19:46:31

Do you not have correspondence from the University or perhaps the Student Loan Company? Do you have any correspondence from doctors, hospital, dentist or even the vets? Do you have any insurance documents? Have you booked a holiday - you may have something for that?

ilovesooty Wed 24-Apr-13 19:52:42

If it's for a DBS check it's not a requirement that the company has any control over. The list of acceptable documents can be accessed here:

dbsdirect.co.uk/faq.php

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 19:52:57

I might be able to dredge up some ancient UCAS and uni stuff but the company says it has to be dated within the last 3 months and show my address. I do almost everything including holidays and banking online - i thought it was a good idea! confused I imagine there'll be some leeway if I call them but this is really stressing me out!

Are you currently signing on?

have you got your birth certificate?

If so you could do passport, birth certificate and jc+(or similar) letter

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 20:25:14

Nope. I'm self-employed but earn way below the tax threshold (and can prove it) so not registered for tax either. Part of the problem is that I'm kind of invisible in some ways as I've never paid tax, claimed benefits or taken a loan. I think I'm going to do passport, birth certificate and electoral roll... if I can find them all!!

hugoagogo Wed 24-Apr-13 20:26:41

Any prescriptions? They have your address and date of birth on them.

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 20:38:26

Yes! I have lots of prescriptions. Thank you.

ilovesooty Wed 24-Apr-13 21:11:14

Presciptions aren't on the list of acceptable documents. What about your NHS or NI card?

If you print your own bank statement showing your address, try taking it into a branch of your bank and asking them to stamp and sign it to confirm it matches what they hold on file.

I had to do this with my barclays account when working for barclays. I shit you not.

Realistically if you were offered the job there should be a grace period to provide this type of document so do your best and try not to stres.

Good luck!

hugoagogo Wed 24-Apr-13 21:18:53

Oh that's a shame I didn't look at that list, we accept them when people are applying for a bus pass.

AaDB Wed 24-Apr-13 21:28:28

This level of identity check seems to be standard and is over the top in my opinion. I think a passport and proof of address should be enough for the interview stage.
I am asked employed and have a new relevant certificate from Disclosure Scotland. My potential employer says they will request another if I'm successfulhmm confused.
It is crazy and a waste of money. There may well be a minimum check list and they won't interview you if you don't meet that standard. I think you'll be ok with the 3 things you suggest. Good luck.thanks

I think their HR might have an issue with them refusing to interview you if you don't have them with you, so I doubt that will happen.

If they haven't told you it's for DBS then you have no way of reasonably knowing which documents are acceptable. In that case I'd take in an online print out, prescriptions, anything I had that fit their instructions. Part of my job is validating DBS ID, and I also prefer people bringing in too much ID. That said, we give everyone plenty of warning, and clear instructions about which ID we want. grin

Good luck for tomorrow.

HollyBerryBush Thu 25-Apr-13 06:39:24

It is a bit daft, my 17yo is being asked to bring the same into Connexions for apprenticeship interviews.

NickNacks Thu 25-Apr-13 06:42:25

Just as an aside- you still have register as self employed with HMRC and complete a self assessment each year even if you earn below the threshold. How do you pay your national insurance?

ParadiseChick Thu 25-Apr-13 06:59:38

What Nick said. You still need to register as self employed with the tax! How do people not know this?

What about any insurance etc regarding your self employment?

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Thu 25-Apr-13 07:44:53

I think it's about preventing identity theft isn't it? Pretty standard in financial services roles just to prove that you are who you say you are.

Mrsdavidcaruso Thu 25-Apr-13 08:03:20

Actually you do NOT need to show a passport at interview stage in fact you do NOT have to have a passport to get job in this country if you have the ID requirements laid down by the border agency from their list B which gives an employer the 'excuse' to employ you.

I dont have any photo ID yet have no problem in getting a job the poster who checks DBS documents should be able to verify this as there are clear guidelines on what to do if a person cannot produce documents from their group one list which includes photo ID.

AaDB Thu 25-Apr-13 08:16:09

If you don't have a passport you should ask for advice regarding a suitable alternative. I work work public sector and universities and for the last six months I have been required to provide suitable documents at interview stage. Organistions will have their own protocol; i have seen people turned away for not having the right documentation. The DBS process has been a separate check later in the process.

At an interview last week, my own certificate was not acceptable and I was required to complete another application. My potential employer/client will pay for the second application. I have a regular client that I have worked with for almost 17 years. I am required to bring a valid dbs certificate, passport and birth certificate on my first day of work.

Some type of identity check is required. This process is cumbersome and a waste of money imho.

SlumberingDormouse Thu 25-Apr-13 08:27:09

I have now found a list (hidden in all the email attachments) stating exactly what ID is and isn't acceptable. It's the most stringent I've ever seen but I think I can do it; voting poll cards are on there, interestingly. I'm going to go home today and sort through all my papers but I think I can find enough and am feeling better about it. As for the self-employed thing, I had no idea! I literally earn about £100 a week part-time so had no clue I had to register.

SlumberingDormouse Thu 25-Apr-13 08:31:48

I've just looked on HMRC website and I've only been working this job for a couple of months so past tax shouldn't be an issue. I'll definitely look into registering for this current tax year though so thank you for bringing it to my attention.

SlumberingDormouse Thu 25-Apr-13 08:34:36

And I'm under the threshold for paying any NI too, but I think I'm still going to register so thanks.

NickNacks Thu 25-Apr-13 11:38:41

You maybe under the class 4 NI threshold but not class 2. Or you need to declare low income and get an exemption certificate.

I'm really shocked how many people think you can just work and not declare it.

sashh Thu 25-Apr-13 13:33:20

I feel a little miffed as this is a graduate role (pretty much) so I can't believe my situation is that uncommon.

All employers have to prove that they have checked that you have a right to work in this country. A passport is the best evidence.

Is it for a bank or something? They might look up your credit history for certain roles

lljkk Thu 25-Apr-13 13:52:37

I'm really shocked how many people think you can just work and not declare it.

Very common view, though.

I would have thought OP's birth certificate (long form?) and the polling card thing would be good enough (I used polling card for a job I applied for weeks ago).

lljkk Thu 25-Apr-13 13:53:15

In other countries people who earn under the tax threshold may not have to declare, it's complicated.

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