Welcome back to the EGB Blog, we hope that you had a nice Easter and that work is treating you well. The long weekend was nice but we are all getting stuck back into work and the roles are flying. This week on the blog we are taking a look at References, including what information we need, how to provide them and how to source them.
When you are offered a role through EGB, as part of the on-boarding stage we are required to carry out a BPSS Security Check. As part of this check we need to confirm employment history so we will need to gain professional references for any work that you have carried out in the last 3 years. The references that we require is evidence that you have performed the work that is stated on your CV. We would be looking for someone that we can contact that would be able to confirm this. This should be either your line manager or a member of the HR department.
It would be useful if you have all your reference details ready at interview stage. While they are not required for interview, once offered we have 48 hours to collect the on-boarding documents which include the references. Therefore, as soon as you have accepted the offer we would need to start obtaining references as some referees can take a while to respond. As with all references, it would be an advantage if you could make sure that the person that would be providing a reference is aware that they will be asked and will be expecting a call from us.
The references can be either a completed EGB reference form, a reference on company headed paper, or stated in an email. The most important part of the reference is that they provide the start and end date of the time you were in this position, which would include both months and years. The referees must also provide their name, job title, and address within the reference.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept references which have been provided to other companies or agencies, we would need to secure these references ourselves. However, if we have retrieved references for you previously, we can use these references later on a future contract.
You may also be required to provide personal references at interview stage if the position is with certain government departments. In this case, you would need to obtain 2 personal references from someone you have known for at least 5 years. We will provide you with the form that is required for these personal references.
We hope this look into references gives you an idea on what to expect and how to go about collecting or giving reference details. If you have any other questions let us know in the comments below or give us a call on the normal contact details. Perhaps you could suggest something that you would like to see in future blogs and we will endeavour to cover it when we can.