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Job Interview - They're asking for Passport and Utility bills!

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Found 25th Apr 2012
Hi

I've got a job interview and they're asking for my passport, utility bills and national insurance card. The job was advertised on the Jobcentre website so I'm thinking it's safe to take these documents. The company is fairly new...

Guys is this normal for employers to ask for these documents in interviews? Advice appreciated thanks.
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Are they going to credit check you or something?
One of my friends was asked for these for an interview with the Council.

Sadly they had no passport or drivers license, and all utility bills were in their spouse's name. They got the interview anyway but did not get the job.

Good luck with yours
Doors

Are they going to credit check you or something?


Standard background check most likely a CRB
Original Poster
Not sure mate it's my second job so I just don't know about these things.
Yes it should be fine - suspect it's to ensure you have legibility to work in the UK.
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The position is for an assistant manager so I thought maybe since it's a good position maybe they want to do some checks.
Hi, we ask for the same thing, the passport is so the employer can check you are the person attending the interview (as well as being in this country legally) if no passport then they have to bring a birth certificate. The utility bill is to prove your address.
Hope this helps
Good luck with the interview
Edited by: "Humphman" 25th Apr 2012
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jdspinks

Yes it should be fine - suspect it's to ensure you have legibility to … Yes it should be fine - suspect it's to ensure you have legibility to work in the UK.



Yeah she did ask if I'm a UK resident so it's probably that.
Original Poster
OK thanks guys but is there any reason for me to be suspicious? Are they just going to see the passport or make some copies of it?
Our company take copies at interview stage, and then succesful candidates copies go on their file, and the rest are shredded - nothing to be suspicious of though
I had to provide my passport, bank statement and other such details for a job interview with the Civil Service.

Didn't bother me - but they will take a photocopy for their records.
Edited by: "DragonChris" 25th Apr 2012
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is it for a company creating fake id's by any chance?
why would it be suspicious?
Original Poster
That's reassured me thanks a lot. I'll even post here if I get it!
Dead suspicious they want to make sure your not an illegal


id say more suspicious thats your finding them doing this suspicious......what are you hiding.....




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ive had a customer who had handed over his ID and the person who took the ID and documents took out credit in the persons name to the tune of £5K !! this was 5 years ago but guy had a terrible credit history because of it
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doritos

why would it be suspicious?


since when did we have to start providing passports and utility bills just for an interview?

especially for some new company that nobody has bothered to ask who it is etc

im a bit concerned people would just hand over this stuff if a random decided to make up some bogus company to harvest peoples details
Original Poster
The ad was on the Jobcentre website though the jobcentre must do some checks surely.
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The ad was on the Jobcentre website though the jobcentre must do some … The ad was on the Jobcentre website though the jobcentre must do some checks surely.


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If you're worried OP you could always say you will provide these things if they offer you the job. That way you will have been for the interview and will have seen whether or not it appears to be a legit company or someone trying to scam and also they wont have yr details on file if you don't get the job. It is very normal though for companies to ask for these items to prove who you are, yr address and eligibility to work here as others have said.
casparwhite

since when did we have to start providing passports and utility bills … since when did we have to start providing passports and utility bills just for an interview?especially for some new company that nobody has bothered to ask who it is etcim a bit concerned people would just hand over this stuff if a random decided to make up some bogus company to harvest peoples details



Its standard practice to have to provide proof of who you and where you live. Acceptable photo ID's being Passport and/or Driving license and a recent utility bill if proof of address.
It never used to be necessary to provide all of this personal information, we are becoming a " Big Brother " state.
I ask for that. (NHS)
yeah, heard of this before. i've been asked to bring my passport to register with an agent before for proof of ID.
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Little Munchkin

If you're worried OP you could always say you will provide these things … If you're worried OP you could always say you will provide these things if they offer you the job. That way you will have been for the interview and will have seen whether or not it appears to be a legit company or someone trying to scam and also they wont have yr details on file if you don't get the job. It is very normal though for companies to ask for these items to prove who you are, yr address and eligibility to work here as others have said.



the only people who have said this are talking about interviews with the civil service.

i dont believe its common practice for all employers to ask for these documents at the interview stage?
I'm aware of a few positions now which require credit checks to see if you are in any significant debt.
unfortunatly this is standard now It doesnt matter if you were born here 50 years ago its because there are so many illegal immagrants
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mattpreston11

I'm aware of a few positions now which require credit checks to see if … I'm aware of a few positions now which require credit checks to see if you are in any significant debt.


thats has been the case for many years in some careers, theyre not gonna leave you in charge of accounts if you cant manage your own

jensangel

unfortunatly this is standard now It doesnt matter if you were born here … unfortunatly this is standard now It doesnt matter if you were born here 50 years ago its because there are so many illegal immagrants



so everyone is treated as an illegal immigrant until proven otherwise.....sounds like a good reason to start up a bogus company asking for peoples passports and utility bills
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jensangel

unfortunatly this is standard now It doesnt matter if you were born here … unfortunatly this is standard now It doesnt matter if you were born here 50 years ago its because there are so many illegal immagrants



but you can spot them a mile off ....
DangerGod

but you can spot them a mile off ....



how DG? for all you know, i may be an alien.
Not everybody has a passport/driving licence, so do they just not get an interview?, it is farcical overkill.
i hate the way you have to use utitlity bills as proof of address. it is a waste of paper as i would like to go paperless to save the UK but i can't as i need them occasionally for proof of address.

an ID card would be good but it costs money to have one.
If they CRB check you you will need these documents for proof of who you are. Photographic to show you are who you say you are, address to go on CRB to show you are living at the address you say you are.
Hope this helps
If you are unsure wait until you get offered the job.
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Not everybody has a passport/driving licence, so do they just not get an … Not everybody has a passport/driving licence, so do they just not get an interview?, it is farcical overkill.



Good question. To me though if you know you are going to need photographic evidence (for me anyway as I have to have CRB for both jobs) then I would look into getting even a provisional driving license or something with my picture on.
Maybe thats just me though lol.
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how long before having a national id card is a must have then?

is this goverment pushng it through on the sly i wonder
casparwhite

how long before having a national id card is a must have then?is this … how long before having a national id card is a must have then?is this goverment pushng it through on the sly i wonder



they abandoned labour's stupid proposal which is the best thing to have happened as it would have cost millions in public money on top of our own contribution. an ID card was going to cost £75 per person, which for a family of 5 would be a lot.

you do the maths as i can't but i know it's a lot. X)
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It never used to be necessary to provide all of this personal … It never used to be necessary to provide all of this personal information, we are becoming a " Big Brother " state.



As mentioned it is due to the huge amount of immigration both legal and illegal and also due to benefit cheats, posing to be somebody they are not etc.
mutley1

they abandoned labour's stupid proposal which is the best thing to have … they abandoned labour's stupid proposal which is the best thing to have happened as it would have cost millions in public money on top of our own contribution. an ID card was going to cost £75 per person, which for a family of 5 would be a lot.you do the maths as i can't but i know it's a lot. X)


oh my gosh thats ridiculous.
You might as well get a provisional driving license even if you never drive for less than that.
Glad they didn't go ahead with it!
cloudbusting

oh my gosh thats ridiculous.You might as well get a provisional driving … oh my gosh thats ridiculous.You might as well get a provisional driving license even if you never drive for less than that.Glad they didn't go ahead with it!



most people do not accept a provisional driving licence as proof of ID. this really bugs me as i do not see why someone's driving ability should have any bearance on their identity.

are they saying that people who have passed their driving test are more worthy than those who have not? utter bolognese.
DangerGod

but you can spot them a mile off ....



doesnt matter not heard of it in a interview but my brother and uncle both had to prove they were english in there jobs or they would have got the sack for being unable to prove they were allowed here. They are full english makes me laugh though the boss is forign so they had to prove to a forigner they were english

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