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6. Offer and pre-employment checks

Once all interviews have concluded the recruiting manager will contact candidates, normally by telephone to inform them of the outcome.

If you are not offered the role it can be disheartening but there could be a number of reasons – very rarely is it because of a ‘bad interview’. In most cases it is simply because other candidates scored higher against the criteria. We would strongly advise that you request interview feedback and to keep an eye on the Councils jobs page as other roles of interest may be come up.

If you are offered the role and you accept, the HR Team will contact you to start the pre-employment checks process.

This consists of obtaining;

  • Proof of Identity and right to work status
  • Proof of Qualifications relevant to the role
  • Employment References
  • Pre-employment medical questionnaire and if required screening
  • Other checks if required e.g. DBS checks


You will receive a Provisional Offer and Provisional Contract and then once all checks are satisfactorily completed you will receive a Confirmed Offer and Confirmed Contract. This will include the agreed start date and any first day information.

It is advisable to make sure you have your new Managers contact details and arrange an informal discussion with them prior to your first day.

At this stage the recruitment and selection process is concluded and you can start looking forward to your first day and the induction.