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The Decision - Making an Offer
When you have made your choice, any offer you make to your chosen candidate should be subject to satisfactory references and the right of the individual to work in the UK. An offer can be verbal (and will be binding) but written terms must be provided within 8 weeks of starting the job. It is best practice to issue this with the initial offer letter so that the candidate knows whether he/she is happy to agree to them before starting work. The Statement of Particulars must include specific elements e.g. rate of pay, annual leave entitlement and sickness pay arrangements.

You should seek permission to contact their referees, but it is not uncommon for employers simply to confirm that the individual worked for them and reveal no more. It is important that you double-check items on the CV and make sure that you take copies of the relevant documents, from all new starters, to prove that they have the right to work in the UK even if they appear to be British, to avoid any complaints of discrimination.

If you need advice on any aspect of the recruitment and selection process, please contact Helen Astill on 01684 594773 or at helen@cheringtonhr.com.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016


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