- Employment Opportunities with the U.S. Mission UK
- The Application Process
- Legal Right to Work in the UK
- Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) Hiring Preference
- Job Interview
- The Working Environment
- Pre-Employment Clearances
- Employment Opportunities with other U.S. Missions
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Employment and ERA
How to Apply
Interested candidates for a vacancy MUST submit their application online using our Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) website.
If you have not used ERA before, you must first create an ERA account.
You will be required to attend the assessment for a position in person. Telephone interviews may be possible but only as a rare exception. Interviews are normally held at the location of the job being advertised. Travel to and from the location will not be reimbursed.
We expect you to dress appropriately for an assessment at the Embassy. Please plan to wear formal business attire when attending testing and, or, interview.
You will be required to present the original documentation supporting your legal right to work in the UK. If you do not present this documentation, you will not progress further in the assessment process.
For some positions, you may have to complete a work related exercise/test which is relevant to the job. For instance, if you have been selected to interview for a finance position, you may have to undertake an Excel™ test prior to the interview that day. Attendance for an interview may be subject to the successful completion of a work related exercise/test. The hiring office will determine the pass rate of the exercise/test.
During the interview, a hiring panel will determine whether you are the best person for the job, basing their questions on the duties and requirements of the advertised position. The panel comprises of the chief of the hiring office, a subject matter expert from the hiring office, an HR representative and if there are preference candidates (i.e. USEFM’s, U.S. Veterans or both), a Post Employment Committee (PEC) representative.
If the interview panel determines that you are the best person for the job, your past two most recent employers may be contacted and asked to provide employment references for you prior to a tentative offer of employment being made.
Once we have received satisfactory references from your previous employers, you will be made a tentative offer of employment and will be required to go through an Embassy medical and security investigation prior to appointment.
Pre-employment clearance checks can take some time.
Please note that if you have traveled extensively, lived in many places, held many jobs, verifying the information you have provided on your security form will take longer, therefore your security certification to work at the Embassy will potentially take longer to issue.
Similarly, if medical issues arise, which can be treated within a reasonable amount of time, this may delay your medical clearance being issued.
You will need to be certified by both our security and medical departments before you can begin work with the Embassy, therefore we would always recommend not handing in your notice to your current employer before you have received full clearances.
Important Helpful Hints - DO
- Focus on the essential requirements of the job.
- Ensure your application is accurate. Misspellings or typing errors can make a big difference in your being shortlisted or not.
These requirements can be found within the ERA application.
Important Helpful Hints - DO NOT
Do not apply if you do not possess the legal right to work in the UK.
- Unless you are a USEFM, do not include your gender, date of birth, age, dates of employment, dates of education and family status. The U.S. Mission in London provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.
- Do not provide excessive details about your education or work history, which is irrelevant to the job.
- Do not apply if you do not possess the qualifications, work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job, as stated in the web advert for the job. All of these criteria are taken into consideration when short listing and if you do not meet them, you will not be considered further.
- Do not apply for a position that requires that you hold a full UK/EU/EEA driver’s license, if you don’t currently have that license. A provisional UK driver’s license will not be accepted and your application will not be considered further.
- Do not apply for a position that is advertised to Current Employees of the Mission (this includes Embassy contractors), if you are not a current employee of the Mission; your application will not be considered. Employees of Embassy contractors are defined as individuals who work for an Embassy contractor (e.g. AEEA, G4S, CSC, Metro Bank) who spend a minimum of 75% of their working hours physically located in the Embassy or on other property of the U.S. Mission to the UK.