- Employment Opportunities with the U.S. Mission to the UK
- Legal Right to Work in the UK
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- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Employment and ERA
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. Please note that 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. U.S. citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFM’s)), 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.
References and Clearances
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.
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.