Almost two weeks after getting the provisional offer of employment I have finally gotten the email to say that they are going to start doing my background checks. Yay! It is finally starting to feel real now! The airline themselves don’t do the background checks, mine will be done by SterlingBackcheck, but I think there is another company that do the checks too.
The email from sterling said that it would take 15 minutes to complete if you had all the necessary information to hand, I didn’t so it took me just over an hour to complete. There were a couple of things that I had to scan as I was completing the form: passport photo taken against a white background (I look pretty awful in mine as it is 4 years old so I’m secretly hoping that they say it isn’t good enough so I can give a better photo haha!) and as I had studied during the last 5 years I attached my certificates. I don’t know if you definitely have to do this, but I think it makes the whole process go a lot faster if you do as it is basically additional proof that you did what you said you were doing. They also ask for you to phone HMRC to ask for a reference letter which shows your employment history over the last 5 years, it should include the dates and details of any tax paid. OMG I had to try 3 times just to get to speak to an adviser as the automated voice kept thinking I wanted to ask about a tax refund and when it finally said that they would put me through to an adviser I waited for 30 minutes to talk to someone and then the guy I spoke to had to put me on hold so that he could type up my history as the system was down, so in total I spent nearly 45 minutes on the phone!
Now I just have to wait for my background checks to be done, it is done in two stages. For the first stage they check everything you have done in the last 5 years up until your current employer, once that is done they do the second stage which is contacting your current employer and asking you to get a CRC. Fingers crossed I don’t have any issues, I was able to give the exact dates for all my jobs but I wasn’t able to give exact dates for when I was studying so I’m hoping that won’t cause any delays! I think it all just depends on what you have been doing during the last 5 years as to how quick everything gets done, so someone that has lived and worked abroad would probably take a lot longer to get checked out than someone who has had the same job in the UK.
From what I’ve read, it shouldn’t be too long now until I receive my start date to start training which is both exciting and scary! I really need to start saving as much as I can to pay for accommodation during training.