Thursday, 21 January 2010

On 21-JAN-10 NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said:

Subject:Cord Blood Bank Technician Ref No: C2065

Following your application for the above post, I am pleased to inform you that you have been invited to attend for interview at 10:45am on Wednesday 3rd February 2010. The interviews will take place at NHSBT Colindale, Colindale Avenue, Colindale, NW5 9BD where you should report to the Reception Area.

For a location map please click on the below link. Once on the website please click on the appropriate centre, where you will be given the option of opening a PDF map.

Due to demolition work at the Colindale site at the moment there are no parking facilities. In addition the route for pedestrian access may vary depending on where work is taking place. Signs will be displayed on site showing the pedestrian access in place. We would be grateful if you would confirm your attendance at interview as soon possible by responding to this e-mail or contacting me on xxxx xxx xxxx. Should you have any special requirements to enable you to attend for interview then please contact me as a matter of urgency so I can make the necessary arrangements. The interview panel will comprise

NHS CBB Team Manager

Deputy Head of NHS CBB

NHS CBB Team Manager

You will appreciate that we have to undertake a series of checks and clearances on all candidates applying to work with NHSBT. These are detailed below. We ask that you bring the original document and copies to pass to the interview panel. This enables us to confirm offers of employment as quickly as possible, as without all the checks and clearances we cannot progress your application:-

Occupational Health All individuals wishing to work for NHSBT will be asked to complete a short confidential occupational health questionnaire. To assist you with this you will need to bring with you the following information: • Name and address of GP • Approximate number of sick days over the last two years

Verification of Identity and Right to Work in the UK

Before any offer of employment can be made all candidates must provide documents proving their Identity and their Right to Work in the UK. Please bring the following documents with you to your interview: • Passport and Eligibility to work in the UK and current Immigration Status. Please refer to the UK Border Agency website

if you are unsure what documents to provide. • Driving licence (A photocard is only valid if presented with the counterpart driving licence) • Proof of current address (this must be a utility bill or bank / building society statement issued within the last 3 months) If any of the documents or qualifcations you provide are in a differnt name to your current name please also provide a marriage certificate or other proof of change of name. If you are not able to provide these documents please contact me to discuss what alternative documents we can accept.


Please bring with you evidence of those qualifications that you hold that are listed as essential on the Person Specification for this role.

NHSBT only pay interview expenses when you are required to attend for interview at a different venue to the location of the job for which you are applying. If you have any queries regarding this please contact me prior to attending for interview.

Please note: Non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as NHSBT is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website

Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to wish you success in your interview, but in the meantime should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Recruitment and Administration Assistant

The timing is incredible. I've got to reject this. If I am starting working on the 1st, then I can't ask for a day off in my first week to go to an interview for another job. That would be cheeky.

The amount of time this has taken is stunning. I applied for this job on the 13th of November last year.

I also got a 'phone call from the Benefits Agency.

The payment for the Mortgage Interest Payment will go out next week. After I've already paid January's instalment. The payment (over two and a half months worth) will be followed by another payment towards the end of February which will also be around two and a half months worth.

I told the guy that I had been provisionally offered a start date of the 1st of February for my new job.

In that case, he said, that one payment would be my only payment.

Well, better late than never.

My problem now is, how do I survive February? I won't get paid until the end of the month and my pips are already squeaking.

I can ask Nationwide to suspend February's mortgage payment, because, after all, they' will have received three months worth in January.

HSBC is going to be trickier - I wonder if I can suspend the February payment and pay double in March.

That's going to hurt.

I've also got to find bills money, bus pass money and enough money for the home and contents insurance.

Bills, bills, bills, worry, worry, worry........