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This webpage considers the steps that employers sometimes take to vet or research candidates further. Depending on the circumstances, this may be done before or after the actual job offer. If it is your practice to vet candidates, or to seek supporting information, only after you have offered the applicant the job, you should make the job offer conditional on that information being satisfactory.

For information on some of the more specific types of enquiries that you may make about your candidates, see asking for medical information during recruitment, enquiries during recruitment about the right to work in the UK, security clearance and criminal records and obtaining references for job candidates webpages.

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