I wasn't asked to disclose at the application stage... the job description said no DBS check (it's a back office admin-type job for a local council).054new rehab form 2014"The Council welcomes applications from ex-offenders and will only consider an applicant’s criminal record where the conviction is relevant to the post. Any information given will be examined by HR and only considered in relation to the particular post for which you are applying." So I was re-assured.
I was offered an interview and then offered the job (subject to pre-employment checks).
One of those was a disclosure form that clearly stated:
However they then withdrew the offer stating:
"As the information provided by you regarding your unspent criminal conviction is not satisfactory to [council], I am writing to inform you that this offer of employment is withdrawn with immediate effect."
So, either they are not following their policy, they have certain convictions they always reject or perhaps the way I wrote about the conviction was not 'satisfactory'?
I don't think it's worth challenging, as they're not really going to change their mind and would I really want to work for them after this anyway...?
Any advice on how to avoid this situation in the future though?