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BRONZE Member since Apr 2002


Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There, United Kingdom

Total posts: 6140
Posted:Never, ever work for HBOS (bank of scotland). If you do already work for them, i pity you.

Reason for this?
I applied for a job with them, and got offered it, end of July. Then they said the "credit checks" would take a while, so offered me a start date of 30th Aug. I was a little annoyed, as it was quite far in the distance, but i thought, might as well wait.
Luckily i got a temping job for 2 weeks in August to get me some money to pay for essencials such as Play, rent, etc...
I got sent out the contract, signed it and posted it back to them, along with the ID they required (my original birth certificate and bank statement)
Anyway, on the Thursday before i was due to start they phoned me and said, "we're having a little problem with your references, also we haven't recieved your contract, we're having to push the start date back a week"
I was annoyed - they had lost my birth cert & bank statement, but i re-signed a contract and re-wrote the application form and waited.
Then yesterday (thursday before my new start date) they phoned me up again saying, "we have a couple of queries about your application form"
me: "ok,"
HBOS: "Right, when did you start with Red Cross"
(I was volunteering for them for a while whilsti was unemployed)
me: Um i don't know the exact date, because i was just volunteering, you don't get any contracts or anything saying the date, but i think it was either blah blah month of blah blah
HBOS: Well (in a snappy voice) when did you exactly end?
Me; I don't know EXACTLY that either, when i moved. Sometime around blah blah
HBOS: Well, there appears to be a discrepancy (she emphasised this) between your accounts. On your form you put blah blah, and they say blah blah.
me: Oh, well sorry i put down when i thought i started and finished.
HBOS: Hmm..
Me: So am i still starting on Monday?
HBOS: well i don't know, we have to check out about this discrepancy.

What the censored? They're worried because i got a start date wrong when i was volunteering?!?!?

Anwyay, hour later they called again
HBOS: We need to go through some things again on your application form.
Me; Ok.
HBOS: What year did you finish college
Me; Oh right, um... *me thinking* well, i finished school in blah blah, then went to college so... um blah blah?
(lots of blah blah's isn't there?)
HBOS: That's another discrepancy on your application form, you said here blah blah
Me: oh sorry , i must have got confused!

(they asked a couple more questions... asking my why i hadn't included my primary school dates on my application form and such, because i was so supposed to know they needed to know what dates and where i went to nursary and such!)

Another hour later i got a voicemail from HBOS
"due to discrepancies in your application form we are withdrawing our offer of employment"

What the censored ??
Because i got when i left college wrong, after the third time of filling in the same damn form, and because i was a month out when i started volunteering?
It wasn't even a big well paid, important job. I was just applying to be a clerk on a measly 10,500pa!
So after wasting 7 weeks of my life mad I have to go and look for another job!!

Luckily, I have some temping to help pay bills in the meantime, but still...!
So NEVER go for a job with them, unless you can accurately account every second of your life since you were born and have referees to back it all up.

Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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SILVER Member since Apr 2002


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 15414
Posted:what utter t**ts they are.



GOLD Member since Aug 2004


Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428
Posted:Hun, pay no mind to these people. Pick yourself up and go out there and offer your considerable talents to another company.

Banks are notorious for running check after check on people they plan to employ due to some very publicly seen cock-ups with poeple that have employed in the past. Funds being "relocated" where they shouldn't and such.

Don't worry about it. It wasn't the job for you. I have no doubt that something perfect is out there for you and you will find it hug

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SILVER Member since Jan 2005


Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1785
Posted:hug hug
that is mightily crap
i read this after i sent your pm so igore the penultimate question!


GOLD Member since Jun 2005


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bideford and Bath, United King...

Total posts: 3099
Posted:oh my god that's terrible, i'm sure you should be able to sue them or something like that,

hug2 hug hug2

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BRONZE Member since Jan 2005


Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 663
Posted:you could come work for me distibuting pinky goodness to us poor norphen souls smile


SILVER Member since Jan 2004


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire, United ...

Total posts: 3276
Posted:*cuddle* Im sure you'll get a job quickley enough!
Will they be sending back your birth certificate? xxx

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.


SILVER Member since Apr 2005


fluffy mess
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Total posts: 197
Posted:Aw bummer, the cosmos obviously requires that you put your talents to better use elswhere.

Theyre still a bunch of w**kers though.


"I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer




Location: Glasgow

Total posts: 663
Posted:Banks all suck. HBOS charged me 3 months of overdraft fees when I wasn't overdrawn and then refused to give the money back until I went to the manager and basically said that I wanted to close my acount and have it all in cash (about 5k in cash).

But having to acount for every single move you've ever made is a bit much.

Loads of hug for ya Pink. Good luck job hunting hon.

hug hug hug

Have faith in what you can do and respect for what you can't


GOLD Member since Jul 2004


co-director of A.C.B.I.S.H.A.
Location: in the corner beside the filin...

Total posts: 761
Posted:y'know in ireland until quite recently we had the pund. in irish it was called the punt. another reason for this name was so it would rhyme with bank manager wink

forgetthem pink, you will find the right place for you and you will love it hug

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"in most of our friends we're the hippies. but we have hippie friends of our own.. its like a dog having its own pet" - H. Sinoquet 19-03-2005


Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:sounds like your much better off not working for them.

goodluck job hunting! (i know youve had a hell of a time with this. remember; when doors shut, the window usually gives you a nicer view anyway!)

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


GOLD Member since Jul 2005


Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr, Unit...

Total posts: 4217
Posted:some people are so nit picky

mind you - they're probably needing it to be accurate to make sure you're not a terrorist. and i'm not kidding either! everyone's upping the security stakes these days.

Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible


SILVER Member since Jul 2005


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston, United Kingdom

Total posts: 2666
Posted:hahaha, omg I have the same problems...

them: When did you leav college?

me: Oh crap ok erm...well it was the date this happend...oh hang on...crap...MUM! WHEN DID I LEAVE COLLEGE? ....I better make something up...

a......few months before christmas maybie... what? November

me: ...erm yeah sure! I'll go with that

I am just as useless trying to get jobs. What a silly thing to ask tho, when did you leave primery school, who gives a crap about primery school!

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Location: London/ Surrey

Total posts: 1359
Posted:hug I can empathise, I've filled out thousands of bloody forms recently... Luckily I keep a record of dates like that (computer file, started by good old mum, easy to update), but it's stupid that I should have to. It really does help though. Also, next time something like this happens, blame the discrepancy on paperwork... 'Oh, I am sorry, I did leave on such-and-such a date, but it must not have gone through their system/paperwork/been made official until that date' Sneaky smile

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The pessimist fears this is true.

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SILVER Member since Jul 2001


Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:Did you not tell that you're Alice and therefore different rules apply?

Ring them up and tell them that several thousand fire spinners across the world all think that they smell hug

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
" a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean




Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:I pulled some strings to make that happen.

Your fate does not include Bank of Scotland.

You're back on track now.


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]


jemima (jem)
SILVER Member since Dec 2002

jemima (jem)

Location: london, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1750
Posted:Does this now mean you dont exist by law not having a birth cert? frown we can't be having that. hug

Never assume
Always Acknowledge


BRONZE Member since Jul 2005


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Sihanoukville, cambodia

Total posts: 4191
Posted:gutted hun hug hug what a bunch of c*cks!


BRONZE Member since Jan 2005


i beat my inner child
Location: manchester UK

Total posts: 184
Posted:in fairness to the bank they have to be totally sure about who theyre employing. if you cant get the dates to when you left school/college right then how can you be trusted to correctly deal with the hundreds of thousands of pounds that youll be dealing with every day.
sorry to sound like a w*nker but im sure someone can see my point

--the spark what lit the flame which started the fire that burned forever--


linden rathen
GOLD Member since Mar 2005

linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK

Total posts: 6942
Posted:alice - tell your next job that if they dont employ you will they will find a LOT of angry firespinners outside...



SILVER Member since Apr 2005


....of doom!
Location: Hastings, UK

Total posts: 585
Posted:i'm approximating a whole bunch of dates on my application forms at the moment...but then i'm not even being offered interviews frown so i dont have to account for them being wrong smile

i keep everything on my computer - i use the same dates on everything, even if they are wrong. plus references, personal statements, qualifications etc.


Adya Miriyana
GOLD Member since Feb 2005

Adya Miriyana

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Total posts: 6554
Posted:sillyness! hug

Written by: Cantus

Did you not tell that you're Alice and therefore different rules apply?

exactly wink


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