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Pre-employment appointments don't necessarily mean you got the job, but it's a very good sign when you get a call to report to your prospective employer for a pre-employment meeting. Based on many organizations' hiring practices, pre-employment appointments are the last step before the company either makes an offer or conducts an informal interview where the hiring manager introduces you to future colleagues to determine if you really are a good fit for the job and company. Either way, it's a good sign, but not a guarantee that you'll get the job.
When HR Calls You
If you're summoned to a pre-employment appointment by a member of the human resources staff, it could simply be a formality in the company's hiring and selection process. Before extending an offer of employment, many recruiters assist hiring managers by assembling required paperwork, such as background check applications, fingerprints for criminal history inquiries or pre-employment skills tests. Whenever you get a call from HR to come in for a pre-employment meeting, ask if you need to bring documentation, such as proof of work authorization, certifications or licenses, or professional references.
Ruth Mayhew has been writing since the mid-1980s, and she has been an HR subject matter expert since 1995. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry," and she has been cited in numerous publications, including journals and textbooks that focus on human resources management practices. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ruth resides in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.