Do we have to interview a candidate that has disclosed a conviction for murder?

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 14 July 2016
Patricia Rooney
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We are a small organisation and currently advertising for a role within the Company.  Due to the nature of our operations it is likely that the successful post holder will interact with children.  One of the applicants has disclosed a conviction for murder and we would not want this person representing our organisation or providing services.  Do we have to interview him?

The applicant disclosed a conviction for murder.  You should be aware that a custodial sentence of more than 2 ½ years is never spent and consequently this applicant cannot suggest that this conviction is spent and that is should not be considered.  In any event, he has voluntarily declared it to

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