Generally speaking we will not submit the Security Questionnaire to the Defence Vetting Agency until we have a viable candidate - ie someone that has passed the Recruiting Test, Medical Examination, PJFT & Selection Interview - together with favourable references.
Those with a shady criminal or financial past are probably best declaring it upfront to save time, money, pointless effort, angst & an uncertain career prospect.
I doubt there will be a problem with an educational reference as they tend to be the most honest. Many employers seem to lose their bottle when it comes to writing a reference as they fear being sued - madness really- all we want is the truth.
The reason for the references is to confirm, from a position of relative public standing, the claimed moral integrity & reliability of the applicant. Those who cannot provide details of a person willing to vouch for them, spins us back to the precise reason we ask for them in the first place.
I didn't actually give any employer references, just two people who know me and can vouch for my integrity, reliability, etc. They're not relations and have known me far longer than the alternatives. Will that prove a problem? I could change one but it would have been a bit of a palaver and a delay to my application to locate my last employer due to the business suffering major upheaval and being split all over the place.
please dont shoot me down for asking this question, (i am in the process of filling in my Security clearance form) but who are my "nominees" a section near the back of the form, is that where i get my referees to fill in??