Job application - data information
Having had a variety of contract/temporary jobs since 2002, I was recently offered a six month contract, which I accepted subject to the references checking out, all quite normal. This morning I have received the official application forms/new starter pack from the employer, and I am alarmed by the amount of information they want to know. They want passport number, two emergency contacts, three work and two personal references. The worst one, is that they want me to detail my employment history for the last five years, including information and explanations for any breaks. I have had between twenty to thirty jobs in that period, including a couple of times when I signed on. I have to say what my duties were at each job, who I reported to, why I left. They say that I can provide continuation sheets if I need to, but in all honesty, my employment history will resemble "War and Peace"!
Just for what it's worth, they are a large US firm in the city, but I will only be employed for six months in a quite basic support capacity.
Is this sort of thing the norm, or am I correct in thinking it is a bit excessive?