Can an employer have me fill out payroll information without offering a job?

I've been trying to get a job through civil service exams/interviews. About three weeks after one particular interview, I spoke to an HR rep who explained that he'd be sending me some paperwork through the mail because I am "being considered," and that I should fill it out ASAP. Great news, yes, but it required that I submit sensitive financial information -- account and routing numbers for direct deposit paperwork -- and include a voided check. The letter that came with it also was very explicit that this wasn't a job offer. I did send the paperwork back in a timely fashion, but why would I be expected to fill out a W-2, a form for a new employee, and a direct deposit form without a job offer?

Asked By: Melissa - 3/14/2011
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There are some employers that ignorantly gather this information prior to extending a job offer to prepare just in case. For example, the need for a voided check is really not needed with the way technology is these days. Sometimes the reason a voided check is asked for is so that the employer can verify that the... More
Answered By: Alicia - 3/14/2011
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that sounds weird. i can understand the w-2 but not the direct deposit info. put on the form u don't have an account at the moment (if u don't have money coming in u don't need an account) but when u get the job, u will use the check as an initial deposit and fill out the direct deposit info. hope this helps.
Answered By: ssandydem - 3/14/2011
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