We can’t do our important work without the right people in our teams. But the way we choose new people can be in many stages and feel a bit daunting. So here’s some information to help explain how it works. We hope this will take away some of the fear that’s often part of applying for a new job. And so you can do your best.
For many of our jobs you can fill in an online application form
Have a look here and see if there’s anything that matches your skills (and experience) but also excites you too. We want you to enjoy working here because we think happy people are more likely to do a great job
Check out the job description and person spec with the job advert to see if they fit you and what you can do
It’s important that your CV is up-to-date and tailored to the job you’re applying for. Remember to give us examples of the things you’ve done in other jobs (or other areas of your life) that are similar to what’s needed for the new job
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We have to be honest here. Not everyone who applies for a job will go through to the next stages. If this happens to you, it’s totally natural to feel disappointed. And where possible (when we’ve not been asked by too many people at once), we’ll give you feedback on why this happened.
We use many different ways to find the right people.
We’ll arrange to call you for a chat
The phone call could take up to about 30 minutes (don’t worry, we’re paying)
It could be followed by another interview or test
Sometimes, we’ll send you some questions where you record your answers using a webcam
It won’t take longer than 30 minutes to do
We’ll send you more information if we need you to do it
We may ask you to do it a test online before you come for an interview or on the day
Again, there’s no need to worry. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need and you’ll be given plenty of notice
If you’d need to do presentations as part of the job, we could ask you to do one for us
We usually ask you to prepare in advance but sometimes we give people an unseen topic on the day and a short time to prepare, to see how well you deal with pressure or how well you can communicate an important subject
You won’t be offered a job without coming in for (what’s called) ‘a competency-based interview’ with at least two people doing the interviewing
This is where we’ll ask questions to check you have the right skills for the job and ask for examples of how you’ve done the things that are important or essential for the role
But remember, it’s also about if the job’s right for you, so there’ll be plenty of time for you to ask us questions too