Guide to recruitment

Before you apply (Stage 1)

Read this information to find out what you should consider before you apply.

There is a link to the next stage at the bottom of this page.

Decide if you should apply

Every job we advertise is supported by a Job Profile. This is a document which explains the:

  • Job purpose and duties
  • Selection criteria - values and behaviours
  • Selection criteria - experience, qualifications and training and other requirements

You should read the Job Profile carefully and understand what it is asking. You can then begin to think about:

  • What the job actually involves and if you have the relevant experience and skills required
  • What interests you about this job
  • If the job opportunity is right for your career development

Selection criteria

The Job Profile will say if each selection criteria will be assessed on your application form, during your interview, during a test, or any combination of these.

Each selection criteria which is assessed on the application form, will be used to shortlist candidates for interview. Remember, the selection panel can only take into account what you have put on your application form.

Completing your application

It is best to prepare before your start your application. Here are some things you can do:

  • Think about your career history, start to list the jobs you have had
  • Make a list of all your skills and experiences that are relevant for this job
  • Collect evidence to demonstrate you have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience
  • List your strengths and identify any areas of potential weakness, which you could develop in the future

Giving examples

It is important for you to be able to give examples of how you meet the requirements for the job. Before you start your application you need to spend time thinking about your skills and experience and how they meet the specified criteria for the job you are applying for. You can include the skills and experience you have gained outside of work and through training if they are relevant.

Your examples should be your best, and describe something which tells us about your achievements and skills.

A useful approach is to use the STAR model, which will help structure your thinking:

  • Situation – set the scene and describe a situation or problem
  • Task - explain the task required to solve the issue or problem
  • Action - describe what you actually did, how and when you did it, and why you made these choices to overcome the issue or problem
  • Result - explain the outcome of your action and the difference it made

Draft a rough copy

You should consider writing a rough draft of your application in Microsoft Word, or other similar software. This will help you to organise and plan your application and avoid mistakes and duplication. You will be able to spell check your work and then cut and paste it into the online form.

It also means that you will have a copy of your application for future reference.


Once you have completed your draft application you should ask someone you trust to read it and give their opinion.

You should check that any dates are listed in the correct order and that there are no unexplained gaps in your employment history.

Do not submit the same application for different jobs. You need to look at the requirements listed as they will be different for each role.

If you have a disability

We are committed to employing disabled people and will consider every applicant based on merit. One of our commitments is to guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, provided their application meets the minimum (essential) requirements of the job vacancy.

When you complete your application you can choose to tell us about any adjustments you may require.

Next stage

Completing your application form.