After the closing date for the post, the recruitment and selection panel will read all the applications thoroughly and decide which applicants best meet the criteria specified in the person profile. If you are one of those applicants we will contact you as soon as possible to invite you to the selection/interview process.
If a lot of people meet the essential shortlisting requirements of the person profile (* indicates shortlisting criterion) we may use other assessment methods such as tests or other desirable requirements listed on the profile.
Under our commitment to good practice, disabled applicants will be invited to the selection process if they satisfy the essential shortlisting criteria. However, they will have to undertake the secondary shortlisting assessment methods at the selection process.
If you are not successful on this occasion you will receive notification of this on your homepage. However we hope this will not stop you from applying for another job with us in the future.
The selection process
If you are invited to the selection stage we will contact you (by letter or email) to confirm all the arrangements (date, time etc.). If you think you will be unable to attend on that day or time we will try and re-arrange your appointment - if possible.
We will let you know what you are required to bring along, such as proof of qualifications, documents to support your right to work in the UK etc.
The selection process itself may contain a number of assessments depending on the level and complexity of the job. This could include:
- Written exercise
- Personality questionnaire
- Ability test
- Job related test
Don’t worry it is very rare we use all of these together! And we will give you as much information as we can to allow you to prepare yourself.
All our people who are involved in the recruitment process have been specially trained and are authorised to carry out the selection process on behalf of the Council. They will try and put you at ease and also be friendly and fair.
A minimum of two people will be involved to ensure fairness. However, for more senior posts there may be more.
The important thing to remember is the selection stage is very much a two-way process. It’s as much about you finding out if working with us would work for you as us deciding if you’re right for the role.
So please ensure you’ve read through everything carefully and are prepared to both answer and ask questions about the role and your suitability for it.
After the selection process has been completed, the panel members will look through their interview notes and the results of any other assessments you may have been asked to do and decide who best meets the person profile for the job.
Finally, if you are not offered the job, do not be too disappointed. Our jobs are usually advertised widely and there are often a lot of applications for most of them. You will have done well to get to the selection stage and maybe, next time, you will be offered the job. So keep on trying!
If you want feedback on why you were not appointed just contact us and we will make arrangements for the recruitment and selection panel to tell you.
If you have a complaint
You have the right to complain if you feel that you have been unfairly discriminated against in any stage of the recruitment and selection process because of your gender, marital status, age, race, disability, sexuality, religion etc. or if you feel that we have not dealt with your application fairly.
You should first contact the HR Service Centre on (01709) 334141 who will look into the matter for you. All enquiries will be dealt with in confidence.
If you still feel that you have a cause for complaint, you may wish to use the Council’s formal complaints procedure.