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Job application guidance

Shortlisting and interviews

The recruitment panel usually comprises of the line manager and one another panel member, usually another manager. The panel will complete the shortlisting process by scoring your application against the criteria set out in the person specification. Once shortlisting is complete, you will receive an automated email notifying you of the outcome from

If your application has been shortlisted you will need to book an interview slot via the e-recruitment website. Once you have booked your interview, you will receive an email confirmation and further details regarding arrangements for the day of the interview such as location and who to contact when you arrive.

If your application was unsuccessful you will receive an email confirming this. You are encouraged to request feedback from the recruiting manager who will be happy to provide this in order to assist you in completing future job applications.

Equal opportunities policy

The council is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in employment, in recruitment and the services we provide. Applications are considered on the basis of their suitability for the post regardless of sex, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status, domestic responsibilities, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. People with disabilities are guaranteed an interview provided they are suitably qualified and/or experienced.

Candidates will be considered for shortlisting on the factual information on their application form. Therefore it is important to give as much information as possible including information about experience gained outside employment.

The interview

The purpose of the interview is to find out more about your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities and suitability for the role. You will also be asked questions relating to the employee competencies so ensure you have looked at this prior to the interview.

It is important that you prepare for the interview and give as much thought as possible to how you can demonstrate the essential criteria and PACE competencies.

The National Careers Service provides information on preparing for interviews which you may find useful.

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