What to expect when applying & FAQs
Understanding what courses we offer and how we support our students will help you make an informed decision about joining us. It is always beneficial to have a look at the College website where you will also find news, policies and procedures.
Throughout the recruitment and selection process we will be talking to you about your skills, experience and how they relate to the post you have applied for, so before applying, think of suitable examples of these.
Take time to review the job advert and make sure that you can demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria as outlined in the Employee Specification. Please ensure that all the information you provide is accurate throughout the process.
When you apply for a post, please save a copy of the Advert, Employee Spec and Job Description in case you wish to refer to them at a later date. Once the closing date has past these documents will no longer be available on the site.
We do not accept CV’s so please do ensure you use the online application form. If you require an alternative format, please contact us at email@example.com to let us know your needs.
Our step by step guide to e-recruitment should answer any practical questions you may have in relation to completing the application. However, if you have any further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Applications close at 23.59 on the job advert’s closing date. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.
If you find that you are experiencing difficulties completing your online application, please try the following:
- Log out and back in
- Use a different web browser e.g. Firefox, Chrome etc
- If you get a ‘Security Violation’ error – please apply directly through the College website rather than copying and pasting the URL
- If you receive a ‘404’ effort this will be related to your own firewall security settings.
You will receive an automated response letting you know that we have received your application form.
We will also ensure that we let you know whether or not you have been invited to interview. We aim to do this as quickly as we can, however, there can be delays so please do not worry, we will let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date. You can also log in to your account at any time to see what stage your application is at. If there is going to be a significant delay we will contact you to let you know – please check your spam/junk folder in case it goes in there!
We do tend to receive a large number of applications so unfortunately it is not possible to provide you with feedback if you are not invited to interview.
Notice We will always try to give you at least one week’s notice of your interview date. Interviews may be held in person on one of our campuses, or they may be held online via Microsoft Teams.
The interview All interviews have competence-based elements so, during your interview, you will be expected to use examples of past work. You should therefore consider your recent achievements when responding to questions.
All interviews will have a panel of at least two interviewers. All interviewees for the same post will be asked the same questions to ensure fairness, however, we may also ask you supplementary questions to find out a little more about your experience.
The interview panel will score your responses against the competences for the post and the criteria outlined in the Employee Specification. They will also take into account your suitability for the team you would be joining and the College as a whole.
Some interviews may have additional assessment criteria such as presentations, skills tests and so on, however, you will be notified about this when you are invited to interview.
Reschedule Only in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the interview panel, will we be able to reschedule your interview if you are unable to attend on the date given.
Expenses Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse travel expenses.
Reasonable Adjustments If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during your interview, please contact email@example.com or give us a call as soon as you can to discuss your needs.
We will always try to let you know the outcome of your interview as quickly as possible, usually within 10 days. However, sometimes we have to spread interviews over a period of time so there may be occasions when it takes a little longer. If there is going to be a significant delay we will contact you to let you know.
There may be occasions, particularly with senior level posts, when we invite candidates back for a second interview. If this is the case we will contact you directly to let you know.
If you are successful we will contact you to make a conditional offer. You will then go through the College’s online onboarding system. Once all your pre -employment checks are completed, to the standards required, we will either make your offer unconditional and organise your start date or we will add your name to our Bank of temporary staff.
For Support posts your initial salary placement will normally be on the first point of the scale and will increase by annual incremental progression. For Lecturing posts your initial salary placement, and subsequent progression, will be determined according to the nationally agreed framework.