Application process

Person applying for a job online

How do I apply for a vacancy?

You can apply for a vacancy online via web recruitment. This system will keep your details on the system meaning you can apply quicker next time. CVs on their own cannot be accepted, and instead must be emailed to to be included with their online application form.

To request an application form in an alternative format, for example, braille, audio tape or disk, please contact Corporate Customer Service Centre on 01824 706000 or email

In certain instances, for lower graded roles where there is no requirement for reading or writing skills, alternative recruitment formats may be available whereby applicants attend an interview with their CV and supporting documents, and do not have to complete an application form for consideration. Where this is the case, this will be clearly explained on the advertisement. If this is not stated clearly on the advertisement, applicants must follow the above measures to apply for a job.

Do you accept CVs?

Generally speaking, we do not accept CVs.  We ask candidates to complete an application form for a vacancy rather than submitting a CV as we think this gives you the best opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience for a role.

We strive to ensure our process is fair to all applicants and the same criteria are taken into account.

Occasionally there are roles where a CV may be accepted, if this is the case, it will be made clear on the job description.

I am interested in several jobs you have advertised; can I fill in one form for the various jobs?

No. Each of our jobs has a unique reference number with a job description and person specification relevant to that job. Each application form must be tailored to each job.

How will I know if you have received my application form?

When you apply online, you will receive an automated email to say your form has been submitted. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours then please check your spam/junks folders. If you still haven’t received an email then please email

Can I arrange another interview date if I am not available for the scheduled interviews?

It is extremely difficult to accommodate alternative interview dates where all interview panel members can reconvene and it will also delay the recruitment process. This is why the council ensures that the majority of job advertisements specify the interview date so applicants know in advance when they are required to attend if shortlisted for interview.

Applicants are also asked for dates when they are not available to attend an interview within the application form, and the recruiting panel will try their best to accommodate this, however this cannot be guaranteed.

What are the essential and desirable criteria?

The job description for each vacancy will specify the skills and experience which are essential to fulfil the role. We use the essential and desirable criteria to shortlist who will go through to interviews. Please make sure you remember to demonstrate how you meet the criteria in your application form.

What happens to the personal information on my application form?

This information will be treated within the strictest confidence and with the utmost regard for the Data Protection Act 2018. The equality and diversity section will be separated and used for monitoring purposes only. The interview panel will not have sight of this form. Your personal details will be stored for a maximum of six months at which time they will be confidentially disposed of. If you are successful in your application your personal information will be kept securely on your personal file.

The post I am interested in is advertised as full-time. Can I work part-time or job share?

The Council has many agile and flexible working options available and many jobs within the council can be carried out either on a part-time / job share basis. For further information, please contact the recruiting manager.

How will I know if I have been shortlisted for interview?

You will receive confirmation of the date, time and venue via email from Human Resources. The council aims to give you at least a week’s notice, although where this has been stated on the advert pack it might be less. If you have not heard within three weeks of the closing date, then you may assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.