Our Application and Recruitment Process

Thank you for your interest in working with BCP Council.

If you have a query about the application or recruitment process please contact the recruitment team for advice. If you are applying for a position within a school or another third party organisation, please use the contact details on the advert unless otherwise stated.

It is important to us that every stage of our recruitment process is transparent and fairly carried out. We have a duty to ensure that everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory way. We hope that you will feel that you have been treated fairly, even if you are not successful in your application.

Application Advice

Find out how to apply for a position by reading the advert first.

If you can apply online the application documents are made available to you on the right hand side of your screen and an apply online button appears in the advert. If an apply online button is not available, please read the advert for details of how to apply.

To ensure a fair recruitment process, we do not accept CVs as an application. Unfortunately, your CV may not provide us with all the information that we require. Our application form helps us to assess the skills and knowledge that you tell us about and makes it easier for us to be able to assess your skills against other applicants in a fair and consistent way.

Please read all documents on the advert for more detailed information about the position.

  • The job description gives you more detailed information about the position. It will list the main purpose of the job together with the main responsibilities.
  • The person specification or role profile details the experience, education, knowledge, skills and type of person we are looking for. It also becomes the main part of the application form if you apply online.

Applicants who conceal or misrepresent relevant information at any stage will be disqualified from appointment or, if appointed, may be dismissed without notice.

Applying online

Register or sign into your account if you are already registered.

Fully complete your profile or, if already completed, check it for necessary updates before clicking the “apply online” button on the job advert (if you start an application and then edit your profile, the changes will only appear on subsequent applications).

The online application form will give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role as set out on the person specification.

You need to submit your application before 23:59 on the closing date.

Check the form has submitted correctly by logging into your account. 

If you require an application form in an alternative format then please contact the Recruitment Team.

MONITORING INFORMATION

In order to help the Council monitor the effectiveness of its Equal Opportunities Policy (and for no other reason) you are asked to provide the information requested on the Equal Opportunities page of our application form. The information you give us will be detached from your application and will be kept confidential. This information will not be seen by the Recruiting Manager or the interview panel and will not be taken into consideration when assessing your suitability for the post.

If you are successful at interview and take up employment with the Council, the equal opportunities information you have provided will form part of your employment record and will be held and maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

REFERENCES

You will be asked to provide details of two referees on your application form.

Where possible, your first reference should be your current or most recent employer. Your second reference should be your most recent previous employer.

For assistance in completing this section of the application form please read our guidance on recruitment checks.

MONITORING INFORMATION

In order to help the Council monitor the effectiveness of its Equal Opportunities Policy (and for no other reason) you are asked to provide the information requested on the Equal Opportunities page of our application form. The information you give us will be detached from your application and will be kept confidential. This information will not be seen by the Recruiting Manager or the interview panel and will not be taken into consideration when assessing your suitability for the post.

If you are successful at interview and take up employment with the Council, the equal opportunities information you have provided will form part of your employment record and will be held and maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Selection

After the closing date, all applications are forwarded to the recruiting manager. A short-listing panel usually made up of two or three people from the team you will be working for will assess your application objectively against the person specification criteria.

If successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an interview. The invitation will be sent by email unless you have chosen an alternative method of contact.

If you cannot attend your interview at your allotted day or time please inform us as soon as possible using the contact details on your invite to interview. We will try to accommodate your reasonable requests for an alternative arrangement, but we cannot guarantee this.

If unsuccessful, in most cases we will contact you by email to advise that you have not been shortlisted for the post. If you have not heard from us three weeks after the closing date, you may assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

If you want to discuss why you have not been shortlisted, please contact the named recruiting manager for further information.