Once you have searched our vacancies and found a job you would like to apply for, read all the guidance on this page carefully.
To apply for a job, you must complete an application form. This ensures that everyone gives information in the same format and allows us to assess your application in a standard way. Please fill in the form as fully and accurately as possible.
Completing your application form:
Try to complete all parts of the application form. If some sections of the form do not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable) in the spaces provided.
Almost all communication during the recruitment process is via email and text so it is important that you supply a correct email address and mobile phone number if you have one.
Each job we advertise is based on a job description and person specification. The job description lists the main types of duties and responsibilities of the post. The person specification outlines the skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications that you will need for the job. Read these documents thoroughly and take a look at our values, as well as any other information provided.
Once you understand the requirements, please ensure your application accurately reflects where and how you match them. We shortlist applicants against the job description and person specification, so give examples to demonstrate how your skills and experience are relevant to the job you are applying for and how and where you have used them.
Provide information on any relevant experience from your present or previous jobs. You can include skills and experience gained from community or voluntary work, work experience, leisure interests and activities in the home.
Ensure you tell us about your education and the training you have received, both formally and informally.
An important section is on ‘Supporting information’. Don’t ignore this section of the form as you can use it to tell us about you, your qualifications and experience in relation to the specific post you are applying for.
Where jobs involve working with or around patients, if we formally offer you a job, we will apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check on you. At the same time, we would be applying for an occupational health check on applicants who have been offered posts.
References are an essential part of the recruitment process and can cause long delays in applicants becoming our employees. Please make sure you check the information you have supplied for your referees and also ensure you have covered the last three year time period with the referees provided.
If you’ve submitted a good application, you may be invited to come to an interview. This section gives some tips on how to prepare and what to expect at your interview.
For some vacancies you will be invited to come to an assessment event rather than a standard interview.
Preparing for your interview
Do your research about our Trust and services and especially the department you are being interviewed for. Prepare for the interview questions. Read through the job description, person specification and your application. The questions you are asked may relate to these documents, so have a think about what you might be asked.
Think about your appearance
It’s not just what you say that makes an impression; it’s also how you look. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for your interview. Plan your journey. There can often be delays, so leave plenty of time so you don’t get caught out. If you’re early, you can always spend the time going through your notes. If you are delayed for any reason, make sure you call ahead to let your interviewers know.
First impressions count
Be friendly but professional, smile, even if you’re nervous inside – it helps you to relax and makes you look more approachable and enthusiastic.
Be aware of your body language
Make eye contact, but don’t overdo it and make sure you address everyone in the room. Avoid pointing or using gestures too much to emphasise a point, which can distract the interviewers from your answer. Don’t fold your arms; this can make you appear nervous, defensive or even a bit uninterested.
Most of our interviews are structured, with each interviewer having a number of questions to ask. Think about how you answer your questions. Don’t ramble, but don’t be so brief that the interviewers have to continually prompt you for more information.
Try to keep to the point and make sure you are actually answering the question. If you do not have relevant experience of a situation, don’t be afraid to say so, but suggest what you would do in that situation or think of another way to demonstrate your ability or the skills they are looking for.
Equally, if you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. The interviewers may ask you questions about the information you submitted on your application form. They are likely to ask you about your current or last role and about any gaps in your employment. Don’t forget that this is also your chance to see if the role is suitable for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, for example about the role or development prospects.