Application Form Guidance
The application form is an important part of our recruitment process. The information you provide enables us to decide whether or not you are short listed for interview and is used as the basis for the interview itself.
Before starting an application read the job description and candidate specification carefully and make sure you cover all requirements detailed. Never assume that the interviewing panel have knowledge of your experience and skills.
If you are applying for more than one advertised post, you will need to complete a separate application form for each one.
Let us know if you need help completing the form due to a disability.
The post title and reference number will be in the advert and available to select in the application form.
These are designed to highlight key requirements. For example, all employees need to have permission to work in the UK. Some roles require specific experience/qualifications.
Give details of your education and qualifications gained, including those you are studying for now. Details of recent/relevant training courses should be given. Primary school details are not required.
Include details for any qualifications gained overseas which you feel are relevant.
If invited for interview you will be asked to produce proof of any relevant qualifications e.g. a certificate. You will also be asked to produce proof of membership of a professional body, if it is a requirement of the post.
Tell us about your previous employment, providing a brief description of the duties and responsibilities of each job. Include all jobs whether full time/ temporary/ part time/ voluntary or any periods of self employment.
Employment dates should be continuous; if there are any gaps please tell us why; i.e. a career break, studying, caring for children, unemployment, etc.
Competency Based Questions
These are based on the candidate specification and designed to focus your knowledge, skills and experience on key aspects of the role.
There is also an open section for you to provide us with clear examples on how your skills, knowledge or experience meet the needs of the job. The candidate specification will give you an insight into what we are looking for.
Crawley Borough council is committed to the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities. We guarantee an interview to all candidates who tell us they have a disability and who evidence how they meet the essential criteria for the role in their application. This is set out in the Candidate Specification for the post. We will also make reasonable adjustments to the assessment and interview process if required.
All job offers are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.
You must give details of a referee who can give us an assessment of your suitability for the post. Personal references are not acceptable. Check in advance with your referee that they are happy to provide a reference. If you are employed, your referee must be your current employer. If unemployed, your referee should be your most recent employer. Otherwise, it could be your job adviser, head teacher or course tutor if you are still at school.
If selected, you will be required to undergo an appropriate health screening process. This normally involves you completing a confidential health questionnaire which our Occupational Health Service use to assess your fitness for the post. If Occupational Health need further information, or wish to see you they will contact you directly.
Certain criminal convictions are 'spent' (forgotten) after a rehabilitation period and you are unlikely to need to tell us about these. Find out more about disclosing convictions .
However, there are a number of posts within the Council which are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. These posts normally involve working with children or vulnerable adults (e.g. play staff and Sheltered Housing staff) and also some posts in finance and the law. If the post for which you are applying is an exempt post you must declare all convictions - spent and unspent - and any cautions or bindovers.
If you require any further assistance or information please call 01293 438467 or email Human Resources .
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