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Top Tips

Once you have found the role you would like to apply for, then we encourage applicants to read the below guidance on our top tips for completion your online application. Additionally, we encourage candidates to review of top tips for interview preparation to help provide you with the tools to guide you through the process: 

Top tips for completing your online application:

  • If you have any questions about the role that are not answered by the job description, please get in touch with the named contact in the vacancy advert for an informal discussion.
  • Read advertisement and application form very carefully and make sure that you complete all the sections of the application form. The information you give in the online application form and supporting statement will be used to decide if you should be shortlisted for interview.
  • It is really important that you read the job description and person specification thoroughly before you apply for any position. You need to be able to prove that you meet the requirements of the role you are applying for, and your application should show how you meet each of the criteria listed as essential for the role.
  • Tailor your application to the role: don’t copy and paste your CV into the supporting statement section. The 'supporting information' section is your opportunity to sell yourself; use it to your advantage. You can include any information here that has not been covered elsewhere on the form. 
  • Make sure your personal information is up to date and make sure you explain any gaps in your work or educational history. 
  • When you have completed your form, make sure you read it through for any errors or omissions before you send it: you cannot make any changes once you have submitted your application.
  • Check the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Don’t forget to check your online account: check your emails and online account regularly as this is the way we will contact you with updates on your application.

Top tips for interview preparation:

Once the advert has closed the recruiting manager will start the process of shortlisting. This may take a few days, depending on the number of applications and should you be successful in being shortlisted you will receive an email with the interview invite.

Preparing for your interview:

Our Trust is all about people and individuality, so we want you to relax and be yourself throughout the recruitment process. Here are some useful tips on preparing for your interview:

  • Think about the questions you might be asked: we base interview questions on the job description, person specification and the information in your application form.
  • Prepare some examples: think of some examples that show how you meet the person specification criteria. Make these brief and to the point.
  • Do your research: it helps to know as much as possible about what the role involves, what goes on at the Trust and in the department that you are applying to.
  • Prepare some questions: Think about what questions you might ask. 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, the team set up or development prospects.
  • First impressions count: think about your appearance and ensure you look smart. Be friendly but professional, smile, even if you're nervous inside – it helps you to relax and makes you look more approachable and enthusiastic.
  • Plan your travel arrangements: The interview could take place in any of our locations face to face or via a facetime method. Make sure you have the right location, and you know how long it takes to travel there.
  • Avoid distractions: Concentrate - make sure you switch off your mobile phone.
  • Be aware of your body language: make eye contact with everyone in the room. Smiling over introductions will help you to relax and ensure you appear approachable. Don't fold your arms during the interview; it can be seen as negative and gives the impression that you're not interested.
  • This about your answers: Think about how you answer your questions. 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, please ask for clarification.

Interview outcome:

Once the interview panel have completed interviews for the position, the recruiting manager will call you to provide you with the outcome. If you are unsuccessful, the hiring manager will call you and provide constructive feedback and outline what went well, and areas for improvement and/or lack of experience, so you are aware of these to help prepare you for a future interview.

Staring at the Trust:

Once you have been successful in securing a position with the Trust, you will receive an email from the recruitment team to complete all the necessary pre-employment checks in line with our legal requirements. Once all checks have been fully completed, you will agree a start date with your new line manager who will prepare a local induction table for you so you have a good overview of your first week with the Trust.