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Guide Working at East Devon District Council

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3. Selection and pre employment check process

Shortlisting

Shortlisting will be conducted by a panel who will match the contents of your application against the criteria in the person specification. If you meet all the essential criteria and you have a disability, you will be guaranteed an interview for the job. If you are not shortlisted for an interview we will email you to let you know.

Unfortunately we will be unable to provide you with specific feedback on shortlisting decisions. We keep all application forms (in Human Resources) for six months and that of the successful candidate for the period of employment and for a reasonable time thereafter.

Selection process

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to take part in the remaining selection process, which will involve a structured interview and in most cases a relevant work-based test.

It will also involve an occupational personality questionnaire which is administered online if the position has a responsibility for managing people. The person specification for the role will indicate how each of the criteria will be tested for.

Pre-employment checks

If you are offered employment with us we will need to carry out a number of pre-employment checks and we will need to ask you to supply certain information. Following is a list of checks that we will need to carry out depending on your role.

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

It is a requirement of every individual who works for EDDC to prove his or her right to work in the UK. You must ensure that you inform us as early as possible if you require a work permit to work in the UK.

  • References

You will be notified in advance that references will be sought from referees once you have verbally accepted the role. We require a minimum of two references, one of which should be your most recent employer. We will also need to verify your employment history for the last three years so your referees need to cover this period.

If you have been self-employed in the last three years or more you will need to provide evidence to confirm that the business was properly conducted in the form of legitimate documents from either HM Revenue and Customs, accountants, solicitors or client references.

  • Qualifications

Qualifications relevant and essential to the position you have applied for will be verified once a job offer has been made. Original copies only will be accepted.

Any false statement as to qualification made in connection with an appointment will disqualify you from appointment and any instance where employment has commenced before the disqualification is known, your employment will be terminated.

We reserve the right to contact a relevant educational establishment directly or engage the services of an external checking and vetting service to verify qualifications.

  • Criminal record check – verification of unspent convictions

It is a requirement of all applicants to declare any unspent convictions on the Criminal Record Declaration form. If you did not submit a declaration form with your application, you are required to complete one. All employees are subject to a Basic Disclosure application via Disclosure Scotland so that the declaration of unspent convictions can be independently verified.

  • Posts exempt from the criminal record check –Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

If it has been indicated in person specification and other related recruitment information that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure form.

You need to be aware that, depending on the level of check, this might include non-conviction information such as details of cautions, reprimands or warnings and may include police intelligence relating to on-going investigations and relationships with any known or suspected criminals.

The check may also require a check of one or both of the Barred Lists in respect of the children's or adult workforce. Your appointment will be subject to a satisfactory check and this will include checking to see that you declared all relevant information on both the Criminal Record Declaration form (Unspent Convictions) and the Declaration of Spent Convictions no matter when they occurred or what the nature of the offence was.

For further information, please read our policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders contained in the recruitment related policies section.

Health assessment

Appointment is subject to satisfactory health assessment. If you are the successful candidate, you will be sent a confidential Health Questionnaire for completion and submission. The assessment relates to employment in the particular post.

The council is signed up to the Mindful Employer charter and has been awarded the disability ‘two ticks’ symbol. This means we take a supportive non discriminatory approach to mental health issues and disability and implement good practice and reasonable adjustments where ever possible to help you to work.

You will not be discriminated against if you declare you have experienced a mental health problem or have a disability.

You can search for all our jobs and apply online through our online recruitment section.