Please read the Job Description and Person Specification fully. Do you have all the qualifications, skills, qualities and experience necessary for the job?
If you have any questions, please call our friendly Human Resources team on
020 8326 2294 or email HR@west-thames.ac.uk
The shortlisting panel will decide, from the evidence supplied on the application form, which candidates best meet the criteria outlined in the Person Specification. The panel do not see the Equal Opportunities Form. If you have been shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview. Usually no more than 8 candidates are shortlisted for interview. We will shortlist any applicant with a disability if they meet the selection criteria.
If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.
We strongly advise you to prepare for the interview by:
In addition to the interview, depending on the nature of the post, you may be asked to prepare a short presentation, show a portfolio of your work, or do a pre-interview task relevant to the job. We will let you know in your invitation for interview letter if you are required to do this.
If you are required to do a presentation it will usually take place in the first 10-15 minutes before the interview commences. The decision to appoint will not be made solely on your performance in your task.
The interview will usually last from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the nature and seniority of the job. The interview panel will consist of two to five people. This will usually include relevant staff such as your prospective line manager and possibly a representative from Human Resources.
All candidates are asked the same core questions, although the panel may ask each candidate different supplementary questions if necessary. The panel will take notes during the interview. There will be an opportunity at the end of the interview for you to ask any questions.
When the panel have reached a decision, a member of the Human Resources Team will contact the candidate they feel is best for the post (usually by telephone) to see if he or she wants to accept the position. The offer of employment will then be made in writing, subject to satisfactory references.
The appointment is also subject to a medical clearance, Disclosure and Barring criminal records check, a visa or work permit (if required) and proof of your qualifications.
Unsuccessful candidates will be informed of the decision in writing, usually within one week of the interview. We are happy to give you feedback on your interview on request.