Guidance Notes for Completing the Application Form

Your application form plays an important part in our recruitment and selection process. Based upon the information you provide, we make a decision on whether or not you will be shortlisted for interview. Before completing the application form, please read all the information which is relevant to the post you are applying for.

The Application Form

The Job Description and Person Specification
Please study these documents carefully.   The Job Description details the duties of the post, whilst the Person Specification lists the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required.

Rough Draft
If you first write your application in draft it will avoid mistakes and repetition and ensure the final version is well organised, well presented and relevant.

Education Training and Qualification
Ensure that you list all your relevant qualifications and training details, especially those specific to the post.  You will be asked to provide certificates if you are selected for interview.

Employment / Work Experience
When listing employment history, please ensure dates are correct and in the right order.  Identify skills, knowledge and experience relevant to this job.  Please include details of any community, voluntary or unpaid work that has equipped you with additional skills.

Additional Information
This section allows you to demonstrate why you are a suitable candidate for this post.  Try to support your application with details of the experience, skills and benefits you can bring to the Council, it is helpful if you are able to include examples.  If you use extra page(s), please ensure that you clearly number them and include your name.

It is important to include full details of two responsible people who are able to comment on your suitability for this post.  If you have been employed, one should be your present or most recent employer.  The referees you give must be able to cover the last three years of your employment.  If you are selected for interview, we will write to your referees beforehand, unless you indicate ‘yes' to the question ‘Do you wish to be consulted before this referee is approached?'

Equal Opportunities
Wychavon District Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all job applicants.  Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form within the application form.  This information is confidential and used for monitoring purposes only.  The form will be separated from your application on receipt. The selection panel will not see it.

Finally …

  • Ensure your application form is well presented. Complete the form as fully as possible.
  • Use a black ink pen or typeface to complete the form.  This is because the form will be photocopied if you are shortlisted for interview.
  • Ensure your completed form arrives on or before the closing date.
  • Keep a copy for your own records.

Good Luck with your Application !!!


Information for Applicants

If you would like more information or have any queries about your application, please contact in the first instance:

Civic Centre,
Queen Elizabeth Drive,
WR10 1PT
Telephone: 01386 565563.

If you have any comments or suggestions that can help us to further improve our service or if you want to make a comment about any aspect of the selection process, again please contact us as above.

If you are not satisfied with the response, you can contact the Managing Director at the same address.

Late applications will not normally be accepted. Photographs and CV's will be detached before the applications are considered by the shortlisting panel.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by telephone. This will be followed up by a letter detailing interview arrangements.

Appointment will be made subject to a medical report, references that are considered acceptable by the Council, proof of qualifications and proof of entitlement to work in the UK.

The new employee will be taken through the induction process when they start and will be invited to visit the Authority before they start work.

A relocation package may be available where appropriate. Further details are available on request at interview.


After the Selection Process

If you are the successful applicant, you will be made an offer of employment subject to medical clearance and the receipt of references that are satisfactory for our purposes. Some posts are also subject to other checks, such as from the Criminal Records Bureau or of your qualifications. You will need to bear this in mind if you are currently employed and need to resign from your post.

If you are not presently employed in Local Government, then your appointment will automatically be subject to a probationary period of six months.

Every appointment, be it a first appointment to the Council, internal promotion or alternative work incorporates a "settling in" period. This is generally for a period of six months and involves increased levels of support and guidance from your manager. It also provides you with feedback on your performance to help you to clearly understand what is expected of you. This reflects our commitment to helping you to successfully settle into your new role and the organisation as a whole.

Thank you for your interest – we look forward to hearing from you.