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Applying for a job

We’re delighted that you’re considering working with us.

Please read all job descriptions and person specifications carefully so that you find the role that is right for you.

When you have found the role you’re interested in, use the application form to share your skills and experience, and explain how you meet all the essential criteria within the person specification.

Please be aware that our adverts do sometimes close early, even where there’s a published deadline. So if you’re interested in a particular role, please apply as soon as you can.

You will see that the application form has the following sections to complete:

  • Your personal details
  • Your full employment and training history
  • Your references covering the last three years
  • Your personal statement (you should review the criteria that are essential for the role and demonstrate how you meet each of these. Ideally you should also explain how you meet each of the desirable requirements too)

When you submit your application form once, the information will be stored on our system, which will make it easier for you to complete future applications.

To avoid delays in the recruitment processes if you are successful, it is important to ensure:

  • Your personal details are correct  
  • Any gaps in your working career include an explanation
  • Valid work email addresses for employer referees

Personal email addresses should only be used for character references to cover any periods when you were not working.

We will not contact your referees until you give us permission to do so.

We will review and let you know as soon as possible if you have made the next stage of the recruitment process. This is usually by email.

For some of our roles, we ask that you complete a competency exercise first. For example, we might ask you to consider a situation you may face in the role and demonstrate how you would respond to this challenge.

For most of our roles, the next stage is an interview This could be face to face, but the majority are conducted online using Microsoft Teams.

The questions we ask are based around our values, which are embedded in everything we do.

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working together with you to develop innovative solution

Our questions are designed to help you demonstrate how your behaviour matches our values, so think carefully about this before your interview.

What to bring with you

If your interview is face to face, we will also ask you to bring a minimum of 3 documents to prove:

  • Your identity
  • Your eligibility to work in the UK
  • Your professional registration and qualifications

This will help us validate your identity, and if you’re appointed to the position, undertake employment checks.

We will explain all the details in your interview invitation, which will either be by a call or email.

Please ensure you bring everything that is required, as missing forms of ID can cause delays to your application.

Unfortunately we’re not able to reimburse expenses for interviews such as travel costs.

We hope that you will be successful, but if you aren’t we can provide you verbal feedback to help you with future applications. 

Unfortunately we cannot offer feedback to those who haven’t been short-listed for interview.

We send most communications about your application via trac.jobs. Therefore, after you apply, check your email address regularly. If you have a Hotmail or Yahoo! address, please also check your spam folders.

For successful candidates, the next stage is an offer letter which we will send you using trac.jobs, our recruitment platform. This will be conditional, whilst we undertake employment checks.

Attached to the offer, if your interview was online, will be instructions on how you can book your in person ID check. Please do this as soon as you can.   

We will also provide you with a number of forms for you to complete. Please review and complete this paperwork promptly so we can process your application. In addition to this, please let your referees know that we will be contacting them in the next few days to avoid any delays in you being able to join us.

Once all the checks are successfully complete, we’ll let you know and start to prepare to welcome you. We will send you a link to a page on our new staff portal, Nexus for New Starters, so you can so you can feel part of the team as you wait to join us.

Contact us

We're here to help you, so get in touch if you have any questions, or reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process under the Equality Act (e.g. application form in a different format).

Email jobs@berkshire.nhs.uk