As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, five behaviour statements and confirm you hold the relevant qualifications. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Shortlisting will be based on your Technical skills, statement of experience (Curriculum Vitae) and examples of behaviours. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.
Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to take part in a “blended” interview mixing questions about your strengths and behaviours. Your ability will be assessed from a short presentation with a set topic or question provided before the interview. Please note, there will be no resources or equipment provided by Defra for this presentation
Candidates who pass the interview criteria but are not offered a post will be kept on a reserve list for 12 months and may be offered similar roles across the department.
Defra also considers those who may have narrowly missed meeting the criteria for the post advertised but would be a good match for a grade lower in other areas of the business under the ‘near miss principle’.
Please note that interviews via video conferencing are not feasible at this time.
Sift and interview dates to be confirmed. Interviews will take place in London.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via PriorityRecruitment.email@example.com as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.
Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
Legislative changes and the closure of Employer Supported Childcare scheme on 4 October 2018 will mean individuals moving across the Civil Service to a new PAYE scheme on any type of move other than TUPE/COSOP will lose the right to continue to claim Childcare Vouchers.
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Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:
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Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.