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Job vacancy FAQs

Can I apply for a job on the closing date?

Yes, you can still apply as long as your application form reaches us before the time given in the advert on the closing date.

Where do I send my application form to?

If sending by email, please send this to recruitment@rutland.gov.uk or by post to Human Resources, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP. If you submit your application form via email you will receive an automatic acknowledgement; if you post your application form to us, please enclose a stamped, addressed postcard and we will confirm we have received this.

What happens to my application form after the closing date?

Shortly after the closing date all of the application forms received for the role are passed to the interview panel. They then shortlist these using the job requirements to select who to invite for interview.

The post I applied for closed 4 weeks ago and I’ve not heard anything. Should I assume I’ve not been successful?

Unfortunately we get a large number of applications for our roles and so it is not possible to go back to everyone individually. If you would like some feedback on your application to help for future roles, please contact HR and we will ask the recruiting manager to contact you.

The post I have applied for is referred to as a ‘Safer Recruitment’ post. What does this mean?

In a ‘Safer Recruitment’ post you would be working with children or vulnerable adults, and so would need to hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We also request references before the interview for these posts.

I have an unspent criminal conviction. Will this stop me from getting a job with you?

We will look at any unspent criminal convictions in relation to the job you are applying for. We will take into consideration the nature of the job, and the circumstances and background to the offence(s) when making a decision.  

When do you request references for other posts?

For all non Safer Recruitment posts, references are requested after you have verbally accepted our conditional offer of employment. If you have put on your application form you are happy for us to approach your referees, we will go ahead and do this. If this is not the case, we will contact you first.

Who should I put as my referees?

We will need the details of two referees. Please make sure your most recent experience is covered, providing your current line manager’s details, or most recent manager’s if you are not currently working. If you have not been employed then please give your lecturer or Head Teacher’s details. Friends and relatives are not acceptable referees.    

Why is it only a ‘conditional’ offer?

All offers of employment at RCC are conditional subject to the confirmation of pre-employment checks, including:

  • A satisfactory medical assessment
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK
  • Proof of relevant qualifications and professional registration to undertake the role
  • Receipt of two satisfactory references
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) / Disclosure Scotland check (for certain roles only – we will need sight of the original certificate when this is received)

We will keep you up to date with the progress of these checks, but would advise you not to resign from your current position until we have confirmed these are all satisfactory and a start date has been agreed.

When will I be able to start work?

Once all of the pre-employment checks have been completed your new line manager will contact you to arrange a start date and time.

The post I am interested in is described as ‘politically restricted’. What does this mean?

The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 places certain restrictions on some Local Government employees, preventing them from taking part in political activities. We will tell you if this applies to the job and what this means in practice. 

Why do you want to know my religion and ethnic background?

The information provided on the Personal Details form is used for monitoring purposes only. We want to ensure that our process is free from any form of discrimination and this information allows this to be regularly reviewed. This form is kept by the Human Resources team - no line managers have access to this information. 

I don’t believe that my application and/or interview was handled fairly. How do I make a complaint?

We would suggest that you ask for some verbal feedback from the chair of the interview panel in the first instance if you have not been successful. If you are not satisfied with the reasons given, please write to Human Resources within 14 days. Please include the reasons for your dissatisfaction, the post you applied for and the interview date so that we can thoroughly investigate this. If you feel that you have been unfairly treated at any other stage of the process, please contact the Human Resources Department. 

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