How to Apply

Join us, and you will be part of an organisation dedicated to creating a great place for living, and a great place for working. If you believe you have the skills and qualities we are looking for, then we encourage you to apply.

Your personal qualities will be as important as your professional experience, and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. Our thorough selection process ensures that you, and every other candidate, will receive equal and fair treatment.

On this page, you will find an overview of the application process. You will be able to read further details in the candidate pack for the role you are interested in, as well as full guidance on the website when you make your application.

We recruit “on merit on the basis of fair and open competition” in line with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.


Submitting your online application

Please complete and submit your application through the website here

You will be asked to enter your most current employment details, covering a period of at least 3 years. You can enter up to a total of 8 previous jobs, and must provide details of any gaps in your employment history.

You may be asked to provide behaviour examples during your application. We will tell you if this is the case on our job adverts. This document explains what behaviours are and explains how they are assessed.

You should only upload your CV if the application form clearly asks you to. You may also be asked to upload an additional document, which will be specified on the application form.

You will be able to track your completed application form through the site, where you will see your application status, any correspondence that has been sent to you, along with the sender’s contact details. You can also edit your personal details.

However please note that once you submit your application, you cannot amend it.

If you wish to re-apply for a particular job or if you need to update any information such as your employment details or educational achievements, please contact the recruitment team, or the point of contact in the job advert, to discuss whether this is possible.

Reasonable adjustment

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 approach the point of contact in the job advert as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

You should also 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.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)

The Civil Service guarantees to interview any person with a disability defined by the Equality Act 2010.

To apply under the GIS, please go to the “Additional requirements” section of your online application.

The GIS only guarantees that you will be invited to the interview, providing you meet the minimum criteria. It does not guarantee a job.

At interview all applicants will be marked solely on merit.

Online tests

The Civil Service may also use online psychometric tests to help decide whether a person has the required capabilities to meet the needs of a job at a particular grade.

You may be asked to complete one or more of the following tests:

  • Verbal Reasoning Test
  • Numerical Reasoning Test
  • Civil Service Judgement Test

We will say whether this is the case on the job advert and, if you are invited to take a test, we will send you full instructions for how to complete it. No specialist knowledge or experience is needed for any of the tests.

The Civil Service Judgement Test is a situational judgement test which measures your ability to demonstrate specific behaviours underpinning the Civil Service Behaviours relevant for the job you are applying for. There are also some self-assessment questions about your aspiration and engagement.

Test results and feedback

We will calculate your score based on the responses you give, and will compare your score with the results gained by a peer group who took the same test(s).

Meeting the minimum required standard for the test(s) is no guarantee that you will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.

You will receive an automatically generated feedback report that will help you to understand how well you performed and will also provide some general suggestions as to how you can improve further.

Sift assessment

A sift is an assessment of your behaviour examples or CV and other criteria to determine whether they are sufficient to merit you being called to interview.

A sift panel will agree the standards used to assess each application to determine who has the strongest example(s) for each behaviour for that particular vacancy.


If you are successful in reaching this stage of the application process, you will receive an email explaining how to agree on an interview slot.

Most interviews are behaviour-based, and can last between 30 to 60 minutes.

You may also be asked to prepare a presentation on a given subject area. If this is the case, we will notify you in advance of the interview.

Pre-appointment checks

If you have been successful we will send you a provisional offer of employment, pending the pre-appointment checks as specified in the job advert.

These checks can take several weeks, and must be satisfactorily completed before we can make a formal offer of employment or agree a start date. Therefore, if you are in employment, please do not hand in your notice until a formal job offer is made.

All non-civil servants will need to undergo a security check as part of pre-employment checks. If you are an existing civil servant, some roles may require further, more detailed, vetting.

You can read further information about the different types of security checks here.