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Selection process

Jobs guidance pack

Before applying for one of our advertised jobs, please read our guidance pack. It contains a section by section guide to filling out the application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and can help you fill out your application form.

Following the completion of an application form we use a range of selection processes to select the most appropriate candidate for a job. 

Panel shortlist

After the closing date for application forms, a shortlisting panel will meet to review the job criteria and match this with the information you have supplied in your application form.

If your application form demonstrates you meet the criteria, you will be invited to the next stage of the selection process. 

Testing and assessment

If the panel shortlists your application, you may be invited to take part in a skills test or an assessment centre. The purpose of this process is to assess certain competencies which are required for the job. 

If you can demonstrate you have the relevant competencies, you will be invited to the next stage of the selection process. 

Interview

Following the panel shortlist or testing and assessment process, you may be invited to attend a structured interview for the job. This panel interview will usually involve three council officers. 

In the case of Head of Service and Director posts, the panel will usually be made up of councillors.

Appointment process

If you are recommended for appointment, following the panel interview, you may be asked to:

  • provide us with two references
  • undergo a medical assessment
  • produce original copies of any qualifications which you rely on to support your application for the job
  • provide an original copy of your birth certificate
  • show evidence of your national insurance number.

Pre-employment checks

If you are successful at interview and offered the job, there are a number of pre-employment checks which need to be completed:

  • Right to work in the UK
  • Proof of qualifications
  • Pre-employment health check
  • References

Reserve list

Following interview, you may be placed on a reserve list of applicants deemed suitable for appointment should another vacancy arise within a specified timescale. If a vacancy arises in that time it may be offered to applicants on the reserve list with no need for a further interview.


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Human Resources
028 9027 0640
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9-21 Adelaide St
Belfast
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