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Application Guidance

The application form plays a key part in our decision whether or not to invite you for an interview, so it is important that you complete it as fully and as accurately as possible.

We will not make assumptions about you or your abilities, so it is therefore, your chance to tell us why you think you are the most suitable candidate for the post which you are applying for.

Completing the application form

Before completing the application form you are advised to carefully read the requirements of the Person Specification and the contents of the Job Description. It is not enough to simply state that you meet the criteria, you must demonstrate to us that you have the right skills, knowledge and experience necessary to do the job. So think very carefully about what you put on your application form.

A standard application form is provided to ensure that all applicants have the same opportunity of providing information about themselves. This enables us to compare each application on its merits and also allows the same process to be used.

Application forms can be submitted and completed on-line. If you are submitting an 'off-line' application form and find there is insufficient space for your needs please use a continuation sheet if you are handwriting your application form. Please write in black ink to facilitate photocopying. Remember your application form is our window on you.

Data Protection

All the information you provide on the application form is protected by the Data Protection Act, and is the only information we will use to shortlist applications. Once the application process has been completed, we will store this information for six months, after which it will be destroyed. If you are the successful applicant, some of the information you provide us may be transferred from your application and used on your personnel record.

Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to make a ‘subject access request’ with regard to interview notes. This request must be in writing and addressed to the HR & OD manager. The Authority will respond to your request within 40 calendar days. We will not disclose any information outside of the Council.

Shortlisting and the Interview Process

All application forms received by the closing date will be reviewed against the essential and desirable elements of the specification. This information is plotted on a 'matrix' for comparability and future reference purposes. It is on the basis of this information that applicants are long listed and then subsequently shortlisted. Applicants who meet the essential criteria and have a disability will be guaranteed an interview. Invitations to interview will be sent to the email address listed on your application form if provided

We try to ensure that our recruitment process is fair and properly administered and that everyone is treated in a non-discriminating way.

If selected for interview and you require assistance to attend e g. use of a signer or interpreter, mini loop induction facility or car parking within close proximity to the interview venue, or if your disability affects your access to or mobility within buildings, please contact us on 01246 242424 and we will be happy to provide you with appropriate assistance.

If you would like to discuss why you have not been selected for interview, or appointed, please contact HR and OD who will be pleased to assist.

If you are dissatisfied with any element of the recruitment process or you would like feedback upon your interview you should contact the HR & OD department on 01246 242424 – we look forward to receiving your application.


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Bolsover District Council
The Arc, High Street
Clowne, Chesterfield
S43 4JY

Telephone: 01246 242424
Fax: 01246 242423