After the advertised closing date all applications are passed in electronic format through NHS Jobs to the Sheffield PCT Recruitment Team. The Recruiting Manager then receives copies of all applications received and assesses them in line with the Job Description and Person Specification. This helps them to identify those candidates who match closely with the essential and desirable criteria for the post. This is called the “Shortlisting process”. Due to the volume of applications received we are unable to acknowledge each application therefore if you haven’t heard anything within three weeks of the closing date this means you will not have been shortlisted.
If you are shortlisted by the recruiting manager you will be invited to an interview with a panel of between 3 and 5 members. All invitations to interview are in writing and we aim to give 10 working days notice of interview dates. The panel will consist of a “chair” who is usually the recruiting manager, together with two to four other members of PCT staff who have experience in the recruitment and selection process.
As the interview is panel based you should prepare before hand. Check the invitation letter, are you expected to do anything specific at the interview for example, is there an assessment test, do you have to do a presentation. The panel will have prepared a set number of questions based around the Job description and person specification. All applicants will be asked the same questions at interview to ensure that everyone gets an equal chance at the job. Read the job description and person specification thoroughly prior to the interview. Check our website and if the advert gives a contact name for an informal chat, contact them.
You will be telephoned following the interview by the chair to advise on your outcome at interview. You will be telephoned whether you have been appointed or not. If you have been unsuccessful you can be given feedback as to your performance if you require it. If you are successful you will be sent a “conditional” offer of employment. All offers at this stage are subject to our receiving satisfactory references, CRB check (where appropriate) and Occupational Health clearance. We do not advise you to hand your notice in at this stage as, if we do not receive clearance from the necessary agencies we can withdrawn conditional offers.
Once we receive clearance we you will need to liaise with the Recruiting Manager and Human Resources to agree your start date for employment. You will then receive a contract of employment and details as to the organisation’s Corporate Induction process together with the dates of attendance for the workshop element of this.
Throughout this process the Recruitment Team are available to answer any questions or queries you may have about the recruitment process. Please quote the job reference number.