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Applying for a job

We advertise our jobs online with a full description and personal specification. This gives you information about the job, skills, abilities and experience that are necessary to be successful in the role.

You will need to fill in all sections of the application and upload your CV. If a job accepts paper applications, this will be specified.

We will be considering internal members of staff who are at risk of redundancy and on our redeployment register first.

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We do not see your name or title when shortlisting your application, which is one of many initiatives to help make our organisation more talented and diverse.

We do not view your CV until the interview stage and only your responses to the criteria will determine if you are shortlisted for interview, so make sure you answer each question fully.

You should include information that covers the points mentioned in the personal specification. You will also need to show your experience, paid or unpaid, with successes and achievements to support your skills and abilities. We want to know about your individual achievements.

You should set out your information in a well-organised and concise format.

If you have received a redundancy payment from us, you will need to wait two years from your last day of service before making an application, even if you are applying for a position as an agency worker or a consultant.  

Applicants with disabilities

Disability Confident Employer logoWe are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview to all applicants with a disability, if they meet all the essential criteria for the job. You should fill in the section that asks if you have a disability. If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be asked if you need any special aids, adaptations or conditions for your interview. We are committed to employing and retaining disabled people.

Diversity and inclusion

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. To find out more about how, visit our equality and diversity page.

Our jobs are also listed on VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site.


If you're successful, we will offer you the job subject to receiving satisfactory references. You will need to provide two references from individuals who were your direct line managers and are authorised by the organisation to give references. If the job you’re offered is in safeguarding, you will need to provide references for the last five years.

We require your present or most recent employer to be one of the referees where possible. If you're a college or school leaver, you will need to provide a teacher or tutor as your referee.


We will choose only those applicants who demonstrate in their application that they meet the essential selection criteria.

If there are a large number of applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job, we will use the desirable criteria to shortlist candidates.

If you are shortlisted for interview, we will contact you to ask you to log on and book an interview slot of your choice. If you have completed a paper based application, we will contact you by post with an interview date.

Our interviews will last between 30 and 60 minutes, dependent on the level of the post. You will be interviewed by a panel of two or three people unless we specify otherwise.

We may use tests to examine your skills, as well as some psychometric assessments to measure your competencies. If other methods will be used, you will be told in advance.

If you are unsuccessful at your interview, ask for feedback. This will help you to improve in weaker areas. You should review your knowledge and experience and look for opportunities to learn new skills to help you in future applications.

Appointing a successful applicant

If you are successful at your interview, we will let you know in the way and timeframe that was stated at the interview. We will issue an offer of employment subject to certain checks. You will need to fill in and return the relevant documents within five working days.

Pre-employment checks

We will carry out the following checks for:

  • complying with our Code of Conduct
  • complying with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996
  • declaration of any secondary employment
  • declaration of criminal offences in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The type of declaration will be relevant to the post and require either declaration of both spent and unspent convictions and cautions or just unspent. This will depend on whether the post involves access to children and vulnerable people or requires compliance with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
  • pre-employment health declaration
  • proof of qualifications and registration if applicable
  • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check, if relevant to the post
  • satisfactory references
  • your identity

After we have received the checks, we will determine if they are satisfactory and contact you to confirm the offer of employment. We may occasionally withdraw conditional offers of employment due to circumstances that were not known at the time of advertising the job such as structural changes. If this happens, we will try to communicate with candidates at the earliest opportunity.

A final word

You should keep a copy of your application with the job description and person specification for future reference.

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Award for Innovation in Recruitment

Enfield HR team have won the Award for Innovation in Recruitment at the Personnel Today Awards 2017.