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This guidance is primarily written to help those people who are unfamiliar with the University’s job application processes and are interested in applying for one of our Professional Service Staff roles. They are less relevant for those applying for academic or research roles, although may still be useful.
At Brookes we aim to recruit the best person for the role, i.e. the person who most closely matches the skills and experience set out in the person specification, which is attached to the job description.
To reach the short-listing stage, you will need to demonstrate how you meet all of the essential criteria listed in the person specification. In addition, if we have a high number of strong applicants for a role, we may also use the desirable criteria for short-listing.
If you have a disability or a health condition
and require alternative arrangements for your application or interview, please
do not hesitate to contact a member of the HR Directorate on 01865 485960 or
Please read this information carefully - making a good application is likely to improve your chances of success!
If you are successful at the shortlisting stage, we will invite you to an interview. In addition, you may be asked to give a presentation or ‘mini-teach’, or to complete a skills exercise depending on the nature of the role. We will always give you information about any selection test when we invite you for interview.
You are likely to be interviewed by a panel of three people. For more senior roles, there may be more than one interview and the panels may be larger.
At interview, you can expect to be asked a series of questions linked to the selection criteria. All candidates will be asked similar questions. For example, Tell me about a time when you (demonstrated a particular skills), "Give me an example of when you (demonstrated a particular skill)….."
We do hope that you are successful at interview. However, we receive many applications, so not all candidates will be successful. It may just be that on this occasion there was another candidate whose skills were a better match for the job. If you are unsuccessful, you may ask the panel for feedback. The chair of the panel will be able to give you this over the telephone, or if you prefer they may be willing to email this to you. We hope you will find the feedback useful and that it may help you to improve future applications.
Thank you for your interest in this job. Good luck!