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How to apply

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When you apply for a job with us, you’ll need to submit either:

  • a CV with a supporting statement
  • an application form

We’ll let you know which one to use for the role you want to apply for.

What do I need to include in my application or supporting statement?

Your supporting statement or application is your first opportunity to present yourself in the best possible way.

Make sure that you read all the information for candidates, including the competency framework (PDF, 555KB) and the level of each competency for the role you're interested in.

We’ll usually tell you what we’re looking for at the application or the interview stage (or both) on the person specification. Focus on giving us examples of the experience or competencies we’re looking for at the application stage in your supporting statement.

How to stand out

You’ll increase your chances of being shortlisted if you can give us some clear specific examples of work and projects that match the person specification and job description and the key competencies. For example, rather than telling us that you have good team-working skills, tell us about a team you’ve been part of where there might have been issues, and what you did to help address these.

Take some time to look around our website to get a good feel for what we do before putting your application together.

What do I need to include on my CV?

Our top tip would be to keep your CV as brief as possible, but list your:

  • experience
  • organisations
  • roles and dates
  • skills and competences.

You’ll need to clearly highlight how your skills match the person specification and job description in your CV.

What happens if I'm selected for interview?

We’ll be looking forward to meeting you! We’ll usually email you to invite you to interview. We’ll include all of the information you need and will tell you if you’ll need to complete a test or a role-play exercise.

Please keep in mind that some of our roles need a two-stage interview process, especially in the case of people management roles or higher. We’ll usually try to let you know within 24 hours of the first interview if you’ve been selected for the second stage.

At the interview, we’ll often ask you for specific examples and experiences you’ve had which are relevant to the skills and competences required for the role.

What other information do I need to provide?

Please bring proof of your right to work in the UK to your final interview so we can take a quick copy of it.

Can I get feedback after the interview if I’m not successful

We try where possible to give feedback on request when we notify you on the outcome of the interview.

When will you contact my referees?

We’ll only take up references when we’ve made you an offer and once you’ve given us the OK to do so.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions, contact our team at recruitment@arthritisresearchuk.org

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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