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Interview process and policies

Interview process and policies


If you’re successful through the initial process, you’ll be invited to an interview with us. As well as an opportunity for you to get to know us, it’s a great chance for you to see our Exeter headquarters (not all interviews will be in Exeter – so perhaps just an opportunity to show you where you’ll be working) and ask us any questions you may have. Your interview may include a tour,and psychometric tests, but don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of information before you come.

Guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants

We guarantee an interview to any disabled applicant who meets the published minimum criteria for the role. To qualify for a guaranteed interview, you don’t have to be registered as a disabled person but you must have a disability or long-term health condition that puts you at a substantial disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping employment.

Civil Service recruitment principles

We appoint on merit and we pride ourselves on selecting people as fairly and openly as possible. Our recruitment processes are based on the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. Whatever happens, we want you to be happy with how your application has been handled. If you feel your application has not been treated in line with the Principles and you’d like to make a complaint, you should contact or telephone 01392 885000.

Commitment to diversity and equality

We’re a global organisation made up of an incredible range of individuals. We want to become an even more diverse organisation. We want to maintain a culture that values ability, difference, openness, fairness and transparency. We truly are an Equal Opportunities employer and we will never discriminate based on the grounds of race, colour, gender, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, gender reassignment, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, family status, physical or mental disability, trade union membership or any other irrelevant factor. All that matters to us is your suitability for the role. 

Security vetting

If you’re successful in your application and interview, you’ll be offered conditional employment with us. At this point, you’ll need to undertake national security vetting. This is something required of all our employees. Usually successful applicants can start after satisfactory initial security vetting while the full vetting is underway. But for a small number of posts a higher level of vetting may be required which may take a little longer.

If you do not have 2 years UK residency within the last five years’ , this could take longer and we may have to reconsider your application if there are delays in the security procedure. Of course, we’ll let you know this and support you at every step of the way. These restrictions and security requirements are common with all UK Civil Service departments and Executive Agencies.