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Application and selection process

Application stage

You can apply for HSE vacancies through Civil Service Jobs, where you can also register to receive job alerts by email.

Before you decide to apply, discuss the job with the named contact. You can check your understanding about what it would be like to work for HSE and crucially it will help you to:

Applications in alternative formats

If you have a disability which prevents you from using the application form in Civil Service Jobs, please email to request an application form in an alternative format.

Selection stage

Whatever the job, the selection stage will involve an interview with HSE. You may also be required to take part in another selection exercise depending on skills required for the vacancy, e.g. a presentation. The selection stage will test your skills, knowledge and experience against the required responsibilities and competencies needed for the job.

HSE, like other government departments, carries out competency based interviewing - competencies are the attributes that are important for effective job performance and are usually a mixture of skills, ability, motivation and knowledge. Questions around these competencies enable us to understand your past behaviour on the basis that this is the best predictor of future behaviour and job performance.

You may have heard of the acronym S.T.A.R (Situation, Task, Action, Result), and researching this will help you to prepare for this type of interview.

Results stage

After the selection stage, we will email you with your result, normally within 10 days but this may be longer depending on the size of the recruitment exercise.

If you are successful, we will send you an offer of employment and ask you to confirm your acceptance.

If you accept our offer, we will begin our pre-employment enquiries. Depending on the job you have applied for and the level of checks required, this may take between 3 and 12 weeks to complete. If our enquiries are completed satisfactorily, we will contact you to confirm this, arrange a suitable start date and issue a contract of employment.

Further advice for applicants

Updated 2016-08-30