Employment application form notes

Guidance notes to help complete our employment application form

Disability Committed  As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies

Completing the application form

Please ensure all sections of the application form are completed fully using black ink and that you sign the form if completing a paper form. If you are applying electronically you will be asked to sign your form at interview stage.

Before filling in your application form, please read the job description carefully. This outlines the duties to be performed, and if provided, the person specification will outline the skills, abilities and qualifications required of the postholder. You will need to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the job description, (or at least have the potential to do so), in order to be shortlisted for an interview.


Ensure that the names of referees that you supply relate to people who you know in a professional capacity. Ideally, at least one referee should be your current manager or college tutor. Previous managers or tutors can also be named, but where possible, you should avoid providing names of colleagues or friends as referees.

Your referees will be asked to supply information regarding your professional and technical ability, your character and personality, and your timekeeping and reliability. They will also be asked for information regarding your general health and absences on the grounds of sickness over the last two years.

Evidence of information provided in your application form

Successful candidates will be required to provide documentary evidence of the qualifications required to do the job. We reserve the right to verify any information given on the application form and failure to provide such evidence will result in the offer being withdrawn or in dismissal.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all in relation to the services and functions we carry out and in the employment practices we follow. As a responsible employer we will conduct our affairs in a manner which will not unlawfully and unjustifiably cause disadvantage to any employee or job applicant on the following grounds: age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, cultural or social background or religious belief.

Complaints about equality and race equality issues will be dealt with promptly and seriously. A complaints leaflet is available from the Council Offices.

Asylum and Immigration Act

The Asylum and Immigration Act makes it a criminal offence for employers to recruit staff who are not entitled to work in the UK. Therefore any offer of employment will be subject to the provision of documentary evidence to demonstrate that the successful candidate is entitled to work in the UK.

What happens after I send in my application?

The shortlisting panel will look at your application form after the closing date to see how well your skills, experience and knowledge meet the requirements of the job set out in the person specification. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be advised of the arrangements. Unfortunately, due to postage costs, we are not able to acknowledge the receipt of application forms or contact candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview.

If you have not been contacted within 21 days of the closing date you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

If you require any further advice or information please do not hesitate to contact Recruitment Service. Your completed application form should be returned to Recruitment Services by the closing date indicated either through the post or via e-mail.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in Spelthorne Borough Council.