Recruitment and selection process

These guidance notes will help and assist you with your application. Please read them carefully before you apply. 


Your application - how to apply and prepare: 


Job description/Person specification

A Job Description and Person Specification are included with each vacancy advertised and provide further details about the job and the experience, skills and knowledge required. Should you feel that you do not meet all the criteria, we would still encourage you to apply as each application will be considered on its own merits.


Application form

Please complete the application form as fully as possible (CVs alone will not be accepted). We only accept applications that are submitted online. Applications are short-listed against the criteria on the person specification.


Personal Statement

Please use this section to briefly detail your reasons for applying and the skills you will bring to the role.


Interview process

The interview process will consist of an interview by a panel of two or more people. The panel will usually consist of the hiring manager and a team leader or team member. Occasionally, other panel members may include another department manager. All panel members are trained to ensure that the interview is conducted in a fair and consistent manner and the candidate is assessed by their answers to questions prepared by the panel. All candidates are asked the same questions. In order to prepare for your interview you should:

•  Find out as much information as you can about Watford Community Housing and the role and department you have applied to work in

•  Look carefully at the criteria on the Person Specification and think about how you might be able to demonstrate how you will be able to meet those requirements

•  Ensure you are familiar with the location of your interview, what mode of transport you will use and the nearest parking option. Unfortunately, we cannot offer parking to interview candidates, however directions and parking advice can be provided if requested.

In addition to the interview, candidates may be required to take part in an assessment relating to the duties and level of responsibilities of the job. This could involve tests such as Word or Excel tests, presentations or role play exercises. You will be notified beforehand if this is required for the post.


Selection results

All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be informed by email of the result of the selection process.



Your application - what happens next? 



On receipt of your application, your monitoring form will be separated from your application so that recruitment and equality and diversity statistics can be compiled. Your monitoring form is not seen by the shortlisting panel. Applicants are assessed by the hiring manager and a member of the HR team. Applicants are scored against the person specification with the information provided on the application form and the CV. If you are successful you will be contacted and invited to take part in a telephone interview or a face to face interview.



Equal opportunities monitoring form

Watford Community Housing  is an equal opportunities employer and aims to meet both its statutory duties in relation to equal opportunities and to follow accepted good practice in this area. In order to meet this aim we routinely collect information on ethnic/racial origin, gender, disability etc from all existing and potential employees for monitoring purposes only. To support this aim, please complete the monitoring form and return with your completed application. This information is held by the Human Resources Department only and forms no part of any selection process.



Immigration, Asylum And Nationality Act 2006

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and, if applicable, the Home Office Registration Procedure for new EU Countries, if you are invited to attend an interview you will be required to bring an original document with you which proves your eligibility to live and work in the UK (details of acceptable documents will be provided with your invitation letter). If appointed this will be a condition of the offer of employment – further details will be given within your offer of employment. telephone interview or a face to face interview.



Criminal Convictions and the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

As an employer within social housing we have a duty of care to the community we serve. As a result it is sometimes necessary to carry out a DBS check on applicants before we confirm a start date. If the post you are applying for is subject to DBS clearance this will be highlighted on the advert and during the interview.



Rehabilitation of offenders

We will not automatically bar applicants from employment due to conviction or other revealed details. Selection decisions will be made taking into account the circumstances and background of revealed information relevant to the job that is being applied for. Results of disclosures will be discussed with applicants before any final selection decision is made.




Declaration of any applicable academic, professional or vocational qualifications on your application form necessary to carry out the role will be checked by the HR team before successful candidates start work by requesting sight of the original certificate.


If you require any further assistance, please get in touch with the HR team on 01923 209071.