The Recruitment Process FAQ’s

Are you interested in applying for a role at the EIS? Want to know more about our recruitment process? Then our FAQ's below may help.

What information do I need to consider when applying for an EIS post?

Each post has a job description and person specification which outlines what the job entails and what experience, skills and knowledge we are looking for. All candidates are assessed against these requirements.

How do I apply?

If you see a role that you are interested in on the EIS website, then you need to click on ‘apply’ and follow the instructions. You will be asked to create an account (if you don’t already have one) and upload your CV.

What happens to my application after I’ve applied?

Once you have applied your application is passed on to the recruiting manager.  Once the advert has closed, the recruiting manager will consider your application.  If you have been unsuccessful you will receive an email notifying you of this, if you have been shortlisted for interview you will be contacted either by email or telephone to give you details of the interview process.

How do EIS shortlist?

The recruiting manager and another member of the interview panel consider your application against the Essential and Desirable competencies on the person specification.

Candidates are first sifted by whether they meet the Essential criteria on the person specification.  Only those that meet all of the Essential criteria are selected.

Then candidates who meet all of the Essential criteria are listed by how closely they meet the Desirable criteria and the top ones are invited for interview.

If I meet all of the Essential criteria will I be invited for interview?

This depends upon the number of applications.  If there are a lot of candidates who meet all of the Essential criteria, then the recruiting manager will use the desirable criteria to filter the group down to a manageable number for interview.

How do I know where my application is up to in the recruitment process?

You can log into your account at any time and see what stage your application has reached.

What does the interview process look like?

EIS have a range of different interview processes dependent upon the role applied for and the circumstances.

Types of interview we use:

  • A one, two or three stage interview process where there is a different panel at each interview stage.
  • An assessment process first followed by a panel interview either on the same or another day.  The candidate could attend both or only move to the interview if they pass the assessment.
  • A practical test or presentation followed by a panel interview.
  • Skype/Facetime or telephone interview
    Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the sheer number of applications we receive, EIS does not offer feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted for interview.
Candidates who are unsuccessful after assessment or interview can request feedback from a member of the panel and how to do this will be explained to them at interview.

How do you decide what salary to offer?

We have a competency framework for each discipline/department which sets out a level of technical expertise, skill and knowledge for each level. There is a salary band that corresponds to the framework. The candidate is assessed at interview and mapped to a particular point on the framework and a salary commensurate with that point is offered.

The salary range for the role is usually clearly outlined in the advert and job description.

As every employee is mapped against the competency framework, it is important that an appropriate salary is offered which reflects the experience, skills and knowledge of the candidate when compared to others in the organisation.

If I accept the role, what happens next?

All job offers are made subject to satisfactory references and a clear Disclosure and Barring Service check (if this is a requirement of the role).

These must be in place before employment can commence.

We will send you written confirmation of the job offer, take up your references and register you with Online Disclosures who manage our DBS checks.  Once a start date is agreed we will send you a contract and other related paperwork which should be signed, completed and returned to HR before you start employment.

Why do I need a DBS check?

Not all of our roles require a DBS check.  Our Operational, Administrative, Research and Innovation, and Performance Lead roles do not require a DBS check.

Our Practitioner roles that work directly with under 18s and our medical roles which provide healthcare such as Doctors and Physiotherapists are required to have an Enhanced DBS check with Barred List.  Our other practitioner roles, could at any time be moved to cover work with under 18s therefore we ask for an Enhanced DBS check to be completed for these roles.