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Navigating our Recruitment Process

Thank you for considering a job opportunity with the West Midlands Combined Authority. Our recruitment process is designed to not only assess your suitability for the role but also provide you with insights into what it's like to work with us. We prioritise openness, honesty, and fairness throughout the process. Here's what you can expect:

Start by thoroughly reviewing the job advert and job description. When you're ready, submit your application through our online platform.

To apply for a job with WMCA, you will first need to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. We don't see your CV once you have applied, and so it is important to make sure your profile really stand out. Make you sure include all you employment history and include any essential qualifications. 

We ask that you upload a Supporting Statement telling us why you are right for the role. Please remove your name from this before uploading it. 

Once we receive your application, we will carefully review it against the job description and person specification.

Rest assured, each application is evaluated equally, regardless of whether you've applied to us before.

If you meet our requirements, we'll invite you for an interview. This could be conducted virtually via MS Teams or in-person at one of our locations. We'll notify you of the interview format when confirming the details.

During the structured, evidence-based interview, we'll assess your skills, experience, and motivation for the role. Feel free to prepare questions for us as well, as we value your active participation in the process.

For some jobs, we use behavioural and cognitive assessments to help us gain insight into your behavioural tendencies and cognitive capabilities, enabling us to make informed decisions during the selection process.

Again, we'll always let you know when we confirm interview arrangements. 

In some cases, we may request a second interview. This final stage might involve a presentation, an opportunity to meet your potential team, and potentially someone from another department. It's an excellent chance to delve deeper into the role, ask further questions, and ensure alignment between both parties.

If your application and interviews are successful, the recruiting manager will contact you with the good news. Upon accepting our verbal offer, we'll provide you with a conditional offer letter. Please note that finalising your employment is subject to pre-employment checks, including Right to Work verification, referencing, and, if applicable, a DBS check. Once all checks are satisfactory, we'll confirm your start date and send you the final offer and contract of employment.

While we receive a high volume of applications, we aim to provide feedback to candidates who have been interviewed. However, we apologise in advance if we're unable to provide detailed feedback to every applicant.

On your first day, you'll be invited to a 'welcome session' with someone from our HR team. These sessions are for all new starters and take place twice a month, typically on a Monday. Welcome sessions are held at our office on Summer Lane and last approximately 2 hours, with a welcome lunch included.

You’ll collect your IT equipment, meet other new starters, and be shown how to do things like book holiday and provide your bank details.

We value your interest in joining WMCA, and we're committed to ensuring a transparent and engaging recruitment experience. Good luck with your application, and we look forward to the possibility of working together soon!