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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 advertisement and description on our website. When you're ready, submit your application through our online platform. We'll require an up-to-date CV and a Supporting Statement where you can showcase why you're the right fit for the position and any additional information you believe is relevant.

Once we receive your application, we 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.

To ensure fairness, our application process is anonymised. Please remove your name and refrain from referencing protected characteristics like gender or age when submitting your CV and Supporting Statement.

If we believe 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 evaluate behavioural drive and cognitive ability. These assessments are valuable tools that help us gain insight into your behavioural tendencies and cognitive capabilities, enabling us to make informed decisions during the selection process.

In some cases, we may request a second interview if we believe you're a strong candidate. Typically, we won't exceed two interview stages. 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 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.

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.

Before your first day, your manager will be in touch to confirm the start time and help with practical matters such as IT equipment. On your first day, you'll be introduced to your team, and we may assign a work buddy to support you during your initial settling-in period.

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!