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Our Application Process

August 31, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend! Did anyone get up to anything fun over the long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog we will be looking at our application process and will explain what happens at each stage of the process from the very beginning to looking for new roles through to offer stage. By the end of the blog, you should have an idea on what to expect from each stage.

Where to Find the Roles

When we receive a new role we advertise it in a number of places to give those looking the greatest potential to see the new roles. First and foremost you can find all the roles on our website here. The website lists the basic details for you, so you can decide whether or not this is a role of interest. Our latest roles are also advertised on our LinkedIn company page, so don’t forget to give us a follow so you don’t miss out on role updates. We also send out daily mail campaigns with the new roles that have come in that day, so if you want to receive emails about new roles, just let us know and we will add you to our Mailing list.

Enquiring about a Role

So you have seen a role advertised that you may be interested in and now you want to find out a little bit more information? Whether you follow the link from LinkedIn or an email campaign, it will take you to the job posting on our website where it will give all the necessary job information, along with a job spec and application form attached. If you have any further questions, just drop the assigned recruiter an email or a call and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Going forward for a Role

If the role checks all the boxes and you want to be considered, the next step is to fill out the application form and suitability statement. If you have spoken to one of our recruiters at this point, they will have supplied you this via email or you can download the form from our website. Along with the application form it is important for you to send over a CV that you have tailored to the role. Tailoring your CV increases your chances of being shortlisted.

Application Submitted

Once the application form has been completed and sent back to the assigned recruiter along with your tailored CV, the recruiter will confirm we have received your application and let you know if we need anything else. The recruiter will then narrow down the best candidates and let you know if your application has been submitted to the client. Once submitted it usually takes 48 hours to be informed which candidates have been shortlisted. In the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, the recruiter will be in touch to provide you with feedback.

You have been Shortlisted

If your application has been shortlisted, it means that it has made its way to the Hiring Manager where they will pick which candidates they would like to invite to interview. Once again, if in the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, our recruiter will contact you to provide the feedback from the Hiring Manager.

Invited for Interview

Once the application has been shortlisted, the hiring manager has on average 5 working days (could be shorter/longer depending on the department) to choose which candidates they would like to interview. If the Hiring Manager likes what they see, we will receive an interview invitation and we will be in touch straight away to let you know of your success and pass on the details such as Date, Time and Location. It is important when completing the application form that you put down any dates that you can’t attend an interview as the majority of the time we are only given one date and time for interviews and are not given the option to re-arrange, so you don’t want to miss out. The day before your interview, your recruiter will give you a call just to ensure you have got everything you need to have a great interview and wish you the best of luck.

After the Interview

After the interview your recruiter will give you a call to see how you got on. The time frame to receive feedback after an interview can vary depending on how urgent the role is or depending on who the department is. Whether the news is good or bad, the recruiter will give you a call to let you know and give you the feedback we’ve received from the hiring manager. When good news is received you will move onto the final step of the process which is completing the on-boarding process and you will then be ready to start your new contract.

On-boarding

There are a number of forms and scans of documents required to completed the on-boarding process. Once you get to this stage your recruiter will run through it with you in more detail. Once the candidate has been made compliant, a start date is confirmed with the hiring manager and start day details are sent through.

 

We hope that this blog helps you from the start to the very end of the application process and answers any questions you may have on the process. If you have any further questions, we will be happy to answer them.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

FAQs

February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

This week, we thought we would put together some frequently asked questions, which could help you in the future when enquiring about or applying for a role through EGB.

1. What kind of roles do EGB deal with?
We deal with a wide variety of roles including: Project/Programme Managers, Business Analysts, Engineers, IT, Solutions Architects, Testers, DevelopersMarketing, Communications, Quantity Surveyors, HR, Procurement, Learning and Development and many more. (A list of roles currently available, can be found here: www.egb-consulting.co.uk/jobs)


2. What departments do EGB recruit for?
We recruit for mainly UK Government, Science & Technology organisations, the IT sector and Specialist Manufacturing plants, such as: NHS, Department for Transport, MOD, MOJ, Home Office, HM Revenue, DSTL and many more.


3. What type of roles do EGB recruit for?
We recruit for part-time and full-time staff, and managed service contracts. The majority of jobs we receive are contract roles. The duration’s can vary depending on who the client is, ranging from 2 weeks to 2 years long.


4. Where are the roles located?
The roles are located throughout the UK although, some do require local, national or even worldwide travel. If a role does require travel, this will be stated on the job advertisement or the job specification.


5. Do I need to hold security clearance to apply for any roles?
Roles require different levels of security clearance depending on what the role is and who the role is with. If a role requires BPSS and/or Disclosure Scotland we can put you through this process if you get through to the interview stage. Roles that require SC and DV clearance are usually preferred, which you can apply for with no clearance and the company would then put you through the clearance process. Some SC and DV cleared roles do require you to already hold the clearance at the start of the role.


6. Can you write the application for me?
Unfortunately due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to write the application for you. The application form is quick to complete, it consists of adding your personal information to the table, writing a short suitability statement expressing the skills and experience you have suitable for the role and to attach a current, relevant CV.


7. Can I use an application I used for a previous role?
Unfortunately you can not use a previous application form, as each role requires different skills and experience. The first part of an application that is viewed is the suitability statement. This is where you express the relevant skills and experience you have for the role, matching the statements provided. By using a past application form would result in the skills and experience not matching up and the application becoming unsuccessful.


8. How long do I have to complete the application form?
The majority of roles usually have a deadline of 3 days, again this depends on which company the role is with, as some do have a longer time period.


9. How often will I receive updates and feedback regarding my application?
You will be kept updated throughout the application process from when we have received your application, when it has been submitted to the client, if the hiring manager would like to invite you to an interview, and the final outcome. We will then provide you with feedback that we have received from our client regarding the outcome of your application.


10. What is your process for submitting an application?
When we receive a role from our client, we advertise the role and contact suitable candidates. Once we receive the completed applications, we do a sift here at EGB, as the majority of the time we can only submit two applications. This sift leaves the two applicants with the suitability statements that match the closest to the essential experience required for the role. Once the two applications are submitted to our client, they then carry out a second sift and if your application is shortlisted, it is sent to the hiring manager and they will decide if they would like to invite you to an interview.


I hope these FAQs help with any queries you may have when applying for a role through us.

If you have any questions that have not been answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or call the office on 01633 548400 and one of the team will be willing to help.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

Quality of Applications

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last week I introduced you to the team, so this week I want to take a couple of minutes of your time to provide you with some (hopefully!) insightful information on how to make your application stand out. I have spoken with all members of the team this week, and they’ve had their grey matter whirring so that I can pass on some sound advice.

Here at EGB we encourage all of our applicants to ensure that their paperwork is of the highest standard, improving the chance of getting through our down-selection process and then ultimately progressing to being offered the role.

1. Read all guidance carefully

An important part in writing an application is reading the instructions thoroughly to ensure that you are answering appropriately. Our Clients’ requirements change all the time, which means our templates do too. Naturally, we work personally and closely with each and every applicant where possible, but we lose many applications to ‘file 13’ simply because we can’t resolve the errors in time to meet imposed deadlines.

2. Always use the template provided

Our template has been specifically tailored to help you to write a successful application for the given role. Some of the information required will be basic, and most of it will undoubtedly be easily found on the CV you’ve provided; however, our goal is to ensure that your skills and experience stand out, and the reality of the situation is that if the information isn’t visible in the ‘suitability statement’ for the hiring manager to see immediately, they won’t spend the time to search for it in your CV and your efforts will have been wasted.

3. Matching Experience

Attempting to provide anecdotal evidence of your experience, to match each of the ‘Essential and Desirable’ criteria within the job description will increase your chances of success. Importantly, if you are able to demonstrate that you meet and / or exceed the requirements set out in the job description, it is far easier to justify your daily rate / salary request.

4. Ensure CV is tailored to the role

To enhance your application, a tailored CV will provide evidence of all of the relevant experience that you have. Often, we will receive strong ‘suitability statements’ that perfectly match the requirement (e.g. a Test Manager), but we will then find that the CV has previously been written to reflect a completely different set of skills (e.g. a Software Engineer). If the two forms aren’t cross-referenceable, it is probable that your application won’t be progressed.

And finally…

5. Have confidence

Believe in yourself and have confidence when writing your application. Describe your successes in full and don’t hold back!!!

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I hope this week’s blog has provided you with useful information that you can put into practice for your next application with us. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blog posts, please leave a comment below or email: enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

Remember, we’re only a phone call or email away. If you want to chat through any aspect of job applications, just give us a call on 01633 548400 and you’ll be passed to a member of the team who will be more than happy to help. If you would like us to review your CV, just email enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk and we’ll provide free advice to help you on your job-hunting journey.

Next week: The benefits of Using EGB & a brief description of our Level of Service Guarantee

Here’s wishing you all a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree