Our Application and Recruitment Process

Our Application and Recruitment Process

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Bournemouth Borough Council.

This information will tell you as much as possible about what you can expect from our recruitment & selection process. (Please be aware that, because of the wide variety of posts that we have within the Council, our recruitment processes may vary slightly from time to time.) We hope you find it helpful and that it answers some of the questions that you may have. If, however, you wish to seek advice at any stage of the process, we will be happy to assist you.

If you have a query about the completion of the application form or the administrative process surrounding it, please contact the HR Recruitment team for advice on (01202) 458839. If you are applying for a position within a school, please contact the school office, unless otherwise stated.


We put great importance on ensuring that every stage of our recruitment process is transparent and fairly carried out. We have a duty to ensure that everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory way. We hope that you will feel that you have been treated fairly, even if you are not successful in your application.

To apply for a post, you should:

  • check the Job Description — this will detail the main duties and requirements of the post and should help you to understand the nature of the role within the Service Unit/School
  • check the Person Specification — this will describe the skills, experience and aptitudes we are looking for that are specific to the post you have expressed an interest in. If you think you meet our requirements we encourage you to apply.
  • complete an Application Form

Can I just send my CV?

Unfortunately, your CV may not provide us with all the information that we require. Our application form helps us to assess the skills and knowledge that you tell us about and makes it easier for us to be able to assess your skills against other applicants in a fair and consistent way.


Bournemouth has shown its commitment to disabled people by acquiring and using the Disability Confident symbol, and as such, has given a commitment to good practice regarding the employment of people with disabilities.

More information about the Disability Confident scheme is available on our website.

You are not required to inform us whether you consider yourself to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 if you do not wish to. If, however, you require assistance with any aspect of our recruitment & selection process, we will be happy to assist you as much as we can.

If you are concerned that you may be unable to meet some of the job requirements because of your disability, and have specified this in your application form, if shortlisted for interview the Recruiting Manager will contact you to discuss this and explore, jointly, if there are any ways the post may be able to be adapted to enable you to meet the requirements of the job.

If you want more information about this, please call Equality & Human Rights Commission on 0845 6046610 or visit Gov.uk


Please provide the names of two referees. Ideally we would like both of your references to be ‘Employer’ references but we recognise that this is not always possible.

Where possible, your first reference should be your current or most recent employer. Your second reference should be your most recent previous employer.

For certain posts we will seek references as soon as you have been invited to interview. If you have indicated on your application form that you wish to be contacted prior to your references being sought, you will be contacted to discuss this.

If you are applying for a post within a School, they may wish to seek other employment references in addition to those you have provided.

What if I’m self employed?

Provide details of someone who can give you a professional reference. This must be someone who has known you in a professional capacity. A good example might be an accountant or a solicitor.
What if I don’t want my current employer to know that I am looking for another position?
You will be asked on your application form to indicate if you wish to be contacted before this happens. However, please be aware that the final selection decision cannot be made until all recruitment checks are received.


The information you provide in this section will be used in assessing your application and will form part of the selection process.

If you do not demonstrate in your application form that you meet the criteria for the post (as detailed in the Person Specification) we will not be able to take your application any further.

When will I know if I have been selected for interview?

If you have not heard from us three weeks after the closing date, you may assume that your application has not been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Can I get feedback if I have not been shortlisted?

If you want to discuss why you have not been shortlisted, please contact the Recruiting Manager who will be happy to assist you.


In order to help the Council monitor the effectiveness of its Equal Opportunities Policy (and for no other reason) you are asked to provide the information requested on the Equal Opportunities page of our application form. The information you give us will be detached from your application and will be kept confidential. This information will not be seen by the Recruiting Manager or the interview panel and will not be taken into consideration when assessing your suitability for the post.

If you are successful at interview and take up employment with the Council, the equal opportunities information you have provided will form part of your employment record and will be held and maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


When your application form has been considered and the interview panel would like you to attend for interview you will receive a letter/email inviting you and details of the date and time of your interview, together with any other relevant information.

You will be required to bring originals of the following documentation:

  • Passport or Birth Certificate (along with an official document stating name and NI)
  • If you choose to bring your Birth Certificate and your name has changed since birth, please also bring the relevant legal supporting documentation
  • EU or EEA nationals may bring their National ID card
  • If you are not a British national or the holder of an EU or EEA Passport, you must bring your original passport as proof of your eligibility to work in this country or official Home Office status document
  • Certificates of qualifications held which are relevant to the post you have applied for
  • Proof of Membership of Registration with Professional Body where relevant to the post
  • Driving licence and insurance documents if the post you are applying for requires you to drive

For certain posts you may be required to complete a declaration of all/any spent and unspent Court convictions, bindovers or cautions, together with any judgments or investigations pending and return to us when you attend the interview. Should you be made a conditional offer of employment, you may also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Application Form which enables a Criminal Record check to be undertaken by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

If the post that you are applying for requires the Disclosure and Barring Check, you will also need to bring additional documents from both Group 1 and two documents from either Group 2A or Group 2B with you, one of which must verify your current address:

Group 1 Documents

  • UK or EEA passport - (or non EEA in combination with Biometric Residence Permit or current work permit/visa)
  • Biometric Residence Permit - (UK Only)
  • Current UK/Channel Isles Driving Licence (photocard type) (Only acceptable when photocard is accompanied by the counterpart section)
  • Birth Certificate - UK & Channel Islands only. Full or Short Version issued within 12 months of birth. Overseas certificates can be acceptable if they are issued by UK Embassies or HM Forces

Group 2A Documents

  • Current Valid Passport - (UK, EEA or non EEA)
  • Current UK Driving Licence - Old type paper version
  • Biometric Residence Permit - (UK Only)
  • Certified copy Birth Certificate - UK & Channel Islands only issued after 12 months of birth 
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate - (UK Only)
  • Adoption Certificate - (UK Only)
  • HM Forces Identity Card - (UK Only)
  • Fire Arms Licence - (UK Only)

Group 2B Documents

  • Mortgage Statement** - (UK Only)
  • Bank/Building Society statement* - (UK Only)
  • Credit card statement* - (UK Only) 
  • Financial statement; eg pensions/ISA** - (UK Only)
  • P45/P60** - (UK or Channel Islands Only)
  • Council Tax statement** - (UK or Channel Islands Only)
  • Valid Work permit/visa/residence permit** - (UK Issue Only)
  • Utility bill (not mobile phone bill)* - (UK Only)
  • Benefit statement: eg pension/child benefit.* - (UK Only)
  • Correspondence/Document from a Government Department* - (UK Only)
  • EU National ID Card
  • Cards with the Proof of Age Standards Scheme logo - (UK Only)

* issued within past 3 months
** issued within past 12 months

Please bring original documentation with you and copies will be obtained during or after your interview.

The above guidance relates to Route 1, the preferable method for verifying your identity. If you are unable to provide a Group 1 and two documents from either Group 2A or 2B it may be that a DBS check can be provided via a different route.

If you think this applies to you then please email recruitment@bournemouth.gov.uk for more information.


How will I be informed of the outcome of the selection process?

You will be informed by telephone in the first instance of the outcome of our appointment process. We will make every effort to make sure that you are notified of the outcome as soon after your interview date as possible

What other additional checks might be carried out?

At conditional offer stage we will need to seek your medical clearance, together with your criminal records clearance (where applicable) and any other clearances relevant to the post you have applied for.

In some cases, our Occupational Health Provider may wish to seek additional information in order to make a final assessment about your fitness for the position. You will have signed your consent for this to happen when you initially completed the check.

If you are applying for a post which requires you to hold a Social Work qualification, you will be asked to provide evidence that you are registered to practice as a Social Worker.

How will I know when all of my checks have been processed?

Once we are in receipt of the recruitment clearances we will be able to assess your overall suitability for the post. You will be contacted by telephone to inform you of the outcome. If your checks are clear we will arrange a mutually agreeable start date. If further discussion is required you will be contacted by the Recruiting Manager/HR.

What happens if I am unsuccessful?

You will be contacted and informed of the interview outcome. If you want feedback from your interview or wish to discuss why you have not been successful, please contact the Recruiting Manager who interviewed you who will be pleased to provide this feedback.

Should you feel dissatisfied after speaking to the Recruiting Manager, you should write to the HR team giving details of the post you have applied for and we will ensure that the matter is properly investigated.

We will aim to respond to you in writing within three weeks of receiving your letter. If there is a delay in responding to you we will write to you after 10 working days, explaining the reasons for the delay and when we expect to be able to respond. If your complaint is found to be valid we will review, as appropriate, our recruitment procedures.


The information you provide to us will be held in compliance with data protection legislation.
If you are not successful in the recruitment and selection process, your application form and all other documentation will be destroyed after a six-month period.

General Recruitment Enquiries: (01202) 458839