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What to expect when you apply for a job

Our recruitment process

How to get help

Our resourcing team are happy to help with any issues you have applying for jobs on our site and can support you with your application. Please call us on 01484 221000 or email

How to apply

Before you begin, carefully read the advert and Job Profile / Job Description (you can find this at the bottom of the advert) to ensure that the job is suitable for you and your level or experience/circumstances. It is important to complete every section of the application as fully and accurately as possible. Shortlisting decisions are made based on the information you give on your application form. We do not accept CV’s or supporting documents for most roles.

If you have any questions about the job, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Recruiting Manager – sometimes their information is on the advert but, if not, contact the Resourcing Team on 01484 221000 and we will be happy to answer any questions or put you in touch with the manager.

See our Hints and Tips on applying for a job.

After you have finished your application but before you submit it, go back and have a read through your answers/evidence. Are you happy that you have provided enough information? Do you think that your answers demonstrate your knowledge and experience? Check that you have met all the criteria on the checklist/person specification and don’t be scared to add information if you think it’s relevant.

Make sure you submit your application before the deadline - you'll receive an email confirming that it has been received so keep an eye out for that.

Guaranteed Interviews

We operate 3 Guaranteed interview schemes however, you must meet the minimum criteria for the job to be eligible for these. This means you must provide evidence in your application that demonstrates you meet the required level of competence for each element within the specified section of the job description or job profile attached to the application. If the job you are applying for uses shortlisting questions instead of a general statement you must answer the questions using enough detail for the manager to assess that you meet the minimum requirements for the role.

You will be asked if you are eligible for any of the schemes during the first stage of the application.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with Kirklees Council. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences. Please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders for more information.

After you submit your application

You will receive email confirmation that we have received your application. Any updates will be emailed to you and will be made available when you log in to the job site.

To view these, please click on your name – this will drop down a list of all the jobs you have applied for or are in the process of applying for and click “Review status” to view any updates.


You’ll receive an email inviting you to interview. This will have information relating to the role including job title and a link to take you to the application centre – this will give you the option to select an interview date and time from a list. It is important that you do this as soon as possible to ensure you select a slot that works for you.

Once you have selected your slot you will receive a confirmation email containing any information about the interview (such as any tests or presentations), the address and location and a Microsoft Teams Link (if your interview is virtual).

See our Hints and Tips for Interview

Pre-employment Checks

If you are successful at interview then the Recruiting Manager and our Resourcing Team will get to work obtaining all the relevant checks for your role. We work really hard to make sure our recruitment processes are as smooth and efficient as possible but we know it can take some time for your checks to come back.

There are a few things you can do to help us speed this up:

  • When you have provided details of your referee consider giving them a quick call or an email to let them know the reference will be coming from us.
  • Ensure that you have uploaded all of the required ID into your Application Centre.
  • If the job you are applying for requires a DBS or Health Screen, look out for emails from our recruitment team and provide the information required as soon as you can. 

Please see What happens after you are offered a job to understand more about the checks we complete and steps we take.

Behaviours and expectations

We know that kind, positive employees, who work well with their colleagues in a flexible way are those who are most productive and therefore will help us achieve our goals.

By demonstrating the behaviours we have said we would like to see in our colleagues, we can create a great place to work. Why not have a look at the Council behaviours and expectations.

Our Values


  • We are kind so that our behaviour makes each other feel included, happy and well.
  • We work with each other and are friendly, considerate and appreciative.
  • We 'do with, not to', showing kindness to each other and our citizens.


  • We provide equal access to opportunities and resources for all people.
  • We achieve inclusion by removing barriers, discrimination and prejudice.
  • We value and promote a culture of inclusion and diversity.


  • We work with pride to achieve positive outcomes for colleagues, citizens and our places.
  • We have self-respect, dignity and take satisfaction from our achievements and those of our colleagues.
  • We are proud of what we do as individuals, together as a council, and together with our citizens and places.

Staying safe in your job search

Jobs Aware

To stay safe in your job search and flexible work we recommend that you visit JobsAware, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams and labour market abuse, for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for safer work.