Recruitment process2022-09-27T11:16:46+01:00

The recruitment process

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity in an organisation with a diverse portfolio, offering first-class training and development, along with the chance to work on some complex, high-profile programmes, then the Defence Equipment and Support is the place to work.

When you apply for a role with us, you’ll go through a standardised recruitment process, which will vary depending on what position you’re applying to.

The first step is to find a role you’ll be perfect for by searching our Careers page and Civil Service Jobs and apply.

But what happens next? Read below for information on each step of the recruitment process, including some helpful things to consider.

The recruitment process

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Go to our Current Vacancies page
  • Filter and find the role you would like to apply for to view the job description
  • If you would like to proceed with your application, click the ‘Apply’ button, which will transfer you to our Applicant Tracking System, Skillstream, where you can create an account and complete your application
  • Applying is easy: Upload your CV, fill in your personal details and answer a few simple questions

When you arrive for interview, you will be asked for the following documentation:

  • Form of ID (passport or driving license)
  • Three forms of proof of address (which also shows your name)
  • If you’re not a UK national, your Visa
  • Forms provided by CSJobs when you were invited to interview (Address History form, Character Enquiry Pensions Questionnaire, Pre-employment Checks Authorisation form, Reference Request form).

All documents need to be originals and we will photocopy them when you arrive for interview

You will then be escorted to the interview room, where the interview will last approximately between 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll be invited to discuss your CV (including your key achievements, relevant experience and applied skills & knowledge) and to establish your fit with the DE&S Behaviours.

During the interview you will be asked questions and assessed around the Core Civil Service Behaviours and Technical Competences stated in the job advert.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current structure of interviewing may differ from the above. We are taking all necessary precautions to keep candidates and our employees safe.

If you are successful at interview there are three stages to the offer and on-boarding process:

  • Provisional Offer – You will receive a telephone call from the Recruitment Team who will agree a provisional offer with you and explain pre-employment checks (i.e. the on-boarding process). It is crucial that you do not resign from your current employment at this stage.
  • On-boarding – The DBS on-boarding team commence three pre-employment checks using the forms you provided when you arrived at interview:
    • Employment history (provided by HMRC)
    • Health checks (undertaken by OH Assist)
    • Security checks (carried out by UKSV), as clearances will be required to join our organisation
  • Formal offer – If the pre-employment checks have completed satisfactorily, you will receive contact from the Defence Business Services (DBS) on-boarder to agree a start date. Following this, you will receive a formal offer by email and post.  If you accept the formal offer, this is when you would resign from your current employment.
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