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Job frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about the recruitment process.

How often do you advertise jobs?

Generally jobs are advertised every fortnight but new jobs can be added at any time.

How will I know if new jobs have been advertised?

You can keep checking our website, or have a look at FacebookOpens new window.

Do I have to complete an online application form?

No. We still accept paper application forms:  PDF Document Job application form (PDF, 132kb)Opens new window. Hard copies of the application form are available from the Contact Centre.

Where will the job be based?

Although the principal office locations are the Civic Centre and the Guildhall, staff can be asked to work anywhere within the City and County of Swansea boundary. For some regional, collaborative jobs you may be partly or wholly based in a partner authority.

I've heard that there is a job going but I can't see it advertised

All current vacancies are on our website. It could be that you have heard that someone is leaving, or read in the press of a recruitment drive. But until vacancies are approved by our executive board, they will not be available to apply for.

Can you send me an application form?

Yes, if it is for a specific, advertised post. We do not send out a general application form.

Do you accept CVs?

No, all applicants must use our online or paper application form.

The job is closing today, can I hand a form in tomorrow?

No, packs of application forms are closed first thing the day after the closing date.

I have a disability, will this affect my application?

The City and County of Swansea is "Positive about People with a Disability" and has a range of initiatives in place to promote positive action. Any applicant with a disability who can demonstrate that they are a suitable person for the post for which they are applying by meeting the agreed minimum criteria for that position stated on the job specification, will be guaranteed an interview.

How do I know that you have received my online application form?

If you have supplied an email address you will receive an email back stating that your form has been received.

I want to apply for several jobs, can I just fill in one form?

No, as each job has it's own job specification you should tailor your form to each job you are applying for.

The job I applied for closed a few weeks ago but I haven't heard anything. Can you tell me what is happening?

The application forms are collated with the equal opportunities section removed. The pack is passed to the recruiting manager and he/she will score each application form as per the skills and abilities required to do the job as set out in the job specification. Depending on the volume of application forms, and availability of the shortlisting panel,  it may take up to 6 weeks for interview letters to be sent out. Unfortunately, due to postage costs, we are not able to acknowledge those candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview.

Will it just be an interview, or a test?

We recognise that interviews are not the only way of assessing potential staff, so we may ask you to carry out some aptitude tests, or work-related exercises. These may include exercises to test numerical, verbal or accuracy skills, or work-related tasks such as letter writing, case study, presentation or group exercise.  These exercises are always relevant to the needs of the job and, together with the interview, help our panel to select the best candidate. Your invite to interview letter should advise on the proposed format.

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