Candidate Support - Work For Scotland

Candidate Support

Our recruitment process

We want you to show yourself at your best and our application process lets you do that. We’re thorough, so there can be a few stages involved, but they’re all designed to make sure that, from your first day on the job, you’re where you’re supposed to be.

Applying for a job

Take a good look through the opportunities available, and decide what’s right for you. Once you’ve found the ideal job, click the apply button and you will be taken through to our application process.


Some of our jobs will require an assessment to be completed.  These assessments will vary as will be job specific, however full details will be provided in advance.


Once you’ve passed any assessments at the last stage, we’ll look at your experience and your skills to see how well they match to the job. If we agree that you’re a good fit, we’ll invite you to an interview.

We use structured interviews to ensure that everyone is given a fair opportunity to demonstrate their suitability.  These will vary on the level of each job and further details will be sent to candidates as part of their interview preparation.

Skills for Success Competency Framework

We use the Skills for Success Competency Framework which details the core skills required for the different roles we recruit to.

Receiving an offer

We’ll let you know our decision as soon as possible after your interview. If we make you an offer, we will be in touch to talk you through everything you need to know. We’ll do some pre-employment checks on the information you’ve given us, like your address history. Once that’s all in order, we’ll bring you aboard and get you started.

Getting in touch with us

If you need to speak to us about your application or have any queries then please email us on [email protected]

Requesting adjustments

If you need reasonable adjustments during your application, like accessible formats or building access requirements, please email us at: [email protected] to discuss how we can make the recruitment process right for you.

Read our staff blog by Muireann, Resourcing Policy Lead, for a personal perspective on why we support adjustments and the impact these can have on individuals: Staff Perspectives – Recruitment Adjustments

You can also view our Recruitment Adjustments – Candidate FAQs to find out more: