Guidance Notes

Human Resources
Guidance Notes for Applicants

Application form guidance notes

The application form is designed to enable candidates to be assessed for short listing purposes and to help the College monitor the implementation of its Single Equality Scheme. Your completed application form is the only basis for considering your initial suitability for the post. No assumptions will be made about your experience or skills. These notes are designed to help you to complete the application form effectively. We recommend very strongly that you read these notes and the information pack before completing your application form.

Read through each section of the application form carefully, and complete each section of the application form. The application form must be completed in all cases. Curriculum Vitae's will not be seen as a substitute for a properly completed application form.

Job description

This describes the main duties and responsibilities of the job to be undertaken. The person specification identifies the skills, experience and qualifications required by the post holder and will be used in determining whether you will be short-listed.

Present and previous employment

Starting with the most recent, list all the employers you have worked for and provide details of the job title and the period you worked for them. This information may be used to assess whether you meet the experience requirements for the post. For safeguarding purposes you should detail your entire employment history, explaining any gaps in employment such as maternity leave.

The College operates a policy not to re-employ staff who have been made redundant within the last 3 months.

Supporting statement

This is the most important part of your application, as the information you provide will be used to construct a shortlist of candidates to be called for interview.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the job, so use it wisely. It is important that you do not simply repeat your job history and other details that are already in your application form. You need to explain how you meet the criteria for the post giving examples where possible.

Consider how your experience, skills and training enable you to meet each of the essential selection criteria. Make sure your statement is positive and clearly set out. When writing your supporting statement, make sure that you cover all the points in the person specification using each criterion as a separate heading.

Your statement should be as comprehensive as possible in addressing the details you have been supplied with in relation to the position. Remember to also include details of relevant skills you have acquired outside traditional employment (including voluntary activities) in your examples as these provide a broader view of your suitability for the job.

Continue on a second sheet if necessary and remember, if you do not address each of the essential criteria specifically, you will not be short-listed for an interview.


You must provide the details of two referees, one of who must be your present or most recent employer. Internal candidates should give the name of their line manager. If you are studying, please give your tutor as a referee. If you have not been employed, you may wish to give the name of someone who can comment on your ability to do the job.

Please note that personal referees are of little help to the selection panel and will not provide strong supporting evidence for your application. Your referee should be able to confirm your suitability for the role in which you have applied for.

You should not give the name of a relative or partner as a referee. Please note that for management positions, we may want to speak to your referees prior to inviting you for an interview.

Disclosure of criminal convictions

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is a Registered Body with the Disclosure and Barring Service for the purposes of obtaining access to criminal record checks for employment and voluntary appointments. It is of fundamental importance to the College to ensure so far as possible that those who take up appointments do not pose a risk to learners in its care. It is therefore important for the College to apply for and review the past criminal records of any successful applicants for positions, before making a formal offer of appointment. The College considers it also essential that the confidential and personal Disclosure information from the Disclosure and Barring Service is used fairly and sensibly in order to avoid unfair discrimination of applicants for appointments at the College. Candidates are selected for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.

The College agrees to comply with the provisions of the Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice, a copy of which can be found on

Having a criminal conviction does not automatically prevent you from working at the College, criminal records will be taken into account for recruitment purposes only where the conviction is relevant and would prevent someone's suitability. This will depend on the circumstances and background to your offence(s).

Failure to disclose a criminal conviction may result in offers of employment being withdrawn and or disciplinary action if the candidate has commenced work with the College.

Equality and diversity

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications form all sections of the community. All candidates must be able to demonstrate their support for the College's commitment to equality and diversity.

In order for us to monitor our recruitment practices, we encourage all applicants to complete the equalities monitoring information. This information is removed prior to short listing and is kept in accordance with the data protection guidance.

All applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview, candidates are therefore encourages to disclose any disabilities so that the necessary adjustments can be made to the interview process.

Declaration(s) of interest

All applicants are required to disclose any personal friendships, relationships or relatives studying or working at the College. Please note that it may be a disciplinary offence not to disclose the necessary.

Last word

If after reading these notes you decide to go ahead with your application, please send it in sufficient time to meeting the closing date as late applications will not be accepted.

We will carefully consider your application and contact you within four weeks of the closing date if you have been included on the shortlist list for interview.

If you are not short-listed on this occasion, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your application and the interest in you have shown in The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and to wish you the best of luck in your future career.

Applications should be returned to:

Human Resources
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
Tottenham Centre
High Road
London N15 4RU

To arrive by the closing date as stated.

Finally, please be aware that if you are selected for interview the College does not refund the costs of accomodation or travel to an interview.



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