It's natural that you'll have a few questions about applying for a job with us. So we've answered some of the most common ones below.
Do I have to fill in the whole application form?
Yes, please fill in all parts of the application form and make sure any gaps in your employment history are accounted for. Whilst the Equality and Diversity monitoring part of the form will not be used for shortlisting candidates, it is equally important to us. We use this data to examine our recruitment procedure and make sure it's as inclusive as possible.
Who should I give as a referee?
One of your referees must be your current or most recent employer. If you don't include this person, we may find and contact them anyway. Your other referee should also be a previous employer.
If you are at school or college, you can give us the name of a tutor who knows you well. Alternatively, if you don't know any referees through work or education, please provide us with the name of someone who can give you a character reference.
If you would prefer us to wait until you're offered the job before contacting your referees, please tick the relevant box on your application form.
You should also be aware that all offers of employment are made subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, verification of declared qualifications/memberships, a satisfactory check with the Criminal Records Bureau and medical clearance. We'll also complete a DVLA check if you'll be driving any Company vehicles.
Do you need to know my sickness record?
Yes, we'd like to know how many days you've had off work in the last year, and the reasons for your absence. We don't equate sickness with disability. So if you consider yourself to have a disability and have lost time due to this, please let us know.
When will I find out if I have an interview?
We shortlist after the closing date for applications and try and arrange interviews as soon as possible. However, we try and give people a week's notice for an interview. Generally, if you haven't heard from us within four weeks, we won't be asking you to interview.
How big is the interview panel?
There are usually three people on our interview panel; two line managers from the team that has a vacancy and one representative from Human Resources.
Do you carry out any testing or other exercises at the interview?
We use a variety of selection methods and techniques which are relevant to the job you apply for. As well as interviews, we may use presentations, ability testing and personality profiling, to help us make better selection decisions.
However, if we are going to use one of these methods, we'll tell you in advance of the interview and our qualified test administrators will provide you with appropriate feedback.
If you're applying for a driving role with us, you will be asked to compete a hazard perception test as part of the interview process.
If I am successful at the shortlisting stage or interview, can I get some feedback?
Yes. Just contact a member of the recruitment team and they will help you get in touch with a member of the panel for feedback. If you are unsuccessful at interview, we will try and contact you with feedback. However, if we are unable to catch up with you, we'll write to you with contact details, so you can get feedback if you want it.
If you have any more questions about applying for a job with A-Plant or would like a copy of our Recruitment Policy, please contact the Human Resources Department.