Application guidance - Scottish Government Jobs

Application guidance

3 steps to a new career

Our application process includes 3 stages: 

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1. Initial online application 

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2. Assessment and Interview 

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3. Pre-employment checks and offer

Online application 

To apply for a job with us, you will need to submit an application through our online recruitment system. Our recruitment system is normally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, applications must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on the advert. 

During the application, we will ask you to provide the following information: 

  • Contact and personal information 
  • An up-to-date CV 
  • Evidence of how you meet the essential criteria for the role 
  • Your diversity information 

Depending on the requirements of the role, you may also need to submit additional information such as qualifications. 

We will ask you to provide evidence of how you meet the essential criteria for the position by either uploading a personal statement or by completing 4 fields in the application (one for each of the criteria listed). 

To provide evidence of essential criteria, you should draw on your past experiences and consider using the STARR format to set out answers (Situation, Task, Actions, Result, Reflections). 

The application process will guide you through the steps required and provide a confirmation when the application has been completed. Once you have submitted an application you can login to view progress and manage your applications. (link to section). 

Assessment and Interview 

Candidates who are invited to participate in the next stage of recruitment will undertake an assessment and a competency-based interview. 

The assessment is designed to test key skills required for the role and the format will vary depending on the job. 

Examples of assessment types are shown below: 

  • A written assessment  
  • A practical task 
  • An interpretation exercise 
  • A role-play based on a scenario provided 
  • A presentation to be delivered 

Full details of any assessment required will be provided to candidates in advance. 

Applicants will also take part in a competency-based interview at this stage, where panel members will ask a series of questions to determine suitability for the role. 

Competencies are core skills which are universal and not job-specific, they can be applied to a wide variety of positions and contexts. 

We use a competency framework called ‘Skills for Success’ which lists all of the competencies we test and provides detailed descriptions of each.  

Find out more about our competency-based framework here. 

Pre-employment checks and offer

Successful candidates will receive a provisional offer and be advised of next steps in the process including pre-employment checks. 

Senior role recruitment

Senior Civil Service roles follow a slightly different process, find out more about this on our Senior Careers page.

The assessment process

Find out more about the assessment stage, what is involved in this and the framework we use.