Requesting adjustments - Scottish Government Jobs

Requesting adjustments

Recruitment that works for everyone

We welcome and encourage applications from diverse candidates.

We are committed to ensuring that all applicants have the opportunity to perform at their best throughout our application process. We offer recruitment and workplace adjustments to anyone who needs them, and we also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with a disability and veterans. 

Staff member perspective

Muireann explains the importance of recruitment adjustments and how they impacted her experience of applying for a role at the Scottish Government. 

Frequently asked questions

We have included answers to some of the common questions candidates have below: 

  • If you are unsure about whether you will need an adjustment to complete part of the process, contact us at to discuss your access needs regarding the interview or assessment you have been asked to complete. Please include ‘Adjustments Assistance for Interview/Assessment’ in the subject line to ensure your email is flagged as early as possible.

  • No, candidates have the right to disclose the need for adjustments at any stage in the recruitment process. However, please try to make us aware of any required adjustments as early as possible to ensure their timely implementation.

  • The details of your request will only be shared to put the adjustment in place. We will not share any personal information without your specific consent.

  • Some examples of adjustments we can make are:

    • providing extra time to complete assessments
    • allowing a break in between parts of the assessment or interview
    • providing interview questions 24 hours in advance
    • offering alternative formats of the assessment – e.g. a presentation instead of a
      written exercise
    • ensuring accessible spaces for in-person interviews
    • providing a physical copy of the assessment by courier mail
    • conducting assessments or interviews in-person or online

    This is not an exhaustive list, and we are happy to discuss any other adjustments you need which are specific to your circumstances.

  • Yes, please contact us at to discuss this in more detail to confirm what you need to make the interview and assessment more accessible.

  • No, you are fully entitled to adjustments to remove any accessibility barriers you may face, and this will not factor into any decisions regarding your assessment. We want our workplaces to be environments where colleagues with a disability feel respected and
    supported. We are fully committed to ensuring all colleagues can perform to their best in the selection process.

  • When requesting an adjustment, we advise you to contact the recruitment team at with the details of your request. Please include ‘Adjustments Assistance for Interview/Assessment’ in the subject line to ensure your email is flagged as early as possible.

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Contact our Recruitment Team to discuss the options available or request an adjustment to support an application.