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Our hiring process

Our hiring process normally consists of the following two steps:

Step 1 – Application form

Step 2 – Selection event


The following information is designed to help you successfully complete the seven steps of the application form and provide information on the next stages in the process. Your application form plays an important part in the selection process and will be used as the basis for shortlisting you for the role you are applying for. You must complete all sections of the form, making sure you provide all the information clearly and accurately.


If you are shortlisted you will be invited to a selection event where you will be asked competency based questions and often also be asked to do a presentation or a test.


To apply for one of our roles you have to create an account on SYPTE CareersCentre, however, should you have problems with the online application form or if you require this information in other languages or formats such as Braille or Audio Tape please contact the Human Resources Team. Please note that we do not accept CVs unless otherwise is specified in the job advert.


Contact Information:


Telephone: 0114 221 1252

Address: Human Resources Team, 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield S1 2BQ


If you have any concerns or comments about our recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Business Partner Manager on 0114 221 1373 or by emailing


Before you start

Every role has a job description to outline the main duties and knowledge, experience, skills and behavioural competencies required. You should read the job description and person specification before completing the application form.


Make sure you complete and submit the application by the specified closing date. Thank you for applying to work with us and good luck with your application.


Completing the application form


Step 1– Personal Details and Criminal Convictions

The shortlisting and selection event panel do not see your personal details and it will not be used in the recruitment process. Under current legislation you will be asked to confirm you are entitled to work in the UK at the application stage by detailing your National Insurance Number.


You are required to detail any spent or unspent convictions on the application form. If the role you are applying for requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be detailed job description.


Step 2 – Availability for a Selection Event, etc.

Selection event dates are normally shown on the front of the job description. Please state on the application form any dates when you would not be able to attend a selection event.


Step 3 – Education, Professional and Technical Qualifications

If we ask for a qualification in the person specification, make sure that you supply us with all the information we ask for.


Step 4 – Personal Development and Occupational Training

Please provide information about relevant training undertaken including seminars, short courses and workplace training. You should also include details of membership of any professional bodies.


Step 5 – Employment Experience

Please provide details of your employment history and any voluntary and unpaid work that you feel is relevant to your application. Please give brief details of duties you undertook including your salary. If there are any gaps in dates please explain why, for example if you were unemployed.


Step 6 – References

You are required to provide a minimum of two references covering the last three years of employment (or education). Please see guidance below:


Employment Position

Reference 1

Reference 2

Currently Employed

From current employer

From the employer prior to the current one

Not Currently Employed

From the most recent employer.

From previous employer (if your last employer was for less than 5 years)

Never Been Employed

From your most recent school, college, university or other similar learning organisation

One character reference. This should not be from a family member

Currently Self-Employed

From an organisation who can verify self-employment dates, your honesty and reliability, e.g. bank or accountant

From previous employer (if self-employed for less than 5 years)


Step 7 – Any Other Details in Support of your Application

This is where you are asked to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the post and is your opportunity to tell us why you should be offered the role.


Using the person specification in the job description, you should highlight your knowledge, skills, experience and personal qualities giving examples from your current or previous work, voluntary work or personal life to support each statement. Make sure you cover each of the qualities in the person specification that will be identified from the application form as this will be used to shortlist applicants.


Step 8 – Equal Opportunities Monitoring

SYPTE is committed to providing equal opportunities and diversity in all its employment practices and provision of all its services. The information you supply in this section allows us to monitor our recruitment and selection process and ensure we are attracting applicants from all areas of the community as we aim to create a workforce representative of the community. Please note that the shortlisting and selection event panel do not see this information and it will not be used in the recruitment process. A copy of our Diversity Policy can be obtained here.


What happens after you have submitted your application form?

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage we will contact you shortly after the closing date to arrange for you to attend a selection event. If you have not received any correspondence from us within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. We hope that an unsuccessful application will not stop you from applying for another role with us in the future. If you would like to receive feedback following your attendance at a selection event we will be happy to provide this.


What happens after the selection event?

As soon as possible after the event you will be contacted regarding the outcome of the event.


If you are successful you will receive a provisional offer subject to receipt of satisfactory health assessment questionnaire*, references**, and, depending on the role, a DBS check***. A probationary period is applied to all new appointments to assess suitability. A full contract of employment will be issued to you prior to commencement.


You will also be required to bring original certificates or proof of qualifications from the examining body, proof of your National Insurance Number, proof of your entitlement to work in the UK for example passport, birth certificate or valid work permit, and your driving license, if appropriate.



*You will be sent a health assessment questionnaire to complete and the information you give will be screened by our Occupational Health specialist. This is private and confidential and will only be seen by our Occupational Health specialist. If you have or have had a medical condition or disability you may be required to see an Occupational Health Nurse so any medical issues can be investigated to ensure you are fit for the role. If you declare yourself disabled and require reasonable adjustments and/or support, please be prepared to tell us if you need any aids and adaptations or other requirements to help you do the job. Reasonable adjustments will be made where possible and could include changes to duties, equipment etc.


**Where candidates agree, references may be taken up prior to a selection event.


***Should a DBS check be required then this will be completed on line and a member of the HR team will discuss arranging a suitable date/time to complete this at provisional offer stage. Further information about DBS checks can be found at



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