Guide to recruitment - completing your application (Stage 2)

Read this information for advice on completing a successful application.

There is a link to the next stage at the bottom of this page.

How to apply

All of our job vacancies are listed on our online jobs portal.

For each job listing you will find:

  • Details about the job
  • Job Profile and other related documents to download
  • Online application form link

You will need to have internet access to complete a job application. If you do not have your own internet access, you can get free access in your local library.

Other formats

If you have a disability which means you are unable to apply online, we may be able to provide another format for you to complete your application.

To request another format contact us by:

  • Telephone: 020 8547 5727
  • Email:
  • Post: Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Town Hall, Room 238, High Street, Wandsworth SW18 2PU

We are open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). We will respond to your query within 2 working days.


You must submit your application form by midnight on the vacancies closing date. You will find the closing date on each job vacancy listing. We cannot accept applications after the published closing date.

Remember to keep a copy of your application form for your records.

What we will ask

All of our online application forms contain four main sections, which are explained below.

Personal details

We will ask for your:

  • Personal contact details
  • Employment history (including details of employment, and any other work experience relevant to the role - you will also be asked for the contact details two references)
  • Referees (we will ask for contact details of two people who can provide you with a reference - they will only be contacted if you accept a job offer)
  • Professional qualifications and training (if you are offered a position you will need to show an original copy of any certificate, or other form of evidence which proves your qualification)
  • Criminal convictions (which are not ‘spent’ under the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act)

Filter questions

We will ask you a question or set of questions specific to the job you are applying for. You will need to give examples of how your skills, experience and knowledge meet the selection criteria shown in the Job Profile. Your application will be assessed based on your responses.

Do not assume that your responses to these questions are less important just because you have suitable employment experience and have detailed it elsewhere on the application form.

Unless stated otherwise in the question, you can use examples from your home life, time spent in education, voluntary work or from your hobbies and interests if you do not have any formal experience.

Complete all sections on the application form. Your form should be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Ensure it is well presented to create a good impression, (see Stage One – Complete a rough draft).

Equality and Diversity Monitoring

You will also be asked to provide details of your gender, ethnicity, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and whether you have a disability.

This information is confidential and any information you provide will not made available to the selection panel. We will only use information to help us measure how effective our equal opportunities and diversity policies are, and to inform future policy decisions.

This section is not compulsory and will not affect your application.


You must declare certain information when you complete an application. This is to ensure both you as the applicant, and us as the employer comply with legislation.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), provides wider access to criminal record information. This service helps organisations to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work (especially work which involves children or vulnerable adults).

As an organisation assessing applicants’ suitability for positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal record checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Richmond and Wandsworth Councils comply fully with the DBS code of practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly.

You can request to see our:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service policy
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders policy

We do not exclude people who are related to, or have personal relationship with our councillors, employees or school governors. However, they cannot be involved with the selection process for any post you apply for.

You must read and (electronically) sign each declaration, before you can submit an application.

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Updated: 11 September 2017