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Frequently asked recruitment questions

On this page you can find answers to questions we are often asked about recruitment.

Can I negotiate my pay?

Our job evaluation scheme gives each job a point score, which equates to a monetary value. This means we are unable to negotiate salary levels. There are a small number of jobs, which due to their specialist skill set or scarcity on the job market attract a market rate salary, which is outside our job evaluation scheme. Market rates are determined by external benchmarking.

Will I remain a civil servant?

We are an independent body and we are not civil servants – this means if you were joining us from the civil service, you would no longer be a civil servant. However, you can remain in the civil service pension scheme and transfer with a continuous pensionable service record.

Can I apply if I have a criminal record?

Prior to interview, you’ll need to declare any unspent criminal convictions. We will consider any convictions declared on a case by case basis.

Can I apply by post?

If you do not have access to the internet and are therefore unable to complete our online application we are happy to receive your application by post. You will need to ensure you include your CV, a supporting statement and a completed political activity declaration form (PDF).

Will you accept late applications?

No – in the interest of fairness to all candidates, we do not extend deadlines for individual applicants.

What should my supporting statement include?

Your supporting statement should address the requirements of the person specification and demonstrate how you meet these. Please provide examples of how you have used the necessary skills and experience in your previous work.

I've forgotten to upload a supporting statement before submitting my application – what do I do now?

If you have trouble saving any section of the form or forget to attach your supporting statement please email the details or your statement to careers@electoralcommission.org.uk.

Will I get feedback on my application and interview?

We do not usually provide feedback at the application stage. If you would like feedback following an interview please contact the Human Resources team.

When will you contact my references?

We will usually ask you for details of your references at the point of second interview or job offer. We will let you know when we intend to contact your references.

Where is my interview if it is a London based role?

3 Bunhill Row
London
EC1Y 8YZ

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