Interview help

Interviews can be a stressful and unnerving experience for most people.

We want to help make the process as painless as possible, so we’ve come up with some helpful hints and tips to remember.

Are you right for the job?

Before writing your application form you should look carefully at both the job outline and the employee specification to determine:

  • What qualifications are essential for the role (if any)
  • What specific skills and knowledge are required to do the job
  • What qualifications, skills and knowledge you have which are relevant
  • Do you meet all the essential criteria? Read about the importance of this below.
Meeting the 'essential criteria'

Your application form needs to demonstrate how you meet ALL of the ‘essential criteria’ from the ‘employee specification’ section of the job listing.

This essential criteria acts as a checklist that the recruiting manager uses to determine if you can be shortlisted for an interview. You must therefore provide working examples for each essential criteria if you want to be invited for an interview.

For example, imagine one of the essential criteria is ‘Experience of delivering training’. Instead of just writing:

'I have experience in providing training to new team members.'

you could make this better by writing:

'I have actively been involved in training new team members, including the creation of a training guide which is used to assist with practical training. This guide is now regularly referred to by all staff, encouraging and promoting skill and knowledge retention.'

Education and qualifications

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to list every educational achievement and qualification you have obtained dating back to the beginning of your education. You should however, list all of your education and qualifications that are relevant to the specific vacancy for which you are applying, ensuring you detail any qualifications requested in the essential criteria.

Employment History

Employment history often plays an important part in your application form, especially where the vacancy you are applying for asks for previous experience. It can be a gruelling task to list every job you’ve held over the years and trying to remember every task you were responsible for can be difficult. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to try and make the task easier:

  • List your employment history in reverse chronological order (most recent first and work backwards).
  • If you can’t remember the specific date of your previous employment, just giving the month and year is fine.
  • Any gaps in employment should be fully explained. If you had a gap year, make sure to give the details such as where you went, what you did, who organised it, who funded it and what skills you think you learned as a result of the experience.
  • Try to think about how your gap year, or career break, made you more employable in relation to the job you are applying for.
  • When listing what your job responsibilities were in your previous employment, rather than try to list every duty you had, just emphasise a few key and transferable skills that are most relevant for the job you are applying for.
  • If your employment history is limited, include details of any part-time, temporary, voluntary or work experience you’ve had; especially anything relevant to the job you’re applying for.

All new starters to the council are required to have two satisfactory references, one of which should be from your current or most recent employer. To avoid delays later down the line if you are successful, please ensure that you provide accurate referee information in your application form. This should include their:

  • Full name
  • Preferred email address
  • Full postal address, including postcode

Always ensure that you have informed the people you choose as referees to avoid any issues. Although we won’t request your references at the application stage, if you are successful at interview, references will be sought as soon as possible.

Supporting statement - skills, knowledge and experience

When you’re very enthusiastic about applying for a job, it can be easy to get carried away writing a lengthy supporting statement. But it’s important to remember that when shortlisting, managers are only looking for people who can demonstrate the relevant and essential skills needed for the specific job.

So, whilst you may think it a positive thing to write five pages about your wide range of skills and experience, it isn’t an effective use of your time and will not guarantee you an interview.

Here are some hints and tips to help you write the best supporting statement you can:

  • Your supporting statement is the opportunity to sell yourself, so make sure to mention your achievements, knowledge and strengths.
  • Keep the information concise and well structured. Anything you write about needs to be relevant to the job you are applying for so keep it to the point.
  • Give key examples from your previous and current job roles that clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the job.
  • Explain why you want to be considered for the job. This won’t have any bearing on whether or not you are shortlisted but it will demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for the role.
  • Explain what you could bring to the role if you were appointed.

Your writing style can help to make your application stand out and demonstrate confidence:

  • The use of positive words and power verbs (in moderation), such as ‘effective, motivated, delivered, achieved, transformed, determined etc.’ will help to improve its quality.
  • Explain your relevant skills, knowledge and experience with concise paragraphs and avoid waffle or vague statements.
  • If it helps, use bullet points and sub-headings to make your statement easier to read.

This goes without saying but always check your application form before submitting it - especially your spelling and grammar.

If it helps, ask someone else to check it for you, sometimes they can pick up on things you don’t see.

Application FAQs

We’ve listed some of the more common questions we get asked about job vacancies. If we haven’t answered your question, please .

I have seen a job I am interested in can you give me more information about the position?

The quickest and best way to get more information about a job is to contact the manager whose details should be stated on the advert.

If there isn’t a name and contact details, please get in touch, and we will find somebody to contact you.

I am looking for a specific job relating to my own skills and experience, can you advise me if there are any vacancies available that you think would be suitable for me?

At this time we do not offer a job/skills matching service and would advise that you use the search facility on the jobs page to look for specific job types. You can search for specific jobs via category or by keywords.

You may also find it useful looking at our careers page, which shows the types of careers available at the council. Please note though that these aren’t current vacancies, and are only to illustrate the varying careers we have at the council.

I’ve been told that a specific job vacancy is coming up but I can’t see it on your website. Do you know when it will be advertised?

Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide any details of jobs which aren’t yet advertised. In this instance we would advise that you regularly check the jobs page to make sure you see the job as soon as it is advertised.

I’ve forgotten my username. What should I do?

Your username is normally your email address. If this doesn’t work, please and we can help you.

I’ve forgotten my password. What should I do?

Use the ‘forgotten password’ link on the login screen. You should receive an email within 15 minutes containing a reset link. Please do not press the ‘forgotten password’ button multiple times - this will not speed up the delivery of the email.

If you don’t receive it within 15 minutes, please try the link again.

If it still doesn't come, please .

It is the weekend, I am having issues logging in to the job’s website and a vacancy I’m interested in closes on Sunday evening. I am unable to complete my application on time, what can I do?

Closing dates are generally not changeable unless in exceptional circumstances. If you’re unable to access your account to complete and submit your application, please straight away on Monday morning. We may be able to contact the recruiting manager to see if they will accept a late application due to the circumstances.

I’m already an employee of the council and completing an online application but I can’t see the ‘previous employment’ or ‘qualifications’ section. Is something wrong with the form?

If you’ve noticed there isn’t a ‘previous employment’ or ‘qualifications’ section on the application form this means you are logged in using your council ESS (iTrent) login details. Logging in with these details, rather than with an account you’ve set up at home with a non-eastriding email address, means you won’t have to complete a separate employment or qualifications section on the form. However, you should ensure that any qualifications and experience you have that is relevant to the job you are applying for, is stated in your supporting statement, otherwise the vacancy manager will not be made aware of them.

Ready to apply?

A couple of things to note before you fill in your online application:

  • Adverts close at midnight on the closing date.
  • Data such as personal information and employment history will save when you submit an application form and then pre-fill into the next application form you complete.
  • Free text fields such as ‘skills, knowledge and experience’ page will not be saved and you must re-enter these with each application.
  • Symbols and special characters, such as è or &, must not be used as unfortunately, these can corrupt the data in your application form.
  • You must complete all mandatory fields marked with *.
  • If you are likely to complete several application forms for different vacancies, it can save time to prepare your supporting statement in a Word or notepad document. You can then copy and paste the relevant information into the application form when you are ready.
  • Before you begin, it will save you some time if you have the following information to hand:
    • Your National Insurance number
    • Details of your employment history
    • Your qualifications
    • Referee contact details

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The Finance Service is a well-respected team with a proven track record of delivering strong financial management.

Sitting within the Council's Corporate Resources Directorate, the Finance Service is led by the Director of Finance and managed across five key areas: Corporate Finance, Business Partnering, Pensions Administration, Pensions Investments and Internal Audit (delivered by SWAP Internal Audit Partnership).

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Corporate Finance

  • Providing financial information, analysis and advice to stakeholders including corporate management and Members to enable better decisions to be made.
  • Preparing the Council’s budget and medium-term financial strategy and ensuring that the Council’s corporate priorities drive the allocation of available resources.
  • Producing the Council’s statutory accounts to high standards of accuracy and timeliness.
  • Developing financial systems and processes to meet users’ needs.
  • Assessing the financial implications of new legislation.
  • Planning, development and delivery of creditor payments and expense-related projects and services.
  • Managing and operating the Council's insurance arrangements.
  • Minimising fraud perpetrated against the Council.

Business Partnering

  • Act as key service delivery partners providing finance business partnering arrangements to the Council’s directorates.
  • Monitoring performance against budgets, reporting the results to budget holders, managers and elected members and ensuring that corrective action is taken when appropriate.
  • Developing financial systems and processes to meet users’ needs.
  • Assessing the financial implications of new legislation.
  • Development and oversight of the learning and development programme for staff and our customers.

Pensions Investments

  • Managing £6 billion of investments across a range of asset classes including equities, bonds, infrastructure and property.

  • Working with Border to Coast Pensions Partnership to pool investments, in order to achieve economies of scale, utilise collective resources and facilitate access to a broader range of investment opportunities.

  • Providing information and advice to corporate management and the Pensions Committee on a range of issues including financial markets, investment manager performance and changes in regulatory requirements.

  • Publishing the Pension Fund’s Annual Report and Accounts, which includes detailed information about the Fund and its activities during the year, and its statutory accounts.

  • Fulfilling the Pension Fund’s climate change obligations, including advising the Pensions Committee on changes to the investment strategy and exploring innovative investment opportunities, both aimed at achieving the ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner.

Pensions Administration

  • Administering the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for the four unitary authorities in the region, including the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, plus over 320 other local employers and organisations.

  • Undertaking the administration of the pension benefits of the scheme for more than 120,000 active, deferred and pensioner members.

  • Calculating benefit entitlement and managing the response to member enquiries through the telephone helpline, face to face and using email and written communication.

  • Responsibility for the payment of all pension fund pensioners.

  • Providing technical IT support to the administration team, including the development and maintenance of the pensions administration software.

  • Collecting and reconciling pension contributions and rechargeable amounts due.

  • Regular data cleansing to improve and maintain accurate data and liaising with the scheme employers to ensure accurate data is received and recorded.

Internal Audit

(delivered by SWAP Internal Audit Partnership)

The Internal Audit service for East Riding of Yorkshire Council is provided by SWAP through a partnership model. Internal Audit provides an independent and objective opinion on the effectiveness of the Authority’s risk management, control and governance processes which enable the achievement of the Council’s objectives.

Internal Audit works in collaboration with other internal and external assurance providers and alongside the delivery of risk-based assurance activity activity it also provides advice, analysis and assistance to support the Council’s systems and control environment.



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We are embarking on an ambitious change programme to replace our legacy core financial systems and refresh the wider organisation’s financial skills and processes, whilst ensuring that the Finance service is well positioned to support the Council to achieve its ambitions and deliver for our residents and stakeholders.

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As part of our People Strategy's ambition to be a modern workforce in a modern workplace, we've invested in our leadership structure to create a modern and effective service.

As one of the largest unitary authorities in the country, we have a large financial team with over 150 staff. This enables us to provide jobs at all levels from entry to senior leadership.

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  • A friendly and supportive working environment.
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We have an excellent team at East Riding that supports each other to deliver quality services. Going forward, our Finance for the Future programme will deliver class-leading, digitally-enabled financial services. It’s about making Finance simple for the Council and its customers, allowing us to focus on professional advice which enables the Council to achieve great things for East Riding residents and businesses.

About East Riding of Yorkshire Council

About East Riding of Yorkshire Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has a national reputation as a top performing local authority. We have an enviable track record of success across the whole Council for which we are very proud. Our primary focus, both for the next year and beyond, is for a continued strong and healthy recovery from the pandemic, for our residents, communities, businesses, partnerships and staff, building on our learning and experiences whilst continuing to successfully deliver and develop those services vital to our residents and the area.

Our vision, Your East Riding... where everyone matters continues to reflect the importance of our ambition for everyone we serve to have the best possible quality of life and equality of opportunity. This builds on our collective ambition for the East Riding across its unique and diverse communities. Our five priority areas, which we review on an annual basis, set out the framework for how we work towards the vision and achieve our goal of which is a safe and thriving place to live and visit, centred on strong and empowered communities.

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Our Values and how we work together as a team

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has a simple and powerful vision for the East Riding: Your East Riding… where everyone matters

To deliver our Vision, we have five corporate priorities, which include:

  • Growing the economy
  • Helping children and young people achieve
  • Empowering and supporting communities
  • Protecting the vulnerable
  • Valuing the environment

To support delivery against these priorities, we have a set of corporate values, which drive the way we do things and shape our services. It is the responsibility of elected councillors and staff to uphold the values of our organisation, which are:

  • Quality – We work together to provide the best services possible
  • Pride – We are proud of what we do and we positively embrace change
  • Respect – We treat people fairly and are open, honest and lead by example

Where is the East Riding of Yorkshire Council?

Our administrative Headquarters are at County Hall in Beverley, which is a beautiful historic market town which is highly regarded by the thousands of people who come to our area each year. Pensions Administration are based in Goole, which is a historic port town located on the River Ouse with great transport links. We are one of the largest local authorities by area in the country covering almost 1,000 square miles. Our area reaches out close to York at the northern point and the North Yorkshire Moors when moving North East embracing 75 kilometres of coast from Flamborough in the North East to Spurn Point at the mouth of the Humber Estuary.

We border onto Hull and our area including the iconic Humber Bridge moves West including Goole to our boundary with Pocklington running North up the River Derwent towards York. We have many market towns, areas of affluence, some areas of deprivation particularly in parts of Goole, Withernsea and Bridlington as well as the great features of the Yorkshire Wolds which also presents challenges in terms of rural isolation and loneliness. Travel time from York to Beverley is 50 minutes, Leeds to Beverley just over 1 hour. The East Riding has many hidden gems and is a great place to live, work and have fun.

About the area

The East Riding of Yorkshire is arguably one of England's most beautiful counties - and one of its best-kept secrets. It is a landscape of diversity and contrasts with wide-open plains, rolling hills and wild and rugged coastlines combining to create an enviable living environment.

Quality of life in the East Riding is exceptionally high - housing is plentiful and prices are lower than many other parts of the country, yet the region can offer superb urban, rural and coastal locations. Most of our schools perform well above national standards. Because of our commitment to rural schools, we can ensure that education is both accessible and local. Also, we have two universities on our doorstep - Hull and York.

Despite its beautiful rural location, the East Riding is connected to the UK motorway network by the M62 and to Europe by North Sea Ferries and Humberside Airport. Major cities such as Hull, York and Leeds are within easy reach, as is the beautiful historic town of Beverley. The seaside resorts of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea and the natural beauty spots of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors are also right on our doorstep. The area boasts a racecourse at Beverley, as well as the country's oldest horse race - the Kiplingcotes Derby at South Dalton, and historic sites such as the Beverley Minster and beautiful beaches.

We're sure that if you choose to work and live in the East Riding, your stay will be a happy one!

We are committed to a culture of ongoing learning and development with clear career and succession pathways, so that we are resilient as a service whilst being a superb place to work.


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