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

Valuation and Estates

Make a real difference with our innovative and award-winning Valuation and Estates team. Could we be the next step in your career?

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Working for us

"Be INspired by our ACES award winning team."

Who we are

The valuation and estates service is the council’s in-house team of professional surveyors. Working across a range of practice areas we are responsible for delivering a wide variety of property-related services to both the council and external stakeholders.

Among their varied and exciting workload, our surveyors are responsible for negotiating and managing a diverse range of property transactions across the council’s £1.2 billion asset portfolio, which incorporates residential, operational, commercial, industrial and agricultural property. Our aim is to deliver a consistently high-quality service to our client departments and to ensure we achieve best value for money for our residents. Alongside this, we work closely with our colleagues across the council to ensure the estate is able to deliver on the council’s wider priorities, such as business growth, job creation and inward investment across the East Riding. Our work can be challenging, but overcoming those challenges is highly rewarding and no two days here are the same! We are proud of the contribution we make to local life and to the day-to-day operation of the council.

What we do

Among the varied caseload our surveyors manage, we:

  • Are delivering a £40 million capital receipts programme.
  • Undertake rolling valuations across the Council's £1.2 billion asset portfolio.
  • Manage a wide-ranging let estate with a rent roll of over £1.5 million per annum.
  • Work within multi-disciplinary project teams to deliver essential infrastructure for the East Riding. Some of our highlights include:
    • Lelley Fields Crematorium.
    • An £87 million road improvement scheme at Jocks Lodge/A164 (ongoing).
    • The £8.1 million RaisE business centre at Goole.
    • Flood Alleviation Schemes, such as the £20 million Cottingham & Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Help to deliver inward investment and economic development across the county, including:
    • The £25 million Goole Town Deal.
    • Filming licences throughout the East Riding, from the small screen to the silver screen! (DIY SoS, Dad’s Army and countless others).
    • Letting and managing commercial workshop units across the county, incubating new and small businesses, encouraging growth, creating jobs and developing the economy.
  • Lead on the acquisition of new and existing residential units as part of the Council’s ambitious ‘Target 1,000’ – a project to deliver 1,000 affordable homes across the East Riding within a 5-year period.
  • Provide consultancy advice to a range of client departments, including option appraisal, financial viability, agricultural business appraisals and support with corporate projects.
  • Manage the acquisition and disposal of a wide range of property types to ensure the delivery of Council projects and priorities, from land and agricultural property to commercial units, business centres and offices; from empty homes to residential development sites.
  • Support the Council’s carbon reduction goals by delivering land and property rights for a variety of Council-led and third-party green energy schemes across the East Riding

Our working culture

Based in County Hall in the heart of historic Beverley, our small and friendly team enjoys all the benefits of modern working practices, including agile working patterns that allow staff to divide their time between home and the office, ensuring a better work/life balance.

We offer an inclusive and mutually supportive working environment, in which our team members are given real responsibility for an interesting variety of work, ranging from minor property matters to high-profile Council projects, but with the backing of support and advice from senior team members whenever needed. This balanced approach empowers our colleagues to set the pace of their own career growth. In addition to this, we provide support for training and development, particularly where there are opportunities for individuals to develop their professional knowledge and ability while also meeting identified skills gaps within the team.

All of this comes with the added stability of working for a large public sector organisation and the many advantages this offers, including enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme, health & well-being support, and staff discount schemes, among many more.

Just some of the reasons our team members say they choose to work for East Riding of Yorkshire Council include:

  • “East Riding of Yorkshire Council is hard to beat for the variety of work available”.
  • "During the 17 years I have been a part of the V&E team I have enjoyed the variety of work and many opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of ERYC residents. I have been supported in both my career progression and work life balance, which is very important to me”.
  • “Working for the Council has given me fantastic opportunities to develop my skills and professional knowledge in the areas of work that particularly interest me".
  • “Being able to make a real difference for the residents of the East Riding, using my skills and experience to play a role in protecting and enhancing local communities”.
  • “I am well supported with a wide range of work, including easements, disposals, lettings, licenses and a variety of valuations”.
  • “The team are really friendly and they made it easy to settle in to my first ever surveying job after university".
  • "I am supported in my career ambitions and a home-work-life balance here at East Riding Council. It is a pleasure to work with such a supportive and empowering team. I enjoy the variation in the work we do, there is never one day the same!"

Benefits at a glance

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) fees reimbursed
  • Flexible working arrangements, a mixture of office and homeworking
  • Staff discount and health and wellbeing schemes
  • Registered Valuation Surveyors annual registration fee sponsored
  • Assessment of Professional Competence fees supported for those seeking to achieve RICS

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I have already experienced a wide range of work including easements, disposals, lettings, licences, and a variety of valuations. This variety ensures no two days are the same and encourages accelerated learning and development, making it ideal for APC candidates.

Meet the leadership team

Neil Archbutt

Valuation & Estates Manager

I started my career and qualified as Chartered Surveyor in the private sector. Over the last twenty years, I have progressed with the Council from valuer through to taking over as group manager in 2022. I have been involved in a wide range of projects working with colleagues across the authority and in the private sector and my aim now is to use that knowledge and experience to allow the team to flourish.

Jenny Myers

Principal Valuation & Housing Surveyor

I worked in the private sector for over 15 years qualifying in 1999. Working my way up from Assistant Surveyor to Director, responsible for the estate management of a multimillion pound company portfolio. Moving to the Council in 2006 offered everything I could wish for, with a varied workload on flexible working arrangements. Now the Principal Valuation and Housing Surveyor and Registered Valuer my work is predominantly focused on residential valuations and leading my team to provide social housing across the East Riding, with no two days the same.

Nick Coultish

Principal Commercial Surveyor

A Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer with a passion for the East Riding of Yorkshire, my role provides a platform for me and the team to make a real difference to the local economy. Whether it's an ice cream kiosk by the sea or a multi-million pound supermarket development, there is a good chance we are helping to make it happen. From retail and industrial, through to offices and leisure, commercial property covers it all.

Adam Milner

Principal Rural & Estates Surveyor

I joined the Council as a rural surveyor in 2017, assisting with the management of its agricultural estate. Since then, with the support of senior colleagues, I have seen my knowledge expand into areas including strategic management, compulsory purchase, green energy, major infrastructure delivery, planning and more. I am now the Council’s principal rural surveyor and am proud of the contribution our team makes to the rural East Riding. We also get to work in some of the most beautiful parts of the county – from market towns to Wolds villages to the Yorkshire Coast

I would encourage anyone to seriously consider a surveying role at East Riding for the opportunities it provides to gain varied and rewarding work experiences within a supportive and socially responsible organisation.


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