About your interview

So you’ve been invited to an interview? Congratulations! We look forward to meeting you.

Here are some pointers on what to expect and how you might want to get yourself set.

Be prepared...

  • Pre-plan your journey allowing for hold ups – have a Plan B!
  • Make us aware in plenty of time of any special arrangements you might need should you have a disability
  • We will let you know in your invitation letter if a test or presentation is part of the selection process
  • Think ahead of questions you might be asked and what your response might be. Revisiting the Person Specification and Job Description might be a good idea, as will another read through our values
  • Think of some questions to ask the interviewers about the role and the team
  • Do some research on the council and the service which you’re interviewing for

What we’d like you to bring...

  • Your interview letter will detail exactly what we would like you to bring along but is likely to include some or all of the following:
  • Your passport (plus a photocopy please) of the pages containing your photo and personal information
  • Or a full birth certificate (original plus a copy)
  • Qualification Certificates (originals plus a copy) where the qualification is highlighted as a requirement in the Person Specification
  • Verification of your National Insurance number (P45 or similar official document plus a copy)
  • Where applicable to the job, your Driving Licence photo card (plus copy) plus a DVLA printout (your invitation to interview letter includes guidance on how to obtain this)

In the interview…

  • Try to keep your responses focused, relevant and to the point
  • We want you to sell yourself! Use real examples of how you might have contributed to a positive outcome and what the benefits might have been
  • Make eye contact with your all the interviewers, not just the one who has asked the question
  • Be positive throughout. Enthusiasm and energy goes a long way!
  • Remember to tell us why you would like to work for Lancaster City Council!

What happens next?

We will contact you within three days of the final interview. If you’re successful the Recruiting Manager will make you a verbal offer. The HR team will then be in touch to help you through the rest of the pre-employment process. Welcome on board!