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Selection Process

You can expect your application to follow a clear selection process and details of this can be found on these pages. How we undertake shortlisting and what to expect at interview are covered here and details of any testing and practical assessment we may use and what happens if you receive a job offer.


Once a job vacancy has been advertised and has reached the closing date, we will shortlist candidate using the person specification. The shortlisting process may take up to two weeks and shortlisted candidates will be contact to be invited to attend an interview. Please allow up to four weeks or more before contacting us regarding your submitted application. In some cases we may seek references prior to your interview - please state clearly on your application form if we do not have permission from you to do this.


Interviews at Newham College are normally conducted by a panel who will include the line manager, and perhaps more senior members of the Faculty/Directorate. Every effort is made to ensure that members of interview panels are not all from one gender or racial group, however this cannot always be guaranteed.

Candidates will often be asked to give a presentation on a relevant topic as part of the interview. Information on this will be included in the letter inviting them to the interview. If you require special facilities at your interview (e.g. a signer) you should complete the relevant section on the application form.

Every effort will be made to meet your needs. Particular care will be taken to ensure that candidates with disabilities have the support and facilities they need at interview.

Testing and Practical Assessment

Testing and practical assessment may be used in the following ways:

  • to help provide additional information about the applicant's knowledge, skills or aptitude;
  • to provide extra information for the final stage of the selection process.

Appointments are not made solely on the basis of testing. Applicants are given the opportunity to receive professional feedback on their performance in tests or assessments.

Job Offers

From the application form, interview and assessment, the successful candidate is selected. Once we have obtained all the necessary pre-employment checks, we will issue a formal offer of employment. All successful candidates will need to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

New appointees are subject to a probationary period before the appointment is confirmed.

Pre-employment checks

Once an offer has been made there are a number of pre-employment checks that need to be carried out. These are:

2 satisfactory references
Medical Clearance
Disclosure and Barring Service checks (only on certain posts)
Barred List check
Right to work in the UK

Some posts within the College are exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) (exemption) Order 1975. We may, through the Disclosure and Barring Service, make a check to establish any criminal record upon offer of employment. A criminal record may not necessarily mean a bar to employment with the College. Newham College of Further Education complies with the Disclosure and Barring Service’s Code of Practice. A copy of the Code of Practice is available on request to the College or from the Disclosure and Barring Service’s website