Our approach to recruitment

The recruitment process is all about making sure that you find the right job for you and we find the right candidate for us. We are committed to having a fair and robust recruitment process, with all candidates treated as individuals. If you need any support or advice in regard to our processes, then please do contact us. We commit to keeping you updated during the process, and you will always be informed whether you are successful or not in your application.

Our recruitment process


We encourage online applications for all of our roles, however if you are unable to complete an online application, let us know and we can email/post a copy to you to complete.

After applying

You will receive confirmation of your application being received.


We aim to shortlist all applications within 3 working days of the closing date and we will let you know whether or not you have been shortlisted and invited for interview.


Our interviews take place face to face at one of our offices. If you need any reasonable adjustments to support you in attending, just let us know. You may be asked to complete some online testing prior to your interview, and we will include information about this in your invite to interview. You will be informed what you will need to bring with you to the interview, such as ID documents and certificates.


A member of the interview panel will call all candidate in the days after the interview, once they have made their decision. They’ll let you know their decisions and will be happy to give you feedback on your interview. For the successful candidate they will make an offer of employment and then inform the HR team, who will send out the relevant paperwork.

Pre-employment checks

Once you’ve been offered a role, the HR team will send you your contract of employment and any other relevant information. Once we have received all of your pre-employment checks back, your new manager will give you a call to arrange a start date. Our checks consist of checking your right to work permanently in the UK, references covering the last two years of employment, medical and, for certain roles, a DBS check.

Hints and tips

Any questions about the role? We list a point of contact, who you can ring and speak to about the role.

Job Description and Person Specification: All of our job vacancies have a job description and person specification, detailing the skills and experience required for the role.

Who are TDC? There is a wealth of information on this website and the main Torridge District Council website, so take some time to research what we do and how we do it.

Supporting Statement: Your supporting statement is your opportunity to sell yourself to us. In this section you should detail how you meet the person specification and what relevant experience you have.

Interview Testing: We may ask that you complete some online testing as part of the recruitment process and, if required, this will be sent to you to complete prior to interview. These tests provide us with additional information that we can use as part of the selection process, but we will never make a recruitment decision on this information alone. Make sure that you allocate enough time to complete the tests and that you are somewhere that you can remain focused, with no interruptions.

Preparing for your interview: We will ask you a variety of questions as part of the interview process and this will help us to assess your abilities against the job description and person specification for the role. Remember, the interview is a two way process and is your opportunity to make sure that we are the employer for you. You will have the opportunity to ask us questions about the role and about working at TDC.


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