Candidate journey

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Are you thinking of applying, or have already applied, to a role within LPFT and are now wondering what happens next? Find out more below about our candidate journey, including shortlisting applications, application and interview tips, and pre-employment screening.

If you are looking for a particular role, then you can find all of our current vacancies here on the NHS Jobs website.

Once you have found a position that is of interest to you and matches your skills, you will need to fill in and submit the application form through NHS jobs. You may be asked to answer some application questions and fill in details regarding your experience, qualifications and previous employers.

Here are some quick writing tips for your application:

1. Use clear, plain English – avoid using jargon and abbreviations
2. Keep your sentences short and easy to read – two sentences are generally clearer to read and understand than one very long sentence
3. Complete a spell and grammar check – check your application thoroughly to ensure there are no mistakes and you haven’t missed anything out
4. Stand out – explain why you would be suitable for the role and how your career, skills and experience to date supports your application, paying close attention to the job advert and person specification
4. Check, check and check again – if you can, give your form the 'overnight test' and revisit it again the following day so you can read it with fresh eyes. It is also helpful to get someone else to read it for you too.

More detailed tips for your application can be found on the NHS jobs website here.

Once the post has closed for applications, we will shortlist candidates against the criteria and job specification.

If your application is progressed to the next stage, then you will be invited to attend an interview. In most cases, you will receive this invitation via the email you used during your application. Most of our interviews are currently being carried out via Microsoft Teams.

If you are unsuccessful, you will either receive a notification through the NHS Jobs portal, or will be sent an email confirming the outcome.

You have been invited to interview – what happens next?

During your interview, you will be asked a series of questions which will help the panel to decide whether you are the right candidate for the position based on the job specification and essential skills required for the role. Our interviews typically last around 45 minutes, but this may differ depending on the role and department.

For some posts, you may be required to carry out a test relevant to the role or attend an assessment centre. If this applies to the role you apply for then you will be provided with further details by the recruiting manager.

We have put together a guide of interview hints and tips which provide useful insights into a successful interview. You can view our Interview hints and tips guide here.

If you are successful at interview, then we will contact you to let you know the exciting news as soon as possible.

If you are unsuccessful at interview, then the recruiting manager will contact you to confirm the outcome and will provide you with feedback. 

Following acceptance of the employment offer, you will be contacted by a member of the HR Team to begin the process for pre-employment checks. As an NHS Organisation we have certain checks we must carry out to ensure safer recruitment and NHS Employers Standards are met. These checks include:

  • References for the most recent 3 years employment (if you have been out of employment during this time, further advise can be given)
  • Right to Work Checks
  • Identification and Proof of Address Checks, including receipt of an ID Photo
  • Occupational Health Clearance (you will be directed to an independent system to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check (once ID is received, you will be directed to an independent system to complete the questionnaire)
  • We also request all candidates to complete a Disclosure Statement, to provide you an opportunity to disclose any convictions, cautions, reprimands you may have at the earliest possible opportunity
  • Qualification Checks
  • Professional Registration Checks (where required) with your registering body
  • Alert List Checks

Once the above have been cleared and approved by the Recruiting Manager, your start date will be agreed and you will receive your contract of employment which includes your Main Statement Terms and Conditions. We would advise not to hand your notice in until receipt of this contract.

We wish you every success on your recruitment journey with LPFT.

Contact us

For further enquiries regarding interviews, please contact our recruitment team:

Gervas House,
Long Leys Road
Lincoln, LN1 1EJ

Mobile: 07813 393281
Mobile: 07747 487378


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