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Advice on applying for Manchester City Council vacancies and attending assessments.

Application Tips

The 'Person Specification' section of the application form is where you get to describe how you meet the criteria for the role, as set out in the Person Specification document. For each of the criteria, aim to give specific examples which demonstrate the knowledge, skills or behaviours required.

Examples could be from work, education, voluntary roles, or your personal life. They could relate to specific tasks, projects, goals, relationships or challenges that you’ve faced. Begin by describing the situation, then how you demonstrated the relevant knowledge, skills or behaviours, and what the outcome was.

Assessment Tips

If your application is shortlisted, you may be invited to attend one or more assessments. Types of assessment include a written task, interview, presentation, and assessment centre. The type of assessment for each role will depend on the knowledge, skills and behaviours required. Assessments may take place in-person, online, over the phone or via video call.

If you’re invited to an assessment, firstly congratulate yourself! This means you demonstrated some good examples of how you meet the role requirements in your application. You can now build on those strengths at your assessment.

In preparation for your assessment you may want to:

  • read about the Our Manchester strategy and have a look over the latest State of the City report. This will give you a wider perspective of the Council’s priorities and ambitions
  • read through the Role Profile again. Consider the types of questions you may be asked and the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you need to demonstrate
  • develop a list of examples where you have demonstrated key skills, worked well under pressure or made a real difference. Take a look back at the examples you used in your application form. Expand on them and come up with more if you can
  • think about any questions you want to ask. Remember, it’s also an opportunity for you to assess whether the Council is the right fit for you
  • practice speaking slowly and with confidence. Remember that it’s okay to take a few moments to collect your thoughts before responding to an interview question
  • plan all the practicalities for assessment day in advance. If the assessment is in person, think about how you will get to the venue. If the assessment is virtual, read our tips for virtual assessments. Plan what to wear - it’s important to feel comfortable but also to make a good impression
  • contact us about any adjustments that you may need to help you perform at your best.

Good luck with your application and assessment!