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The recruitment process

Applying for a role takes time so before applying for one of our roles we recommend you read the job description.

This will help you understand what the job involves, if you have the necessary skills to apply and most of all, if you think it is a job you would like to do.

There are 6 stages to the application process.

1. Application Form

To apply for any role within Avon and Somerset you will be required to complete an application form which is available online. You need to evidence against each of the shortlisting criteria on the form to show how your previous skills and experience meet the required level.

2. Shortlisting

Once the deadline date and time for the application stage passes the forms are sent to the department to be processed. Each application form is reviewed assessing the shortlisting criteria to see if you have the experience and skills needed for the role. If so you will be invited into the next stage of the process. If you are not successful at the shortlisting stage of the process we will email to let you know.

3. Test / Interview

For some roles we will look to test candidates with work related tests to assess your skills or knowledge against the job description. We will always inform you before the interviews if you are required to complete a work related test, we will tell you what will be involved if we are provided with this information.

If you pass the work related tests you will move onto the next stage, you  will need to attend an interview, the questions will be based around the job description and will be competency based to allow you to further demonstrate your skills and experience. You will also have the chance at the end of your interview to ask questions relating to the role.

4. Conditional Offer

Once we have received the interview results from the department we contact the highest scoring candidate to conditionally offer them the role. The reason we do a conditional offer is because this is subject to the completion of the recruitment process and recruitment checks including vetting, medical, professional standards, references, business interests and right to work documents,

Once the chosen candidate has accepted the role we will inform the other candidates they have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.

5. Recruitment Checks


Vetting is an integral part of police forces’ ethics and professional standards frameworks. It is a method which assists with the identification of individuals who are unsuitable to work with the police service. This can include those who are unsuitable through criminal activity or association, those who have a demonstrable lack of honesty and those who are financially vulnerable. Please note, any information missing from the vetting form can delay the process. Please also note that Avon and Somerset carry out a social media check when vetting takes place.


We ask for references so that we can validate the information provided on your application form. We will not contact your current reference until you have confirmed you are happy for us to do so.


We ask all applicants to complete a medical form to ensure staff are able to complete their roles and so any necessary reasonable adjustments can be put in place.

Business Interests

We ask all candidates to declare their business interests on the application form, if successful you will need to complete a form which will be reviewed by our Professional Standards Department to ensure this will not be a conflict of interest in your new role.

Professional Standards

As with any recruitment process references are obtained from an applicant’s previous employers to help establish their suitability for the role. Where that previous employment has been with a law enforcement agency then additional checks are conducted to ensure their appropriateness to undertake the role applied for. This is the case with both internal and external applicants.

Right to work

We need to see documents for all applicants to ensure they are who they say they are and that they are eligible to work in the UK.

6. Formal Offer

Once we have received all of your recruitment checks back we can arrange your start date and send your offer letter. You then know you are able to start your career with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.