Application guide

Before you apply:

Ensure that you have read all information provided about the role you are applying for before beginning your application – this will include the job description and person specification, and the aims and values of Church Mission Society.

The person specification is split into essential and desirable characteristics. You will need to meet all of the essential criteria, and it would be beneficial if your skills and qualifications also meet those listed in the desirable category.

As an equal opportunities employer, we particularly welcome applications from individuals from minority groups as they are currently underrepresented within our organisation. All appointments are made on merit of skill, experience and potential as laid down in the job description and person specification.

Completing the application:

Please send an updated CV, a completed application form, and any supporting documents you would like to include to You will receive an automatic acknowledgement when your application is received.

Your CV and application form are the main documents for the selection panel to assess your qualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge against the person specification, so it is important to ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet these criteria. Please be sure to refer specifically to how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed.

The job description will specify whether the role is required to be filled by someone who is “in sympathy with” or “committed to” the aims and values of Church Mission Society. Please note that some carefully assessed roles have an occupational requirement to be a “committed and practising Christian” which is clearly stated in the advertisement and the person specification part of the job description. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to get in touch at any time. Please note that all roles are subject to safeguarding and basic criminal records checks and some posts may be subject to an enhanced criminal records check depending on the degree of involvement with children and/or adults at risk.

The closing date for the job is shown on the job details. Please ensure your application reaches us by midnight (UK time) on the closing date unless otherwise stated in the ad. We’d also recommend to keep the advertised interview date free as, if you are short-listed, that is the date you will receive an invitation to join the interview panel for a formal discussion.

You will be also asked to complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form and send it to a different email address to ensure confidentiality and fair treatment. CMS is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all grades the diverse communities that we serve. It is vital that we monitor and analyse diversity information so that we can ensure that our HR processes are fair and transparent. Any information provided on this form will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only. It will not be seen by the interview panel prior to finalising the recruitment. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individual to be identified.

After you have applied:

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement when your application is received but do contact us if you have any further questions. We aim to shortlist within two weeks of the closing date and will be in touch with all candidates by email to inform you whether or not you have been shortlisted by the selection panel.

If you are shortlisted and invited to an interview, we will send you an application form to complete; this will ask for more specific details, as well as three referees. At least one of these should know you in a professional capacity, ideally your current or most recent employer. Please ensure you have permission from your referees before providing us with their details. Normally we will only take up references once a role has been appointed but if you don’t wish us to contact your referees at this stage, please indicate this in your application and we will wait for your consent.

Attending an interview:

Normally the shortlisting panel will be made up of those who will be interviewing to ensure consistency and you will be sent the names and titles of the interview panel if you are invited for an interview. Appointing the successful candidate will be dependent upon how closely you match the criteria required in the person specification. It is done on a points based system following the categories listed in the job description.

During the interview you will be asked ‘competency questions’. We recommend that you describe a concrete situation in the following way: what happened, what was your role and who else was involved, were you happy with the outcome, what could have been done differently, any learning for the future. We do not recommend giving general answers without details to competency questions, otherwise the panel may not be able to assess your skills and behaviours in that area.

You will most likely be required to undertake a test and/or presentation as part of the interview. If any preparation is required for this, all information will be given to you prior to the interview.

All details you will require such as directions, additional instructions, and Church Mission Society’s aims and values will be sent as part of your invitation to interview.

You will be required to bring your valid passport with you at interview stage as proof of your identity and eligibility to work in the UK. If you do not have a passport (or it is expired), please contact us prior to your interview and we will send you a list of documents that can be considered instead of a valid passport.

We suggest the dress code for interviews to be smart.

Immigration advice

If you are a citizen of countries other than the UK, you must already have a valid work permit and visa in order to reside and work in the UK. Please send us copies of all necessary documents along with your application.

Please note Church Mission Society is unable to help with any visa applications or sponsorships unless it is clearly stated in the advertisement. We cannot consider your application until you have the work permit and visa unless it is otherwise stated.

Detailed information on immigration is available by visiting the Home Office: UK Visas and Immigration.

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