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Guidance notes for job applicants

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Guidance on submitting applications, the shortlisting process and interviews

Please read these guidance notes carefully before submitting your application. This guidance is intended to help you participate in our recruitment process as effectively as possible, which will enable us to make our selection decisions.

The College is an equal opportunities employer. We follow a fair and consistent processes, in which recruitment decisions are made based on the abilities, merits and qualifications of the candidates. To ensure fairness to all applicants, any decision to shortlist you for interview will be based solely upon the information you supply in your application.

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Application forms and CVs

Each vacancy will specify whether or not an application form is required.

For roles which require an application form:

  • Please ensure all sections are completed. Incomplete application forms may not be accepted.
  • You may submit a CV in addition to completing the application form, but this is not necessary.
  • CVs received on their own will not be accepted.

For roles which do not require an application form:

  • Applications must include a CV and supporting statement.
  • CVs should detail your full employment history, as well as relevant educational qualifications/achievements.


Completing the application form

Employment history

Please start with your current or most recent job and work backwards. You should give details of previous employers, the position you held, and a short statement covering your key responsibilities and achievements.

Education, qualifications and training

List your professional memberships, degrees, grades and any other relevant qualifications. You can also include details of relevant recent training or skills development events.

Supporting statement

This is a very important part of your application which gives you an opportunity to explain why you are a suitable candidate for the post you are applying for. Read the job description and person specification carefully and keep these in mind when writing your supporting statement.

The information you give here will be considered when choosing applicants for interview. It is important that you provide us with evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required for the job, as set out in the person specification. It is not sufficient to merely state that you have required skills or experience – you will need to provide specific examples which demonstrate how you meet each requirement.

It is very important that you address each of the items in the person specification in a clear structure, preferably in the order they have been listed, using headings. Please also provide examples that demonstrate your effectiveness in the competency areas.

You can use relevant work-based examples but also other activities, such as voluntary or leisure, to support your application.


Submitting your application

Please send your complete application by email to

Or by post to: Human Resources, RCOG, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RG

If you have any problems in submitting your application, please contact the HR Department on 020 7772 6453.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

In your application submission, please state where you heard about this opportunity.

By submitting an application, you are consenting to your data being utilised and kept on record for the purposes of recruitment to the RCOG.


Shortlisting process

The shortlisting takes place a few days after the advert has closed. The process involves making an assessment of how closely your application meets the selection criteria set out in the person specification. The shortlisting panel will go through your application in detail, looking for evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required for the job.

If you are not selected for interview, it will be because your application does not adequately demonstrate the criteria stated in the person specification or there are candidates who met the criteria closer than you.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to inform those who are not shortlisted or give specific feedback on why. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.



If you are selected for interview, we will normally contact you by phone or e-mail. You will receive full details of the selection process and directions to the College in an email. If you have a disability and need any adjustments to be made in order for you to take part in the selection process, please contact us immediately on receipt of your interview invitation.

In some instances it may be necessary to hold the selection process in two stages and applicants may be called back for a second interview. You will be given full details, if this applies to the selection process for the job for which you are applying.


We would like to thank you for your interest in the College and wish you luck with your application.