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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 notes carefully before completing your application. These guidelines are intended to assist you in participating in our recruitment process as effectively as possible by providing the relevant information, which will enable us to make our selection decisions. If you have any difficulty in completing your form, please contact the Human Recourses department on 020 7772 6453.

The College is an equal opportunities employer. It follows 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 on your application form.

You may submit a CV in addition to completing the application form.

Some applications are CV only, but most require an application form. Please read the advert carefully.


Completing your application form

Please ensure that all sections of the application form are completed. Incomplete application forms may not be accepted.

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 in this section 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 return your application form by email to Alternatively, you can post it to RCOG, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RG.

If you have any problems submitting your application, please contact the HR Department on + 44 20 7772 6453.

Please note applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


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.