Our Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process is designed to help us find the right candidate for the job as smoothly as possible.

  1. Apply

    First we invite applications and go through them carefully to see which candidates seem to be the best fit on paper.

  2. Interview

    We then interview each of them, to get a deeper understanding of who they are and what they are looking for in the role.

  3. Check

    Then we run background checks on our shortlisted candidates, just to make sure that everything is in order.

  4. Decide

    Once we’ve got a detailed understanding of each candidate, we can make a considered decision.

What we're looking for

Like any employer we’re looking for excellent professional expertise and strong, relevant qualifications. But we’re not just any employer.

So alongside the core skills needed to do your job we’re also looking for a team spirit and a dedication to excellent care that every employee at Cygnet shares. A sense of where you want to take your career.

We’re passionate about what we do. So if you share the same passion and ambition in the role you can play – whatever that is – then you probably have exactly what we’re looking for.

Being prepared

Like any employer we’re looking for excellent professional expertise and strong, relevant qualifications. But we’re not just any employer.

So alongside the core skills needed to do your job we’re also looking for a team spirit and a dedication to excellent care that every employee at Cygnet shares. A sense of where you want to take your career.

We’re passionate about what we do. So if you share the same passion and ambition in the role you can play – whatever that is – then you probably have exactly what we’re looking for.

  • 1. Research, research, research
    Chances are that you did a fair amount of research on the company when you first applied for the job. However, it’s not just the general stuff a recruiter expects you to know. It’s time to get granular.

  • 2. Practice your route
    Find out how to get where you need to go, and practice the journey if you have time. Trust us. It’s worth every extra minute just to avoid the awkward chit-chat when you arrive 10 minutes late.

  • 3. Practice your answers
    Unfortunately, you can’t always predict what questions will come up, but it’s always worth putting some time into thinking how you’d respond to some of the classics like "where do you see yourself in five years?"

  • 4. Prepare your own questions
    An employer doesn’t just want to see how you can stand up to their interrogation, but also see if you can give as good as you get. So think what you’d really like to know about the role, and write it down.

  • 5. Get your outfit sorted
    How you look at an interview plays a big part in giving out a good first impression. If you’re struggling, call ahead of time and ask for guidance from someone in our recruitment team.

  • 6. All the extras
    Think of anything else you may need to take with you to the interview. A copy of your CV is always handy if you need a point of reference for your accomplishments, and a pad and pen may be useful if any written tasks happen to come up.

Pre-employment checks

Cygnet Health Care are committed to ensuring our service users are at the forefront of our Safe Recruitment process and therefore before you can start working for us we’ll need to do a few background checks. These will include:

  • Two professional references from your most recent employer(s) – covering the last five years.
  • Clarification of any gaps in your employment history.
  • Verifying originals of your ID documents, including your right to work in the UK.
  • Verifying originals of your qualifications – where they are an essential requirement for the role.
  • A police check – DBS (England and Wales), Access NI (Northern Ireland) or DBS Scotland.
  • An overseas police check (if you’re not currently living in the UK or have spent significant time overseas).

FAQs

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Where can I search for current vacancies?
Search and apply allows you to search for opportunities. Here, you can create a profile and upload your CV in a matter of minutes.
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What can I do if I feel that none of the current vacancies are right for me?
Job alerts allow you to enter search criteria for the job you’re looking for. So join our talent community and you’ll receive email alerts when relevant positions are available.
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What does the selection process involve?
It can vary depending on the job you’ve applied for. Most candidates will go through a three or four stage process. This could include screening, interview and final assessment stages. More information can be found in the sourcing process section.
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How can I prepare for my interview?
Interview questions and styles may change role to role; however, generally what we try to cover is:
• See if you have the skills and experience to conduct the job on offer
• Check your enthusiasm, motivation and interest for the job
• See whether you will blend in with the working environment, style and teams
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Is every vacancy shown on the website?
Yes, every vacancy we currently have is displayed on our site.
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Do I have to apply online, or can I apply by telephone?
To keep things as simple as possible, all applications should be made online. If you have a disability which prevents you from completing the online application process, please call us on 01217 288 111.
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I’ve worked for Cygnet before, how should I apply to re-join?
You’ll need to go through the standard process of applying for the role you’re interested in via our careers site.
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Who do I notify if I am unable to attend my interview or need to change it?
If you’re no longer able to attend an interview, please contact our recruitment team on 01217 288 111.
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I have forgotten my password, what do I do?
If you’ve forgotten your password, go to the search job page on our careers site, then click sign in. On this page you’ll see a forgotten password link, click on this and follow the steps to request a new password.
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How long does it take to hear about my application?
It depends from role to role, but we aim to respond to every application within 3 days.