Application and selection process

We very much hope that having read the information provided so far, you find the prospect of this role exciting. We have created a thorough selection process that has been designed with our candidates in mind, so that each of you receives equal and fair treatment.

There are four key stages to your application:

  • Your online application and the information provided
  • Your online test (assessment) results
  • Your two competency statements provided in your application
  • Your performance and responses at an interview.

Please be aware that our selection process may change during the campaign to include additional sifting and selection tools or alternative processes.

Please find below an overview of the selection process and the anticipated timelines below.

Application and Selection Process - Stage 1-2Application and Selection Process - Stage 3Application and Selection Process - Stage 4Application and Selection Process - Stage 5

PLEASE NOTE: Should you not complete your online application, assessment, or interview during the timeframes outlined above and in the emails issued during the application process, your application will not be progressed to the next stage of the selection process. Please also note that due to the volume of applications that may be received, the above timelines are subject to change and your application may be placed on hold at any time.

Further details on each stage have been outlined below.

Application and Selection Process - Stage 1STAGE 1:

Simply click on the Our Jobs section to the left on our web page and you will be able to apply for the roles from Monday 15th August until Tuesday 30th August at 23.59.

You will be asked to complete an online application which you can complete sections of, save and return to at any time prior to Tuesday 30th August at 23.59 when applications close. Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to make any changes or view the details that you have placed in the form.

Application and Selection Process - Stage 2STAGE 2:

After completing your application form you will receive an email to confirm your application has been submitted. If your application meets some basic, automated checks you will automatically be directed to the online tests. You can either complete these tests straight away or come back to complete the test any time before the close date on Tuesday 30th August at 23.59. The first assessment will last around 10 minutes and covers some of the essential skills required to be a successful Assistant Immigration Officer. The second assessment is a situational judgement test, this assessment asks you to read ten brief scenarios and tell us which from a selection of options you would take. We expect this will take no more than 20 minutes, however the test is not timed.

Two TicksIf you are registered disabled and require reasonable adjustments or support in online assessments please contact us at your soonest convenience so that the appropriate support can be arranged. You must provide details of any adjustments in your application form and contact us for any additional assistance before starting the tests.

Application and Selection Process - Stage 3STAGE 3:

Only the top scoring applicants from the online tests will progress through to the next stage of the selection process. You will be notified of the outcome by email.

If you are in the top scoring applicants we will place your application with our independent panel that will assess and score the competency statement/s provided in your application. We expect to start this on the 31st August and to provide you with an outcome within seven days. Due to the volume of application we are sorry that we will NOT be able to provide you with feedback on your statements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please refer to Candidate Information Pack where we have provided guidance, hints and tips on completing your competency statements, including the behavioural indicators we are seeking.

Application and Selection Process - Stage 4STAGE 4:

Only the top scoring applicants who best demonstrate and evidence the behaviours, skills and experience for the lead competency will progress. Unsuccessful applicants and those not within the top scoring applicants will be notified via email.

Should you be one of the highest scoring applicants, you will receive an email inviting you to book an interview online via our system. If you are shortlisted to attend an interview we will provide you with full guidance on how best to prepare and what to expect.

Important notes
  • Interviews may be held in any location, we may not be able to offer you an interview at your preferred location, for example we expect to hold interviews in Croydon or London Bridge
  • We expect to hold interviews from 10th September. You may however have your application placed on hold and potentially be offered a later interview date
  • Failure to bring the correct documentation may mean that your interview will NOT be completed. For example copies of your qualifications must be provided. Please refer to the Candidate Pack for a full list.

Application and Selection Process - Stage 5STAGE 5:

Top scoring applicants will receive confirmation via email of their employment offer (a recommendation), subject to completion of the appropriate pre-employment checks.

We may also offer successful applicants a place on the Reserve List. This means that we may contact applicants who meet the standard at interview any time in the following 12 months and offer a post if and when they come available. We may notify applicants in merit order; this means that applicants obtaining the highest scores at interview may be offered posts first.

Please note:

  • Successful candidates must pass security clearance (SC Level) and will only be offered the position if they either hold Home Office SC level clearance already or subsequently pass the clearance process
  • SC level clearance normally means you must have been resident in the UK for at least five years. Due to the thoroughness of the vetting, please be aware that completion of the vetting process may delay your start date
  • If you are recommended for appointment, we will make enquiries into your nationality, health and other matters, to ensure that you are qualified for appointment
  • We will NOT be able to provide you with feedback at any stage of the application or recruitment process.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity. We have provided further information in the annex below which includes further important notes about this role and guidance on how to best manage your application, please ensure you have read and understood these before you apply.

We wish you the best with your application.