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Are you interested in applying for a job with us but want to understand more about our recruitment process?

Application stage

You can apply for our vacancies on, most vacancies will require you to fill out our application form, this will include your personal details, relevant work history and references along with a supporting statement.

Your Supporting statement should address the ‘About You’ section of the Job Profile for the role. This document will be available as a link on the advert.

You will also be able to find information on our Privacy policy and Employee Benefits.

Some adverts may ask you to apply via CV, if this is the case there will be information available on what information you will need to provide and where to send your CV for consideration on the advert.

References & information we need from you

When you complete your application, we will ask you to provide details of two referees, these should be from your last two employers and should be from your manager or Supervisor. Please contact if you need further advice on your referees.


When shortlisting your application, recruiting mangers will take a blind approach to recruiting. They will use the Supporting Information section of your application and your work history to assess your suitability for the role against the requirements listed in the ‘About You’ section of the Job Profile.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application form via email and if successful you will be invited to book an interview slot.


When preparing for the interview, you should familiarise yourself with the Job Profile. The ‘About You’ section of the Job Profile contains the criteria that will be assessed at interview stage. You can prepare for interview by ensuring that you have clear examples relating to how you have met these criteria.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements or reasonable adjustments that you will need in order to attend your interview by contacting

Offer stage & Pre-Employment Checks

If you are offered the job after interviewing, you will be sent a ‘Conditional Offer’ detailing your new role. Along with the conditional contract and offer letter, our offer team will be in touch regarding your pre-employment checks.

The pre-employment checks that you will need to undertake will depend on the role that you've applied for, these checks may include:

  • Right to work in the UK
  • Reference checks - Please note, we will request references prior to issuing your conditional contract
  • Pre-Employment Health Declaration
  • Qualification checks
  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks*
  • Gaps in Employment

*If the role you have applied to requires a DBS check, please note that the information provided will be dealt with in accordance with the DBS's Code of Practice. You can review the Code of Practice here:

If you have any questions about recruitment at Stockport Council, we will be happy to help! Please contact our team at

Good luck!