Our recruitment process

When you apply: We’ll confirm that we’ve received your application. All forms are then anonymised by an administrator before being forwarded to the shortlisting panel, to reduce unconscious bias. Those who best meet the criteria in the job specification will be invited for interview.

If you’ve previously applied for a role with us, but weren’t successful, that won’t factor into decision making for future applications. All shortlisting is completed using only the application you submitted for that role.

If you’re unsuccessful at application stage: Due to the number of applications we receive, we can’t respond individually to every application. If you haven’t heard back from us by the interview date or, where no interview date is given, within 3 weeks of the closing date, we’re afraid you haven’t been successful this time.

If you are invited to  interview: Depending on the role, and on current covid restrictions, you may be invited to interview at our London office, or over Zoom/Teams. You will be asked a series of questions relevant to the role, including one around whether you have any personal experience of domestic abuse. Depending on the position you’re interviewing for, we may send you a task to complete prior to your interview. Where this requires preparation e.g. a presentation, we will give you  notice so you can prepare.

After your interview: We’ll always get in touch to let you know the outcome of your interview. If you’re unsuccessful at this stage, we’re happy to give feedback. 

How we can make interviews accessible for you

Before you come to interview, we’ll check in with you to see if you need any adaptations or adjustments to ensure you can engage in the interview process. We always ask this as part of the interview invitation, to ensure requests are separate from the shortlisting process. Adaptations could include:

  • A British Sign Language interpreter
  • Assistance if the test is on a computer e.g. a larger screen, software or a person to read for you
  • A verbal test rather than a written one
  • More time to complete assessments

Our recruitment priorities

We know that having a team with a range of life experiences makes our work richer and more responsive. That’s why we actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and across all protected characteristics, particularly from people from the following under-represented groups: 

  • Black and minoritised people 
  • Disabled people 

We also welcome and support applications from those who have personal experience of domestic abuse.    

Click here to learn more about our ongoing work to become an actively anti-racist organisation.     

If you have any questions about our recruitment processes, you can get in touch with us here

Respect is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1141636, in Scotland, number SC051284 and a company, number 7582438. Registered address: VAI Second Floor, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP
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