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Our Application Process - What to Expect

We welcome applications from everyone.   

The House of Commons Careers Portal has a list of vacancies, including job descriptions and information on how to apply.   

To apply for our roles, you’ll either need to submit your CV or fill out our online application form which usually includes questions specifically related to the role.  You can save your application and come back to it any time before the deadline.    

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House of Commons Application Process

1. Apply

We'll ask you to submit a CV/Supporting Statement or Online Application Form via the House of Commons Careers Portal.

As a Disability Confident Leader, it's important that we're able to make appropriate arrangements or adjustments where necessary in order to create full and equal participation in the selection process. If you require any reasonable adjustments, please tick the reasonable adjustments box on the application form and one of the Resourcing team will follow up with you.

2. Review

The Resourcing team will review your application with the recruiting panel. Applications are assessed against the criteria in the job description.

For specific roles, we may ask you to complete an online assessment as a part of our initial selection process.

3. Interview

If you are invited to interview, it will either take place virtually or face to face on the Parliamentary estate. The recruiting panel will ask you a combination of competency questions and role specific questions based on the criteria found in the job description.

Any additional requirements such as a presentation or interview test will be clearly communicated to you in advance of your interview.

4. Conditional offer

If your application is successful, we’ll make you a conditional offer for the position.

5. Onboarding/Security vetting

We'll ask you to complete our pre-employment checks which includes security vetting to Counter Terrorism Check level or higher. We'll check your right to work in the UK and will ask for your references for the last three years.

6. Formal offer 

Once we've completed our pre-employment checks to a satisfactory level, we'll make you a formal offer for the position and confirm your start date.

7. Start

Before you start, we’ll make sure you have the right tools for the job – whether that’s a laptop or uniform. You'll be given an induction once you start your new role with us at the House of Commons.

Assessment and selection    

For some roles we ask candidates to complete a test, presentation, or assessment as part of a selection process. These will always be relevant to the role we’re recruiting for, and the results will help us to understand more about your skills and experience.    

For example, we might ask you to complete a written test to assess your ability to analyse information, or test your verbal or numerical reasoning skills, or ask you to deliver a presentation (where that’s appropriate to the role you’re applying for).

We’ll always give you notice of what we want you to do, plus advice on what we’re looking for and how to do your best.    


Currently most interviews are being conducted virtually, however in person interviews are beginning to restart on a case-by-case basis. If you're invited to an interview, the resourcing team will give you all the information you need, plus tips on how to prepare.

Interviews typically last 45 minutes and we’ll ask you questions focused on the criteria the role requires. Typically, these will be example-based questions that will give you the opportunity to talk us through your skills and experience in more detail. You can use the examples used in your application, or you can tell us about other relevant experience. 

Current Vacancies

View our current roles and apply. 

House of Commons Careers Portal

Star method

The STAR method can be a useful tool to help format and demonstrate examples of how you meet the Job Description criteria in your application and interview:    

  • S – situation: Describe the situation you were in.    
  • T – task: What was the task that you needed to accomplish to deal with the situation?    
  • A – action: What did you do? How did you do it?    
  • R – result: What was the outcome of the action that you took?    

Job Descriptions

Our job descriptions give you  additional details on what the role involves and the essential requirements we’re looking for, including essential skills and experience criteria needed for the job. 

Diversity and inclusion in Parliament

The House of Commons and House of Lords have established Workplace Equality Networks (WENs) that provide support, increase awareness and create an open forum for people from all backgrounds to come together to learn and share their experiences.  The WENs are open to all employees who support and champion the missions and objectives of the network. 

ParliABLE: in support of those who consider themselves to have a disability (visible and non-visible).  

ParliGENDER: in support of gender equality. The aim is to achieve gender equality across Parliament.     

ParliREACH: in support of increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage in Parliament.     

ParliOUT: in support of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) people in Parliament.     

ParliON: in support of promoting equality of opportunity across Parliament and working to raise awareness of issues around socio-economic inclusion. 

ParliCare: in support of raising awareness of and support for all staff within Parliament with caring needs.