Interview Guide

Applying to work for us

Applying online

You’ll be guided through each step and have the opportunity to review and amend your application before you submit it.

We will ask some personal questions (such as gender and age), but this information is not given to the recruiting manager. Sensitive information is separated from your application and stored confidentially. We ask for this information simply for monitoring purposes and to ensure we meet our commitment as an equal opportunities employer.

It’s important to show how well you meet the criteria listed in the advert and job description. Make sure you do this as part of the application, or in your CV, as it will help your chances of being selected for interview.

If you need any help, please get in touch with us by calling the number of the advert, or on the email that we send you if you are invited to an interview.

The telephone interview

You may be invited to a telephone interview as part of the recruitment process. Telephone interviews are a great way to get to know each other and can be used to understand more about your background and ask some technical interviews.

  • Be sure to arrange a time and date for the call where you will be able to give it your full attention – stepping aside while out with your friends is less than ideal.
  • Decide where you’ll take the telephone interview – you want a quiet place where you won’t be distracted.

Before the interview

  •  We’ll let you know what the interview format will be so you can be fully prepared.
  • We’ll also let you know who to contact if you can’t make the interview. Please let us know if you don’t think you’ll be able to make the interview. If we can, we’ll try and arrange another time with you.
  • Location, location, location – find out where the interview will take place and work out how you will get there.  Some of our locations have more than one office so please check your interview invite to see which office you will be going to.

Preparing for the interview

  • Take an opportunity to learn more about working for Sovereign and how the job you have applied for fits into our overall purpose. There is lots of useful information on our website and, of course, the job advert and job description.

  • The interview process isn’t there to trip people it, it’s really about having a conversation to understand how your skills, experience, values and behaviours meet the needs of the job. Think about the skills, knowledge and qualities needed before the interview and think of some examples of what you have done before that demonstrate that you have what we’re looking for.

The interview

  • We suggest you aim to arrive 10 minutes early. This will make sure that you’re with us in plenty of time and steady your nerves before you go in.

  • There will be some documents that we need you to bring to the interview. Please don’t leave the interview without giving the documents to your interviewer. Click here for more information about what to bring to the interview.

  • It’s important that you know your CV inside-out as it’s likely that you’ll be asked to give more information about specific details that you’ve provided. It is always a good idea to think about specific results you have achieved, how you achieved them, challenges you faced along the way, areas that went wrong and how you would improve on your performance in the future.

Getting to know us

When going for an interview, people often forget that it’s also an opportunity for them to confirm that the role really is right for them so please feel free to ask any questions. Think about what you want to know about the role, the team you’ll be working with and the company in general. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • What are the biggest challenges in this role?
  • How will my performance be assessed?
  • What would you say is the best thing about working for this company?
  • Who else will I be working closely with and what are their roles?
  • What training or guidance will I be given?

Following up the interview

We will let you know the outcome of the interview as soon as we can. If you are not successful, we will try and make sure you we give you feedback.

If you are successful, we will try and contact you by telephone to let you know the good news. We will let you know if we need anything else from you before we send you a contract of employment.

Our offer will be subject to satisfactory references, medical clearance and possibly a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check to be completed, especially if you will work with vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young or disabled.

Joining Sovereign

We are committed to the training and development of our employees, and this starts on your first day. You will attend a range of induction sessions which may cover topics such as health and safety, IT, HR, a tour of your work location, and meeting your new colleagues.

Our corporate induction events are a great way to meet other people starting at the same time as you. They will give you an introduction to the world of social housing and more information about our history, structure, vision, values and aims.