How to apply

Want a career with UKHO?

Our job adverts are transparent, detailing the role requirements and the skills and experience you need to demonstrate; we shortlist candidates based on these requirements, so please refer to the job advert in your application.

Below, you can find information on the Civil Service Success Profiles Framework and how to prepare for our interview process, including details of how the Civil Service governs the recruitment process. 

Timelines for applications


You can find the application timeline in our job adverts. The timeline includes the application closing date and shortlisting and interview dates.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications or applications outside the Civil Service Jobs platform.

Writing your application

We assess applications against the Civil Service Success Profiles.

The Civil Service Success Profiles enable a fairer and more inclusive recruitment focused on finding the right candidate for the specific role.

Honesty, integrity, impartiality and objectivity are at the heart of our work. Success Profiles align with the three leadership behaviours that every civil servant needs to model: Set Direction, Engage People and Deliver Results.

We recommend that you read the Success Profiles for the level of the role you are applying for and include them in your application.

Find out more about Civil Service Success Profiles

The interview process


Our recruitment team inform candidates of the recruitment process via the Civil Service Jobs system. We will invite shortlisted candidates to book a slot for a virtual interview on Microsoft Teams. 

During the interview, we will assess you against the criteria outlined in the job advert, so please prepare examples that best demonstrate your strengths and experience. 

We recommend using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) method to structure your answers. The STAR method will help you set the scene and explain your response and outcome, highlighting your skills and qualities.

We may assess your behaviours, experience, ability, strengths and technical skills. The Success Profiles Framework will help you prepare for the interview.

Other helpful information

We anonymise recruitment to ensure our recruitment process remains fair. The sift panel will not see your name, date of birth and other personal details.

We may hold a merit (reserve) list for up to 12 months. During this time, if we advertise a similar role, we may consider candidates on the merit list for the post without further interview. 

The Civil Service Commission governs recruitment into the Civil Service. We work to a strict constitutional framework which ensures all recruitment and selection is on merit and conducted fairly and openly. 

If you feel unfairly treated during our recruitment process, you can raise a complaint via the Civil Service Commission website.

Find out more about the Civil Service Commission



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