Job hunting FAQs

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions relating to the application process at Elanders.

The following job hunting FAQs may help you with your application or interview.

Where will the positions be located?

The majority of our positions would be located at our main facility in Newcastle, but we recruit for positions at our site in Stirchley in Birmingham, and also at our facility in Scotland. In addition, we also have a number of roles within our Sales and Business Development team which are based remotely.

Do you offer internships or work placements?

Yes we offer a number of different schemes, from summer internships, to two week student placements, and other work experience. This must be arranged through the HR Department.

Can I apply to more than one of the advertised roles with Elanders?

Yes, it is possible to apply for more than one role. It is advised that if the roles which you are applying for are not similar, then you should focus your application around one specific vacancy.

I have a criminal record- will this prevent me from working for Elanders?

We comply with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Act’s requirements for spent and unspent convictions.

What hours will I work?

There are a variety of shift patterns worked at Elanders UK, depending on the site and specific role. More information on hours and shift patterns can be obtained from the HR department for an advertised role, if not specified on the job advertisement.

I’ve applied for a position before – can I reapply?

Yes, we welcome applications from candidates who have applied for a role previously.

Will I be trained?

All employees are given a full induction tailored to their role, and appropriate training will be provided as dictated and required by the role in question.

Is performance monitored at Elanders?

Performance is managed in each department, for example KPIs are used across the business.

How are interviews arranged?

Candidates who are successful with their initial application will be contacted by the Human Resources Department, who will then arrange the interview. All interviews are conducted on site; however in some circumstances an interview via Skype may be possible.

I haven’t received any feedback since my interview, who can I contact?

Feedback from interviews will be provided as promptly as possible, however if you have not heard after a week since the date of your interview, please contact Human Resources.

Are there any checks that will be undertaken if I am successful in my application?

All offers of employment are subject to employment and medical references being obtained. Every employee will undertake a pre-employment medical, in which a drug and alcohol test will be carried out.

I have to rearrange or cancel my interview, what should I do?

Please contact the Human Resources department, providing as much notice as possible.

When will I know if I was successful? What time scales are involved?

This is dependent on the position you have applied for; feedback is given as soon as possible. Time scales vary depending on position, if it is a management or senior management position; the time scale tends to be much extended due to the recruitment process being longer. Contact will be made with all candidates, successful or otherwise, throughout the process, and the HR department can be contacted at any time.

If my application is unsuccessful, will you keep it on file and consider my CV for any similar posts in the future?

Yes, we will consider you for future positions, circumstances are always different in any search and selection, and just because you were unsuccessful in an application for one role, does not mean you would not be the right fit for another, or the same role in different circumstances. You would be contacted by the HR Department.

Why do my applications keep getting rejected? How can I improve my chances of being considered for a role with Elanders UK?

This could be the case for a variety of reasons. Are you applying for roles which fit your experience, skills and qualifications? Make sure you read the job advertisement fully, reading in depth the essential and desired skills and experience which is always stated in any job advertisement. For example, does the position necessitate a certain qualification; if you do not have the qualification specified then you may not be considered for the role.

Furthermore, does your CV reflect the skills and experience you possess in a clear and concise manner (see CV tips)? Have you supplied a cover letter? If you are applying for jobs which complement your experience, qualifications and skills, and sending in an application that is presented in a professional manner, then you are much more likely to be successful in the recruitment process in the initial stages, and be asked to attend an interview.

Last updated 3/12/2015

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