Trying out a new application process for developers at GDS
We’ve had a lot of feedback on our recent call for developers to join us at GDS. The biggest message by far was that the application process wasn’t very user-friendly. We agree, it needs to be improved. So we’re going to try out a simpler application process, with less jargon and fewer questions, for the jobs we are now advertising for.
The most recent round of developer applications closed last Monday and we’re setting up interviews in the next few days with the best candidates. But even if we hire all of the people we’ve called for interview we’ll still need more people if we’re going to get to full strength.
We’ll keep the new job adverts open for 1 week (from yesterday) and then see how many high quality applications we get. If it looks like it’s working then we’ll carry on using this process – and start using it for other GDS roles as well.
If you’ve got any thoughts on how we can improve the process further, please let us know in the comments section below.
How does the new application process work?
This time we’re asking candidates to only send in their CV and a written Statement of Suitability. Just download the job description for the role and look for the key competencies and skills that we want candidates to have.
When we read your statement we’ll be looking for evidence that proves you have these specialist skills. Make sure you give us examples of things you personally have done that tick all the boxes, and explain in detail any of the projects and/or products you’ve worked on recently to help show you have the right expertise.
What’s it like to work at GDS?
The second biggest message from our recent recruitment round was that people were a bit unsure about what it’s actually like to work at GDS – what’s a typical day, what are the offices like, do you have up-to-date equipment and software?
That’s why we are creating a whole new section on our website to explain why you might consider working for GDS, whether as a developer or any of the other Government Digital Service roles now available on the Civil Service Jobs website (listed under ‘Cabinet Office excl agencies’).
If you have any questions on applying then Thayer Prime (Thayer.Prime@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk) can help.