Selection process

We believe that recruiting the right person for the job is essential to delivering the best service to our community. We strive to do this by following good practice, agreed processes and applying the principles of equality and fairness across all recruitment and selection.

When you contact us about one of our vacancies we will send you an application pack which will contain the following:

  • Job description
  • Application form
  • Information letter
  • Job monitoring form

The above documents are available in a different format upon request.

Job description

The job description tells you a little about Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and outlines the main duties of the job and the skills, qualifications, personal qualities and experience required to do it. This is the criteria against which you will be assessed.

Application form

You should complete your application form carefully, following the guidance that accompanies it. Please do not simply attach your CV; completing the application form will help us to find the information we need when deciding to invite you for interview.

Wherever possible we will make reasonable adjustments to help disabled applicants through the selection process. We therefore ask applicants to let us know at the application stage what those reasonable adjustments may be.

You may find it useful to read our guidance on completing your application.


The information you provide on your application form will be compared against the criteria in the job description and a decision made to invite you to interview. It is therefore important that you explain clearly how your skills, experience and personal qualities match the requirements of the job.


If you are successful at the shortlisting stage you will be invited to attend an interview which will allow us to further assess your suitability for the job. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask us questions about the job and the organisation and decide if you’d like to work with us.

We welcome applications from disabled people and are positive about their abilities. We have been awarded the Two Ticks disability symbol, and as part of our commitment to the Two Ticks scheme we will invite you to interview if you meet the essential requirements for the job.

When inviting you to interview we will ask if you have any specific requirements, such as the need for a signer, special access to the building or parking, so that we can make any necessary arrangements for you.

At the interview all applicants are asked the same questions to ensure fairness and consistency, and answers are scored using a rating system. We are then able to identify the best person for the job.

Your interview may be supplemented with tests which are relevant to the job you have applied for, for example a typing test if you have applied for the role of Administrative Assistant. If you are required to take a job-related test we will let you know the type of test you will take and how long it will last.

We may ask you to bring evidence of your relevant qualifications to your interview.

Offer of employment

A decision regarding the most suitable applicant will be made as soon as possible following the interview and if you are successful you will be issued with a contract of employment. Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, for example references.

All applicants are notified of the outcome of their application in writing as soon as possible.