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How to make the most of Abianda’s recruitment process

 

How to make your application stand out from the rest

To apply for a role with Abianda, we will ask you to submit your CV and a supporting statement outlining how your skills and experience meet the person specification.

The recruitment panel will score your CV and supporting statement based on how it matches each part of the person specification (the person specification can be found in the full job description). To give you the best chance of being invited for an interview, we recommend that you cover as many criteria on the person specification as you can and give specific examples/evidence of how you meet each criterion. 

What if you have a disability or access requirement?

You can let us know by stating this on the equal opportunities form. ​We are a Disability Confident employer. A disabled candidate who meets all of the essential requirements of the role is guaranteed an interview.  We can also make reasonable adjustments in the interview (for example, more time to read the questions or printed documents in a larger font). Our office is on the first floor and there is a lift. We can also offer an interview via Zoom to make it more accessible for you.  

 

If you need any recruitment information in another format to be more accessible to you or would like to have an informal conversation about a role, please contact Sam at sam[at]abianda.com. Sam is not on the recruitment panel and your conversation with them will not affect your application should you choose to apply for a role.

Why do we ask you to fill out an equal opportunities form?

We do this so that we can monitor who our job adverts are reaching to ensure that our applicants are as diverse as the young women and girls that we support.

 

This form will be kept separate from your application. The only part of the form that will be shared with the recruitment panel is if you have disclosed that you have a disability. This is because Abianda is a Disability Confident employer and a disabled candidate who meets all the essential requirements of the role is guaranteed an interview.  

What does Abianda do to strive for equity in its recruitment processes?

We provide an opportunity to submit your application in a variety of ways (written, video or voice recording). 

Your CV and supporting statement will be anonymised before the recruitment panel receives them.​ We also score applications and interviews to eliminate bias.

We offer time to read the questions beforehand. The interview questions and task are the same for all applicants. We offer the option for online or face-to-face interviews to increase accessibility. We can also reimburse applicants' travel expenses to eliminate the barrier of cost to interview in person.

 

What to expect if invited to interview

When you submit your applications, our Operations Manager Sam will let you know when you will be notified of the outcome by. If you are unsuccessful in making it to the interview stage, you will be notified by email. If you are invited to an interview, you will most likely receive a phone call to discuss availability.

 

You will have the option to interview in person (at our office,  ScreenWorks, 22 Highbury Grove, London, N5 2EF) or online via Zoom. We will let you know who is on the interview panel and request that you complete a criminal record self-disclosure form.

At the interview, we will ask you to complete a task that is related to the responsibilities of the role (this usually takes 30 minutes). We will then provide you with the interview questions and you will have 10 minutes to read them and make notes before meeting the interview panel. 

What to expect if offered the job

We will request 2 professional references and an enhanced or standard DBS check (depending on the role). 

 

We will usually ask you to come into the office on your first day to pick up your equipment (phone and laptop). There is an induction period, which includes training, and a 3-month probation period, which includes regular check-ins and reviews.

 

You will meet the team either in person or over Zoom. You can expect hybrid working, with at least 2 days in the office. 

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Please note 

  • Due to the work we do, Abianda's roles are subject to an Occupational Requirement on the grounds of the protected characteristic of sex. We are a women’s only employer, and as such this position is exempt under Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. For the avoidance of doubt, all women including trans women are welcome to apply for and hold such roles, as are non-binary people if the applicant believes that their lived experience aligns with that of women and girls.

  • We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

  • We encourage applications from people from all walks of life, including those who may have had exposure to similar experiences that young women across London are facing including experience of the criminal justice system.

  • Applications are anonymised before they are shared with the recruitment panel to reduce any bias.

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