The five questions we hear the most...

People applying for jobs at the University of South Wales have a range of questions to ask us but these are the most frequent:

1.    “What time does the advert close on the closing date?”
All our job vacancies automatically close at midnight at the end of the closing date. But try not to leave it until the last minute!

2.    “Can I attach a CV to my application?”
The University of South Wales does not accept CVs unless the job specifically states so in the advert. When shortlisting a post for interview, the panel need to compare the evidence applicants provide them with the person specification on a like-for-like basis. When every applicant completes the application form it makes this fairer.

3.    “When will I hear if I’ve got an interview?”
There’s no set timescale for getting back to people but we’ll always do so as soon as we can. Sometimes it’s tricky to get the panel members together to make a decision and sometimes the volume of applicants is higher and we need enough time to consider everyone’s application fairly. But rest assured that we will always notify everyone who applied of the outcome of their application, whether they’ve been shortlisted or not.

4.    “I’m interested in a vacancy which is a Fixed Term Contract – how long is this for and will it be made permanent?”
If one of our jobs is a Fixed Term Contract our adverts make this clear and will say if this is for a defined period (for instance, six months) or until a specific date. There will always be a specific reason: it might be to cover for a member of staff on maternity leave, to work on a particular project or be tied to external funding. We cannot make any guarantees about Fixed Term Contracts being extended so if you’re interested in applying for one, you should always assume it will end when stated.

5.    “I’ve just seen a job at the University that’s closing tomorrow but I’m on holiday!!! Can I apply after the closing date?”
Sorry, but the closing dates for our posts are set and we can’t let anyone apply after that date: we need to be fair to everyone that applies and to those who manage to get their applications in on time.