Jobs at DHA

Applying For A Job With DHA

We would encourage you to apply online. You can download and print the application forms and fill them in electronically before printing or by hand after printing.

It's the most speedy way of applying, as long as it reaches us before the closing date.

If you would prefer to receive an application pack in the post* (which includes job description and person specification), you can email or speak to a member of the Human Resources team by telephoning 01332 287850.    

Completing The Application Form

    Before applying, do as much research about us and the vacancy you are interested in as you can. Make sure you read and understand the job description and person specification and have a good look at our website.

The application form is usually the only information we have about a candidate when deciding who to select for interview. It is therefore very important that you take the opportunity to complete your form as fully and concisely as possible based on the information we have given you about the job.

Please complete all sections of the application form clearly in black ink or type. If any spaces are too small you may attach additional sheets, please ensure you clearly state your name and the post applied for on each additional sheet, using the same format as the application form.



  The application form will ask you if you have the right to work in the UK. It is a criminal offence for us to take on new employees who do not have the right to work in the UK. All candidates appointed will therefore be required to produce documentary evidence before confirmation of appointment is made. Evidence will include National Insurance Number from a payslip, P45, P60 or on a NI number card. A further list of acceptable documents will be made available prior to appointment.   


  DHA is committed to ensuring that its disabled colleagues and job applicants are not disadvantaged in any way. We aim to ensure that individuals are selected regardless of any factor other than their ability to do the job. To help us ensure that our policy is fully and fairly implemented, you are asked to complete the relevant section on the application form. This information is removed from application forms before interview shortlisting takes place.     


    We aim to promote equality of opportunity for all, and recognise the importance of employment in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.   Criminal records will be taken into account when a conviction is relevant.  Having an 'unspent' conviction will not necessarily bar applicants from employment, and will depend on the circumstances and background to the offence(s). 

Applicants, who are offered employment to certain posts exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, will require a CRB check before an appointment can be confirmed. 

The disclosure will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions.

Any information disclosed will be treated sensitively and in confidence for the purposes of deciding a candidate's suitability for the post applied for.


  We do not normally take up references until a provisional offer of employment has been made. Any employment by us will be dependent on satisfactory references. The first reference should be your present employer and the 2nd reference should be a former employer. If you are not employed or are unable to provide this information, please give the names of referees you have known in a professional capacity, a teacher for example. Please state each referee's relationship to you (current employer, previous employer etc.). Please note that members of your family are not acceptable as referees. 


    Within the Personal Statement section of the application form, this is your opportunity to provide evidence to support your ability to perform the role you are applying for. You should carefully consider the essential and desirable criteria detailed and explain, with examples, how you meet them. The job description highlights the key duties and responsibilities of the post. The person specification describes the abilities, skills and knowledge required to carry out the tasks listed on the job description. Those marked essential will be used to select candidates for interview. They are abilities, skills or knowledge which must be held to be able to perform the job. Non essential criteria are called desirable and are weighted in accordance to their importance/relevance to the job.

We cannot make assumptions about your skills and experience -- if you don't tell us, we won't know and we do not take account of any previous applications you have made or prior knowledge of you.

Should you require any further advice or assistance with any aspect of completing this application form, please contact Human Resources, telephone 01332 287850.



If you have downloaded the application form, this should be emailed to or returned in an envelope marked confidential to Human Resources, Direct Help & Advice, Phoenix Street, Derby, DE1 2ER, to arrive no later than the closing date.
If you have applied online, we will probably contact you by email. Make sure you check your email account regularly. If we haven't been back in touch with you within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

If you haven't been successful following shortlisting, it will be because we have been able to identify other applications who we feel more closely meet our criteria. Don't be put off from applying to us again. There may be other similar opportunities in the future.



If you have been invited for an interview, here are a few tips that might help you:
  • Prepare yourself -- maybe there is more you could find out about the job or the organization - visit our website --
  • For certain posts, things that you have produced or worked on that you could take along to show the panel, perhaps to support your application.
  • Please let us know if you have any special requirements or you have anything you would like us to take into consideration when assessing your skills and suitability, before the interviews/assessments take place.
  • Arrive on time -- the last thing you want is to feel rushed and harassed when you go into the interview. Check the location of the interview.
  • Settle yourself down and make yourself comfortable. When asked a question, give yourself time to think about it before you answer.
  • You might be asked questions about: yourself, your experiences, your qualities and skills that you would bring to this job, your application form and probably some questions to test your approach and expertise in a particular area of activity.
  • Some interviews may include a test, or ask you to make a presentation. In such cases you will be given the necessary details when invited to attend for interview.
  • At the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions - don't be afraid to ask! However, there's no obligation to ask questions so equally don't feel you have to!
Good luck and thank you for your interest.


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