Recruitment Process

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Transform your Career

At MD, we see our employees as individuals, empowering them to make the right choices for their ambitions and careers. We value our people as vital to our continued success and aspire to a diverse, open and inclusive environment that provides the motivation for everyone to pursue their career goals and flourish.

When you work for MD, you’re working for an organisation that provides you with the advantages of a large employer, a trusted partner in your career development, and a transformational way of working whilst also investing in building a community environment for everyone.

We transform lives through ourLearning Philosophy, which empowers every learner to reach their full potential. Every one of our employees is key to achieving this and by joining us, you will be sharing our vision. We expect great things from our people and in return we will support, develop, and reward you at every stage of your journey with us.

MD Recruitment Process

We aim to balance a recruitment process together with our commitment to safeguarding our learners.

The first stage of applying for a vacancy is to complete the online application form associated with your chosen vacancy. The application form will ask you to outline how your skills, knowledge and experience are applicable and why you are interested in the role.

You will receive an automated acknowledgement email to confirm receipt of your application. Although we ask for you to supply your references, these will not be contacted until after acceptance of the verbal offer.

It is important to fully complete your application; this is used to shortlist for interview.

All vacancies will have a closing date. Applications are shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview and appoint before any advertised closing date. Once we close an advert you will be unable to complete your application form. We therefore encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted regarding the details of the interview and anything that you may need to prepare in advance.

Please note; Online searches may be carried out as part of our recruitment checks to meet our safeguarding requirements.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on applications that have not been shortlisted.

The interview can take place either in person at one of our locations or virtually through Microsoft Teams.

All interviews adhere to safer recruitment practices, which involve discussing any gaps in your employment history.

At the conclusion of the interview, you will have opportunity to ask questions about the organisation and the role so consider preparing questions in advance.

To enhance your interview success, review our interview tips available here.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we participate in the Disability Confident scheme andare committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace

If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact us via email.

Following the interview, the hiring manager will reach out to the chosen candidate with a verbal job offer. Upon verbal acceptance, you will then be sent an official offer in a formal document and prompted to confirm your acceptance electronically. This formal acceptance marks the commencement of your onboarding process.

In the event that you are not selected for the position, we will promptly notify you post-interview and, if desired, offer constructive feedback upon request. Our aim is to keep you informed throughout the process, ensuring transparency and responsiveness.

MD College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment.

If you accept an offer of employment with us, you will be required to complete pre-employment checks; these checks are in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

Obtaining satisfactory references is an essential part of our recruitment process and so we will also need to take up reference checks, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years may require further checks deemed appropriate so that any relevant events that occurred outside the UK can be considered.

Interview preparation Support

Interviewing at MD? Let's make it a success!

It is important to promptly confirm your attendance and inform us if you require any reasonable adjustments as part of the selection and recruitment process, such as;

  • an accessible room for wheelchair users,
  • additional time for practical tasks for individuals with dyslexia,
  • use of an ergonomic computer mouse for those with RSI.

Please email the Talent Team with any adjustments required.

Email confirmations are sent for interviews. In advance you will be advised of the details of the interview including who you will be meeting, the designated contact person upon arrival and who you can expect as part of the interview panel.

If you are considering a part-time role, we recommend contacting the department to discuss any potential constraints or reasons why the role might not accommodate part-time work. Clarifying this early on helps manage expectations effectively.

Interviewers expect candidates to have researched MD. There is a wealth of information on our website, social media, News feeds etc; Look at our Values, Attributes, and our Learning Philosophy, which underpin our culture.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to add value to the conversation, whilst showing a genuine interest in what we do and why you would like to work for us.

Read the job description

When it comes to interview preparation, the job description is your best friend.

Not only will a thorough examination of the duties and person specification help you to understand more about what the role entails – it will also help you to recognise exactly what the hiring manager is looking for.

Review the job description and revisit your CV and identify specific examples of how you’ve demonstrated the required skills in your current or previous roles. We want to hear about your experiences in a positive and concise manner. We want to know what challenges you have overcome and how you will fit into our Learning Philosophy led culture.

You will be able to ask the interview panel questions to ensure that you know you are joining the right company for you.

If you've been invited to an interview, then we think you’d be a good fit for the role just as much as you do. So, relax and feel confident.

Confidence is a key factor in making a positive impression during a job interview. Here are some tips to help you appear confident:

  • Prepare Thoroughly
  • Practice Responses
  • Know Your CV
  • Body Language: Maintain good posture and make eye contact. Non-verbal cues can convey confidence, so be mindful of your body language.
  • Speak Clearly and Slowly: Don't rush through your responses
  • Be Positive: Focus on your strengths and accomplishments.
  • Ask Questions
  • Focus on Solutions
  • Accept Imperfections: Nobody is perfect, and interviewers understand that. If you're unsure about an answer, it's okay to take a moment to gather your thoughts. You can also express a willingness to learn or explore further

Remember that confidence is about being comfortable with who you are and what you bring to the table. It's not about being boastful but about showcasing your abilities and potential in a positive light.

Sometimes interviews can feel a bit like a test. You will be asked questions that feel a little tricky or push you outside your comfort zone but remember: in any line of work, you might face challenges that enable you to grow and support your commitment to learning. We want everyone to do their best and demonstrate their ability to adapt and commit to delivering far-reaching and progressive change.

Dress smartly (regardless of the type of interview), arrive 5–10 minutes early and remember who you’re interviewing with.

While you wait, concentrate on relaxing, yes, relaxing! We want to see the ‘real’ you and can’t wait to hear more about how you express your ideas and suitability for the post.

Remember, Interviews are a two-way process and building successful relationships is key in any role at MD, so be confident and actively share with us your ways of working.

The most important thing to remember is that an interview is a two way process…

You’re there to find out information about MD as much as we are interviewing to find out more about you which will help us determine your suitability for the role you have applied for – and the more details you know, the better you’ll be able to ascertain your suitability for the job.

Posing questions in an interview fulfils various crucial roles. It signifies your authentic interest in the position and your proactive approach to learning. This demonstration of enthusiasm showcases your in-depth knowledge of the company, its industry, and recent developments, indicating thorough research and active engagement in learning and industry trends.

Additionally, asking questions presents an excellent opportunity to address any concerns or uncertainties you may have about the role or the company culture. Seeking clarification through thoughtful questions not only helps you gain a deeper understanding but also empowers you to make well-informed decisions, especially when considering a potential job offer.

Mandatory Training

MD follows a safer recruitment procedure which means all new employees are required to complete mandatory training in child protection and safeguarding and the Prevent Duty before you can begin working with us.