Frequently asked questions
When looking or applying for a new job there are often lots of questions that you would like the answers to. We have tried to answer some of the questions we are asked on a regular basis below.
If we haven't managed to answer your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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Do I get a letter saying whether or not I got to the interview stage?
If you are successful in proceeding to the interview stage in the selection process you will receive formal notification of the interview arrangements at least a week in advance of the date of the interview.
If you haven't heard anything from us after 4 weeks, you can usually assume that you have not been successful in proceeding to the next stage of the selection process.
Who do I contact if I don't understand the application process?
You should email .
I have a disability and need an alternative format of the application form.
If you require the application form in an alternative format, please contact or +44 (0)1904 462000.
What if I meet the nationality requirements but I need a work permit to able to work in the UK?
If you are successful in being offered the post we will need to apply for a work permit on your behalf. You will still have to apply for a working visa yourself in order to be eligible to work in the UK.
Can I request a new application form if I have made a mistake?
You can print off another application form from our website or request a new one.
Who can I contact if I want to find out more about the job?
You should contact the Fera Organisation Development team by emailing or telephone the Organisation Development team on +44 (0)1904 462000. Your questions will be passed onto the appropriate person within Fera who will provide you with answers to your questions.
How many members will sit on the selection panel and how long will the interview be?
There will be a selection panel composed of two or three people. At least one of these people will be a specialist from the team where the vacancy is, the other will be from Organisation Development. The length of interview will vary depending on the grade of the vacancy but will last at least half an hour.
What additional tests will be used as part of the interview process?
You may be asked to undertake a practical skills test or a presentation as part of the selection process. Details of any test will normally be described on the job description or in the invite to interview letter.
I have a disability and require special arrangements to attend for interview.
You should email or telephone +44 (0)1904 462000 to discuss what your special requirements are.
Do you do telephone interviews or conference calls?
We do not undertake telephone interviews or conference calls for interviews.
When will the results of interviews be available?
The outcome of interviews will normally be given within 10 days of an interview being held.
Do you take up references before or after interview?
We do not take up references before the interview. We will discuss and agree with you the appropriate time to take up references. This will be done only if you are offered the position - please refer to the pre-employment checks section for more information.
What health checks are undertaken prior to start date?
Appropriate health checks are undertaken based on the information you provide on the health declaration. Please refer to the pre-employment checks section for more information.
First day at Fera
What happens on the first day of employment?
On your first day at Fera you will start your induction. The induction programme is designed to give you an overview of the work of Fera, and give you specific information relating to your job so that you can become fully effective in your role as quickly as possible.
When am I issued with a contract?
You are issued with a contract once all the pre-employment checks have been completed. Your contract may not be issued until after you have started at Fera.