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How we recruit

We assess a combination of behaviours, strengths, experience, ability and technical skills. Find out more about how this helps us to find the right person for each role.

The application process

How applications are assessed

HM Land Registry assesses candidates in a number of different ways, depending on the type of role and level you are applying to. Using a range of assessment methods helps us more accurately match people to the essential requirements of the job. For example, you may be asked to complete an application form or to provide a CV and supporting statement, which may help us assess your experiences, technical qualifications and behaviours or you may be asked to attend an assessment centre or complete an online test to assess your abilities. Often a combination of these approaches will be used and more than one element may be tested within the same assessment method.  
Details of which elements will be assessed and how we will assess you against these, are included in the job description. 

Personal statement

If the application asks for it, your personal statement should clearly demonstrate how you feel you meet the requirements of the role, and that you have the experience, skills, and qualifications to meet the ‘essential’ criteria on the job description. You should try to explain, with some examples, how you meet each bullet-pointed criteria. 
Personal statements will normally have a word limit, after which the panel will not be able to assess what you have provided.  It is therefore important that you give enough detail to evidence your capability, but not too much that you are unable to address all the criteria being assessed. 

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Many of our roles will ask you to upload or include a copy of your CV as part of your application. Before doing so, you should make sure that your CV is up to date and includes a good amount of detail about your prior work history, and your skills and abilities. You should ensure that your CV gives examples of where you have previously demonstrated the skills outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification, particularly those listed as ‘essential’. 
When uploading your CV, be sure to remove any personal identifiers that would give the panel information about your name, age, race, sexuality, gender, or socio-economic background. This helps us to assess you based only on what is directly relevant for the role. This is called ‘name-blind’ recruitment and helps us to ensure our workplace is as inclusive and diverse as possible.

Success Profiles

HM Land Registry recruits using Success Profiles. This means for each role we advertise, we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. 
Our Success Profile is made up of five elements: 
Ability: the aptitude or potential to perform to the required standard 
Experience: the knowledge or mastery of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. 
Technical: The demonstration of specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications. 
Strengths: the things we do regularly, do well, and that motivate us. 
Behaviours: the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job. 
Not all of the elements are relevant to every role, and will vary depending on the profession, level and type of role. You should ensure you read the job description carefully to see what elements are required for the specific job you are applying for.
You can find out more about Success Profiles here.

Reasonable adjustments 

HM Land Registry is a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process, please let the recruiting manager know. Examples of adjustments include providing documents in large print or braille, allowing more time for a test or interview, or providing assistance at an assessment centre. 

We’re here to help

Applying for a job in HM Land Registry can feel daunting, but don’t be put off by it – it could be the best decision you’ve ever made! We’re always here to help answer any questions you have about the role or the application process. Look out for the ‘Contact Point for Applicants’ section on the job advert for details of who to get in touch with for support!

Success Profiles

Find out more about Success Profiles, the recruitment framework used to recruit across the Civil Service.