We understand how important it is that you have a great recruitment experience when applying for a career. Searching and applying for a job can be challenging, we are here to support you throughout the process.

Most if not all our applications are online based, the website will guide you through what information is required.

Before you start your application, please make sure you have:

  • employment history
  • include your current line managers name and email address to cover three years of consecutive employment
  • and your qualifications

You will only need to enter your details once, as once you create an account on our recruitment website, it will remember your details.

Please also make sure your contact details are up-to-date so we can get in touch with you easily.

Provide good supporting information

The 'supporting information' section is your opportunity to sell yourself therefore make sure you use it to your advantage. You can include any information here that has not been covered elsewhere on the form. Demonstrate why you would be suitable and how you meet the person specification. You need to convince the recruiter that you have the required skills, knowledge and experience and that they should be inviting you for an interview.

You can include, among other things, details about:

  • your duties and responsibilities;
  • your skills, knowledge and/or experience which is relevant to the post;
  • identify any employment gaps;
  • voluntary work you have accomplished;
  • research, publication and/or presentation experience.

Once we’ve received your application you’ll be notified by email a few days after the job has closed if you have been considered for interview by the hiring manager. The shortlisting for roles is undertaken by the hiring manager for the service/vacancy. Following confirmation of successful interview/appointment, the Recruitment Team will send you a conditional offer, and begin the required pre-employment checks.

Successful applications typically lead to an interview with the hiring manager(s), this could be virtual or in-person. This is where we get to learn more about you, your skills and experience, as well as for you to hear more about us and the opportunity. Please inform the hiring manager of any reasonable adjustments needed throughout our hiring process so we can ensure you’re able to bring your best self to interview.

We generally aim to respond to every candidate within seven working days and should you be successful you’ll be called by the hiring manager to run through your offer.

We hope that you will find everything you need in the job advert or on our careers site, but if you have any questions, please email the named contact on the job advert or email our friendly recruitment team recruitment.services@mpft.nhs.uk with the details of the job you are interested in.

Preparing for interview

When you are shortlisted, it means you have been invited to an interview, you will get an email titled with an email address ending @recruit.trac.jobs confirming that you have been shortlisted.

These emails are sometimes detected as junk or spam by email providers, please make sure that you check those folders just in case.

Log in to TRAC and accept your invitation to interview. For most vacancies, TRAC will then automatically allocate you a time. Once you have confirmed your attendance, TRAC will send you a confirmation email.

To help you prepare, we advise that all candidates research the Trust and the role you have applied for.

The Trust

There is a lot of information on MPFT available on our website - www.mpft.nhs.uk

The role

Be sure to read the Job Description and Person Specification and think of examples where you have shown the skills or have experience that the job is asking for. You can also contact the vacancy manager located on the job advert and ask about the main duties of the role and what they are expecting of the person applying.

The interview

Make sure you have checked where the interview will be taking place: Do you need to drive? Is there parking? Do you need to bring any documents?

If it is online based, make sure your computer has a camera, speakers and a microphone. Check that you have received the invite link to the interview and have a quiet place available to join.

Vitally, make sure you are on early or on time.


First impressions really do count, make sure that you look professional no matter the role.

  • Be on time
  • Be presentable
  • Be confident, smile and engage in conversation
  • Switch off your phone or any distractions

As you have made it to the interview, this means that the hiring manger believes your past experience and skills are a good fit for MPFT. Be confident that you can showcase yourself as a good fit for the role.

Interview questions

It is always hard not to think about what the hiring manager may ask you. At MPFT our interviews are based around values and behaviours so we can get to know you better as well as the experience and skills you could bring to the role. The questions could start with:

  • Tell us about a time when...
  • Have you got an example where...
  • Describe how you did...

The questions will give you chance to share your skills in:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • positive attitude
  • adaptability
  • creativity

and other behaviours

This is where looking at the job description and personal specification can really help you bring real world examples to the interview.

  • What was your situation
  • What was the problem
  • What did you do
  • What was the result
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