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Our recruitment process

What to expect from our recruitment process.

We are proud of our recruitment process and take care to gather the necessary documentation and meet all legal and policy obligations.

Through this process we strive to increase awareness of our commitment to the welfare of vulnerable people, making sure all candidates have the best opportunity to demonstrate their suitability and select the best candidate for the job.


Helpful resources

How to prepare for an interview and skills assessment

What to expect at interview or assessment

Frequently asked questions

Typical interview questions

Recruitment top tips



Meet our Head of Human Resources, Marnie Westwood

'I enjoy working in the SSSC and have been given so many opportunities to develop and make a difference.'

Marnie Westwood joined us in 2018, working for both the SSSC and the Care Inspectorate in a shared services role. Find out about Marnie’s career journey in this short video.



Stage 1


If you meet the minimum criteria for a job role complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return it to by the closing date and time on the advert. We will send you an automatic email to say we have received your application.


Stage 2


We review applications, match them with the person specification and shortlist against competencies and values for the role. Any applicant eligible through guaranteed interview scheme that meet the essential criteria will automatically be shortlisted.


Stage 3


Shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview and skills assessment if required. We will let you know in your invite to interview letter if you have to complete a skills assessment. You should hear back within two weeks of the closing date.


Stage 4


We notify successful candidates that they are preferred candidates. You will receive a call from the recruiting manager to give you the good news. This will be followed up with a letter from our HR department.


Stage 5


We carry out pre-employment checks so we can confirm an offer of employment.

These include:

  • proof of ID / right to work in the UK
  • two successful references, where one is from your current or most recent employer
  • a standard disclosure check
  • occupational Health questionnaire and referrals where appropriate
  • registration and qualifications check.


Stage 6


We make an offer and negotiate a start date when all checks are complete.

We communicate with you by email through the recruitment process except for the preferred candidate and offer of employment which will be by letter. If you have any questions during the recruitment policy, you can contact


Why work for us?

With a talented team of 300 staff we pride ourselves on making the SSSC a great place to work.

Our directorates

We have four directorates that carry out our statutory and workforce development role and provide support functions.

Our values

In everything we do, we believe the people of Scotland have the right to be safe when accessing social care services.

Our recruitment process

We are proud of our recruitment process and take care to gather the necessary documentation and meet all legal and policy obligations.