Unfortunately you can't change your application once it's been submitted, so you'd need to contact us directly to make the necessary amendments.
Preparing your application
We've collated some thoughts, advice and information to help you complete your application.
- Your CV and covering letter is your first opportunity to impress a future employer so aim for maximum impact. We suggest you use a single font and keep it simple, using the bold command to make key phrases or messages stand out. Try and keep to two pages.
- Make sure your CV structure is clear. Open with a short personal profile on how you work, then explain your key skills. Next, briefly describe your career history and follow this with education and professional qualifications. Remember to also list any relevant professional training. Finally, write a little about yourself.
- Your cover letter needs to make a great first impression, so make sure it's addressed to the right person, keep it concise, and tailor it to the company and industry you're applying to. Pick out key words and skills from the job description to include, and state how you fulfill the needs of the role.
- If you believe your skills and experience match those required for our vacancy please complete the online application form, ensuring that the vacancy reference number is included, and submit it within the stated closing date. Your application will be considered against the qualifications, skills and competencies that are necessary for the successful undertaking of the role.
- If you are shortlisted you'll be invited to one of our offices for assessment. Your assessment will most likely include a competency-based interview and may also include one or a combination of the following selection methods: psychometric testing, presentations, group work, written reports, etc. Your invitation will detail the assessment you will go through and any preparation you need to undertake. Your invitation will also include full details about the date, time, location and the names of those involved in your assessment.
The screening policy
We want our people to work in a safe, inclusive environment. So before you start work with us your application will go through a screening process – in line with FCA Guidelines.
We'll only carry out the screening procedure if we've offered you a job. Then we'll put your details through employment screening including (but not limited to) financial probity and criminal record checks, address verification, relevant academic and professional qualifications and employer references.
There are certain official documents we'll need for employment screening. The Document Checklist contains a list of the ones we accept.
NFU Mutual, and the information we collect about you, are subject to various regulatory and legislative requirements. In addition, we will endeavour not to keep your personal information for longer than we have to for us to fulfil our obligations to you. Where it is not possible for us to delete your data, we will ensure the appropriate security and organisational measures are put in place to protect the use of your information.
Information collected during the screening process for successful applicants will be held for 6 months from the date on which screening completes. Information collected during the screening process for successful candidates appointed to a regulated role will be kept for 6 years from the date on which screening completes. Successful candidate information will be stored using an appropriate combination of technical and organisational measures to ensure, as far as reasonably possible, the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information at all times.
If you are unsuccessful in your application, and where it is not possible for us to delete your data, your data will be securely stored for a period of 12 months after your application is declined. This is to protect the company in the event of any action arising from alleged irregularity in the recruitment and selection process, and for talent pooling purposes.
1. What if I upload the wrong CV?
2. How long will it take until I start work?
It depends upon a number of factors. For example, your current notice period, how long it takes to get references and any other eligibility clearance(s).
3. I do not have the required qualifications that are stated in the advert. Am I eligible to still apply?
If you don't have the required academic or professional qualifications but think you have equal work experience, then yes, you should still apply. Just make reference to it in your application.
4. What opportunities are available to work part-time?
Many departments offer part-time roles and these will be identified in the job description.
5. How will I be aware of future vacancies that I may be interested in?
You can set up an email alert to notify you of all future positions within areas that you are interested in. Just log in to your application profile and follow the instructions.
6. May I apply for more than one vacancy?
Yes. But carefully consider before applying, do you meet the relevant criteria for each vacancy?
7. May I re-take my psychometric tests if I do not reach benchmark?
No, not unless there was a technical failure or until 12 months have passed.
8. I have a criminal record – will I still be eligible to join/apply?
All applications are looked at individually in line with regulatory guidelines. Employment checks will be carried out, so it’s important you disclose all offences as soon in the process as possible. Our full screening policy is available here: https://www.nfumutualcareers.co.uk/search-vacancies/application-process
9. Can I put my name on a waiting list to work at NFU Mutual?
No, you will need to apply for a specific role. Occasionally when two or more similar roles become available at once, the recruiting manager may contact other applicants to discuss the opportunity.
10. Can I send you my CV directly?
No, we do not accept CVs sent directly. They must be in response to a particular role.
11. Can you give me feedback on why I wasn't successful?
Yes. You can email us directly with feedback requests – just be sure to include your contact details. Please allow 10 working days for a response.
12. Am I too old?
There is no upper age limit at NFU Mutual. We consider every eligible applicant and employ the best candidate for the role.
13. What will you do with my data?