York Housing Association

The Application Process

How to apply

All jobs are advertised under the Current Vacancies section and full details of the job pack are available for download under this section also. All applicants must apply using our application form. Where more than one post is being applied for, the relevant form for each job will require a separate application form. Please note that we do not accept CV's in place of an application form and we do not keep CV's on file.

All adverts are given a closing date and time, we do not accept any applications received after the closing date.

All job packs have Guidance Notes on how to complete the application form, giving tips on the best way to do this. For an example of this document please click hereDownload.

You can request an application pack in a number of ways:

By Post

York Housing Association
2 Alpha Court
Monks Cross Drive

By Telephone: 01904 636061

By Fax: 01904 612623

By Email: info@yorkha.org.uk

What happens after the Closing Date?

People often wonder what the process is following their submission of an application form. The time when everything goes quiet!! The following information will help you to understand the process.

On the Closing Date

Once 12 noon arrives on the closing date, all applications are opened and separated from the Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form and where relevant, the Criminal Record Form.


Prior to going to advert, the interview panel sets a time table for Shortlisting which is usually within one week of the closing date. Each member of the interview panel will receive a copy of all the application forms which they go through to identify where applicants meet the requirements of the Person Specification. From this they will select who will be invited for interview.

Invite to Interview

All successful applicants from the shortlisting process will be invited to interview. This is normally done in writing but where the interviews are very close to the shortlisting date, this can be done by telephone and followed up in writing. The date for interview is included in the application pack so potential applicants are aware when these will be held.

The letter will state when, the time and where the interview will be held. For some posts, part of the interview process may require a skills test or presentation to be given. Where this is required, this will be made clear in the letter and we will give an idea of the overall time the interview will take.

Successful Applicants

Once the Interview Panel have selected the candidate they would like to offer the job to, they must have this approved by the team Director. At this stage the successful applicant will be contacted by phone, however the offer of the post is subject to successful references being received. If the candidate accepts the offer, we will then send for references. Once these have been returned and approved by the team Director, an official offer of the post will be made by telephone and confirmed in writing.

Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Checks (formally CRB)

We use Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Checks (DBS), formally called Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to safeguard vulnerable adults and young people by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for work with these groups. For posts where this is the case, we ask the successful applicant to complete an Enhanced DBS once the post has been offered and accepted. This must be carried out before a start date can be agreed; however the applicant may take up the post prior to us receiving the result. Please note that we will not discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.

Unsuccessful Applicants

If you have not heard from us by the interview date which is stated in the job pack, then you have not been accepted for interview and we thank you for your interest in working at York Housing Association.

All applicants who are unsuccessful after interview will be informed of this by phone or in writing.

All applicants can contact us to request feedback on why they were not successful with their application.

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