How to apply

You apply online by visiting our online portal GetGot™ Portal – Ireland, Northern Ireland and UK jobs, recruitment and careers, the best site for NI jobs (getgotjobs.co.uk)

Our roles are advertised via newspapers and online job boards. If you are interested in working for NIHE you can register via our online portal to receive email alerts when posts are advertised.

If you have any difficulties applying online or need to request an application form in an accessible format please contact the Resourcing Team by email recruit@nihe.gov.uk or telephone  03448 920900

All applications must be received by the closing date and time. Late applications will not be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I return an application form by fax?

We will not accept applications sent by fax.

Can I submit a CV?

We will not accept CVs, letters, additional pages or any other supplementary material in place of, or in addition to, completed application forms.

Will you accept my application after the closing date?

Applications must be received by the closing date and time, late applications will not be accepted.

Will you notify me when you receive my application?

You will receive a ‘successfully submitted’ message on screen when you have successfully submitted your application online which will be followed by a confirmation email.  If you do not receive these, your application has not been successfully submitted. Please contact the Resourcing Team if you do not receive these or for more information on submitting an accessible format application form recruit@nihe.gov.uk.

How can I ensure that I get an interview for a job I am qualified for?

Before completing an application form, please ensure you read carefully all the related documents including the candidate information pack.

You must provide sufficient evidence for your application to be assessed against the criteria for the post.  Therefore:

  • Be specific about qualifications including level and grades.

  • Be specific about your length of experience ensuring you provide appropriate dates as no assumptions will be made.

  • If required to ‘demonstrate’ experience of a particular skill/task please ensure you provide a specific example of this.

  • You should ensure that details are full, accurate and relevant to the post requirements.

  • Do not use abbreviations or complex technical detail.

If you are relying on equivalent qualifications you are responsible for clearly detailing the qualification and how an equivalency has been justified as no enquiries will be made by the Housing Executive. 

Note:  General information and guidance on qualifications can be found on the following website: http://ofqual.gov.uk  and the Register of Regulated Qualifications can be used to check what level a qualification is:  https://www.gov.uk/find-a-regulated-qualification

You must provide sufficient detail regarding how you meet all the essential and, if appropriate, desirable criteria at the closing date, otherwise your application will be rejected by the Panel.

You must demonstrate how you meet each criterion in the relevant section provided.  Each criterion is assessed individually and must therefore be completed in full, i.e. you must not rely on information included in other criteria or contained within your employment history to demonstrate how you meet a criterion.  If you do not meet all of the essential criteria, you will not be shortlisted. 

You should use specific examples to demonstrate that you have the experience and skills required and clearly show your personal involvement in any experience you quote.  Ensure your answer relates to what you specifically did in the example, write ‘I’ not ‘We’ as the Panel can only shortlist on what you have done.  It will not be sufficient simply to list the duties and responsibilities of posts held. 

If you have not been shortlisted on a particular criterion, the panel will not review the remaining criteria.

The advert says I must have a specific qualification or type of experience, what does this mean?

This means that the qualification and/or experience is essential for this job and you must show that you have these on your application. Make sure  that you provide all the information asked for when completing your application, including the type, subject(s), level and date of award of your qualifications.

If you are relying on equivalent qualifications you are responsible for clearly detailing the qualification and how an equivalency has been justified as no enquiries will be made by the Housing Executive. 

Note:  General information and guidance on qualifications can be found on the following website: http://ofqual.gov.uk  and the Register of Regulated Qualifications can be used to check what level a qualification is:  https://www.gov.uk/find-a-regulated-qualification

If your qualifications were obtained outside the United Kingdom, please see the guidance on equivalent qualifications at http://ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-advice/comparing-qualifications/. Qualifications across Europe can be compared using the European Qualifications Framework: https://ec.europa.eu/ploteus.    You can also refer to UK NARIC at www.naric.org.uk/naric  to obtain formal comparison of your qualifications if they were obtained outside of the UK.

You will be required to provide documentary evidence of all qualifications and claimed equivalencies as part of the pre-employment checks.  It is important to note that if you do not provide the requested documentation you will not be appointed. 


It is not enough to state the title of posts held and approximate dates. You must include information on the nature of your duties and the exact dates employed.

The application form includes a competency form, how do I complete this?

If a competency form is included with the application form make sure you carefully follow any instructions on how to complete it. You will normally be asked to be specific about your experience and provide personal, specific examples. You should focus on what you as an individual have done.

You must provide the information asked for as the panel will use this to determine whether to ask you to attend for the next stage of the process.  

How does the recruitment process work?

All completed applications which have been received by the closing date will be forwarded to the shortlisting panel. The purpose of this meeting is to consider applications against the requirements for the job advertised.

After shortlisting has taken place all candidates will be informed if their application will progress to the next stage of the recruitment process or not. Please ensure you read carefully the candidate information pack as this will provide full detail of the process, this may include an assessment and/or an interview which will assess your knowledge, skills and experience for the role.

Can I change the date of interview?

Interview panels set aside a time period to complete all interviews. Candidates are not normally allowed to change interview dates and times unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Any change made to interview dates will normally be confined to the agreed time period for the completion of the panel’s interviews. If the date or time does not suit you, contact Recruitment Services as soon as possible for advice.


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