Six steps to a career at Exemplar Health Care

15 March 2024

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In this blog, Lucy Howell, Recruitment Team Leader at Exemplar Health Care, talks us through what to expect when applying for a role with us.

As a professional recruiter, I understand the challenges that come with job hunting, plus we’ve all been there before!

Whether you’re new to the job market and looking for a fresh challenge, or if you’re just starting out in your career, we know that putting yourself out there can be intimidating.

At Exemplar Health Care, we care about our future colleagues, so we want to make our recruitment process as stress free as can be.

Here are the six steps in our recruitment process so you know exactly what to expect when applying for a role with us.


Step one – submit your application

Once you’ve read over the job description and feel that we’re the right fit for you, it’s time to start the application process!

You’ll be asked to provide some personal details along with a copy of your most recent CV – first step complete!

We don’t require experience for all of our positions so don’t be deterred from applying if you feel you don’t have the right experience.

If you’re an enthusiastic individual looking to build a career in care and feel you match our values, we want to hear from you!

If you’re applying for a role which requires a professional qualification/experience, make sure you put the details on your application form.

You’ll receive an email from us to confirm that we’ve received your application. We have a high volume of applications for each of our roles, so please be patient and know we’ll let you know of the outcome as soon as possible.


Step two – invited for an interview

We’ll review your application against the job description and person specification and shortlist for interviews. If successful, you’ll be contacted to arrange your time slot.

During the interview, we’ll ask you some questions to find out more about what you’re like as a person, your work history and why you think you’d be the perfect fit for the team. You can read more about how to prepare for an interview here.

We’ll send you a list of ID requirements upon confirming your interview slot - make sure you bring them with you to prevent any delays later in the process.

The interviewers will give you a timeline on when they’ll get back to you with an answer. This is dependent on when other interviews will be conducted however it’ll always be as soon as possible.


Step three – pre-employment checks

After a successful interview, you may receive a very exciting phone call with your verbal offer!

After accepting, you’ll receive an email with your formal offer and we’ll begin the onboarding process.

We’ll carry out various pre-employment checks, including gaining:

  • proof of ID / right to work in the UK
  • two satisfactory references
  • two documents confirming proof of address
  • qualifications check, where relevant
  • an enhanced DBS check.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) is a check in which employers receive a certificate offering details of both spent and unspent criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands.

This is an essential check when working with vulnerable people. If you don’t have a current enhanced DBS on the update service, we’ll send you the details to apply for one and all costs will be covered.

This step is where we ask for a bit of patience as it can take a couple of weeks for your certificate to come through.

Once you’ve received your DBS and all checks are complete, we’ll agree a start date and provide you with a contract outlining your terms and conditions.


Step four – attend a bespoke induction

Everyone who joins us takes part in a welcome induction, which tells you more about who we are, what our values are, and supports you to complete mandatory and statutory training. 

Following the welcome induction, you’ll complete a role-specific induction in your new workplace and/or with your team to ensure you feel confident and competent in your new role.

This covers training including moving and handling, safeguarding and person-centered care.


Step five – time to start your new job!

It’s time to get to the good bit, starting your new role!

If you’re new to a care role, you’ll have one-to-one support from a buddy during your first couple of weeks.

Our buddy’s have each completed training to ensure you have the best new starter experience at your fantastic new home. Read more about our buddy programme here.

Throughout your first few weeks, you’ll also have regular check ins with your Line Manager which offers a great opportunity for you to raise any questions and speak openly about feedback so you know exactly how well you’re doing, no doubt!


Step six – continue developing your skills and progressing your career

At Exemplar Health Care we strive to build successful, long-lasting careers and starting your new job is just the beginning!

Throughout your employment, you’ll have regular one-to-ones and performance development reviews with your manager to review your progress and discuss your career aspirations.

There is no ceiling with us and, as they say, the sky is the limit!

Whether it’s further training, or you’re looking to gain an extra qualification, you’ll be supported on your journey to achieve your goals. We strive to enable you to become the very best version of yourself – making us a very special place to work.

Now that you know more about our recruitment process there’s nothing stopping you from hitting the apply button – it might be the best decision you ever make! To view our vacancies at Exemplar Health Care, visit our online job search.