Frequently asked questions - recruitment

Applicants for CIPFA job vacancies often ask the following questions.

What happens after I submit my application?

Your application is sent to CIPFA’s HR department. They process your details and forward it to the recruiting manager when the closing date is reached.

How long after the closing date will I know if I have an interview?

We endeavour to contact all successful applicants within two weeks of the closing date to invite them to interview. If there is a delay in our recruitment process that prevents us from contacting successful candidates within two weeks, we inform ALL applicants of the delay.

If I am not shortlisted for interview will you contact me?

No. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact applicants who are not shortlisted for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date then your application will have been unsuccessful.

What does the selection process involve?

The selection process may depend on the seniority of the position. However, all posts will have at least one formal interview with the recruiting manager and usually a member of the HR team. In some instances another member of the recruiting department or a colleague from another department may also be present.

Interviews consist of competency-based questions related to the role. Candidates are also be given the opportunity to ask questions. For some positions exercises such as ‘in tray’ tests, presentations, written articles or psychometric tests may be included in the interview process. A second stage interview consisting of more competency based questions may also be necessary for these posts.

Will I be reimbursed for my travel expenses?

Yes. CIPFA reimburse reasonable expenses incurred while attending interviews. However, this is not automatically the case if a candidate resides in the immediate area or where the journey is already covered by a period ticket.

Please complete our travel expenses form (Excel, 46 KB) and bring it with you to your interview.

If you receive a job offer and subsequently do not take up the post no expenses will be reimbursed.

How long after my interview will I hear if I am successful?

We endeavour to let all applicants know the outcome of their interview within five working days of the last interview being completed. However, there may be times when interviews are delayed; in these instances feedback may also be delayed. If you have any queries regarding the status of your application please email

Can I request feedback if I am unsuccessful?

Yes. If you are unsuccessful at the interview stage, you will be notified in writing. You can then request feedback. Please email – a member of the HR team will get someone to contact you.

Can I re-apply if I am unsuccessful?

Yes. Unless stated in the advert, previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply for all advertised posts.

If I am successful when will I be able to start?

If your application is successful you will receive a written letter from CIPFA offering you the position, subject to references. Once you have accepted the offer we will agree a start date with you.