Recruitment process

When you apply for a role with the Coal Authority, we’ll give you the information you need so that the recruitment process is as smooth as possible.

Our job adverts will give you all the information you need to help you prepare as well as the closing date and the possible dates for interviews.

Before you apply for a job with us, you may find it useful to read the following documents:

How to apply

If we have a role that you would like to apply for, please read the job advert, job description and competency framework carefully.  If you feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for please complete the online application form – you will find a link in the ‘apply now’ section of the advert.

As we use an evidence-based selection process, we will be looking for written examples telling us when and how you have demonstrated the key criteria outlined in the job advert.

We want to hear all about you, so please be sure to tell us why you’re the person we‘re looking for and how you meet our selection criteria.

We aim to consider all applications within 10 days of the closing date will contact you if you’ve been selected to attend an interview.

Our web recruitment system allows you to email your completed application to yourself; we recommend you keep a copy of your application as we’ll ask you about the details should you be invited for interview.

If you have any questions about the process, please email

Attending an interview

If you are invited to attend an interview, you will receive an email asking you to select your preferred date and time from the interviews available.

For most roles, you will be interviewed at our Head Office in Mansfield.  Our full address is:

200 Lichfield Lane,
NG18 4RG.

On arrival, there is a free onsite visitors car park which is located immediately on the right as you enter the front gate.  Please make your way down to our unmanned reception area and dial 6100 using the desk phone and one of our HR staff will come and meet you.  Please bring your original identification documents and relevant certificates of education; we will take a photocopy of these on the day and return them to you.

If you are applying for a regionally based position, your interview location may be different. Our HR team will let you know the location at the interview booking stage.

Interview content

Usually all of our interviews will be face to face. The panel will normally consist of 2 or 3 people and will last around an hour.

The interview will be evidence based and we’ll ask you to tell us about specific occasions when you have demonstrated your experience in relation to the requirements of the role. Make sure you mention as many strong examples as you can.

We recommend using the STAR format to articulate your examples:

  • Situation – what was the overall situation
  • Task – what was the specific task required of you
  • Action – what steps did you personally take (avoid “we” and reference what you did as “I”)
  • Result – what happened/changed after your actions

Additional evidence

Before your interview, we’ll let you know if we need any extra evidence. For example:

  • We may require you to give a presentation or to do some psychometric assessments to give us more information about how you think.
  • Depending on the role, you may be asked to complete a personality questionnaire which helps us to find out a bit more about you. This will be sent to you electronically before your interview.
  • If we are looking for a specific technical skills we may ask you to carry out a work-related exercise. This will be done on the same day as your interview.

Second interviews

Sometimes, before making a final decision, we may invite you to come back for a second interview.


We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to our recruitment and selection processes for applicants with a disability or long-term health condition.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application or attend an interview, you should:

  • Contact the Human Resources team via or on 0345 762 6848 as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
  • Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” section of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you have been invited to an interview and need support, you may be able to apply for an Access to Work grant. For example, they could provide you with a communicator, advocate or BSL interpreter if you’re Deaf or have communication difficulties.

You can find more information about Access to Work at Disability Rights UK.

Alternative Formats for documents

If you require a document in an alternative format such as audio, Braille or large print, then please contact us by post, telephone or email.

200 Lichfield Lane,
NG18 4RG

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