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Careers FAQs

Want to work for War Child and find out more about our recruitment process? Read our most commonly asked questions.

Do you have questions about recruitment at War Child?

We have done our best to answer the most frequently asked questions ones below.

Roles 

Does War Child offer internships, apprenticeships, work experience or volunteer opportunities?  

Any internships, apprenticeships or volunteer opportunities will be advertised on our current vacancies page. We are unable to accept speculative requests.  

 

How do I apply for roles based in your countries of operation?  

Any international roles are advertised on the War Child UK website accordingly and will detail the country office to which the role is posted. Any roles suitable for locally recruited staff will be advertised by the local War Child office in the country of operation.  

 

Do you need the right to work in the UK to apply for jobs based in the UK?  

Candidates for roles based in UK are required to have the right to work in the UK and will be asked to provide evidence of this right, i.e., passport and/or visa or other relevant documentation.  

 

Application  

How do I apply?  

When you’ve found the role for you, please download and complete the War Child application form. This should be submitted by the deadline, along with a copy of your CV. Please note that we do not accept speculative applications. If you’re having any problems with the application form, please email [email protected].  

 

What should I include in the candidate statements?  

This is the most important part of your application, as we use the answers to these questions to decide who we will invite to interview. Please refer to the job description which outlines the skills and experience we are looking for with each position. Provide specific examples from your previous work, volunteer or community experience which outlines how you meet the job requirements.  

 

Who can I speak with about the requesting an adjustment to the selection process?  

If you have any questions about reasonable adjustments before or during your application, we welcome the opportunity to talk about what we can do to fairly adapt our process for you. Please share what you’re comfortable with to help us put the right support in place, by emailing [email protected]. Anything you tell us will be kept completely confidential by our HR team. 

 

What do I do if I've missed the deadline to apply for a vacancy?  

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept late applications. Please do check our vacancies on our site regularly. 

 

Can I get feedback on my application if I haven’t been shortlisted?  

We are unfortunately unable to give individual feedback to applicants not invited to interview due to the large number of applications we receive across all our vacancies.  

 

What should I do if I haven’t heard back regarding my application after the vacancy has closed?  

If you haven’t heard from us after the vacancy has closed, you haven’t been shortlisted for the role. Due to the volume of applications, we receive we are unable to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application.  

 

Interviews  

How do I know if I have been selected for interview?  

If you’ve been shortlisted, we’ll contact you by email or telephone to arrange an interview.  

 

I can’t make the interview slot; can I change my interview date or time?  

Where possible, we try to include the interview dates in the job adverts to help candidates to plan. We have limited capacity to rearrange interview slots, so we ask candidates to be as flexible as possible.  

 

What format do the interviews normally take?  

Interviews are normally conducted by a panel of 2 to 4 people, including the hiring manager for the position. The interview questions will be a blend of competency and behavioural based questions. For some roles, you may be asked to complete an unseen assessment as part of the interview, or to prepare a presentation in advance. The interview is also an opportunity for you to get to know War Child and the team a bit better so feel free to ask any questions you may have about War Child and working here.  

 

How should I prepare for my interview?  

Make sure you have a thorough look through the job description for the role and think of examples from your work or personal experience where you have demonstrated the competencies, skills and experience we are looking for. To make sure you are getting the most out of your answers to the competency-based questions, we recommend using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Also have a detailed look through the War Child website to understand the work we do and how the position you are interviewing for might fit in. Make sure you have read and understood our Child Safeguarding policy (this will be provided to you in your interview invitation) as you will be asked questions on this during the interview.  

 

Can I get feedback after my interview?  

We offer feedback to all interviewed candidates, and this will be provided to you by the Hiring Manager and/or the HR team.

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