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How to apply

Each application round can be different but it generally involves completing an online application form which will be assessed against what is needed for the role. This assessment will create a shortlist of candidates.

Shortlisted candidates are then interviewed, usually by a panel consisting of three people. The final decision about who to appoint is made by the Scottish Minister responsible for the public body, based on the panel's assessments.

Your application is very important. You must demonstrate the evidence required at this first stage, showing how you meet the key skills set out in the application pack.

To assist you with your application please read the guide on competency-based applications and the explanation of the Board member core skills framework.

Reasonable Adjustments and Public Appointments

Scottish Ministers have set an equality outcome that public appointments are more diverse and broadly reflect the general population by 2021. Disabled people are encouraged to apply for public appointments. 

If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the public appointments process please get in touch with the Public Appointments Team Freephone 0300 244 1898 or email

Application packs: if you need any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format such as plain text, Braille or large print, please contact the Public Appointments Team.   

Diversity monitoring form: to help us collect information about diversity we ask you to fill in a Public Appointments Monitoring Form. To help ensure fairness in the appointments process the information collected in this form is not shared with the selection panel that assesses the applications. We do not use the information in the Public Appointments Monitoring Form to assess whether you need any reasonable adjustments. 

Assessment stages: if your application goes through to the second stage of assessment you will be invited to an interview. We will contact you to agree an interview date with you. If you require a reasonable adjustment for the interview or other assessments in the second stageplease let us know when you are agreeing the interview date so that we can put arrangements in place. We will ensure that the building where the interview is held is wheelchair accessible. We can also make a range of other adjustments, for example coloured paper, an introduction to the building where interviews will be held so that you are familiar with the layout, and adjustment of the time in the interview stage for any practical exercises. This isn’t an exhaustive list. Please get in touch and we can discuss what’s right for you.