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The importance of Reasonable Adjustments

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Reasonable Adjustments throughout the recruitment process are vital to ensure those who identify as having a disability are offered a level playing field and given the opportunity to perform at their best. 

At DCMS, the opportunity to request reasonable adjustments is highlighted in all job vacancy adverts and are offered to support candidates with any online tests, written applications and at the interview stage. 

Examples of reasonable adjustments DCMS have provided candidates recently include: extra time for online tests, a scribe to support with applications, a sign language interpreter for a video interview and providing interview questions to candidates shortly in advance of their interview. DCMS will work collaboratively with candidates to ensure the utmost support is provided. 

Reasonable adjustments don’t just stop after the recruitment process. They are a key conversation in onboarding and throughout the induction process to ensure you can perform in your role. They could be very small changes, but can make a massive difference. They can also change as your needs change. If there are reasonable adjustments which would support you in delivering in your role, ask for them.

In addition to reasonable adjustments, DCMS, and the rest of the Civil Service, operate the ‘Disability Confident Scheme’ (DCS). The DCS offers candidates, who provide evidence within their application which demonstrates that they meet the minimum criteria and meet all of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential, a guaranteed interview. At interview stage, the successful candidate is appointed on merit, but the benefit of the scheme is that it provides candidates who identify as having a disability the opportunity to secure an interview. 

DCMS values diversity of thought, experience and background.

Make sure you request reasonable adjustments, should you need to, when you apply to the new vacancies DCMS have on offer.

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