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Our recruitment process

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Want to join a unique and supportive environment?

Nest is a workplace pension scheme set up to serve the public and give every worker in the UK access to a high-quality pension scheme. Our award-winning pension fund is run for the benefit of our members. We strive to make Nest a friendly and inclusive place to work and offer a flexible working environment. 

Who can apply?

We welcome and embrace diverse talent. We're determined to ensure that no employee receives less favourable treatment because of their beliefs, backgrounds, or legally protected characteristics.  

We recognise the importance of diversity of thought and neurocognitive variation. 

We're a level 2 Disability Confident employer under the Department of Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident scheme. If you have a disability and meet the essential criteria for a role you will be guaranteed an interview while applications remain open.

Our recruitment process

We want our recruitment process to be simple, straightforward and accessible to all. To support this, there are accessibility options on our vacancies page. All you have to do is apply on our website using our online application form, including your CV and a few other details. We don't accept applications via email.

Your CV should be no more than three pages long and include enough information about your key skills for us to assess your experience against the role's selection criteria. 

The recruitment process starts when you submit your application online. 

The interview

If you're invited for interview, it will be a competency-based interview with a minimum of two interview panel members. We use competency and behavioural based questions in our interviews and recommend you prepare following the STAR technique. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result. There's lots of information available online about the STAR technique.

Depending on the role, we usually choose 3-4 competencies to test from:

•    analytical thinking
•    attention to detail and accuracy
•    building relationships
•    change orientation or adaptability and flexibility
•    communication
•    decision-making and problem solving
•    influencing and negotiation
•    initiative
•    leadership and people
•    planning and organising 
•    results orientation
•    strategic thinking
•    teamwork and collaboration

If applicable for the role, we may also include technical questions to assess your experience in line with the requirements in the job description. 

The interview may take place in person or online via a Microsoft Teams link, which we'll provide.

Depending on the role there may be some additional stages to the interview process, such as a test or presentation. If there are any additional stages, you'll be made aware of what they are prior to your interview.

If you interview with us but aren't successful, we'll endeavour to give you constructive feedback on your interview.

If you’re successful 

If you’re offered a role with us, we’ll have a third-party screening supplier conduct checks in line with screening standards for the financial services industry. These include but aren’t limited to identity, employment history and disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks. 

Ready to apply?

If you’d like to be part of Nest, please take a look at our current vacancies. Our application process should only take you a few minutes. Don't worry if you think you don't have all the key skills, it might be worth taking the few minutes to apply as we're good at spotting potential and offer a generous training budget.

If you decide to apply, please note that we keep personal details of all applicants for a period of 6 months, after which the data is deleted. If you’re successful in securing the role, all data is held for seven years from the last day of your employment with Nest, after which the data is deleted. 

Before you apply please read our privacy information notice for job applicants. 

Got any questions?

We want all our candidates to feel supported. If you have difficulties making an online application, need the application pack in an alternative format or need any reasonable adjustments during the application or interview process, please get in contact with