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Your guide to preparing for our interviews

Everyone that works for us has the chance to be part of something that’s more than just a day job.

Are you’re looking for a place where you can go home knowing that you’ve made a difference? Then working for VisitScotland might be the best decision you ever make.

This page will help set you up for success, from submitting your application to conducting your interview.

Our recruitment process

Three easy steps

We understand that looking for a new job can be a lot of work, and that your personal time is precious to you. That's why we've made applying to VisitScotland as quick and easy as possible.

  1. 1

    Submit your application

    When you view any of our job vacancies, they'll allow you to create a login and apply straightaway. Just fill in your personal details, career aspirations, and attach your most up-to-date CV as well as your cover letter.

    At VisitScotland, we take the time to carefully read all the information you submit. Our tip would therefore be to keep all information on your CV relevant and to-the-point. You can use your cover letter to elaborate further on how your past job experience made you an ideal candidate for the role you're applying for.

    Browse our latest vacancies
  2. 2

    Interview (within two weeks)

    We aim to let you know within 10 business days after receiving your application whether you have secured an interview or not.

    If you are successful, the interview will be planned in at a time that suits you, and you will be set a short task relevant to the role to prepare ahead of time. If you need any special accomodations at any point during the interview process, please inform your recruiter and we'll be happy to help.

    The interview will last around 60 minutes. It will cover structured and competency-based questions, as well as the presentation of the task you have prepared. There well be time for you to ask any questions you have for us as well.

  3. 3

    Outcome (within one month)

    Your part is done. We'll review each candidate's performance and qualifications in the interview. We'll also take their overall fit for the role and company culture into account.

    We aim to inform each candidate, successful or not, of our final decision and provide interview feedback within 10 business days.

Our purpose

As a company, it is our purpose to stimulate new and sustainable growth in the Scottish visitor economy.

We, as employers, commit ourselves to fostering a safe, supportive, and fun environment. There are a variety of a different initiatives in place to ensure this. We want to be a place where people can feel valued and progress their careers.

The VS Way is our way of packaging everything up. But ultimately, it's about how we all work together to make VisitScotland somewhere we are all proud to be a part of. View the following video to learn more about the VS Way.

The VS Way

Our values

  • Ambitious

    We are here to stimulate new and sustainable growth in the visitor economy. We share a collective ambition to "pull on the Scotland jersey" and do our very best for our wonderful country. We pursue new and imaginative ways to inspire, engage, and welcome visitors here.

  • Collaborative

    We lead Scotland’s tourism industry in many areas but collaboration is the key to success. We work with numerous people and organisations. We start conversations, exchange information, and discuss insights. All this helps create effective partnerships, and happy customers, in our Scottish communities.

  • People-orientated

    It’s a cliché but it’s also 100% accurate. Our staff are our most valuable asset. Passionate, proud about working for Scotland and VisitScotland. This band of ambassadors will go that extra mile for their customers – and for each other. There’s a strong VisitScotland team ethos stretching across our network of offices and information centres.

  • Innovative

    We don’t stand still. We know that change is an opportunity and we are bold and inventive. Using our intelligence, tools and technology, we improve ourselves and help our partners. Our aim is to create new ways of investing in communities and growing Scotland’s economy.

  • Outward-looking

    For centuries, we’ve welcomed visitors to Scotland. Our latest campaign, Scotland is Calling, invites people across the world to (re)discover all our great country has to offer. Using the latest insights, our campaign is at the forefront of sustainability and accessibility.

  • Responsible tourism

    We’re committed to the development of responsible tourism practices and a net zero sector. By protecting Scotland’s natural assets, we benefit present and for future generations.

Tips from our recruitment experts

Writing CVs and doing interviews can be tricky, even if you've already had a couple of successful interviews under your belt.

When it comes to either, we can only say that practice indeed makes perfect. But if you like some extra help to set yourself up for success when applying for a job at VisitScotland, you're free to check out some of the following tips.

We can't guarantee that following these tips to the letter will mean that you'll get the job you're applying for. But following these tips certainly won't hurt your chances.

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