This guidance is intended to:

  • help you participate in our selection process effectively
  • provide us with all the information we need to understand how you meet the requirements of the role.

Please read these notes carefully before completing your application form. If you have any difficulty in completing your form, please contact us:

The application form plays an important part in the selection process, both as a tool for helping us to shortlist candidates for interview and as a basis for the interview itself.

To ensure fairness to all applicants, any decision to shortlist you for interview will be based solely upon the information you supply on your application form. Even if you are already known to Tate as a previous or current employee, it is important you complete the form in full. We cannot take into account in the selection process any previous knowledge we may have of you.

Read the job/role description and person specification

All Tate vacancies include a full job/role description with a person specification.

  • The job/role description sets out the purpose and main duties and responsibilities of the post
  • The person specification sets out the knowledge, skills and experience we are looking for in the successful candidate

It is important to read all the information in these documents before completing your application.

Analyse your experience

Look at the activities involved in the role. Ask yourself why you are interested in it:

  • Would it be a good career move for you?
  • Is the move a promotion which would enable you to gain more responsibility or enhance your skills?
  • Or is it a sideways move intended to broaden your skills and experience?

Think about what evidence you can provide to demonstrate you have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience. Explaining your current (and previous) jobs to someone else may help you uncover ‘hidden’ skills that you take for granted.

You may also want to include voluntary/unpaid work experience, or experience gained via a role of responsibility in one of your leisure pursuits if this is relevant to the requirements of the vacancy.

Completing the application form

Tate uses an online application process. You will need to register with us to complete your online application.

  • When you have registered you will be able to save your application and come back to it later (for example, if you do not have time to complete it all in one go).
  • Your email address will act as your login identification. You will be sent a confirmation email to this address which you will need to activate your account.

If you require an application form in an alternative format please call +44 (0)20 7887 4997.

  • Please do not attach to your application form your CV, testimonials or copies of educational certificates, unless specifically requested to do so.
  • Applications in the form of CVs will not be considered.

Remember: those involved in the selection process cannot guess or make assumptions about you. Make sure you tell us everything relevant to your application and that you complete all sections on the form. The instructions on the application form are designed to assist you in providing us with the information we need.

The section headed Supporting Information for Application is a very important part of the form. This is your opportunity to tell us specifically why you wish to apply for the vacancy and what makes you a suitable applicant.

In this section it is important that you provide us with evidence to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required as set out in the person specification for the role. It is not sufficient to merely state in your application that you have the knowledge, skills or experience required; you will need to provide specific examples of what you have done and how you believe this demonstrates you meet each requirement.

Don’t forget to proofread your application form and check for any errors before submitting it to us.


Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date. When shortlisting we are making an assessment of how closely your application meets the selection criteria set out in the person specification. Shortlisters will go through your application in detail looking for specific evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role. Unless you have provided specific evidence, supported by relevant examples, you are unlikely to be shortlisted. You will be asked to respond to the essential criteria for the vacancy you are applying for when completing Step 5 of Tate’s application form.

Tate is committed to increasing diversity in our workforce and we particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as they are currently underrepresented in the arts sector. In recognition of our commitment to disability equality, Tate has been awarded the Two Ticks positive about disability symbol by Job Centre plus. We interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a vacancy and consider them on their capabilities and potential. Here you can find information about what is classified as a disability.

You will be invited to participate in the Two Ticks guaranteed interview scheme if you have declared that you have a disability under Step 8 of Tate’s application form, and given a choice to opt out of the scheme. Providing that you meet the essential criteria for the vacancy, you will be invited for interview. If you do not wish to be included in the Two Ticks guaranteed interview scheme, please select opt out before submitting your application.

You will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted or not via email. You can also check the status of your application by logging into your account.


We try wherever possible to indicate in the advert and job/role description the date when interviews will be held so that applicants can plan ahead. If you are shortlisted, we will normally contact you by email to invite you to interview.

This email will give full details of what the selection process will involve. This may include carrying out a selection exercise to test out your ability to carry out specific requirements of the role for which you have applied. If you have a disability and need any adjustments to be made in order for you to participate in the selection process, please contact us immediately on receipt of your interview invitation to discuss this so we can accommodate your needs.

In some instances it may be necessary to hold the selection process in two stages and applicants may be called back for a second interview. In these instances you will be given full details of the arrangements.


All offers to work at Tate, whether they be offers of employment, casual work, internships or voluntary work, are made subject to receipt of references, proof of identity, address and security clearance satisfactory to Tate. Under the Asylum and Immigration Act, we are required to check that anyone working with us has the legal right to work in the UK. All successful applicants will, therefore, be asked to provide us with documentary evidence to support their entitlement to work in the UK prior to commencing their new role. In addition to these checks, offers for roles working with vulnerable groups will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Where this is required, it will be stated clearly in the job/role description.

Data Protection Act, 1998

Information provided by you as part of your application will be used in the recruitment process. Any data about you will be held securely with access restricted to those involved in dealing with your application and in the recruitment process. Once this process is completed the data relating to unsuccessful applicants will be stored for a maximum of 12 months and then destroyed.

If you are the successful candidate, your application form will be retained and form the basis of your personal record. Information provided by you in the Diversity Commitment section of the application form will be used to monitor Tate’s diversity policies and practices. By signing and submitting your completed application form you are giving your consent to your data being stored and processed for the purpose of the recruitment process, diversity monitoring and your personal record if you are the successful candidate.

We hope you find the above helpful and good luck with your application