Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I find out about vacancies in Dublin City Council (DCC)?

Job vacancies are advertised by DCC in the national newspapers (Irish Independent on Thursday and the Irish Times on Friday), on the Internet at and

 The competitions for senior managerial and senior professional positions are held by the Public Appointments Service on the Council's behalf, details of which are found on


How can I apply for a job with the City Council?

Once a position has been advertised, you can download an application form, in either Irish or English, from the Current Vacancies webpage.  Return the completed application form by post to the address on the form by 5.00 p.m. on the closing date.


Does submitting a job application mean I will definitely be called for interview?

No, it depends on the number of positions available and the number of applications received.  If a large number of applications are received, a shortlist of applicants will be    compiled to progress to interview stage.

If shortlisting takes place, who will be called for interview?

Shortlisting criteria will be drawn up based on the qualifications and job specification. Applications will be scored against the criteria on the basis of information supplied on the application form and the likely number of vacancies to be filled.  Therefore, the detail you provide on the application  form is critical as it is the only information that can be considered.  Candidates most likely to meet the standard required will be called for interview.  


Can I forward a CV or Application Form to be held on file for any future vacancies in the City Council?

No, it is not possible to hold applications “on file” for possible future vacancies due to the high number of job applications received.


I understand the City Council interview uses something called “competencies”.  What are competency interviews?

A competency interview is structured in a way that allows the interview board to establish the extent to which each candidate demonstrates specific skills areas (competencies) during an interview.  All interviewees are advised of the competencies identified as being critical to success in the job.  Planning and Organising, Decision Making and Judgement and Communication Skills are examples of competencies.

What training will I receive when I first join Dublin City Council?

It depends on the type of job you are recruited for.  For example, if you are joining the City Council at entry level you will receive induction training to introduce you to all aspects of the organisation. You will also receive the relevant Health and Safety training.

I haven’t completed my second level education, what are my options?

The City Council supports the Life Long Learning concept and runs a programme called “Return to Learning” in conjunction with the Workplace Partnership Office.

What other types of training and development can you offer me to develop my career?

The Council fully supports all types of relevant training and development, such as:

  • Management development
  • I.T. courses
  • Personal development courses
  • Information sessions

For more information

Workforce Planning and Recruitment
Human Resources Department
Block 4, Floor 4
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8
Tel:      + 353 1 222 3041 or + 353 1 222 3042
Fax:     + 353 1 222 2491

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Roinn Acmhainnídaonna
Bloc 4, Urlár 4
Oifigí Cathartha
An Ché Adhmaid
Baile Átha Cliath 8