- Prepare a CV. If you are hitting your job hunt hard it will save you time to put together a good CV early on in the process. If you do have to complete an application form you should be able to copy and paste your educational and employment history rather than keep writing it out again and again.
- Steer clear of general, unsupported statements in the ‘additional information’ box. By these we mean statements such as ‘I’m hard-working’ ‘I’m very motivated’ ‘I’m a great team-player etc’. Anyone can write those things (and usually do!)
- Provide evidence to support your statements. For instance, if you want to get across that you are a strong team player then back it up with a specific example drawn from your current job.
- If you are given plenty of space to record your answer, use it! This is your opportunity to convey all the facts about yourself that you want them to know. You won’t be able to do yourself justice in a sentence or two.
- If you are asked for a real life example to demonstrate your skill in a particular area, don’t waste time detailing your opinion on the topic- they are looking for evidence of what you did, not what you think about its merit.
- Select the examples you want to use carefully. Don’t just go with the first one that springs to mind. Think carefully about what your role in the situation says about you and how you can accurately and persuasively convey that.
- Make sure you have all the information you need to do a good job on your form. If it doesn’t come in your pack request the job description/ person specification documents. Ask if there is a competency framework or look for one on their website.
- Steer clear of work related jargon which make perfect sense to you but won’t mean a thing to those marking your form. If it’s an industry known term, that’s fine, but many companies have their own acronyms which won’t mean anything to anyone outside of the company.
Older style interviews, the ones that you've probably had in the past, will ask you things about why you want the job, what your strengths are, what you can tell them about your work history. They aren't very effective.
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