Many employers now use online application forms as the first stage in their recruitment process, so it’s really important to be able to promote yourself as effectively as you can when completing these.
Employers use application forms to assess:
Preparation is vital before completing an application form, you need to Researching Employers and understand clearly the job description and what the organisation is looking for in terms of experience and skills.
This is the part which employers will tend to pay most attention to. It is thus very important to make sure that you promote yourself as well as you possibly can.
You could be asked to do this in a number of ways – you might be asked to give a statement of about one page in which you write about your suitability for the role, or you might be asked perhaps four or five different questions each relating to a different competency. Here are some examples of ways in which you could show transferable skills:
The STAR technique is useful both for application forms and interviews, as it offers a reliable method for structuring your answer clearly and effectively. It comes in four parts:
Answering these kinds of questions is always a challenge (and is intended to be so) but the STAR technique offers you a way both to develop and refine your answers. Using it also tends to keep your answers to an appropriate length and helps to focus your attention on the salient points that you want to convey.
At the Careers and Employability Service we are always happy to check over your application and to suggest any changes that you might want to make.