How to tackle the questions on an application form
Employers may ask different types of question on an application form.
Think about what the employer is looking for in your answer.
What skills have you developed from your work or study experience?
Here, you need to
highlight skills such as team work, customer service, communication, project work, research, time management, meeting targets and leadership skills
Competency based questions are used to obtain direct evidence of your skills and experience. You need to provide specific examples of when you used the relevant skills.
These open-ended questions about your achievements or setbacks have no right or wrong answers.
Your answers provide clues about your personality, motivation and leadership skills, and help an employer to decide on your suitability for the job.
Application forms often include a section asking for 'further information in support of your application'. The key questions to answer here are 'Why are you applying?' and 'What makes you suitable?'
Make sure you describe
I deeply believe that if individuals can identify real areas of exceptional talent and strength and communicate those clearly, that is much more compelling as a candidate than everybody trying to demonstrate every single skill.
Rebecca Fielding, Owner and Managing Director, Gradconsult
Rebecca Fielding, Owner and Managing Director, Gradconsult :
My best advice for people completing a personal statement is to be honest about who you are and your absolute strengths and key talents.
So think about those things that you really can offer an employer that are different, that are exceptional that are real strengths and talents and combine those together as a statement.
So generic, bland boring statements like ‘I'm very good at working on my own and in a team’ mean nothing. Everybody could make that statement and indeed most people do. What I'm interested in are the people who can say ‘I have significantly more work experience which demonstrates my ability to work with others and communication in a business environment.’ Point one.
Point two – I have studied for an Open Degree which demonstrates a breadth of learning, learning agility and variety in my learning which I can bring to the table which is unique and different’ and then the third point which may very well be about your personality, that is exceptional, that is a real genuine strength.
I deeply believe that if individuals can identify real areas of exceptional talent and strength and communicate those clearly, that that is much more compelling as a candidate than everybody trying to demonstrate every single skill and essentially will simply celebrate mediocrity rather than recognising strengths, talents and individuality.
Look at some of the activities in the About you section to help you think about your skills, interests and qualities.