Guidance on filling them in
Employers require applicants to complete application forms to assess their suitability for job roles. Many graduate roles require you to submit an application form, some jobs may require a CV and covering letter as well or instead. Get started by using our guide, Writing successful job applications.
Focus on evidence:
- Employers seek evidence-based answers showcasing skills (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving). Use examples from your range of experiences (academic, placements, extra-curricular, volunteering, etc,.) to provide the evidence they are looking for.
- A supporting statement may also be required - structure them to address the specific criteria from the Job Description and Person Specification.
- Address each key criteria from the job advert by combining similar skills into paragraphs using examples as evidence of your skills. Name the skills you are demonstrating to make it easy for the reader to identify.
- Use STAR (Situation Task Action Result), or CAR (Context Action Result) for structured answers.
- Tailor your application to meet the specific needs of the role. Reflect the company values and language to showcase how you’d be a great fit for that company.
Our top tips:
- Allocate plenty of time for online applications and potential technical issues.
- Carefully read instructions - some systems don't allow you to save your progress so make sure you have a copy saved.
- Draft your application in Word using spell-check, then copy and paste into the application form. Make sure you proof-read before submitting.
- Check your application is meeting all of the requirements of the Job Description and Person Specification.
- Stay within word or character limits, ensuring concise, focused responses.
- Save a copy for future reference, which is especially useful if you get invited to interview.
- Some applications may close early if the employer receives a lot of submissions, so don’t leave your application until the last minute.