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Tips for Completing a Job Application Form

18 Jun 2019

Tips for Completing a Job Application Form

Many companies (especially large firms) use application forms when recruiting: this is because they can quickly and efficiently get a response for those questions they need answering the most, which is difficult and time consuming if trying to achieve the same goal with CVs. Application forms also make it much easier to compare candidates with one another.  We’ve included a few basics below which we hope help you submit a great application:

Research

Before you start to complete any application form, the first thing you should be doing is research the company you are applying to work for. By familiarising yourself with their business you can relate your application to the needs of the employer. Researching a company, and reflecting that research in your application, shows the recruiter that you are interested and you’ll automatically become a more attractive candidate.

Make no Mistakes!

Secondly, a very important factor in creating a successful application is minimising the number of mistakes you make. With this in mind it’s important you understand the application form, so before you even start to complete it, take a moment to familiarise yourself with how the application operates.

Work Offline

Whether it’s an online application form, or a downloadable one, our advice is always to draft your responses in a separate word document before you move them into the appropriate fields or form.  This allows you to constantly review and edit the information you include without fear of pressing the ‘send’ button at the wrong time. It also means you can make sure your word counts are correct and that the application flows well.

Less is (sometimes) more

You will almost always be limited to a certain number of characters for each field you have to complete: this is to prevent people rambling on too long. This does, however, mean that you have limited space to express yourself, so be sure to make the most of it! Summarise yourself if you have to keep it short and snappy but try to include as much information about yourself as possible.

Give good examples

A benefit of application forms for recruiters is that they can ask for specific examples of your past work or skills which fit with the picture of their ideal candidate.  Generally, competency based application forms can be complex and time consuming, and they need you to give some thought to how you match up to the type of behaviours and skills the recruiter wants to see in their workforce.  This generally requires you to give examples of work you’ve done which demonstrates how well you did it, some of your thought processes, the skills you used and knowledge you demonstrated to achieve a good result.  Bear this in mind when you’re writing your examples!

And finally

Just a few quick tips before we close:

  • Never lie on your application form! Even if you’re not found out during the selection process, these things can come to light once you’re employed and could lead to your dismissal
  • Proof read your application over and over again, and ask friends to do the same for you.
  • Don’t include information in your form which you’re not able to expand on or explain at interview. It can lead to highly embarrassing situations!
  • Keep a copy of your final application – if you’ve done well enough to get an interview, read it again before you do along. If you didn’t get to the next stage, then at least you have a document you can refer to for help with the next job.