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The Application – Some employers require you to fill out an application at their site, even if you are sent by a recruiter for an interview. Here are some tips for completing job applications.
1. Do read the application form thoroughly and do what you are asked – Example: Don’t ignore the evidence of suitability for the role box and just attach a resume instead. Most employers require that you actually complete the role box. Simply attaching a resume may indicate that you are not following the instructions on the application!
2. Don’t write a story about your career history! Do address the specific job description in a structured way.
3. Do keep it concise – two sides maximum for the evidence of suitability section on the application. If employers have 50 applications to read, the length of the applications will make a difference. Also, if you write to much, the important parts you want the employer to read will be buried in the waffle!
4. Don’t forget to start and finish with why you want the job. In this job market there will be lots of people with relevant experience but very few include this vital information. Employers want to see some passion for the role.
5. Do check your application for spelling and grammar and ask someone else to read it. It is amazing how many applications for quite senior jobs contain mistakes. Especially do not make a spelling mistake in the sentence you have written about showing excellent attention to detail!
1. If asked to give a presentation, do ask how many people you will be presenting to. This may affect your style or approach. Also, you will know how many handouts to produce if you want to do this.
2. Do prepare well! Read up on any specifics mentioned in the job description. If you can’t find it, contact the recruiter and ask if they can direct you to more information.
3. Do think before you answer the questions. A well-considered clear answer is better than a rushed one off the top of your head. A good technique is to answer in summary first and then to expand.
4. Don’t rely on only one example to answer questions because it will look as if you only have one relevant example. Before you go to the interview, think about several example projects or pieces of work that you have been involved in that pertain to the position. (What went well, what your contribution was, and how you could use each example to answer interview questions such as “Give us an example of when you have used initiative” or “Give us an example of when you have used your influencing skills”. Information from "A Recruiter's View - Do's and Don'ts When Applying for a Job