Why do employers use them?
- Easy to assess if the candidate matches the required criteria.
- Ensures candidates provide all the required information
- Focuses on information relevant to the position
- Ability to compare candidates on a like with like basis.
What information is required?
- Personal details: name, address, telephone, e-mail, nationality/right to work
- Education: institutions, dates, qualifications
- Training: course, dates, training provider, qualification
- Employment/work experience: employer, dates, job title, responsibilities
- Personal statement: why you want this job/type of work? How your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification?
- Referees: name, job title, contact details (with their approval)
Tips for completing the form
- Print or photocopy the application form so you can draft the information required before completing the final version of the form.
- Read instructions carefully, particularly regarding the option to include additional pages or the preferred date order of information.
- Give yourself plenty of time to complete the form prior to closing dates, particularly the personal statement.
- Keep the style formal – no text speak.
- Check for spelling and grammatical mistakes
Tips for completing the form cont…
- Check you have completed every section of the form
- If you are unable to type the form ensure that your handwriting is legible.
- Ensure you also complete any additional forms required: crb check, equal opportunities monitoring, etc.
- Keep a copy of the completed form together with the job description as this will be helpful when preparing for interview.