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The completion of an application form is usually the first stage of the recruitment and selection process. Although there are some paper-based application forms in use, the majority of employers now use online systems. Employers use application forms to assess:
Preparation is vital. You will need to:
The person specification will usually list the essential and desirable elements of applicants’ skills and experience.
You will need to assess if you have the skills and experience required for the position and in what situation you have demonstrated them, for example:
As well as the usual biographical information such as your contact details, educational background and employment history, the form may contain some quite challenging questions:
When answering these types of questions it is specific information that is important not generalisations. Structure your answer using the ‘STAR’ approach:
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