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Application Forms

Completing Job Application Forms

Online job application forms are being used more and more by employers. Many employers choose to use these type of forms, both online and paper versions, as it requires candidates to answer questions they want answered, not just the information you decide to give. It also means the employer can compare candidates more easily as opposed to comparing CVs.

To help you get to grips with completing job application forms, we have put together these useful tips.

Getting started

  • Always read the instructions carefully and review what information is needed.
  • Have a copy of your CV to hand to refer to.
  • If possible print off a copy of the job application form to create a draft copy.
  • Place information in the correct boxes.
  • Best not to leave boxes blank – use N/A (not applicable) instead.

Answering questions

  • Be honest in your answers.
  • Aim to include details of your match to the job requirements.
  • Use action verbs and key words related to the job.
  • Some questions may require a more detailed response while others may be simply listing facts.
  • Keep your answers concise and edit out unnecessary words.
  • Stick to the point – don’t waffle.

Additional information

  • Always try to complete the additional information section if there is one - this could win you an interview.
  • Mention your strengths, experience and achievements.
  • Be clear on why this job interests you or why you want to work for this organisation.
  • If you are asked for referees, make sure you ask them before providing their name.

Final check

  • Complete a fresh application form rather than cross out or use correction fluid.
  • If in paper format - keep your handwriting consistent and legible.
  • Be careful when using the ‘copy and paste’ tool on online forms that you only include the relevant information.
  • Proofread it, and get someone else to proofread it for you.
  • If posting the job application form use an A4 sized envelope.
  • Retain a copy of your completed form in case you get called for interview.

Other Tips

For more helpful information to support your job search, see our Job Seeking Tips.