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Application form tips for success

Completing an application form


Filling in an application form can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t completed one before, or you’re really keen on the job.

They can look complicated and extensive, but ease the pressure by following these simple tips to get you started on the road to application success.


  • Use your CV as a guide for the sections of the application form
  • Address the points provided in the job specification and person specification
  • Read each criteria or question carefully – don’t rush through it, which can often be the temptation with pre-written forms
  • Be guided by the shape and size of the application form – don’t be tempted to waffle, and keep things succinct instead
  • If it is an online form, you may prefer to type your answers in a separate document then copy them into the form when you’re happy with them
  • As always, give it a thorough check, and ask someone else to read over it too



How to write a winning cover letter

A cover letter usually accompanies your CV and/or application form and acts as an introduction of who you are and why you wish to apply for the role. They are a formality, and as such, can simply be ‘short and sweet’ – leave the detail for your CV and application form.

How to ace your interview

Now you have written your CV and completed your application, the next stage is an interview. This can be the most daunting part as it’s in ‘real-time’ and is unpredictable – not to mention the deciding factor for the employer. Follow our tips to help you prepare.

Classic interview questions

Every interview is different – the interviewer will have their own style and of course you will have an impact on the direction of the interview, too. However, there are classic interview questions that come up time and time again that you can prepare for.

Pre-employment training

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