Tips and Advice

Try to find out as much as possible about the job you are applying for.
Tips and advice when filling in an application form.

  • Try to find out as much as possible about the job you are applying for.
  • Read the job description carefully to establish the skills and experience the job will require.
  • Ensure that you record skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Always back up your skills with evidence. For example, it is not enough to say ‘I am a good team player’; give examples of when you worked effectively in a team.
  • Use the word ‘I’ rather than ‘we’ when talking about past employment experiences – this is about you, not the teams that you have worked with.
  • Give detailed answers but only provide information relevant to the actual question. Be clear, do not undersell yourself but always be truthful. If there is a question that is not relevant to you, mark N/A (not applicable) in the answer box.
  • Read back your answers to ensure that they are easy to read and check for any spelling or grammatical errors. If you have time, take a break and return to your application later. Looking at it fresh, you will often find ways to improve it or see errors you had not seen previously. Show your application to friends or family and ask for feedback. A fresh pair of eyes can provide a very useful second opinion.
  • Make a copy of the job application and practice filling it in before you submit your final online application.
  • Make a copy of your final application so that you can read it through before you attend an interview.

Tips and advice when preparing for a telephone interview

  • Think about where you will take the call, choose somewhere quiet.  Ensure you will be able to take notes and have a suitable chair to take the call.
  • Have your CV or application form and any notes you may need laid out in front of you.

Tips and advice when preparing for a face to face interview 

  • Ensure you double check the time, date and location of your interview, know how to get to the venue and how long it will take you.
  • Confirm travel arrangements in advance and aim to arrive early so that you are relaxed.
  • Think specifically about the skills in the role that you may be asked about in the interview.  Think about how you could demonstrate these at interview and give relevant examples.
  • Think about how your experience matches the job description for the role.
  • Try putting yourself in the interviewers place, how would they know you are the right person for the job.
  • It is important to know as much as possible about the role and the organization.
  • It is also important to remember that an interview is a two-way exchange – there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions so consider any additional information you would like to know.