Application forms

Many employers now use application forms rather than CVs as the first step in recruiting candidates for graduate jobs and internships.

Employers like using application forms because they can choose the questions to ask based on what is important to them, making it easier for them to compare candidates.

But this also means application forms give you the chance to differentiate yourself and stand out from the competition.

Producing effective applications takes time – a great application form could take several days and requires thought, preparation and research. So we suggest that you focus on quality applications rather than a large quantity of rushed applications.

And be sure to save a copy of your answers so that you can refer back to them if you get an interview.

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How to prepare

Consider what you have to offer, what the employer's looking for and how to link these two together.

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Example questions and answers

Find samples of questions and answers that illustrate what you should and shouldn't write in an application form.

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Personal statements

Personal statements are typically used on application forms where employers haven't asked you competency-based questions about your skills.

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How you are assessed

Get an example of a scoring matrix, which employers use to assess the answers in your application form.