How you are assessed
One of the reasons employers use application forms is because they can be more scientific in comparing candidates on a like for like basis.
So imagine a systematic reader going through your application form checking off point after point and giving you a score. This is why it is so important to give clear, concrete examples and tailor your application to the opportunity.
Most employers will use a scoring matrix like this one assess your answers. They will give you a number that correlates to the strength of your answer:
- 0 = No evidence (blank answer)
- 1 = Unsatisfactory evidence
- 2 = Satisfactory evidence
- 3 = Very good evidence
- 4 = Excellent evidence.
|Criteria||Negative indicators||1||2||3||4||Positive indicators|
|Team work (able to work effectively with a wide variety of people in different ways).|
Look out for mistakes
Check, check and check again for any spelling or grammar mistakes. Some employers will reject an application just because of one spelling mistake. Many others put a limit of three on the number you're allowed before they reject you.
If you need help drafting an application form, please get in touch:
Careers and Employability
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 4844