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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.
CriteriaNegative indicators1234Positive indicators
Team work (able to work effectively with a wide variety of people in different ways).
  • has no experience working in a diverse team
  • difficulty working with other people, causing offence or upset
  • wins at the expense of others
  • prefers to work alone
  • completes own work first before helping others
  • does not contribute ideas or suggestions.
  • able to build effective relationships with a variety of people
  • able to find win-win solutions
  • treats people with respect and courtesy
  • demonstrates effective listening and questioning skills
  • offers support and help to colleagues, taking on extra work
  • shares ideas, insights or better ways of working.

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.

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