Application Forms & Interviews

Be Proactive


The questions will be geared to finding out your reasons for wanting to join a company, your specific competencies and aspects of your personality.


Don’t just take questions on face value – think about what they are really asking and craft a response to impress the employer.



Tailor your answers to each organisation.

See Tailor Your Application


Draw on relevant evidence from your whole life to illustrate your attributes, motivations etc.


Use PAR (Problem Action Result) when answering competency questions or explaining your achievements. See Provide Evidence That You Meet The Job Requirements


Be specific – communicate how you played an active role and made a positive contribution to resolving the ‘problem’.


For written applications, take note of any word limits (often 250)
Questions will vary for every company, but here are some actual examples from application forms and interviews, with guidelines on how to respond…

Example questions with answer guidelines

Questions about why you want THIS job

Questions about you

Questions about your experience and knowledge

Competency based questions

Find Out More:

Top Ten Questions On Application Forms – Inside Careers

How To Answer Competency-Based Questions On Job Application Forms – The Guardian


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