Application Forms – Online

Online application forms allow employers to:

  • Gather information in a uniform way

  • Quickly and easily identify potential candidates

  • Test your ability to follow basic instructions

  • Prepare questions at interview

Therefore it is really important that you complete application forms accurately.

Before you start

  • Read all the instructions carefully

  • Make sure you understand all of the questions and seek help if you are unsure about anything

  • Use the job description to identify the key parts of the role and make sure you show how you fulfil them

When filling in the form

  • Think carefully about everything you are writing

  • Don’t leave gaps, answer all the questions that apply to you and write N/A (not applicable) if a question does not apply to you

  • Use simple words and sentences that are short and to the point

  • Emphasise your positive qualities and sell yourself properly in the “any other details/additional information” section

  • Remember – experience gained outside of work can also be relevant

  • Present your job history in an orderly sequence and explain any gaps positively, also include any voluntary work

  • Don’t exaggerate or understate previous responsibilities

  • Include a phone number that you have access to at all times. For most people this is a mobile phone, be sure it is reliable and your voicemail message is simple and professional

  • Include an email address that is short and professional, if you do not have a professional email address you should creating one

As you complete each section

  • Check spelling

  • Ensure that all dates are consistent

  • Check that all information is relevant and to the point

  • Ensure that the content of the form has a positive feel

  • Get someone to read through it for you

  • Save or print off the screens to keep for future reference

  • Submit the form to reach the employer in good time

If you need any further help or advice, please contact the Careers and Employability Team