Employers use application forms to collect evidence that you are able to do the job, you want the job, and that you fit with the organisation’s ethos and values. 

Completing an Application Form

Tab Content: Personal information

Within this section you will be asked to provide basic details, such as:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Permission to work

If you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom, European Community or European Economic Area, you may require permission to work in the United Kingdom.

Tab Content: Educational Background

Educational qualifications are your degrees, diplomas, certificates and professional titles and that you have acquired via full-time study, part-time study or private study, in the home country or abroad, and awarded by educational authorities, special examining bodies or professional bodies. 

An educational qualification is the successful completion of a course of study or training programme.

Provide information on your academic achievements, including the institutions you've attended, courses taken and qualifications gained.

Tab Content: Relevant Work Experience

List your employment history and describe your main duties and responsibilities in each role, emphasising those most closely related to the job you're applying for.

Tab Content: Competency Statements

Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours that lead to a successful performance. Competency statements, are up to 250 words, describing a time in which you have displayed the behaviours needed to perform well in a particular job. It allows the job holder to understand what you are capable of, it shows that you can apply the same behaviours to the new role.

The competency framework centres on ‘how’ you achieved the outcome. Therefore it is important that you show how your behaviour led to the outcome. It should always be remembered that the competencies required of each job role differs from position to position.

Tab Content: Personal Supporting Statements

Write a well-structured, well-argued case that you are the right person for the job, again referring to the person specification set out in the advert.

Don't be afraid to sell yourself. Demonstrate your passion for the company or job and any past achievements you can relate to the role. When writing your answers, always consider what skills employers want and how you can show that you have them.

Most application forms will also require you to provide details of at least two people who can provide references. You may sometimes be asked to attach a CV and cover letter as well.



Get your application checked

Come along to a drop-in session in The Base, and we will support you with checking the answers to your application form.

Drop-ins run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00.

Outside of term time drop-in sessions will be limited depending on demand.