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161014 ESP+ Completing a strong application form
Transcript of 161014 ESP+ Completing a strong application form
October 16th 2014
Completing a strong application form
What they are, why they're used, why they matter
Do's and don'ts
From my experience
Competencies, strengths and "Tell us about yourself"
1. Grad scheme Experience
2. Global I.T. Company
3. Graduate recruiter
4. Read 100s of online applications forms
5. Yes or No
David Gilchrist - Careers consultant
What they are
Why they're used
Why they matter
Tell us about yourself
Types of App. Form Questions
Grad schemes, large companies
(Often) first stage in process
Insight into you, your skills and motivations
Your first (and last?) impression
Can seem the same
Blindly copy and paste across applications
Assume every "Teamwork" competency question is the same
Suffer in silence
Spell, grammar and sense check
Print out/save a final copy
Seek out the company's distinctiveness
Use the word count 'opportunity'
Use the careers service
Careers, Student Development & Outreach
1st floor Drysdale Building
0207 040 8093
Working under pressure
Give a example of a time when you've persuaded others to take a different course of action. What resources or information did you use in persuading them? (250 words max)
I was part of a team of 3 collecting money in buckets for a local charity on a Thursday evening between 5 and 9pm. The goal was to collect as much money as possible in this time. Although the first hour was busy things started to really quiet down in the 2nd hour. I called a quick meeting between the three of us. I suggested moving our pitch away from the office area and towards a shopping area based on two facts. Firstly it was school half term which meant less people would be at work than normal. Secondly that Thursday evening was late night shopping evening. I anticipated worries about the length of time that it would take to get from the office area to the shopping area. I supported my argument by bringing up a bus timetable app on my phone and identifying the quickest bus route to take. My colleagues agreed on the understanding that until that bus arrived we would continue collecting where we were. I consented. Within half an hour we were in our new pitch in the shopping area and our footfall of customers greatly increased. On reflection I might have suggested right at the the start heading to the shopping area.
(paid, unpaid, temporary, permanent)
Interests & adventures
Action words for CVs and applications 2014-2015.pdf
Select one of the competency questions below and with the person next to you discuss how you would evidence the skill or quality in question
Q. Give an example of when you have had to overcome an obstacle
Q. Give an example of a problem requiring analysis. What methods did you use and what conclusions did you reach
Q. Describe a time when you failed in something or when something went wrong
Who's using them?
*Ernst and Young
*Realise 2 tool - http://www.cappeu.com/Realise2.aspx
In a nutshell
You need to be able to describe your personal qualities and achievements in terms of strengths and preferences
Q. What techniques do you use to build rapport with people?
Q. What do you like to be valued for at work?
Q. How do you feel when presented with a problem?
Q. Would someone who knows you well describe you as being well-organised?
The unique responses
Can be very open ended, e.g. "Tell us what makes you a suitable candidate for the role"
Settle on a structure: paragraphs, theme to each, bunches of 3 points, based on job or person specification
Statements, evidence, STAR(?)
Follow any instructions concerning length
Select 3 words or phrases that best describe your strengths
"Why do you want to be an X?"
"Why do you want to work for us?"
These questions need careful thought, supported by research
Avoid blandness and stating the obvious
Currently and in the future
Culture and values
Products and Services
How it started
Staff case studies and interviews
Face to face conversations
Company news feeds/press releases
Taking over and taken over
Which matters to me because...
Which excites me because...
An insight into your story and journey
AVOID: Successful, 10,000 employees, global, big clients...snore
1. Print form out
2. Quick wins vs. > thinking time
3. Key skills profile - STAR outlines
4. Why SMEs?
5. "Additional information"