Application tips

We appreciate the commitment and hard work it takes to search and apply for a job. We are also really pleased that you are thinking of joining the team. So, we will do everything we can to make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible and you enjoy a positive experience. We have also put together the following handy hints and tips to help you make a good impression. Have a good read through before you send us your online application.

Your Application

We can only base our decision on the information that you provide to us. As we regularly receive a large number of applications, it is important yours stands out from the rest. So, make the most of the opportunity to convince us that we should choose you to go through to the next stage. This is usually an assessment, involving an interview and a presentation or test.

Writing your CV

A well-written CV will help you to stand out from the crowd, especially if lots of people apply for the same job. So make sure there are no grammatical errors and that you include the following information:

  • Personal details – your full name, address, phone number and email address
  • A personal profile that sells you and your qualities and matches them to the skills we are looking for
  • Your career history, starting with your most recent job
  • Your qualifications and training gained in employment and education
  • Your interests and hobbies outside of work
  • The details of two or more referees – including your most recent employer.

Don’t worry if you think you haven’t got much work experience or many skills to put on your CV. We can work with you to ensure you get work experience and develop more skills.

For more advice and CV templates, visit: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Top Tips for Interviews

This is your chance to make an impression and tell us why your skills and experience make you the ideal person for the job. Every interview is different and the questions will vary depending on the job you are applying for. Here are some things you can plan for in advance:

  • Do your research and think about how your skills and experience fit in with our values, work and the job requirements
  • Think about what questions we might ask, so you can prepare some answers
  • When planning your journey aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early and make a note of the contact number, so if you do get delayed, you can call us and let us know
  • Wear a suit or business clothes to your interview and make sure you are smartly presented
  • Think of practical examples from life and work that demonstrate you have the skills and experience to succeed in the role
  • Ask questions in your interview and take along notes if they will help
  • Keep calm, speak clearly, use positive body language and don’t be afraid to pause and take your time before answering a question
  • Remember that it is perfectly natural to be nervous at your interview and your interviewer will understand that.

More Information

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