Application forms

Hiring companies use application forms to compare applicants on a like-for-like basis. You may be asked to complete an application form as an alternative to submitting your CV or as a supporting document. Either way, you need your application to stand out against the competition so here are some fail-safe tips to completing application forms.

Before you start:

  • Check the deadline date and set aside enough time to complete the form
  • For a hand written application, check if they have specified a particular pen colour or format like block capitals.
  • Read the advert or job specification carefully

Completing the form:

  • If it’s an online application, write a draft answer first
  • Stay within the word limit (if specified)
  • Answer all of the questions - don’t assume an employer will have your CV
  • Give clear, relevant examples
  • Be honest

Before you submit:

  • Review your contact details
  • Ask someone else to read your answers
  • Check that your spelling and grammar is correct
  • For an online application, make sure you’ve used a clear font and that the formatting is correct.
  • Save, scan or print a copy of your application for future reference (e.g. at your interview)
  • Ensure you are submitting it or sending it to the specified person                                             

If you need any help with applying for a job advertised on our website, please call us on

+44 (0)207 3950000.



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