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Application Advice

Application Form Advice

It is imperative that you address each competency from the job description in the ‘Supporting Information’ part of the Application Form answering each of the Essential and Desired criteria.  You should use specific examples, drawing on work experience, employment, extra-curricular activities and any other experience you think is relevant.

Addressing each of the Essential and Desired Criteria will mean that your application is more likely to succeed and be shortlisted for an assessment centre or interview.

A simple technique that helps you frame your answers is the STAR technique:

What is S.T.A.R.?

STAR stands for Situation Task Action Results and helps you structure your answer:


  • Briefly give the background to the example or situation you were in.


  • Briefly explain the nature of the task / problem / activity you were involved in.


  • Explain what you did to make a difference, highlighting the skills you used.


  • Describe the outcome – hopefully a positive outcome, and what you learned from the experience.


Example – Communication Skills

If we apply this technique to ‘Communication Skills’, the following example answers indicate the expectations of the Graduate Development Officers shortlisting your application.


For more further application guidance and advice, please contact your University Careers Service, who can provide careers guidance and advice to current students and graduates.

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