Some large graduate recruiters now only accept application forms for positions they have available. They can be either online or done in a paper format document such as Microsoft Word or Adobe which you then submit to the company.
It’s important to be aware that some application processes, especially online forms, may not be accessible to those who use screen readers or assistive technology software to translate text to speech. If this is the case, email the company to ask for an accessible version of the application form or have a friend or careers service go through the application process with you.
Why do companies use application forms?
There are various reasons as to why companies use application forms, it can be to standardise the recruitment process, to get certain information about your suitability for the job and it can help to filter through unsuitable candidates quicker as often they can get hundreds of applications for just one position.
Filling in application forms
You should spend quite a bit of time and thought when filling in an application form as it is like a more than a cover letter and CV combined. You may be asked to give examples and evidence of projects you have worked on where you have used the skills required for the job making it a much more lengthy process than you anticipate!
Here are some tips to guide you through the application process:
- Read job description, all other documentation relating to the application process and the full application form thoroughly before filling it in.
- It is a good idea to have your CV to hand for referencing purposes when inputting the information required on the application form.
- Draft your answers first, re-read and edit any changes you need to make. If there is a question which does not apply to you, write N/A (not applicable).
- Proofread your application and ensure all contact details are correct.
- If your application form is an online submission, keep a record of it by copy and pasting all of the questions and answers to a document so you can refer back to it if you are called for interview and need to prepare.