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Applying for a job: How to answer application questions.

Applying for a job: How to answer application questions.

When applying for a job role, there may be times where you simply upload your CV and Cover Letter. However, for many graduate schemes and other job roles that are more competitive, the recruitment team will need to have other ways of narrowing down their choices for which candidates they want to interview.


One of the ways they will do this is by giving a number of application questions that need to be answered. This may be instead of, or as well as your CV. Typical questions may include: ‘Why do you want to work for __?’ or ‘What skills do you have that you could bring to the job role?’ These questions are the simplest to answer as it is simply asking you about your past experience and what motivates you to apply for this position/to this company.


However, there are other application questions that may take a little more thinking. For example, situation questions are the hardest: ‘Name a time when you influenced someone and would you do anything differently?’ or ‘Name a time when you dealt with conflict in the work place and how did you solve the issue?’


There is a certain strategy that you can apply when writing your answers for these situation questions. This strategy is called the STAR technique. It stands for:


o S (Situation)

o Describe the situation you were faced with

o T (Task)

o Describe the task that you were required to do in this situation

o A (Action)

o Describe what you did to achieve the above task

o R (Result)

o You can include both the outcome of the task and any skills you gained from this


This technique will give you more structured answers and is exactly what the recruiter is looking for. The technique can also be used in interviews – although be careful as you don’t want to sound like a robot. However, it is a rough guide of what needs to be included in your answers.


It is also important to aim for about 250 words per question so that you give detailed answers without waffling too much.


Good luck!



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