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Employers tell us that many applications are rejected due to avoidable mistakes: eg incorrect spelling or grammar, wrong company name, questions not fully answered. Read this section to make sure that your application is viewed favourably.

 

 

Top tips for a successful application

We recommend that you watch the short video presentation below. In addition we offer a range of campus workshops and online sessions. Check out the Events, Workshops and Fairs webpages for further details or visit MyCareer to find upcoming dates and times.

Take a look below at some more great application tips suggested by the Business School Placements Team.

Competency based:

  • Give an example of when you have worked on a team project. What was the outcome and what was your role in the team?
  • Give an example of communicating complex or difficult information to individuals or groups.
  • Give an example of your ability to work to deadlines and how you cope with work pressure.
  • Give an example of where others have disagreed with your views. How did you deal with this?
  • Describe how your personal planning and organisation resulted in the successful achievement of a personal or group task.

Motivation approach:

  • Why do you wish to apply for this role?
  • What interests you about the field of...?

Statement:

  • Outline how your skills and experience would be suited to the role of...
  • Why do you think you would be suitable for this role?

Different or unusual questions:

  • What do you love about the Caribbean? (Turtle Bay, restaurant staff)
  • What makes you happy?

There are a number of methods to help you structure your answers.

1. STAR: Situation; Task, Action, Result (and reflection)

  • Briefly describe the context (S) and your task or objective (T) to set the scene
  • Focus most of your answer on the actions you took to deal with the task
  • Conclude with the outcomes (R), where possible use hard facts, but don't neglect your own learning from the experience where relevant

2. SAKE: Skills, Aptitude, Knowledge, Experience

  • This is useful for supporting statements and your overall approach to the application form
  • Are you making full use of all these aspects? What do you have to offer which is particularly relevant?
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