Hints and tips about applying to work with us
Do you want to make sure that your job
application gets short listed for assessment and/interview? Then
follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way…
- Take time to read the job profile, person specification and any
guidance notes or background materials. Do that before
you complete the application form and supporting information.
Sounds sensible, but many people jump straight to filling in the
form without really knowing what they’re trying to achieve.
- When filling in the form use black ink and write clearly.
If your handwriting isn’t great, or you’re comfortable using
computers, then complete the form electronically (go to a library
or UCAN centre if you don’t have a personal computer at
home). Filling in an electronic version can also be a great
way of demonstrating your personal computer skills and you can
then easily send it in via email. There is also the bonus
that you can save it and copy & paste some of the details for
other job applications.
- Always spell check your application. If it’s handwritten
get someone you trust to help (make sure he or she can
spell!). If it’s electronic use the spell and grammar
- Provide real-life examples of what you’ve achieved. The
recruiting manager doesn’t want a description of your current job
role. What he or she wants to see is how you’ve used your
skills to benefit your customers or your organisation. Try
using the “so what?” test to turn facts into benefits. For
example: “I was responsible for managing the team stationery
budget”. So what? “By keeping a spreadsheet record I
was able to show that we regularly bought more than needed because
different people bought the stationery. I suggested one
person took central responsibility. This saved time and over
£120 in the first 3 months.”
- Make sure the examples you provide are relevant to the job
you’re applying for. The fact that you’re a skilled piano
player may not be of interest to someone recruiting for a data
analyst. However, piano playing probably also demands an
ability to concentrate, dedication to improving your performance
and willingness to work on your initiative. These are all
skills applicable to this job role.
- Follow any instructions given. Keep your application
concise. Submit it on time and to the proper person.
Simply following these rules will put you ahead of many other
Got to the interview stage? Here’s
what to think about now…
- Ring and tell them that you will be
attending! It shows you’re interested and in most
cases is required. It’s also courtesy to let them know if
you’re no longer interested in the job or not able to
- Prepare for your interview. Few people
can go in “cold” and do well, regardless of how experienced or
knowledgeable they are. Think about what the recruiter might
ask and prepare some things to say in reply. Remember to keep
it concise and relevant.
- Do some homework on RBH and the area of
Rochdale. No-one is expecting you to know
everything, but if you’re asked “what do you know about us?” have a
couple of lines prepared – again it shows you’re interested and
using your initiative.
- Try and relax. Remember it is your
opportunity to size up our organisation as well as the recruiter’s
chance to find out about you. Have a couple of questions to
ask if prompted, it shows you’re interested.
- Bring any necessary paperwork with you.
For example, ID card, passport, proof of qualifications, driving
license. Exact details will be specified in your interview
- Turn up on time and dress appropriately!
If you’re unsure of where you’re going, do a trial run the day
before – it’ll take the stress out of the interview day.
Leave extra early just in case the traffic’s bad or the bus doesn’t
turn up. Not sure what the dress code is? Always play
safe and go smart rather than casual.