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Applying for jobs and going for interviews can be a nerve wracking experience, especially if it's not something you do very often. With this in mind, the Selwood Housing HR team has put together their top tips on the process to help you stand out from the crowd! 

Applying for a job


  • Just send off your CV without checking it and making changes to suit the job you are applying for.
  • Make spelling mistakes on your application form, covering letter or CV. If you can’t be bothered why should a potential employer be bothered with you?
  • Lie on your application form or CV. If you say you are a champion windsurfer to make yourself look more interesting, you could end up in deep water!


  • Read the whole form first before attempting to answer the questions.
  • Read the job description for the job and make sure you understand what the job is about. You will be asked about it at interview.
  • Complete every section of the form thoroughly.
  • Write out your application on rough paper first, when you are happy with it, transfer it to the actual form and save a copy for yourself so you can remember what you have written.
  • If there is a person specification with the job description make sure your application shows that you meet the essential needs of the job and relate your experience to these. Examples, examples, examples!
  • Use personal experience as well as work experience if you don’t have examples of work.
  • Hand it in on time.
  • Try to find out about the company you are hoping to work for, you can ring them up or look them up on the internet.  If you know someone who works there, even better.
  • Think about what questions you may be asked and what your answers would be, you could ask a friend or family member to practice with you.

During the interview


  • Turn up late.
  • Dress inappropriately.
  • Leave your mobile on.
  • Answer your mobile or text during your interview.
  • Swear when you are answering the questions.
  • Slouch in the chair.
  • Chew gum.


  • Arrive on time.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Switch your mobile off.
  • Smile and say hello to and offer to shake hands with whoever is interviewing you.
  • Give eye contact.
  • Listen to the question and if you don’t understand, say so and ask them to repeat it.
  • Think about the question you are being asked before you rush to answer.
  • Give honest answers with a positive tone.
  • Describe your past responsibilities and achievements (such as voluntary work and youth clubs).
  • Explain how your skills can benefit the organisation.
  • Take responsibility for communicating your strengths. Don't rely on the interviewer to pull it out of you
  • Examples, examples, examples, examples!
  • Thank them for their time.
  • Shake hands again.




this page was last updated: 19/12/2013 12:08:00


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