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What is an application form?

Occasionally, whilst hunting for jobs, you’re going to encounter an application form or two, particularly if you’re applying for big firms.

They can be off-putting because each one requires a large amount of time and effort. However, they are not something to avoid. Read on for advice about why recruiters use them, and how you can go about tackling them.

Why do employers use application forms?

Application forms make the recruitment process much more time efficient for the employer. The use of a simple form makes it easier to find the right candidate for three main reasons:

1) The information is presented in a set order, so it saves time spent searching through individual CVs.
2) It imposes consistency, making it easier to compare applicants impartially.
3) Each employer can customise the form to their specific criteria.

How are application forms similar to CVs?

Much of the information application forms ask you for is similar to what you would include on your CV, such as contact information, education, employment history, work experience and qualifications.

How are they different?

Application forms give employers the chance to ask for information which may not be included in a normal CV, such as reasons for leaving previous jobs, why you want the position, and your salary expectations. Although this is the part that puts many potential applicants off, a number of these additional questions give you the chance to shine.