CVs, applications and interviews

Applying for a new job? Make sure to check our our helpful information and advice on writing a CV and cover letter, completing application forms and how to prepare for a job interview.

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CVs and cover letters

CVs and cover letters are commonly used in job applications.

A CV is a concise, factual document summarising your relevant knowledge, skills and experience. It is a marketing tool to convince an employer to invite you to interview.

A cover letter should complement your CV and explain why you are applying for the job and how you would be a great fit for the organisation.

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Application forms

Application forms are usually the first step of the application process and help employers decide which candidates progress to the next stage. Completing an application form takes time and it must demonstrate that you have the relevant knowledge, skills and experience.

Organisations may receive hundreds of applications, so your application form should be tailored and engaging.

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Psychometric tests

Many graduate employers use psychometric tests to shortlist candidates. Tests are commonly used across all sectors and often at the start of the recruitment process.

Psychometric tests provide a measurable assessment of a candidate's suitability for a job, and include aptitude and ability tests, personality tests, and situational judgement tests.

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Interviews and assessment centres

Being invited to interview means that an employer feels you have the potential to fulfil the job requirements. In a job interview the employer wants to learn more about the relevant knowledge, skills and experience included in your written application.

Interviews may take place face to face, online, over the telephone or be pre-recorded. They usually last between 30 minutes to an hour and can include questions, tests and exercises.

Assessment centres are made up of a range of activities designed to test your motivation and skills to evaluate your suitability for a job position.

Learn more about preparing for interviews and assessment days

Use the tools in the Edinburgh Napier Career Hub to help you prepare