Application tips

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Top tips

Remember to include information that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Don't assume we know anything about you.

Give specific examples of the projects, activities and people with which you've been involved to back up what you tell us.

Make sure you read the information carefully. The advert, job description and competencies will give you clear ideas as to the type of information we are looking for.

Take time to make sure you understand each question before you write your answer. Think about the best example you have that answers the question and demonstrates your abilities.

Think about how your skills and experience relate to the job. Don’t worry if you haven’t got specific broadcast or technical skills, think about how you can demonstrate the same skills in different situations, which might be study or leisure activities.

Don’t forget it is you we are interested in - say what your role was and what you did when answering the questions.

Think through your examples. Is there a clear structure? Think about what you did and how it contributed to the situation or the outcome.

Give a full answer to each question, as this is our only way of finding out about what skills you have to offer.

Save your application as you go along in case you lose your internet connection.

Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes.

Complete all additional application questions and click confirm to submit your application. If you do not confirm then the application will not be submitted for shortlisting.

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatic confirmation on the screen in Careers Hub. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, or your application status doesn’t change to submitted, please contact 

Resourcing@bbc.co.uk

How to complete your application

On the application form there is space for you to show that you have the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal qualities needed for the job. These are referred to as competencies. It is important to read what we’re looking for in each competency carefully.

What is a competency?

A set of actions that someone must be capable of carrying out in order to perform well in a particular aspect of a job. Critical competencies for the role you’re applying for will be detailed alongside the job description and person specification.

How do you show these competencies?

By quoting examples of when, why and how you demonstrated the skills, knowledge and other qualities in the past, you show that you have the potential to apply them in a new job in the future.

How do I write a competency statement?

Describe a carefully selected example from your previous experience, which gives you plenty of opportunity to demonstrate the required activities making up the competency.

The STAR technique provides useful guidance on structuring competency statements. The STAR acronym can help you think clearly about identifying a situation, task, action and result:

Situation - how, when, where, with whom? (Set the scene and context for your action)

Task - what was the situation or task were you faced with? (Explain what your responsibilities and objectives were and where relevant what resources you used)

Action - what action did you take? (Describe what you did, thought, felt and why. Focus on your specific involvement in the situation and how you went about achieving what you set out to do)

Result - what results did you achieve/conclusions did you reach? (Describe the outcome(s) of your actions and the impact of your actions on others and on the situation)

The situation and task are usually combined and form the introduction, the action you took should form the main body of your answer and the result should be your conclusion.

Wherever possible your examples should be based on previous work experience, however if you feel it is appropriate you may give examples based on your home life, social life, experiences in education, voluntary work or other areas of your life.

We will be looking for your evidence to be clear, comprehensive and to display positive behaviours.

We hope you have found these notes helpful.

Good luck!!