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Filling Out a Job Application

job-applications Many companies require a cover letter and resume of all potential employees, but it is becoming increasingly common to require a job application as well. A job application gives the company a chance to ask pre-interview questions of candidates, and it gives candidates another chance to highlight their skills and experience. Unfortunately, a botched job application can also hurt your chances of getting a job or even rule you out as an employee entirely. Spend as much time as you can on an application and give your answers careful thought. Adhere to the following tips when filling out your next job application. Then download a sample application form to practice.

  • Come Prepared. Some companies will ask you to arrive early for an interview so that you can spend some time filling out a job application form. These forms vary in length from 1 to 5 pages and may include some difficult questions. When you come to an interview, always bring information that you may need when filling out a job application. For example, a standard job application will ask about your previous employment. You may need your former supervisor’s name, address, telephone number and email. Not everyone may know this information off the top of their heads. Also bring the addresses and phone numbers of personal references or information that may be required for a credit check.
  • Fill Everything Out. Treat the job application like a medical history form and do not leave anything out. Your doctor would want you to answer every question, and so will the hiring managers. If you cannot remember exactly how much money you made when starting at your previous company, include a salary range. Your job application form, when complete, should be neat and include all the required information. Avoid answering questions with “see resume” or “N/A” if you can. Potential employers never like to see job applications that indicate a lazy candidate!
  • Treat A Job Application Like Your Resume. In other words, make it great. If you have the luxury of filling out a job application online, use spell check and edit your answers for grammatical errors. Try to have a friend proofread your application before submitting it. If you must fill out a job application in person before an interview, use dark pen and carefully print all answers. If your potential employer cannot read your answers he or she will be less likely to follow up with previous employers or references. You never want to frustrate the hiring manager with an illegible job application.
  • Ask For Help. If you arrive at an interview and the administrative assistant hands you an unexpected application, do not panic. You may not have enough time before the interview starts to finish all of the questions, especially if one or two require extended answers or explanations. Rather than turning in an incomplete job application form, ask for extra time after the interview has ended. If a particular question confuses you, ask the administrative assistant or receptionist for guidance. Always remember to say “please” and “thank you” because many employers ask these employees for information about prospective candidates.
  • Online Job Application Forms. Some job application forms will be less obvious if they are online. When applying for a position via an online job posting, you may be asked a series of questions that you can answer off the top of your head. Be careful. These questions may be screening questions designed by the employer to differentiate between candidates. Take your time when answering these questions and always make sure that your answers, if written, are properly punctuated and spelled correctly.
  • Be Consistent. Your resume will be the central feature of your job quest. A cover letter will also assist you in getting an interview. When filling out a job application, make sure that you keep all information, such as dates, job titles and duties, consistent. A simple mistake on your job application form could cost you the job if your employer finds a troubling discrepancy. Double check all materials submitted to the hiring manager to maintain a consistent employment history.
  • Always remember that every step in the hiring process helps to form a hiring manager’s impression of you. Job applications provide additional information. Whether before or after the interview, online or in person, job application forms will be added to your file at best and ruin your chances of employment at worst. Follow these basic guidelines whenever you fill out a job application form.

Download a sample application form.

47 Responses for "Filling Out a Job Application"

  • michael smith March 2nd, 2008 at 9:58 pm 1

    i would like to work at winn dixie store

  • aril roberts March 14th, 2008 at 4:54 pm 2

    i would like to work at fedex or ups

  • Jasmine Bedwell March 17th, 2008 at 9:41 am 3

    Hi my name is jasmine bedwell i would love to work for a winn dixie store iam a hard worker and i love to get my job done what ever i ma doing i never leave an undone job

  • willis carrington June 19th, 2008 at 9:25 am 4

    Hi my name is willis carrington i would love to for a fedex[ground] i a very hard worker and make sure i on work on time inever leave an undone job.

  • Jermaine Fracois Jefferson June 19th, 2008 at 11:06 am 5

    I’d like to work for the guvermint. I want to help evrybody do things else thaey can’t do.

  • Jermaine June 20th, 2008 at 5:48 pm 6

    TO *!&% #$$ Jermaine Fracois Jefferson GO TO SCHOOL

  • payu Muang-ngern June 21st, 2008 at 12:28 am 7

    Please help me to have the application form for apply job in Canada. Because I really don’t know where to get the best application form to make my new employer satisfice. Thanks so much and God bless u for the way u help me.

  • Lisa Melton June 24th, 2008 at 8:24 am 8

    TO: Jermaine
    I wish people could be a little nicer to each other. You’re comment was totally rude. God help you.

  • kayla marie bellantoni July 9th, 2008 at 2:54 pm 9

    i really need a job but im only 15 i can work whatever hours iv tried everywhere but nobody has got back to me yet and im very unpatient im ready to do something with my life

  • kiersten powers January 11th, 2009 at 11:08 am 10

    I agree with Lisa Melton. This isn’t supposed to be a place where you criticise people. That was just cold Jermaine. So knock it off and be nice.

  • sierra Thomas February 16th, 2009 at 12:06 pm 11

    to jermaine everyone is not prefect you know.

  • Susan February 18th, 2009 at 11:25 am 12

    While I agree than Jermaine’s response was nasty, the fact of the matter is that literacy is essential for success. Many responders here are unable to spell simple words and use them correctly. I am especially concerned about Kayla Marie, only 15. There is a reason that you cannot legally work at 15; it is to be sure that you have time to devote to school. Kayla, you will not be able to do very much with your life at all if you do not take the time to learn spelling and grammar NOW. Curb your IMPATIENCE and hit the
    books. Ask your English teacher for special help. You need it.

  • elizabeth.reiong May 5th, 2009 at 6:54 pm 13

    i would like a job but i never graduater from high school..

  • Betty May 10th, 2009 at 11:52 pm 14

    Have you heard of the GED? Call the local junior colleges and get information on how to apply and get help studying for the test.

  • vikas thapar July 27th, 2009 at 6:04 am 15

    I want to move at canada

  • ShaaKiRaah February 9th, 2010 at 11:36 am 16

    all of you need to stop talking about people because you all can’t spell.!

  • Keith Statler March 4th, 2010 at 10:09 am 17

    Hello, I am looking for more info. on job applications not people being rude.So I guess I’m at the wrong site.

  • Keyonie May 5th, 2010 at 9:44 am 18

    You people want jobs, yet yall can barely spell.
    that’s quite sad.
    the smallest words such as government not guvermint, wtf!!!
    @susan I tottaly agree.

  • sequoia May 6th, 2010 at 11:05 am 19

    Am 23yrs old and am a mother of one and i want to work for winn-dixie ineed a job bad ,but i cant find the right job sites .

  • sallyjo May 7th, 2010 at 2:29 pm 20

    Keyonie and Susan, have you taken a closer look at your posts? Perhaps you didn’t realize that editing also goes along with spelling and grammar? Or that ‘yall’ isn’t even a word, but slang for ‘you all’ and isn’t really considered proper grammar to begin with and is actually spelled ‘ya’ll’? You should look at your own back porch before trying to clean someone else’s. I caught this spelling mistake right off; ‘While I agree than Jermaine’s…’ Do you see it? I’ll point it out to you. The word ‘than’ should have been ‘that’. There is a program on most computers called Microsoft Word; it has a spelling and grammar check tool embedded. Perhaps you should all learn to use it.

  • Just Me May 10th, 2010 at 12:46 am 21

    You’re a critic of people not being able to spell? “Yall” have left me unimpressed. Did you know that sentences begin with capital letters? What is “yall” by the way? Some kind of short for you all? Like some people say y’all? Well, some people may have trouble spelling, then again some people may have trouble speaking. Some people may sit quietly and have everybody think they must be stupid. Other people open their mouths and let everybody know for sure they are stupid.

  • That Guy May 10th, 2010 at 1:41 pm 22


    While you’re hating on grammatical errors, and spelling. Remember that “ya’ll” isn’t even a word, and it’s not “yall” but ya’ll. A conjunction of YOU and ALL.

  • Todd May 11th, 2010 at 8:13 pm 23

    In reference to the rude A****** Jermaine. The correct pronunciation would be can’t read or write. People that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.

  • Richard Michael May 24th, 2010 at 9:45 pm 24

    This is a comedy site …. right?

  • LIzziebeth June 8th, 2010 at 10:24 am 25

    I’m looking for a job in acting. I’m 16 and already have a plan to study the arts in New York. Does anyone know any good schools up there that are easy to get into? Times are hard and it’s hard to get into a good school right now. I also need a job so I can get to New York seeing that I live in Cali. Any suggestions?

  • Kay B June 16th, 2010 at 2:01 am 26

    To Lizziebeth,

    In order to get into schools for the performing arts, you need to have done lots of theatre productions in your present school. A 16 year old boy at my daughter’s high school had been taking ballet for about 4 years, had been in several high school productions, danced many productions at the local Grand Rapids City Ballet, and was given a scholarship to attend the American Ballet School in New York.
    As far as acting, it’s highly competitive, it’s a tough job, and it’s difficult to get into performing arts schools, especially in New York. Become involved in your local community civic theatre productions. There must be several good schools in California for performing arts to start you in the right direction. You need that experience to put on your resume when you decide to apply for admissions for school.

    I’d say “best of luck”, but that’s bad luck. Break a leg instead. 🙂

  • Parley Faller September 8th, 2010 at 9:44 am 27

    The people that comment on this site are very rude. This is supposed to be a help site for young adults such as myself, to teach you needed information about the job field. Instead of blasting people because they have trouble spelling or there grammar is not to par with yours, you should be helping them. I am disappointed that every one of you has nothing better to do than judge others on there performance. To everyone that has been offended by what most people on this site have to say I am sorry. Look for help somewhere where you will get actual help

  • Parley Faller September 8th, 2010 at 9:50 am 28

    And to Susan, the kid is 15 years old. Of course they will want to get out there, didn’t every kid at that age? I know I did and that was just a few short years ago. And just because they can’t spell does not mean they need “special help” that sickens me to hear that aimed at a child, learn some manners to go along with your “perfect” grammar and spelling abilities.

  • Amanda Pokehard September 13th, 2010 at 7:10 pm 29

    I laughed at the first couple comments with spelling and grammar problems, but now it’s just downright sad. It’s unfortunate that our nation is so becoming so lazy and illiterate that we’ll take a politician’s word if it means not having to fact check their sources. Computers have spellcheck for crying out loud! By the way that’s not really my name 😀

  • Terry September 20th, 2010 at 5:41 am 30

    I would like a job. I have a GED and am going to college. I am willing to work for just about anyone. I haven’t had a job going on three years, I am needing a job bad.

  • parley faller September 22nd, 2010 at 9:03 am 31

    Ok, Amanda look at your spelling and grammar. Its not perfect ether.

  • Derek October 14th, 2010 at 11:03 am 32

    To lizziebeth,

    Hey gurl if u aare looking for an acting job i might be able to work something out i would love to employ u some day as an act for a commercial for my shop peace home skillets i luv this site its like totly like aewsome.

  • nick November 9th, 2010 at 11:58 am 33

    lol. Man. I have never seen so many people get bothered over the smallest little mistakes people call typoes. Yes they do exist people. So relax and let people say what they want and how they want. Your not their teacher.

  • shannon mcclendon February 7th, 2011 at 7:19 pm 34

    i am 15 years old, and i really really need, a job, i know most places dont hire at 15, but i take directions well, and a fast learner, and im positive if i was hired no one would be disapointed.

  • nuckinfutz February 22nd, 2011 at 2:27 pm 35

    may, many comments……..
    first, the typeos, like nick said….dont get so worked up,

    also…dont troll on an educational site, it just shows how uneducated you really are

    to Kay B….i never understood this but why is “best of luck” unlucky and “break a leg” lucky….wouldnt you be lucky WITH luck and unlucky if you broke your leg

    ananda pokehard,…nice name xD

    and lizziebeth,…the url on your name say “The requested URL could not be retrieved”…did something go wrong with the site if so i wish to know if it is possible to go to the site via another url, and if i can what it is

  • nuckinfutz February 22nd, 2011 at 2:28 pm 36

    edit: aManda pokehar…..misspelled name

  • natteka March 30th, 2011 at 10:33 pm 37

    you so right let people do in say what they want,its just a little adhd.
    We all have it in some way!

  • Tooksmagooks June 15th, 2011 at 4:07 pm 38

    Well, looking over the comments on this site, I just want to make it clear that I don’t have perfect grammer or spelling, but I love to write. I enjoy making people laugh and making them happy. I love films so much, that sometimes I reanact them. I love to draw beyond the boundaries. I have one short story finished, the second, i just need a good ending. Alot of people don’t want to give me the chance to look over my work. But I think it’s worth looking over at least. Im a young adult, so I know I need to mature in many things. But if you can give me an extra step in any of these subjects, any help, it will be greatly appreaciated. Thank you.

  • U r idjets September 14th, 2011 at 12:19 pm 39

    U all need to chill. nobody has a perfect vocab. especcially when it comes to talkin on the comp. Rippin on eachother for spelling this wrong and spelling your rants wrong.I dont have perfect grammer etheir obviously. Heathenic hypicritical A**holes

  • Webster January 5th, 2012 at 2:08 pm 40

    I’m not trying to “rip” anyone, but you are on a job website asking for a job, so gramdma and speling is importunt to getty ing a jobe.
    Now, all you people that are writing that people are being picky when pointing out these errors are doing a disservice to the offenders, and are enabling this behavior to continue. Employers will screen you out if you can’t spell (most anyway). In this tough economy employers have the luxury of being very picky on who they hire. So don’t make it easy for them to screen you out!! I do agree that some people have certain disabilities and have a hard time with spelling, but there are services (usually free) that can help. Good luck!

  • hi my name is robert February 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 am 41

    im a hard worker and i like to get everything done before i can leave thats just me but if anyways i would like to be a mechinc.

  • kushner fanfan February 13th, 2012 at 4:34 pm 42

    i would like to work at winn dixie

  • George July 2nd, 2012 at 3:03 pm 43

    Hello my name is, George. I have great work ethic and am punctual everyday. I also am not ever late, or tardy. I have never had a real job, just side jobs such as; Mowing lawns, painting, and fixing cars. i would like to work on restoring classic Muscle cars.

  • Moshika Jones September 21st, 2012 at 9:58 am 44

    Hey my name is Moshika Jones and i’m going to the navy 🙂

  • jonathan October 23rd, 2012 at 11:37 pm 45

    how sould i get start it well to get start it an get to it im a really good learner forwatever i like to show care an concern an stay on top of things by showing responsibel for my actions an like to get my work done the right way by helping my custermers for wat there are looking for an there needs thats the kind of worker i am is a concern person that likes thing done…..

  • Katie October 26th, 2012 at 10:22 am 46

    Hi, my name is Katie. I would love to work with children, either being an elementary school teacher or a daycare provider. I work hard, I set my mind straight & get things done. I learn quick & never give attitude.

  • CHris March 22nd, 2013 at 11:30 am 47

    im doing this for class woww..making credits up so i could graduate high school i want to move to japan

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