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Be careful – although the question asks you to describe, avoid overly descriptive language make sure you are specific about your activities.

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The second part of the question is important, you must include evidence of these skills.

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Keep within the word limit. A few words over may not be a problem, but it is best to play safe.

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Avoid talking about what “we”, the team did. The employer wants to know what “I” (you) the candidate did.

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The student is specific about her activities and demonstrates her ability to ‘communicate with others’.

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The student identifies specific activities which demonstrate her ability to lead and organise.

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The question is in 2 parts which is very common. Usually the 2nd part of the question is the most crucial. This is the part of the question you should concentrate on. The employer here is being very specific about the information they want. Make sure you structure your answer to provide this information. It is a good ideas to use some of this wording in your answer.

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Clear objective.

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Employers want to know how you respond to challenges and can ‘think around’ problems. This student clearly outlines the changes she made and why.

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The student clearly outlines how she measured success and backs this up with feedback from her employer. You could consider direct quotes as feedback, e.g. Vispired stated that my report was “the most comprehensive and informative…”

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It is these three questions that you should focus on to structure your answer.

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The student breaks down influencing into specific skills – “demonstrating new techniques” and “encouraging discussion”.

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Again, discussing a difficulty or problem is a good idea in application form answers, because it allows you to demonstrate perseverance and problem solving skills.

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The student is demonstrating a creative and effective way of influencing opinions here. She shows she can create “acceptance and support for ideas” (per the core competencies) in challenging circumstances.

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The student has dedicated a large part of her answer to the results of her actions – a results oriented employer will be impressed by this.

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Again, although the questions asks you to describe a situation, the majority of your answer should focus on the second part of the question.

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The student here describes a ‘process’ that demonstrates thoroughness and flexibility. She shows she is able to draw information from different sources to decide on critical issues.

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The student provides a specific example here. Could she have picked a “specific time” as requested in the question, rather than talked about her general approach??

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Clearly identifies main reasons for wanting to join the scheme.

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One of her key strengths is her practical experience.

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Try to highlight unique selling points here – the student is referring to her work in Uganda and at the Refugee Centre here.

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Again the student is summarising some key skills and strengths she has demonstrated in her previous answers.