• How to make a Successful Application

You can boost your chances of getting the OSJCT job you want by writing a high quality online application and then preparing carefully for the interview.

Before you get started, make sure the job is right for you by having a good think about the role, the working hours and the location. Then if it feels right and you want to apply, try these tips to help you succeed.

Completing a great online application

Three fundamental things will help you get shortlisted for an interview.

  • Understand the role – make sure you read the job description and the person specification thoroughly, so you clearly understand what the job involves and the sort of person we’re really looking for. Then show us what a good fit you are.
  • List your experience – we analyse applications by looking to see what you write against the essential and desirable criteria on the ‘person specification’. This means you need to give us clear evidence of your experience against each of the essential criteria listed. It takes time, but it’s a great opportunity to show us just how much you’ve done.
  • Familiarise yourself with our values – they are truly heartfelt by all of us and shape the way our entire team works

Doing a great interview

If you are invited to an interview, set yourself up for success by doing all the hard work in advance:

  • Do your research – preparing ahead of the interview will help calm your nerves, boost your confidence and show you’re genuinely interested. It’s a good idea to read up on The Orders of St John Care Trust and the role you are applying for
  • Plan your journey – know exactly where you are going and how long it might take
  • Allow plenty of time – build in a buffer for those dreaded traffic and train delays, so you arrive early and can start the interview feeling calm
  • Dress for the occasion – we can’t resist a smart outfit!
  • Show your interest in the role – tell us why you really want this job
  • Think about our values – be ready to give answers that demonstrate how your approach to care fits in with the OSJCT ethos and ways of working. Perhaps have some examples ready to share.
  • Have questions at the ready – plan some meaningful questions you can ask at the end of the interview to show how interested you are
  • Got a problem? If you are going to be late, or can’t attend your interview for any reason, call and let us know – or ask someone to do it for you.  We might be able to make alternative arrangements.

And finally, good luck!

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