Practical tips for applying for a job

We asked a selection of our hiring managers and HR colleagues to share some practical, actionable tips that you can use to prepare for our recruitment process.

Do your research

We encourage you to read the advertised job advert and job description in full. The person specification section of the job description is an honest list of what the hiring manager needs in someone to deliver the job fully. Read the person specification in full and assess whether you fulfil at least the essential criteria. If you think you meet the essential criteria, then read about the organisation on our website and our social media channels to get an understanding of how the role you are going to be applying for fits in to the wider organisation. You might also be able to find useful information on our work that will help you with your application.

Your supporting statement

As a charity/non-profit, we place more emphasis on the supporting statement (“cover letter”) than organisations in other sectors. We find that the supporting statement helps us to assess your suitability for the role objectively. Do not skip this section – if you do, it is likely that we will not shortlist you for interview, regardless of how good your CV is.

Your supporting statement is your opportunity to state how your experience and background match the person specification.

Do not just repeat your CV. Use this opportunity to tell us why you think you are a great fit for the role. The articles here and here go in to more depth on what to include in a supporting statement.

Show how you would add value – what can you bring to the role that other candidates might not have?

We want to hear about your motivations for applying – why have you chosen to apply for a job at ClientEarth? What is it about our work that interests you?

Our recruitment system has a strict 6,615 character limit for our supporting statement section. We recommend drafting your supporting statement in a programme that lets you run a word and character count and then copying and pasting the final text in to the supporting statement box.

Proofread your supporting statement before submitting it. If you can, also ask a friend or family member to read it too.

Interviews

We run all of our interviews in a panel format. If you have not taken part in a panel interview before, we recommend you research how these work. These articles on MonsterTotal JobsIndeed and The Guardian are all useful.

The panel will be asking you specific questions to explore how your qualifications, experience and skills match the person specification. Make sure you revisit the job description ahead of the interviewand prepare some examples that address the criteria in the person specification.

We strongly recommend that you research competency-based interviews ahead of your interview. Prepare some sample answers using the STAR technique.

At present, due to the Covid-19 crisis, we conduct all job interviews via two-way video call, using either Skype or Zoom. We recommend reading these articles by WikiJob and Indeed on how to prepare for a video interview.

For most roles, we run two interview rounds, with the stronger candidates from the first round being invited to the second round.

Assessments

We may use assessments and/or psychometric evaluations to help us decide who to hire. We will provide you with more information if you get to this stage of the recruitment process. We carry out all assessments online. You will need access to a computer with the capability to read and write Microsoft Office documents.

Post-interview

If you are unsuccessful at interview stage, you are entitled to feedback. Even highly qualified and experienced candidates may find that it takes a couple of applications before being offered a role with us, so please do not be discouraged from applying again if you are unsuccessful the first time around. Use your interview experience and the feedback you receive to get a better understanding of your strengths and areas that you can work on improving for next time.

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