Help Please With Apllication Form For Apprenticeship!!!

Found 5th Feb 2010

Got a couple of questions i just cant think of answers for they are:

Please can you describe a time when you have worked as part of a team to complete a task; and what role you played in that team.
What was the team and what were you trying to achieve? What role did you play, and how did you encourage others? What was the overall outcome?


Please can you tell us about a time when you have overcome a problem to achieve a goal and describe the steps you took.
What was the goal? What were you trying to achieve and why? What challenges did you face and how did you overcome these? What was the overall outcome?

Mind just gone blank, Im applying for an apprentiship with E-on

Just wondered if anyone had any tips or pointers
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Working part of a team could be when you realised you had to much work to handle so you asked a collegue if they could help and you got the job done within the allocated time etc

Overcome a problem could be dealing with an agry customer and you resolved by staying calm, giving the required information and left the customer feeling satisfied

Take ten mins off and then go back to every time
[FONT=Verdana]Taken at face value these questions do look scary. The trick to answering them successfully lies in understanding why they are being asked. Most application forms are designed around the key competencies and attitudes required to perform a particular role effectively within an organisation. If you are applying for a job you need to demonstrate how your experience relates to the required competencies. Your answers therefore need to provide evidence.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Translated into more straightforward language, the three questions above are[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]simply asking: [/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Can you work effectively with other people?[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Do you stay calm when the pressure is on?[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Do you tackle problems in a practical way?[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Are you flexible enough to accept that most things can be unpredictable?[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]The other point to take on board is that your evidence can come from any part of[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]your life to date – work experience, academic work, volunteering, travel and gap years, clubs and societies, interests, previous work (plus life history if you are a mature student). Most employers when asked are genuinely interested in all of your[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]experience. The key to it is to reflect on these experiences and relate them to the[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]question. This is where the work you have done in your Personal and Academic Record can really start to count. You may be able to look back and use some of the[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]reflections you made about the skills you have developed during your time at[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Example Questions and Answers[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]The questions shown below are typical of what you will encounter on application forms. The examples do not have perfect answers – because there is no such thing[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]as a perfect answer – but they will give you an idea of what employers expect.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Q. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Describe a situation where you have demonstrated motivation and initiative.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]A. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]At the end of my second year I planned to spend the vacation in a marketing[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]department of an industrial company. My objective was to learn about industrial marketing and gain some new skills. I began in a very haphazard way, writing to a few companies I had heard of and addressing my letter to the ‘Personnel Manager’. This was unsuccessful and so I re-evaluated my approach. I visited my University[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Careers Service and discovered a network of alumni willing to give careers[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]advice to current students. Searching revealed three people from my course[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]working in my home city. None of them worked in marketing but they gave me[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]some contacts to try within their companies. This helped me focus my letter and explain how I arrived at their name. I was successful in getting a six week paid placement at Pockitt and Jingle and my line manager said that my approach had persuaded her of my motivation.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Q. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Explain a situation where you have been following a specific course of action until something unexpected happened. Describe what you did to manage the situation.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]A. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]I am the captain of the university badminton second team and last year, we decided to hold a knockout competition with other badminton teams from the local community. We took a team approach to organising the event by allocating tasks such as venue booking, liaising with other local clubs, drawing up the match timetable, negotiating with sponsors and planning the post-tournament celebration. I took the role of project co-ordinator; drawing up a time plan; chairing meetings;[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]agreeing points of action etc. The whole event took two months to plan and this was down to a great team effort. Three days before the event, a water pipe in the university sports hall sprang a leak. I called an urgent meeting of the team to draw up a plan of action to save the tournament. It was difficult to find another sports hall[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]willing to offer the facilities at short notice but I rang the local radio station who were interested in giving the story some publicity. I was interviewed and a local community school came to the rescue. I then worked with the team to ring around the participating teams to let them know of the change. The tournament was a great success.[/FONT]
Thanks and Repped:thumbsup:

[FONT=Verdana]Taken at face value these … [FONT=Verdana]Taken at face value these ..................................... participating teams to let them know of the change. The tournament was a great success.[/FONT]

Wow!!! You're a fast typist!!! :whistling:
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Wow!!! You're a fast typist!!! :whistling:

Or they just copy and pasted it from here !

plagiarism isn't going to help his cause…pdf

Or they just copy and pasted it from here !plagiarism isn't going to help … Or they just copy and pasted it from here !plagiarism isn't going to help his cause

To be fair I dont think the guy is telling him to use the same text he's just passing on the example he found.... maybe not giving credit to the source but I am sure the uni will not be sueing....:-D
I think these are a generic application form probably aimed at more advanced applications.

As above look at what you think they would like to read rather than concentrating on coming up with an answer.

In other words think of a scenario that fits the above criteria, it doesn't have to be true it just has to show how your actions and thought processes work.

The main things they are looking for is the problem > the target > how you planned to reach that target > how you carried out your actions > the end reult > what you learnt from it > how you could improve on it.

Maybe the first one you could be the captain of your local sports team faced with an problem with you as team captain taking the lead.

Maybe the second one your mates car may have broken down (preferably mechanical or electrical for whichever trade you are applying for) miles from anywhere with no communications to hand how did you cope?

As I said it doesn't have be true, just how you would cope with such a situation.

Good luck with your application.
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