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Effective Application Forms

Skills for Care advise that the application form should only ask for information relevant to the job and how the person meets its requirements.

The Application form should focus on:

  • information about the applicant: name, contact details, current employment status
  • skills and knowledge: qualifications and education, relevant skills
  • experience: work experience and explanations of gaps
  • values: relevant personal qualities, attributes, values and behaviours

Avoid asking questions on an application form about any of the following:

  • age, race, gender, religion, belief, sexual orientation, disability
  • marital status
  • children and childcare arrangements
  • health record

It’s important to:

  1. Allow people to give information on experiences from outside of paid work that have allowed them to gain skills.
  2. Ask for examples of how the candidate shares your organisations values if they are clearly defined.
  3. Use a separate monitoring form to gather personal information about candidates which may be useful for monitoring purposes but not seen by the shortlisting or interviewing panels.
  4. Offer disabled candidates the opportunity of any reasonable adjustments to the application process to enable them to apply for the role.

For more information and example application forms, visit Skills for Care here.