Completing a Job Application

Learn how to complete a job application in this free lesson so you'll be ready when the time comes to apply for jobs.

Common job application questions

Each application is different, but many have certain questions in common. We've compiled a list of some of these questions and answers in the example below.

Use the interactive to learn more about common job application questions.

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How did you learn of the company / position?

Employers ask how you found out about the job so they know which advertising or recruitment strategies are working.

If an employee, job recruiter, or other contact told you about the position, enter their full name and job title.

Drug-Free Workplace

If you see the phrase drug-free workplace anywhere on the application, expect that you may have to take and pass a drug test in order to be hired.

Authorization

Most applications include a short legal notice stating that all the information you've provided is true, and that the company is authorized to investigate anything they wish. If you falsify any information, you can be refused employment, or you may be fired if the employer finds out later.

Read over your information carefully, then sign and date the application.

Employment History

Follow instructions, and provide the appropriate information for each employer. If you're currently employed by any of the companies on your list, enter present as the last date of employment.

Job hunting while currently employed can be difficult. For example, you may not want your current employer to know about your plans until you're ready to give your notice.

Most hiring mangers understand this predicament, and—if requested—will not call your current employer until they're ready to extend an official job offer.

What position are you applying for?

Enter the position you're applying for. Don't leave this section blank, or write any or open. If you don't know the job title (or if don't have anything specific in mind), write the department you're interested in instead.

If you're applying for more than one job, ask if you should fill out more than one application.

Date available for work?

If you're unemployed or if you've already made arrangements, you may know the exact date that you'll be available. If not, the standard practice is to give your current employer two weeks notice before you leave your position.

Have you ever applied / previous worked for the company?

If the answer to this question is yes, follow instructions, and include details if necessary. For example: dates of application and employment, departments you worked for, and your supervisor's name and title.