Supporting statement guidance

Read this guidance carefully if the job you are applying for requires you to write a supporting statement. This will be stated on the advert.

Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. 

Top tips to help you write your supporting statement are:

  • read the person specification for the job thoroughly before you start 
  • think carefully about how you meet each of the job requirements by considering what you have done in the past 
  • if you have little or no work experience, think about the skills you developed at school, home, college, through voluntary work or a hobby that you can transfer to the workplace 
  • provide practical examples of real-life situations of when and how you used the particular knowledge, skill or experience 
  • write a response against all the essential criteria mentioned in the person specification
  • keep to the 2,000 word limit for your supporting statement
  • use the essential criteria points as headings and the STAR model below to help structure your answers
  • use the STAR model to help structure your answers