Top Tips for a Brilliant Application

June 15, 2017 10:05 am

Have you been thinking of submitting an application to Teach For Australia’s Leadership Development Program? Our applications will open on February 12th, 2018.

We recruit outstanding individuals with academic expertise as well as a range of skills and experience and support them to be stellar teachers and leaders. But anyone who scores above our benchmark for eight key competencies will be extended an offer – so it’s important to know how to showcase your skills and experience in your application.

We’ve gathered a few top tips to help you submit a great application.

1. Be yourself.

“Be 100% yourself and honest – the selection process and the eight competencies are designed to ensure you’re ready for the rigorous and challenging experience. If you meet those competencies, we’d be crazy to not let you in!” – Jun Zhang, Alumni Manager

2. But sell yourself, too.

“You’ll be the one leading the classroom, if successful through the application stage. Therefore, it is essential that you make it clear what your actions were and what those actions resulted in. Avoid using ‘we’ wherever possible. Modesty can sometimes be an excellent thing; just not in an interview.” – Lauren Smith, Recruitment and Associate Engagement Manager

3. Choose your examples carefully – and make sure they fit within our eight key competencies.

“Our selection process includes behavioural interviews, the premise being that your past behaviour is predictive of your future performance. This is most true when the context of your past behaviour is similar to the context we want you to be successful in (i.e. the Leadership Development Program). When you’re choosing examples to speak about, don’t be concerned if they’re not directly related to Teach For Australia’s vision or work, but think about whether your examples are short or long-term in their focus, whether they’re in personal or professional contexts, and whether you held significant responsibility and made a significant individual impact.” – Matt Norman, Recruitment and Advocacy Manager in WA

4. Proofread.

“Every interaction with a prospective employer is an opportunity for assessment. The employer is assessing the candidate, and the candidate is also assessing the employer to determine whether they are an attractive proposition. As such, proof-read your application responses and supporting documentation scrupulously so that you are presenting as professionally as possible. Ensure that you make full use of available word limits in order to accurately capture your strengths in writing.” – Jack Watt, Admissions Manager

5. Remember why you’re applying.

“Be clear on your motivations in applying – you will be joining a network of passionate individuals who are committed to addressing educational disadvantage, both during the two years and beyond. Is that you?” – Elizabeth Cullen, Recruitment and Advocacy Team Manager

Remember to explore your past achievements to find evidence for all eight key competencies before finalising your application. You can download this handy worksheet to help you brainstorm. And when you’re answering questions in an interview, try using a framework like the STAR method to help you structure your response.

If you have any questions about your application, the program or the process, you can always reach out to