Hull Employability Awards

You will need to answer 3 questions out of the 15 provided below.  

Each answer should be between 250 and 300 words. If you write any fewer words, you are unlikely to answer the question in enough detail to meet the standard required.  By answering these questions you are not only completing an assignment for this module but you will also be completing one element of the Hull Employability Awards.

Application Questions

  1. Describe an example of an occasion when you have had to convey complex or sensitive information to another person or people. How did you approach this?
  2. Tell us about a time when you used your initiative to solve a particularly difficult problem. What was your strategy and what was the outcome?
  3. Describe a recent example of when you were a member of a team. What was your role in the team and how did you contribute to the success of the team?
  4. Tell us about when you demonstrated particularly good customer service skills. What did you do and what was the outcome?
  5. Describe a situation when you led a team of people. What did you do to ensure a good result?
  6. Tell us about an occasion when you persisted with a project or task when others might have given up. How did your determination pay off?
  7. Describe a time when you were under a great deal of pressure, what you did to cope with this level of pressure and what the outcome was. What did you learn from the experience?
  8. Tell us about a time when your ability to use IT made a difference to you achieving a goal or task. 
  9. Describe an example of when you have had to alter your approach or be adaptable, when faced with something unexpected?
  10. How have you increased your awareness and understanding of other cultures? Has this changed your attitude to your own culture?
  11. Describe an example of an occasion when you served the local community and made a difference to someone or added value to something.
  12. Tell us about a piece of written work about which you are especially proud. What makes this piece of work so good?
  13. Tell us about the worst decision and the best decision you have ever made. How did your strategy differ on each occasion, and what was the outcome?
  14. How can you demonstrate your commercial awareness and what does commercial awareness mean to you?
  15. Describe an example of an event you have organized. What was involved and how did it go?

Many larger graduate recruiters and universities use online application forms as they can be tailored towards particular job requirements. They also make comparing applications easier and quicker and avoid the possibility of candidates choosing to focus on certain information whilst choosing to omit other information.

All of the questions are typical of what you might encounter as part of an application for an internship or graduate position, so being able to answer such questions effectively should give you an advantage over other candidates when you come to making applications.

Our questions align to the Hull Graduate Attributes, which are considered to be the skills, knowledge and behaviors that all University of Hull students have the opportunity to develop during their time at university. 


  • Allow plenty of time to draft your answers and to re-read them to check you are answering the questions to the best of your ability.
  • Keep within the word limit (250-300 words for each answer). Don’t sell yourself short with a brief response or lose focus by writing too much. 
  • Consider how you can impress employers with your answers – what is it about your experiences that could help you stand out from the competition?
  • Use positive words which market your skills, knowledge and experience most effectively.
  • Use techniques such as CAR (Context, Action, Result) or STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your answers (see the resources linked below).
  • Explain any terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader, for example, abbreviations such as ‘HUSSO’ or ‘PASS’.
  • When providing different examples, try to draw on a variety of contexts including your study, extra-curricular activities and personal experiences (if appropriate).
  • Ensure the content is clear, concise and has a coherent structure (e.g. use paragraphs to break up your different sections).
  • Double-check for typing errors and errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (Top tip: Ask a friend or family member to proof read it for you before submission).
  • As in real-life job applications, never under-estimate the importance of the application and do not assume that you can put your case at interview – you may not reach the interview stage unless you complete the application effectively.

CAR (Context, Action, Result)

When asked to ‘give an example of an occasion when,’ use the simple C-A-R Model to structure your answer, when giving an example.  C-A-R stands for Context, Action and Result, so you describe the context, the action you took, i.e. what you did which made the difference, and the outcome, as this has high impact. Providing a single example in detail, using this structure, is far more likely to score better that listing several occasions in less detail.

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