Supporting Statement

An application form may contain a supporting statement section where you are required to outline the skills, experience and qualities that you have that make you a suitable candidate for the role.

This is a key section of your application and can make or break your chances of getting through to the next stage of the recruitment process

Structuring your supporting statement

The space for a supporting statement can be used in the same way as a covering letter.

  • positive introduction
  • why you?
  • why the company?
  • positive conclusion

For more advice, please see our covering letters section.

However, it is often better to create headings for each point on the person specification and use the STAR method to give a detailed account of your experience of that skill.

Just like a lawyer in a court room, you always need to provide evidence to support your claims. The more detailed your examples for each heading are, the better the mental picture you will give to the employer. If they can picture you in the role you are describing, they will be able to picture you in the advertised role.

Top Tips

  • Carefully read through the job and person specification information.
  • Ensure that you give evidence for each item the employer has outlined.
  • Before you write your statement in full, spend some time selecting the most appropriate examples to illustrate the skills and qualities required. The first example that you think of isn't necessarily the best one.
  • Using the STAR method can help you to structure your examples in a meaningful way.
  • Write your statement in a seperate document (eg. MS Word) first before entering it into the online application form. This will make it easier to read through and check.
  • Don't assume that an employer will guess or automatically realise that you have a skill. If you don't make reference to an essential item, the employer can't count it as part of your application and you may not get shortlisted for interview.


Remember, you can book an appointment with an adviser to check through your supporting statement.


Last modified: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:52