You are going to have to fill out an employment application more than once in your life and probably have done so already in the past. Knowing how to fill out one properly is going to work wonders for you to be able to at least get an interview with the company that you are applying at. All job seekers should be aware of what you need to do to make your application as successful as you possibly can.
A lot of time, the employer will not want the candidates taking the application home and filling it out and would rather that they stay there and fill it out on site. This of course can make for a very stressful situation so below you will find a few tips to help you in this situation.
Before you even leave your home, make sure that you are dressed correctly and comfortably. It's always a good idea to dress just a bit higher than what is required of the job. Looking nice is always in your favor and you'd be amazed at what a few good words about how you looked coming from the secretary or receptionist can do with getting an interview with the boss.
Make sure that you have yourself prepared when you get there. Make sure that you have with you a list of all of your past employers with all of their information and everything that you were expected to do when working for them.
Make sure to have your own pen, never go in asking to use one of their pens. Have your driver's license, social security card as well as a list of personal and job references. You may also want to bring a resume because a lot of companies required these attached to the application.
When you approach the front area where the receptionist or secretary might be make sure to ask about the jobs that are available. Even if they are hiring or not they will give you an application so sometimes it is good to know a head of time if they are actually hiring at the time of your application.
Make sure that there is room for you to sit down while you are filling out the application. You are not in a race to see how fast you can complete the form so it is advisable to be comfortable and relaxed as possible and go through the process slowly to avoid any errors.
Make sure that you have all of your information as stated earlier so that you don't need to ask the receptionist for phone book. This will definitely leave a bad impression of not being prepared. Even if they don't ask for a resume it is always a good idea for job seekers to attach their resume to the application anyway.
Make sure that when you are ready to hand in your job application that you are pleasant and friendly and make sure that you thank them. Make sure to smile when doing so. If the person you are talking to doesn't seem to be too busy at the time it is always a good idea to ask them if they know anything about the job.
However; never ask them about the job benefits or what kind of salary or other compensation the job might offer. This should only be done at an interview.