Top tips for applications and interviews
Thinking of applying for a job at Glyndebourne? Here are our top tips for writing your application and preparing for an interview...
On this page you’ll find our top tips for putting together your application for a role at Glyndebourne, plus some tips for those who are selected for an interview.
If you have any questions then please contact the HR Team at email@example.com
How to find jobs at Glyndebourne
All of our current job vacancies at Glyndebourne are advertised via the vacancies page on our website.
If you require the advert to be sent to you in a different format or a dyslexia friendly font, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Applying for a position at Glyndebourne
Dependending on the role you may be asked to either submit your CV and Covering Letter, or complete an Application Form.
- Your CV should be concise and presented in an easy to read format using a simple font, minimal styling and the use of bullet points to break down information.
- At the top of your CV list the contact details that we will be able to contact you on (email address and phone number).
- The next section should be a brief introduction, this is where you should summarise and highlight what you can offer and any career highlights, as well as any skills or qualifications you have that are relevant to the role you are applying for.
TOP TIP – use the advert’s ‘Knowledge, Skills and Experience’ section to help you with this!
- Next list your work history in order, starting with the most recent and going backwards. This can include paid work, relevant volunteer or work experience placements.
TOP TIP – It is important to tailor this section of your CV to the job you are applying for, specifically where key responsibilities in previous roles are applicable to the role you are applying for. Your CV is your opportunity to sell yourself and highlight why you are the best fit the role, so it is important to include where you have gone above and beyond or made a significant achievement.
- Next list any training, education and courses that are relevant or required for the role you are applying for, starting with most recent. It is important to showcase where you may have up-skilled or could bring new knowledge to the organisation.
- (OPTIONAL) You could mention any interests/hobbies. This is a chance to highlight your personality in any hobbies or interests outside of work. Note, it is optional to include this on your CV and it is best to avoid stating anything that could cause friction early on.
- Add a section called ‘References are available on request’ where you can list any references. It is fine if you are not comfortable disclosing your referees until further into the recruitment process, but it is important to make sure you have them readily available and contactable when requested.
- PLEASE NOTE – Glyndebourne will only contact the references listed after the successful applicant has accepted our offer.
Your cover letter should be a professional letter that introduces your application and reasons for applying for the role, linking the relevant skills and experience to the role requirements.
- Tailor your cover letter to Glyndebourne – tell us why you would like to work for us and why we should hire you!
- Use keywords throughout your cover letter to focus on the skills and attributes you will add to the role, keep them in line with the criteria on the advert.
- Don’t include acronyms or organisation related terminology.
- Write in full sentences, but be concise with what you are trying to say.
- Ensure you check your CV and cover letter thoroughly for any spelling and grammar errors. Perhaps even consider having a friend or family member check it over for you as well.
- Keep your CV and cover letter short with no more than two pages for both.
If the advert asks that you complete an application form, follow the tips below –
- Make sure you complete all sections of the application form.
- Write the application form as you would your CV, using full sentences, but be concise.
- If you already have a CV, you could use sections of your CV to help answer the questions on the application form.
- Check spelling and grammar before submitting your application.
Disability Confident scheme
Glyndebourne is an equal opportunities employer and a registered charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for vacancies, including ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented in our workforce.
As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies.
Make us aware that the scheme is relevant to you by stating this in your CV or covering letter, or by ticking the relevant section on the application form.
If you are selected for an interview then follow the tips below:
- Be prepared for your interview – practice your answers to common interview questions for the role you are applying for. Make sure you have some previous examples to share.
- Do your research on Glyndebourne – we want to know that you are interested in and know about our work.
- Be on time.
- Don’t forget about nonverbal communication – whether that is shaking the hands of your interviewers as you enter the room, or maintaining eye contact throughout the interview. Make sure you come across as engaged!
- Be polite to everyone – whether that is the people you meet at stage door, our security guard, or anyone you pass in the corridor.
- Although it isn’t necessary, it’s always good to have some questions to ask at the end of the interview.