School Leavers hints and tips

What to expect when you apply

Our school leaver recruitment and selection process has been carefully designed to give you as much opportunity as possible to show your skills and qualities relevant to our school leaver role.  The steps involved help us build a clearer picture of your capabilities and strengths.

To give you an idea of what’s involved, we’ve put together some helpful hints and tips for you.

Before you apply

Do your homework and research what Audit Scotland does. Think carefully about whether our organisation and our values are right for you and whether a career in audit is something you are interested in. Many of our Audit Scotland colleagues are active on various social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. We encourage you to make contact with us and find out more about what it’s like to work at Audit Scotland as a trainee.

At each stage in the recruitment process, we'll be looking for you to show evidence of the skills and qualities which will allow you to be successful as a trainee. Wherever possible, you should be able to demonstrate and highlight how you match our requirements.

Completing our application form

Our application process is straightforward and all online, so you can complete it at a time that works best for you. Remember that first impressions count, so make sure you read the instructions carefully as you go through each of the steps. Include accurate details of your education and any work experience or extracurricular activities and use this stage as an opportunity to sell yourself and explain why you think you would make a great trainee with us.

Interview Stage

We recommend that you start preparing for your interview well in advance. You should think about the topics which might be discussed and how your experiences and skills relate to these. Some things to reflect on prior to interview are:

  • things you’ve done that can help you demonstrate relevant skills and qualities
  • competency-based questions you're likely to be asked and what your response would be. Competency-based questions require you to provide real-life examples and we would recommend researching this style of question. You might find it helpful to use the STAR method to structure your answers:
    1. S – Describe the situation and when it took place
    2. T – Describe the task and what needed to be done
    3. A – Explain the action you took
    4. R – What was the result of your actions?
  • preparation for any presentation you may have been asked to do on the day of the interview
  • questions you want to ask.

Remember, we're not expecting you to be perfect but preparing for some of these questions will certainly help you to feel confident that you've given it your best shot.

At the interview

  • Prepare what you're going to wear beforehand – wear smart, comfortable clothing.
  • Don’t be late – aim to get there in good time. If you're delayed, try to contact us ahead to warn us.
  • Listen carefully to what the interviewers are asking you.
  • Take time to think about the question and your answer.
  • Express yourself clearly and be specific.
  • Use examples to demonstrate your skills – what did you do? What impact did it have? What did you learn?