Top tips for applying to Frontline

2nd September 2019


With applications to join our 2020 Cohort now open, the Frontline recruitment team have put together some top tips for applicants. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about supporting children in need across our regional locations. Places for the programme are in high demand and we want to give you the best possible chance to succeed.

1) When you make your application to Frontline, be thorough with your research and ensure this is the right job and career for you. Once you understand what you will be doing on a daily basis and what Frontline are looking for, you’ll be able to tailor your application appropriately.

2) Frontline is a leadership development programme, so during the application process consider carefully the type of leadership qualities a social worker needs when working with children and families.

3) Don’t just tell us what a social worker is and what Frontline does – we already know. Tell us something interesting; tell us what’s driving you to really want to do this and show that you really connect with the opportunity.

4) Prepare for the online test. Practise it online and take it in an appropriate environment – somewhere with a reliable computer/internet connection and somewhere you’ve got space to think.

4) We understand the video interview can feel a bit unnatural, but do try not to be rigid or scripted. Be yourself, smile and act like it’s a normal interview. If you feel yourself rushing, take a deep breath and make yourself comfortable between questions. It’s a real opportunity to show us your personality as well as your passion for the programme. Knowing where the camera is and doing some practice beforehand will ensure a more natural delivery.

6) Make sure you read up on the Frontline competencies. It’s really important to be able to demonstrate the right competencies in the competency-based questions at the beginning of your application and at the assessment centre, so check them out here.

7) Take each stage of the application process as you go. If you make it to the assessment centre, we will be delighted to meet you. Make sure you have a good night’s sleep before and be prepared to adapt to whatever we give you on the day!

8) Be yourself at assessment centre. Don’t try to anticipate how we want you to act, because it’s important we see the real you and what unique qualities you would bring to the role.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your application.