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Stages of Application Feedback

Interview Application Feedback

As you build your selection criteria for an application, get feedback.

As aspiring leaders, feedback is a GIFT. It is an essential part of your leadership journey. The GIFT of feedback is going to provide vast benefits and few drawbacks. You want to experience as many opportunities as possible to get feedback so that when the time comes, you can give great feedback.

My mentor says to me. "No great thing is built on theory".

When writing your selection criteria responses, you want to seek feedback from different people at different times.

Stage 1: Initial draft of selection criteria

When you are still feeling your way through your first draft, it's good to get frequent and specific feedback on the smaller sections of your responses. Write something, get a fellow aspiring leader to read it. Don't spend ages putting the whole thing together. You are at risk of going completely off the track if you go it alone.

Its important at this stage to not be precious with your words. The process of writing your draft is going have you writing and rewriting sections multiple times. I’d suggest keeping all past version as you make edits. Sections you once discarded can often be helpful to reread, either mining for leadership actions or validating that you haven’t missed anything.

If you feel like you are better at talking it out, then there are a few ways you could do that. Create a group of people that are supportive and possibly experienced in this area to brainstorm with you. Record yourself retelling a leadership story that aligns with one of the selection criteria. Speak into a auto translating piece of software to get a transcription of your words. I recommend Otter.ai as it will both record you and translate as well.

Pull everything together into your first full draft. Read it. Sleep on it. Read it out loud.

Stage 2: Fully written application

Ask your line manager to provide you feedback, be that a Head of Department/Heat Teacher etc. Once you have their permission, send a digital/paper version and also the role description for the position you are applying for. If this piece of writing not for a specific job but is for future applications, then this is not necessary. Give them ample time to read through it all. Set up a 60-minute meeting to get the feedback they provide.

Stage 3: Edited application

Seek permission from someone in an executive position in the school to give feedback on your application. Do everything the same as Stage 2; the role description, ample time and a scheduled feedback session.

Stage 4: Unsuccessful submitted application

Well done on submitting an application! Even though you were not successful, it is another opportunity for feedback. As soon as you receive the official email telling you that you were unsuccessful, email back straight away to ask for feedback. There could be a large number of applicants so it is important that you are specific in the feedback you are requesting.


Here is blog post covering the way you can structure your feedback email and questions you could ask.

If you are at Stage 1 or 2 and need support, book in for my Selection Criteria Review Session.