5 Steps to apply for a Hatch role

Before you start: Read up on the role information
Step 1: Confirm your availability
Step 2: Demonstrate your ability
Step 3: Role video
Step 4: Submit application

Before you start: Read up on the role information

Take your time watching the video and reading through all of the information on the role page! Managers will often be looking for more than the skills they list down and often the role description, summary of candidate or company information can give insight into what these additional skills or capabilities are. 

Hatch tips: 

  • Take notes of the specific language the manager uses and see if you can weave it into your responses!

  • Research the company. What do they do? How do they refer to themselves? 

Step 1: Confirm your availability

Honesty is key!

Be upfront about what you will and won’t be able to commit to as it won’t necessarily influence the final hiring decision. Managers would much rather know up front that you can’t work Monday’s rather than finding out later in the journey! Make sure you also check out the role location.

Step 2: Describe your skills

This is your chance to showcase your skills and describe where you have used them before. Remember, even if you haven’t used that skill in a related professional context is doesn’t mean you can’t do it. So think about the experiences you’ve had applying this skill and how those experiences are similar to this role. 

Hatch tips:

  • Describing your involvement in university societies, academic or personal interest projects can be just as powerful as experience in a professional context.

  • Having an awesome example of applying the skill in a university setting is better than having a mediocre example where you “sort-of did this” at work. 

  • Make your responses have enough detail. It’s not enough to say you can do something - you need to describe how you do that or what experiences led you to be able to do that.

  • When in doubt, follow the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

  • Your answers don’t need to be super lengthy but long enough to cover off all the important points (min. 100 words).

So, what does a great response look like?

Skill: Content Creation

“For the past 12 months, I have been part of the marketing team for the PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Program at Macquarie University. PACE engages students in real world learning activities and experiences within Australia and around the world. My role within the team involved creating marketing content that is suitable across a range of advertising platforms including social media posts, internet banners and strip ads as well as interest articles and blog posts. Upon joining the marketing team there was very little clarity around how content should be written across platforms. After reviewing the content that had been developed over the past three months as well as the metrics we use to gauge the success of marketing campaigns, I was able to understand which techniques generated the most impact and created some guidelines for content across different platforms. For example, we noticed that people engaged most frequently with Facebook Posts when there was a question at the start of the copy so we aimed to ensure that the majority of our posts used this technique to engage viewers. After implementing these guidelines we noticed greater engagement with our content across platforms. We still use this to guide our thinking around content creation and use these guidelines as a basis to train new content writers coming on board!” 

And, what about a not-so great response?

Skill: Content Creation

“I recently joined the Sydney University Mathematics Society. I was assigned to the team that manage our social media accounts. We are required to send out weekly updates and comms detailing our club’s activities and achievements. Each Monday I check what the group members got up to the previous week and write a short summary of the strongest story or most interesting project which I then publish on our social media outlets (including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). 


  • Be specific and detailed

  • Write about the situation in a logical way so that your points flow into one another

  • Follow the STAR technique

  • Use full sentences and proofread everything

  • Where possible include descriptions of the objective or measurable outcomes resulting from your actions

  • Think about a time where you applied this skill strongly


  • Avoid using ‘we’ and ‘us’ when you’re describing the tasks required and the actions you took - focus on what you did specifically

  • Avoid abbreviating words (e.g. communications → comms)

  • Don’t reference a scenario/situation that resulted in negative (or neutral) outcomes

Step 3: Role video

The purpose of the video is to make sure the hiring manager has an idea of the real you... so try to relax and be as authentic and genuine as possible. 

What’s awesome about the video component is that you get the opportunity to leave a lasting impression! That being said, be mindful of the background being captured in the video - try to avoid background clutter or distraction. Also, no need to ‘dress to impress’ but be careful not to go too informal, so no robe and pj’s.

Part One: Introduce yourself and describe why you're interested in the role.
Really put some thought into why you’re applying for this role - what part of the role or the company first caught your eye? Don’t be scared to show them you know who they are and what they do but make sure you relate these statements to why it motivated you to apply.

Part two:
Share a past experience you've had that would prepare you for the role.
Try to answer the video question using the STAR framework - it might help guide how you think about the situation you’re talking about and help make clear how transferable your skills are. Also, we know it’s tempting but try not to read off a script. By all means jot down they key points you want to cover but steer clear of reading word-for-word as it’s super obvious and less personal - besides, you won’t have a script when you start to interview so may as well practice now!

Step 4: Submit your application

Super simple - just click 'Submit your application' and you're done!

Hatch tips

  • Be careful to proofread anything you’re submitting including your written responses to the skills section and your CV - typos can give the impression that you aren’t detail oriented.

  • Your CV and your LinkedIn profile should be up-to-date and they should speak to each other.

  • Make sure the role descriptions on your CV are to-the-point and showcase what transferable skills you gained in that role.

  • If you’re feeling a little ‘under-experienced’ try a virtual internship with our partner Inside Sherpa  or check out the entry level internships on Ribit.

And you’re done! All the best :) 

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