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Organisation is the ability to be systematic and efficient. Strong organisational skills are demonstrated by planning your time and your workload effectively. An ability to meet deadlines will provide recruiters with the evidence that you possess good organisational skills. Organisational skills are vital to be effective and efficient in the modern workplace.

Activities where you could develop organisational skills

The following activities, which may be undertaken as part of or alongside your studies, can be good ways to develop your organisational skills:

You could volunteer for a position of responsibility such as student Representative within your academic department.

How is organisation assessed in recruitment?

Some examples of application form and interview questions which are designed to test organisation skills:

  • Give an example of when you had to organise a piece of work, project or event.
  • Even the most organised individuals may find that they overlook some of the activities required in planning new activities / initiatives. Tell us about a time when this happened to you.
  • What is the key to effective organisation skills?
  • Tell me about a social event that you have organised, what lessons did you learn?

If you are unsure how to structure an answer for either application or interview questions, visit the application and interviews section of our website and find out about the CAR (context, action, result) and STAR (situation, task, action, result) models. Our recommendations are based on feedback from employers.