The content of your response should succinctly outline that you not only possess the required competencies, but that you can demonstrate the application of your capabilities and actual outcomes.Some common selection criteria includes: While these are fairly generic examples, selection criteria can be quite complex so you need to ensure that you have responded to all elements of that being asked.If you have the track record, you already have your answers to the questions.
So regarding your response, be brief and factual and try to refrain from exceeding more than half a page.
If it helps, and believe me it will, use bullet points or short sentences to map out your reply.
Also be aware that the key selection criteria will play a very important role in gaining that interview. Employers use key criteria to compare applicants equally.
So the more relevant your responses to the criteria are, the greater your chance of landing a job interview.
For example project management is a generic skill set which can be used in a wide range of contexts. Use examples that match the level of authority Work is organised in a hierarchy.
The more senior the role, the more authority it carries.As such I have very honed skills in the planning, preparation and execution of activities through to completion.From a recruiter’s perspective, this response says a lot about the interpersonal qualities and work ethic of the applicant.If you are applying for a finance or human resources role, pick examples from these contexts.If you don’t have such examples, then pick ones that show transferable skills.They cleverly told a story about their skills that gave great insight into a number of desirable employee characteristics.If you lack direct experience, look to your work in a related field, study and/or community interest.You must respond to both, however if you cannot demonstrate that you have the necessary skills, abilities, experience or qualifications, particularly for the ‘essential’ criteria, you may need to reassess if you are able to meet the demands of the role.In formulating a response, keep in mind that this is not an opportunity to write a novel, rather the time poor recruiter will scan your responses for key words. Now is the time to peruse the document for key words or phrases such as the ability to meet selection criteria responses.Job seekers, I know you understand when I say applying for a job can be time consuming.Generally though once you have a generic application letter and resume completed, the process speeds up.