Exceptional Tuition and Resumes - Selection Criteria
What is selection criteria?
Selection criteria are the important elements or requirements of a role that employers consider when they're recruiting for a position.
There are two parts or types of a selection criteria which an employer may choose to use. These are essential criteria and desirable criteria:
Essential criteria ('must have' criteria) - You must meet all of the 'essential' criteria in order to be seriously considered for a role.
Desirable criteria ('nice to have' criteria) - It is not necessary for you to have the qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined in 'desirable' criteria.
For best results as a jobseeker, you should aim to meet both criteria. If you don't meet any criteria or only one set, don't apply for the role as your application will more likely be thrown away.
Why is selection criteria important for jobseekers?
When answered well, the selection criteria can help employees to:
-Demonstrate capability by providing evidence of how you meet the selection criteria
-provide specific details to employers
-Indicate success or a result
-Demonstrate competency to deal with certain situations
How can selection criteria help employers?
It can assist employers by
- Indicating relevant knowledge and skills of their applicants
- Providing past examples of behaviour and outcomes in certain situations
- Assessing suitability of candidates
How can you use selection criteria to sell yourself as a jobseeker?
You can use the selection criteria to sell yourself as a jobseeker by:
- Setting yourself apart from other candidates
- Highlighting important knowledge and skills necessary
- Demonstrating abilities to handle yourself in a variety of situations
- Providing honest, well thought out and organised responses to clearly communicate that you meet the essential criteria (and desirable criteria).
How do you answer selection criteria effectively?
You can answer selection criteria using the STAR method:
S - Situation : what was the situation? (brief outline)
T - Task : What were the main issues involved with the situation? What needed to be done?
A - Action : What were the steps you took to complete the task?
R - Result : What was the outcome? What lessons did you learn from this event?
When addressing a selection criteria it is important that you clearly understand the selection criteria. When addressing each selection criterion you should begin with an opening sentence that clearly states that you are addressing that particular criterion. Before writing your response, brainstorm ideas for each criterion from your recent employment and provide evidence that demonstrates you meet the criterion. Once addressed, you should review you responses to ensure you have addressed all aspects of the criterion, used strong action (doing) words, used positive language and avoided unsupported claims about your capabilities.
To effectively answer a selection criteria ensure that you:
-Read everything carefully
-Use full, concise sentences which give detailed examples for each criteria
-Aim for a third or half a page for each response
-Use different examples for each criteria
-Use the word "I" because the responses are about you
-Use the STAR method for each question
-Keep everything in the past tense
-Make your responses faultless
How do employers use selection criteria?
Employers use selection criteria to measure how well you could perform in a job based on your:
- level of knowledge / qualifications