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How do I answer Selection Criteria?
WHAT IS SELECTION CRITERIA?
Selection Criteria is a list of desirable and/or essential criteria that your potential future employer requires you to have to qualify for the advertised position. It’s usually based on the role itself and the skills needed to perform the job properly. The questions also may test your knowledge on the specific health service and their code of conduct.
WHY IS SELECTION CRITERIA IMPORTANT?
Selection Criteria is designed to help your future employer make an accurate assessment about your skills when you apply, in comparison with the role requirements. It also gives them a look at your written communication skills and your ability to follow instructions.
DO I HAVE TO RESPOND TO THE SELECTION CRITERIA ON EVERY APPLICATION?
Yes, you do. No matter how well qualified or suited you are to a position, if you do not address the Selection Criteria when required then your application will not make it through to the assessors. Make sure you check what information you need to provide before submitting your application! This will give you the best opportunity to be considered for the position.
WHAT IS STAR CRITERIA FORMAT?
The STAR Criteria is the desired format for most Health entities in Australia. It is designed to help you address the Selection Criteria with all the information that the assessors need to make a decision about your application. The format ensures that your responses provide evidence to support claims you make through relevant examples.
Here’s a breakdown of the STAR Criteria format:
- Situation- In this section, you should provide a brief outline of the situation or setting of the example you intend to use. You should provide context- the role title, the location and the time period.
- Task- In this section, you should outline what role you played as a part of the situation, describing what you did as part of this role?
- Actions- In this section, you should outline what you did in the situation you’ve described and how you did it.
- Results- In this section, you should outline what the outcome of the situation was, and what you achieved. Be sure to consider what the results were of what you did and how it relates to the job you are applying for.
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WHEN IS AN EXAMPLE REQUIRED?
Most Selection Criteria will include a combination of questions that require either an example or a simple response.
Selection Criteria questions that require examples are typically written like:
“Demonstrated excellent communication skills (verbal and written), and computer skills”, or “Demonstrate your ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team”.
Selection Criteria questions that do not require examples, and just need a simple written response are typically written like:
“MBBS or equivalent and completion of at least one postgraduate year”, or “Currently registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia”.
TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SELECTION CRITERIA:
Hospital jobs attract a high number of applications. To ensure your application stands out, demonstrate that you understand what the position requires and include examples that detail how your previous experience will help you undertake these requirements.
Study the position description, including the key Selection Criteria, along with any other relevant information you have collected. If there are any Selection Criteria questions you do not meet, it’s a good idea to check if you are still eligible to apply. You can call the advertising contact officer during normal business hours. Their name and telephone number will be in the job details and they will be happy to answer your questions.
TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CV AND COVERING LETTER:
To find our more tips for preparing your CV and Cover letter, please see our blog: https://peoplemedical.com.au/question_of_the_week_291117/
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