How to address key selection criteria

How badly do you want that role? If working at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is the dream job for you, stop and think hard about the key selection criteria for the role.

The key criteria for a job are standards you’ll need to meet. They’re usually spelled out as the qualities, knowledge and skills needed for the job.

If you follow our nine golden rules you stand a better chance of acing the competition:

1. Understand the process. Employers everywhere use key criteria to compare applicants against the same measures. It’s no different for GC2018.

2. Study the role description. Take your time and think about what the organisers are really looking for. Break it down into bullet points to answer.

3. Do your preparation. The more preparation you do, the better your answers will be. Read the GC2018 website and Google the latest news. It might even be worth reading reviews about the experiences of previous employees. Also, look for articles about what it was like to work there. This knowledge will really help you stand out from other candidates.

4. Match criteria. Print out your CV and compare it with the requirements for the role. Can you see matches? It’s perfectly acceptable to give examples from extracurricular activities such as sports or charity work.

5. Keep the layout simple. Bullet points and short sentences are best. Time poor organisers are looking for the key points in a few words. Less is more when it comes to job applications.

6. Give STAR responses. Applicants with relevant and credible examples addressing the criteria in the role description are more likely to make it to the top of the pile. The “STAR” method works well when ensuring you meet the key criteria. Explain the “Situation” where the relevant example came from, such as customer service, follow that with the “Task”, which is your role in the example, outline what “Action” you took, and spell out the “Result”.

7. Substantiate your claims. Rather than say: “I worked in a team”, be specific about what your role was in the team.

8. Choose your words carefully. It’s not uncommon for recruiters or employers to spend 30 seconds or less scanning your application. If the right words jump out, your application will be worthy of further attention. It’s exactly the same with GC2018. Where possible use exactly the same words and language that is used in the role description.

9. Ask someone to proofread your responses. A fresh set of eyes is best to ensure that you have answered the questions and used correct spelling and grammar. Ask that person if he or she would employ you at GC2018 based on your replies to the key criteria in the role description.

By addressing the key criteria, you will put yourself ahead of most of the competition. So take your time preparing your answers. All of that homework will pay off when you go for the interview.