1. ## Answering Key Selection Criteria

What are you hints and tips to answering KSC?

I'm applying for a job with 7 KSC, so I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.

Because the job is a promotion in my current workplace, I know what my boss will be expecting a smashing application.

Anyway, would love to hear some tips!

TIA

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I normally use the STAR approach. Covers everything you need and gives them the idea of what you have done, why and the results. I don't know if its the correct way but that's how I do them.
Good luck, I hate doing KSCs!

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4. Originally Posted by silverbreeze
I normally use the STAR approach. Covers everything you need and gives them the idea of what you have done, why and the results. I don't know if its the correct way but that's how I do them.
Good luck, I hate doing KSCs!
I've never hear of the STAR approach, going to google!

Thank you and yes, I agree, KSC's suck.

5. Subbing for tips. I'm helping my dh look for jobs and so many with ksc!

6. I have mostly applied for Government jobs and I always use STAR as well, so S-situation, T-task, A-action, R-result. Make sure you are saying what you did, not the team etc. Make sure you are backing things up with examples. Do you have to write an example per selection criteria or (eg 300 x 7) or do you have to do just a statement? If it's a statement I usually like to find my really strong examples that touch on multiple selection criteria.

Good luck - I hate writing job applications

7. STAR is what I use too and always provide an example demonstrating each of the KSC. Do you know anyone at that higher level who could look over your application when you've finished? I've always found that helpful when applying so you know that you're hitting the key phrases that you're supposed to (or is that just a government thing).

Answering KSC criteria is so forced, always tough to do particularly when they limit you to 2 or 3 pages.

Good luck!

8. Originally Posted by smallpotatoes
I have mostly applied for Government jobs and I always use STAR as well, so S-situation, T-task, A-action, R-result. Make sure you are saying what you did, not the team etc. Make sure you are backing things up with examples. Do you have to write an example per selection criteria or (eg 300 x 7) or do you have to do just a statement? If it's a statement I usually like to find my really strong examples that touch on multiple selection criteria.

Good luck - I hate writing job applications
Thank you!

This is a government job too (department of education). I have to answer each selection criteria. I think they expect at least a page long response per KSC. One of them will be longer.

Should I be covering an overview in the answer too? For example, one of the criteria is 'strong operational knowledge in financial and human resource management'. So should I say 'financial management is ...... Blah blah blah' then go into STAR?

9. Originally Posted by Cat74
STAR is what I use too and always provide an example demonstrating each of the KSC. Do you know anyone at that higher level who could look over your application when you've finished? I've always found that helpful when applying so you know that you're hitting the key phrases that you're supposed to (or is that just a government thing).

Answering KSC criteria is so forced, always tough to do particularly when they limit you to 2 or 3 pages.

Good luck!
I don't have a page limit! But can't be too long or too short! But yes, KSC can be very forced.

The people who I would normally get to read my application can't this time because they might be on the panel!! I've got a friend coming around who is an English teacher and writes amazing KSC so she will help me and also proof read and fix up my grammar!!

10. Originally Posted by cheekychook
Thank you!

This is a government job too (department of education). I have to answer each selection criteria. I think they expect at least a page long response per KSC. One of them will be longer.

Should I be covering an overview in the answer too? For example, one of the criteria is 'strong operational knowledge in financial and human resource management'. So should I say 'financial management is ...... Blah blah blah' then go into STAR?
I'd be inclined to go straight in for the STAR approach as they will know it. The jobs I usually apply for have short word limits, so I try to conserve as many words for getting my points across as possible.

No limit is really hard!

11. Originally Posted by smallpotatoes
I'd be inclined to go straight in for the STAR approach as they will know it. The jobs I usually apply for have short word limits, so I try to conserve as many words for getting my points across as possible.

No limit is really hard!
Great, I'll do that, thank you.

So using the same KSC as I have written above, you'd do STAR for each point, yeah? So star for financial management and star for humans resource management?

Thank you so much for letting me ask you silly question!

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