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Position description

The position description provides relevant information about the position including:

  • organisational area
  • tasks, duties and responsibilities
  • supervision received / given
  • job title and working conditions, eg hours, salary
  • the selection criteria

Selection criteria

Selection criteria describe the qualifications, skills, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities required to perform the duties of the position successfully.

Selection criteria for a position vary in importance and can be classified as either essential (mandatory / must have) or desirable (preferable / optional). The applicant who best meets the essential and desirable selection criteria for the position will be the successful applicant. Applicants must address both the essential and desirable selection criteria in their application.

Applications that are received without addressing the selection criteria, will not be considered by the Selection Committee.

This process enables the selection committee to obtain the relevant information required to shortlist suitable candidates. Interview questions are based on the selection criteria for the position.

The wording of each criterion tells you the ideal level of knowledge and skill needed for the job.

  • 'Ability to acquire' means that you have the potential to learn the skill or knowledge
  • 'Knowledge', 'demonstrated' or 'proven ability' means that you possess the knowledge or have performed the activity successfully or used the skill in the past. You should have actual experience.
  • 'Thorough', 'detailed', 'good', 'sound' or 'high level' gives an indication that advanced skill, knowledge, and / or ability is required.

How applications are processed

You will receive an automated email acknowledgment upon submission of your application. Shortlisting usually takes place within four weeks of the closing date for applications.

Your application will be read by all members of the selection committee and assessed against the selection criteria for the position.

The selection committee will decide which applicants meet the selection criteria sufficiently to be placed on a shortlist.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited by telephone to attend an interview for the position.

Shortlisted applicants should advise the person arranging the interview of any access or support requirements they need addressed for them to attend the interview (eg accessible parking or adaptive equipment).

The selection process

The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection to advertised positions is based on merit, which means that the person judged most able to perform the duties of the position will be appointed to the position.

The principle of 'equity' is also applied to the University's recruitment and selection practices, which means that the University will seek to create conditions under which all persons will have an equal opportunity to seek and obtain employment.

For each vacancy a statement of duties, selection criteria and information on the University and/or organisational area is available to applicants.

Preparing for an interview

Careful preparation for the interview will ensure that you give yourself the best possible chance for success.

Your preparation could include the following:

  • Interview questions will relate to the selection criteria, so plan your answers to the questions you are likely to be asked in the interview. You could be asked to provide specific examples of your past behaviour and performance which demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria.
  • Bring to the interview those documents and work samples which prove you meet the selection criteria (eg original copies of relevant educational qualifications, samples of relevant work and written evaluations of your work).
  • Plan which question(s) you will ask the selection committee.
  • Arrive on time for the interview.
  • Try to relax — the selection committee is probably nervous too.

Positive interview behaviours

  • Be straightforward and completely honest.
  • Listen and ask questions.
  • Correct any mistaken impressions gained by the selection committee from your application.
  • Volunteer relevant information to support your application.
  • Be aware of your body language (eg maintain eye contact with committee members, don't slouch, speak clearly).

In making their selection, the committee will score each applicant interviewed according to how well they meet each selection criterion.

The committees decision will be based directly on each applicant's rating against the selection criteria based on interview, referee reports and other selection measures if applicable, such as work based tests.

Notification of appointment

If successful, you will be telephoned by a member of the committee and will receive a letter of offer in the mail.

Successful applicants should not make any decisions regarding the offer of employment until the written letter of offer is received, read and understood.

If you have been interviewed and are unsuccessful, you will be telephoned by a member of the committee, usually within two to three weeks of interview.

The University of the Sunshine Coast is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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