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.
Preparing your application
Depending on the role you are applying for, you will be required to provide either a Statement of Claims or address Selection Criteria:
Statement of Claims
Prepare a statement of claims that is no more than two A4 pages. An effective statement of claims will highlight your key strengths and achievements, and include relevant examples that clearly demonstrate how your knowledge, skills and experience align with the role requirements.
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 or desirable. Applicants must address both the essential and desirable selection criteria in their application.
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 to address the selection criteria:
- Include details on how you meet each of the selection criteria provided for the position.
- Be brief and to the point using positive language. If you have been responsible for something, use active language (eg 'I implemented...', rather than just saying 'A system was implemented').
- Provide examples and figures to support your achievements (eg number of staff supervised, results of the changes you made).
- It is recommended you treat each criterion as equally important, and address each one individually and thoroughly.
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.
The selection committee will decide which applicants meet the requirements sufficiently to be placed on a shortlist.
If your application is successful in being shortlisted, we will contact you to invite you to attend an interview.
Shortlisted applicants should advise the person arranging the interview of any access or support requirements they need addressed to attend the interview (eg accessible parking or adaptive equipment).
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:
- Research USC. Find out about our history, what we offer, and our strategic direction.
- Interview questions will relate to the selection criteria or the key responsibilities, qualifications and experience, 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.
- Bring to the interview those documents and work samples which prove you meet the requirements of the role (eg original copies of relevant educational qualifications, samples of relevant work and written evaluations of your work).
- Plan which questions you will ask the selection committee.
- Know the directions and parking arrangements for the campus you are attending and arrive on time for the interview.
- Try to relax — the selection committee is probably nervous too.
Positive interview behaviours
Use the opportunity of an interview to give the selection committee further information about yourself and for you to learn more about the role and USC:
- 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).
Reference checks may be conducted for preferred applicants with their nominated referees in order to verify and supplement information in relation to the applicant’s suitability.
Notification of appointment
In making their selection, the committee will consider how well the applicant meets the requirements of the role. The committee’s decision will be based directly on each applicant's rating based on interview, referee reports and other selection measures if applicable, such as work based tests.
If successful, you will be telephoned by a member of the committee, which will be followed by a letter of offer.
If you have been interviewed and are unsuccessful, you will be contacted by a member of the committee, usually within two to three weeks of interview.
Those who have not been successful in gaining an interview will be notified by email.
We wish you all the best in your recruitment journey with USC.
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