How to respond to the selection criterion: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, follow instructions and work as a member of a team.


Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, follow instructions and work as a member of a team.

This is a common key selection criterion used by employers to ascertain a candidate’s ability to work effectively as a collaborative team player. When writing your selection criteria response, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Essentially, the employer wants to know that you’ll be someone who converses well with others, listens to and complies with instructions given and does with a positive, cooperative and proactive manner.
  • To communicate effectively, means to both speak and write clearly and concisely without confusion or misunderstanding. This is an important skill to have because many problems in the work place can be resolved by just improving the way we talk and write to others. The tone, pitch and words we use can make a big difference.
  • Employers also appreciate having employees who follow instruction without issue. It frustrates managers and supervisors when their subordinates argue with them or don’t follow what is asked of them. It’s frustrating and someone no employer wants to have to deal with.
  • And lastly, every workplace works well when people are team players. Having ‘good team player skills’ is not something that you just include when writing your CV. It’s not just some buzz word. It’s a real, critical, valuable and important skill that every employee must have and demonstrate. Most jobs involve working in a team. And not everyone is a ‘team player’.
  • Being a good team player is when you work collaboratively with your colleagues and contribute to meeting team goals.

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