How to respond to the selection criteria: communicate effectively with stakeholders


Communication skills are an essential part of any job - it's important to speak and write clearly

Have you recently come across a selection criteria which asks you to communicate effectively with stakeholders and be able to write clearly and concisely?


If so, I can give you some guidance as to what they may be looking for and how to respond appropriately. As professional selection criteria writers, we understand what it takes write good responses.


For this particular criteria, the employer wants to know that you can engage effectively with stakeholders, both the way you speak (verbal communication skills) and they way you write (written communication skills). Stakeholders are anyone that you deal with on a day to day basis as part of fulfilling the duties of your position.


Good communication skills include examples where you have spoken and written in a way that comes across clearly, concisely, accurately and straight to the point. It's also important to be personable. Stakeholders like dealing with people, not robots or corporate beings with no feelings or emotion.


This kind of selection criteria is common to jobs in Government and public service. Stakeholders can include anyone internal or external to the organisation.

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