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7 Tips To Make The Best Essay In The Selection Process

Congratulations, you’re done with schooling, completed the mandatory one year of service (NYSC)… so what next? You need to get a job! Well, that’s fair enough. But, ask yourself; have you got what it takes to make it through the selection process?

Yea, you have the certificate, you’ve gone through the educational process and you think you’re good to go. Well, you probably should have a rethink because you actually might not be able to compose a text that demonstrates your skills and is well evaluated by the recruiter.

Wow! How come you’ve not thought of this before? Why has this secret eluded you for a long time now? Simple! Most job seeking graduates don’t know how to qualify this process.

To them, it’s just another phase of the job ‘interview.’ While they may not be entirely wrong, writing an essay to make it through the selection process isn’t really an interview, rather it centres on your individuality and how you can serve the company you’re applying to. You may not have gone through this situation yet, but it is common for some companies to ask candidates to write a text at some stage of the selection.

So, if you don’t know how to write in the selection process, now is the time to prepare for it.

In this article you will see:

  • Why do companies ask for essay in the selection process?
  • How to write for a job
    1. How to choose the subject of the essay
    2. Divide the text into three parts
    3. Make a “scheme”
    4. Use simple and direct language
    5. Avoid slang and excessive terms in English
    6. Bring clarity and consistency to the text
    7. Practice writing


Why do companies ask for essay in the selection process?


When companies ask candidates to write an essay in the selection process, they usually want to evaluate some points, such as:

  • The ability you have to express yourself in writing;
  • The way you organize ideas and conduct your arguments;
  • Your knowledge of language and grammar;

Therefore, it is important to be careful not to make mistakes in English.


How to write for a job

The writing of the selection process usually has about 20 or 30 lines. The theme can be free or predetermined. Fortunately, the essay is not very different from what you learned to do in school, when you trained for the entrance exam.

1. How to choose the subject of the essay

If the topic is free, you can choose a topic that is comfortable for you. The ideal  thing is to talk about work – your area of expertise, your career, the company and your performance in the segment in which it operates.

It is important to choose a subject that you know well and, if possible, can expose some personal experience. This, in fact, can be a great differential because it makes your argument different from that made by competitors.

If you continuously invest in your training, one idea, for example, is to talk about continuing education. You can start by talking about the importance of keeping up to date, telling your experience – what you have studied, what each course has brought to your career, etc.

Avoid controversial issues, both openly controversial such as politics, religion and football as well as those that can be misinterpreted, such as family (whether or not to have children) etc.

2. Divide the text into three parts

It is very likely that you will have to write a dissertation. Remember what that is? That very common text in the entrance exams is divided into three parts: idea, argument and conclusion.

In the first part of the text you must present the subject – even if it is proposed by the company. State the idea that you will defend. It is best to choose only one path and follow.
That is, even if you believe that a subject is “relative”, choose a side and argue. This clear choice reduces the chance that you will get lost in the argument.

In the second part, show your arguments. Why do you think that way? What have you read about that that you can quote? Mentioning writers, journalists, researchers and real cases always gives more weight to your argument.

In the third part, resume the initial idea and present its conclusion, closing what was presented in the text.

3. Make a “scheme”

In order not to get lost in the text, create a small outline of what you intend to write, in the corner of the page or even mentally.

If the proposed subject is “continuing education”, for example, think about what idea you will defend, what you will argue and what conclusion you will present. Simple!

See this example:


Topic: education is indispensable for career growth;
Arguments: everything changes fast, knowledge of graduation is old, I did post post and was promoted, I did MBA and got another job (contacts, managerial knowledge);
Conclusion: Investing in education continuously made all the difference in my career


4. Use simple and direct language

If writing is not your job or hobby, this task may make you nervous. This means that it is not time to take a chance.

Preferably use short phrases, following the infallible subject + verb + complement formula . Be objective and avoid words that you are not sure of the meaning.

It is common, for example, for people to use “assertiveness” as the quality of those who “get it right”. Assertiveness is the characteristic of someone who is “assertive”, that is, someone who demonstrates firmness in attitudes and words, someone who is direct, regardless of being right or wrong.

Avoid taking chances to not compromise the reader’s understanding. And, of course, a lot of attention to the grammar, punctuation, cohesion and coherence of the text.

5. Avoid slang and excessive terms in English

Even if you are fluent in the language, avoid terms that are widely used in Nigeria. Avoid, for example, saying prediction instead of forecast, dough instead of profit etc.. Slang also does not bring any benefit to your text.

6. Bring clarity and consistency to the text
Think that the text itself should be understandable to those who are going to read. If you have to follow along to explain what you’re saying, it’s not good enough.
7. Practice writing
Writing is a skill that you develop just by practicing. That means spending time writing (yes!) And reading (something quality, please).
Unfortunately, knowing these tips is not enough to know how to write an essay. Ideally, you should practice writing, doing an essay a day or at least one essay a week.
Believe me: your text will improve a lot from one to another.
Finally, think that writing is putting on paper or on your computer screen what you want to say to someone. It is no more complicated than that.
You just need to be more careful with the words you are going to use and make sure the message is being conveyed effectively. After all, you won’t be there to answer questions or to realize, from the recruiter’s expression, that he didn’t understand something.