7 Tips for Writing a Writing in the Selective Process

Here’s how to write a text that demonstrates your skills and is well evaluated by the recruiter

If you do not know how to do essay writing for a selective process, this is the time to prepare for it. You may not have experienced this, but it is common for some companies to ask candidates to write a text at some point in the selection.

This essay usually has about 20 or 30 lines. The theme can be free or pre-determined. The goal is basically to assess your ability to express yourself in writing, how you organize ideas, and conduct your argument and, of course, your knowledge of the language and grammar. Nothing much different from what you learned in school, when you trained for the college entrance exam.

Do you want to remember? Check out these tips.

How To Make a Writing to Get a Job

1 – How to choose the theme of the essay

If the theme is free, you can choose a topic that is comfortable for you. The ideal is to talk about work – your area of action, your career, the company and your performance in the segment in which it operates. The important thing is to choose a subject that you know well and, if possible, can expose some personal experience. This, incidentally, can be a great differential because it makes its argument different from that made by competitors.

If you continually invest in your training, an idea, for example, is talk about continuing education. You can start by talking about the importance of staying current, telling your experience – what you studied, what each course brought to your career, and so on.

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

2 – Divide the text into three parts

You are very likely to have to write a dissertation. Remember what that is? That very common text in the vestibular that is divided in three parts: idea, argumentation 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 a path only and follow. That is, even if you believe a subject is “relative”, choose one side and argue. This clear choice reduces your chance of getting lost in argument.

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

In part three, take up the initial idea and present your conclusion.

3 – Make a “scheme”

So as not to get lost in the text, create a short 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, as we suggested above, think of which idea you are going to defend, what you will argue, and what conclusion you will come up with. Simple thing.


Idea: education is indispensable for career growth

Arguments: everything changes quickly, knowledge of the graduation is old, I did post and I was promoted, I did an MBA and I got another job (contacts, managerial knowledge)

Conclusion: investing in education continually made all the difference in my career

4 – Use simple and direct language

If writing is not your job or your hobby, maybe this task will make you nervous. That means it’s not the time to take a chance. Preferably use short sentences, following the infallible subject + verb + complement formula. Be objective and avoid words that you are not sure of the meaning. For example, it is common for people to use “assertiveness” as the quality of those who “hit”. Assertiveness is the characteristic of who is “assertive,” that is, someone who demonstrates firmness in attitudes and words, someone who is direct, whether right or wrong. Do not risk not to compromise the reader’s understanding. And of course, do not make mistakes in Portuguese.

5 – Avoid slang and excessive English terms

Even if you are fluent in the language, avoid terms that are not widely used in Brazil. Of course you can say smartphone or email. But avoid, for example, saying forecast in place of forecast, profit instead of profit etc. Slang also does not bring any benefit to your text.

6 – Be clear

Think that the text itself should be understandable to anyone who will read it. If you have to follow up to explain what you are saying, it is not good enough.

7 – Practice Writing

Writing is a skill that you develop by just practicing. That means spending some time writing (yes!) And reading (some quality, please). Unfortunately, knowing these tips is not enough to know how to do an essay. Ideally, you should practice writing, doing one essay per day, or at least one writing per week. Believe: your text will improve greatly from one to another.

Lastly, think that writing is to put on paper or on the computer screen what you want to say to someone. It’s no more complicated than that. You just need to take more care with the words you are going to use and make sure the message is being transmitted efficiently. After all, you will not be there to answer questions or to realize from the recruiter’s expression that he did not understand anything. Simple.