Selection Criteria Examples

When writing your Selection Criteria Examples, use the opportunity to answer each criterion in your own words, detailing your daily activities, skills and strengths in a clear, comprehensive and professional manner.

It is important to note that many job advertisements do not require separate Selection Criteria and instead they can be answered during the course of writing your resume and cover letter. However, many government roles (among others) require that you provide separate Selection Criteria Examples.

A few key points to keep in mind:

  • Use a classic font. In fact, use the same font and similar layout to your resume and cover letter. Also, remember to eliminate any graphics or images.
  • Aim to fill around half a page for each answer - or at least a third per criterion. I would try not to exceed one full page per criterion. While you want to be as thorough as possible, you do not want to make it harder for the reader.  They will have hundreds of applications to get through.
  • Don’t embellish – stick to the facts and leave out any personal details such as contact information etc. You should have already provided these in your other documents.
  • Use a mixture of paragraphs, headings and a few dot points to make it easier on the eye and more enjoyable to read.
  • Sell yourself – nobody else is going to do it for you.
  • Each criterion is equally as important as the next, treat them as such.

I have provided an extract below which is a stripped-back version to give you an idea of how to write your own.

Selection Criteria Examples - page 1 and 2 below

If the thought of writing your own Selection Criteria leaves you screaming and running for the hills, you're not alone. Me too!  Writing Selection Criteria can be a daunting process however, it doesn't have to be. The good news is you are expected to write Selection Criteria using your own words - albeit the cleaned up version. Focus on the question breaking it down so you can provide a complete a answer. 

What they want to know is:

  1. Can you do the job?  Make sure you understand the question and answer it fully. Give examples of situations where you solved a related problem, how you did it and what was the outcome.
  2. Can you follow instructions i.e., stick to the point above and you should be fine.
  3. How well you can communicate - use your own words but keep it professional. Watch spelling and grammar.

And that's it. 

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