Selection Criteria

What are Selection Criteria?

Let’s start with some definitions. A “selection criteria” is a document which is submitted usually as part of a government application. A position description is issued and within this the selection criteria can be found which usually makes up around 6 to 8 criteria.

The trick is to address the selection criteria in way that provides evidence and will therefore not penalise you, and ideally get you a job interview.

The STAR formula is preferred and is actually recommended as a way to write your selection criteria as well as being recommended by the Australian Public Service Commission. A link to their information “cracking the code” is provided at the bottom of this page.

In short, STAR stands for;

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Approach; and
  • Result.

So let’s say, for example, one of the selection criteria is “Excellent Written and Communication skills” or something similar (this is a very common selection criteria question)

You need to provide an example of a situation or problem (Situation), what you did to resolve it (Task and Approach) as well as the Result. But in this case you need to apply the STAR formula to your communication both verbal and written as that is what is being asked.

One of my previous clients did this by telling me (I rewrote the info professionally of course) about some mediation he did between two clients (he worked in insurance) as neither of the clients would agree fault in a car accident and so the benefits could not be paid. Eventually, after his meeting with them, they came to an agreement, and he followed up with a written report.

Not only were both clients delighted (eventually after a large degree of patience) but also he was praised by his manager.

Hopefully this gives you an idea of the approach to take in writing often complex selection criteria documents. To talk to me or ask a question you can call me on 03 8802 1429 or email me andrea(at)career-chick(dot)  You can also pay online on the black menu above, marked “services and pricing.”

Selection criteria cost between $200 and $300 for 6-8 criteria.

The link to the Australian Public Service Commission web page on how to write selection criteria can be found here 

Here’s to your career success and good luck!

4 Replies to “Selection Criteria”

  1. Hi Andrea,
    I agree that the STAR method is the way to go for KSC. It’s still a difficult process with lots of easy mistakes to make, too long, too short, unsubstantiated claims etc. I’ve also been writing about this on my website atm. Thanks

  2. Hi, I have written a key selection criteria for a job, but I would like you to make it better. it includes eight criterias. could you please let me know a price or the email address to forward to have a look. Cheers!

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