How to Address Selection Criteria

Useful tips on addressing selection criteria (also referred to as ‘key selection criteria’)

  • Understand the process. Employers use key criteria to compare job applicants. So it’s important you take the time to address criteria properly and to the required level of detail.
  • Study the key criteria. Take your time and think about what the employer is really looking for. Break down each criterion into bullet points to answer.
  • Prepare well. The more preparation you do, the better your responses will be. Google the company and read relevant news items. Have a look at the organisation’s latest annual report.
  • Match criteria. Compare your CV with the key criteria. Are there any matches? You can give examples from activities such as sports and charity work. Consider writing a custom CV for the job that highlights the key criteria. Contentify can help here.
  • Keep the layout simple. Bullet points and short sentences are best. Time-poor recruiters are looking for key points in a few words. ‘Less is more’ when it comes to job applications.
  • Give ‘SAR’ responses. Applicants with relevant and credible examples of the key criteria are more likely to make it to the top of the pile. Explain the “Situation” where the relevant example came from, such as customer service, outline what “Action” you took, and spell out the “Result”.
  • Substantiate your claims. Rather than say: “I worked in a team”, be specific about what your role was in the team and add perhaps what the team achieved.
  • Keywords. Recruiters scan applications quickly. If the right words jump out, your application will be worthy of further attention. Where possible use the same words and the language that is used in the key criteria.
  • Get someone to proofread your responses. A fresh set of eyes is best to ensure that you have answered the questions and used correct spelling and grammar.