Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

What are Selection Criteria?

Selection criteria are the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills required for appointment to a particular job.

For many Australian job applicants, ‘selection criteria’ is a term that first comes up when applying for an Australian government or public service position. These roles may be in local, State or Commonwealth government agencies and bodies. Local government includes roles in city, town, council and shire-based organisations.

You’ll usually find selection criteria listed in the job advertisement, the application instructions, and/or in the position description form.

Read job advertisement application instructions carefully as you may find you only need to address one or two selection criteria – or you may not need to address them at all!

How to address selection criteria.

Address selection criteria by writing a response to each individual criterion.

Your response should persuade the employer that you possess the requirements of the job.

Give an example of a work challenge, situation, scenario or other setting to help the recruiter understand the task you faced, how you handled it, and what results you got.

Selection criterion: The singular of ‘selection criteria’

Think of genuine examples that demonstrate your abilities, i.e., work challenges, projects and tasks you’ve tackled and overcome. Try to use recent examples, ones that are fresh in your mind.


Use the SAR technique

For each situation or example, think: Situation, Action and Result. Using the SAR technique will help you address criteria more fully. 

  • SITUATION: Describe the situation so that it makes sense to any reader. Give context. Explain the level of difficulty or complexity.

  • ACTION: Step out the actions you took – and why.

  • RESULTS: Describe the results and outcomes you got. You can also describe lessons you learned in the situation.


Why must examples be genuine?

Examples you use in addressing criteria must be genuine because you could be asked to explain them at interview!

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