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Breaking Down What Selection Criteria Is

What is selection criteria and what is it used for?

You may have come across a position and as part of the job application process, they have asked you to address a set of key selection criteria in addition to attaching a copy of your resume and cover letter. So, you may ask, what is selection criteria and what is it used for?

According to the University of Melbourne, they define selection criteria as:

Key  selection criteria are the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications  that the employer has defined as being essential for satisfying the  requirements of the job and can be found in every Position Description.
 So that the employer has some level of surety that who they interview can meet the requirements of the position, they use a set of selection criteria, which can be anywhere from 5 criteria to 15 criteria.

Candidates who do not address each criterion run the risk of not being shortlisted for the role. A risk, that many will not want to take.

What are some typical criteria?

Some criteria ask you to demonstrate your communication and interpersonal skills, while others ask for you to show how well you work in a team.

How long should my responses be?

Unless stipulated, I suggest no longer than half a page responses. Short and sharp paragraphs work best.

Should I include working examples?

Definitely. Demonstrate that you meet the criteria by incorporating an example or two, using the STAR method.

I struggle writing about myself. Is there help available?

There most certainly is. Australian-based business Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions are expert selection criteria writers. Their team are highly knowledgeable and skillful in writing winning responses for all positions, levels and industries.

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