selection criteria writers
. Landing that dream government job can sometimes feel like it is out of reach. Continual job applications and persistent knock-backs can be disheartening. Instead of finding the real source of the problem, we often look to ourselves and wonder what is wrong with our abilities. Forget this.
As I have reviewed hundreds, if not thousands of answers against Selection Criteria, I understand what interview panels look for when they rank your claims against the Selection Criteria, and below are some tips that, if you follow, will get you started on the path to writing successful Selection Criteria:
Follow a consistent response methodology, wherever possible I recommend that you use the STAR model when stating your claims;
S = Situation - Describe the situation you were faced with, you recall the situation at the time but the interview panel can’t read your mind, paint a picture.
T = Task - Depict the task at hand, in other words, what needed to get done to resolve the situation, what was your role?
A = Action - Make this individual, what action did you take, and how did you do it?
R = Result - Describe the outcome, spell out the benefits to the team and the organisation/company that resulted from your actions. How does this relate to the role you are applying for?
Get the employers attention and set the scene. Your first sentence should be a statement against the criteria, such as:
Selection Criteria: Strategic thinking
“I have demonstrated the ability to think strategically resulting in win-win outcomes throughout my career”
Then go on to give writing to support this statement using the STAR model described above.
Try and keep your example cases recent, ideally in the last 2-3 years of your employment. The further back in your employment your examples are the less credible they become. Not to diminish your achievements in the past, but the interview panel are looking for who you are now, not who you were.