Responding to key selection criteria

Key Selection Criteria are the skills, attributes, experience and qualifications the employer has identified as being necessary to perform a given role. Responses to these are often required for Government, tertiary, health sector and occasionally, private sector roles.

5 tips for success

  • Read the criteria statements carefully, noting key words and phrases, such as ‘demonstrated experience’, and ‘knowledge of’.
  • Lay out your document including writing criteria statements in the same order and wording as indicated on the ad or position statement.
  • Brainstorm for examples to support the experience, skills and attributes listed.
  • Address each statement using the STAR structure (Situation, Task, Action, Result), providing a specific example.
  • Proofread your responses, checking for spelling and grammar and formatting consistency.

For further support La Trobe University students and graduates can access a recorded Key Selection Criteria Essentials webinar via the CareerHub resources page.

You will also find Key Selection Criteria resources on Career Ready OnLine.