Selection criteria provide a set of measurable standards against which employers can assess your application.
Selection criteria are used not only by the Australian Public Service, but also state and local government, the welfare sector, professional associations and various educational institutions. When you apply for a position in the public service your application must address the selection criteria. The written application should provide sufficient and relevant information to allow a selection panel to short-list candidates to the next stage.
When you apply for a position in the public service your application must address the selection criteria. The written application should provide sufficient and relevant information to allow a selection panel to short-list candidates to the next stage.
Remember that you have to demonstrate your value against the selection criteria – to do this you should read any duty statements that are available and read the Integrated Leadership System to identify how each of the core criteria will be measured against the minimum of Defence APS 4 position requirements.
You will find that most selection criteria will provide a set of questions for you to respond to. These questions will have been formulated to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the position. It is important for you to determine what criteria the questions are focusing on and frame your responses accordingly.
Taken from Get it Right: A Recruitment Kit for Managers, APSC, 2003; see APSC Cracking the Code for further information.
To structure your response to the selection criteria we recommend that you use the 'STAR' approach. The STAR approach will assist you when responding to the questions asked.
The STAR approach asks you to answer some specific questions, giving examples of when and how you have used your skills.
When writing your response:
There are many ways in which you can start writing your responses to selection criteria. The following is just one. One point to stress, however, is to have someone else to read over your application for spelling or grammatical errors. This will also help you ensure that you have actually answered the question asked.