Addressing Selection Criteria

When it comes to addressing selection criteria, most job seekers do not know where to begin and how to go about it. Selection criteria describe the personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications a person needs to perform the role effectively. They are used to identify the right person for the job advertised.

Selection criteria are usually a means of identifying how a person carried out the things they have mentioned in the Experience section of their resume. Addressing Selection criteria can be challenging and frustrating because it has to be very carefully worded. One has to sell oneself and this has to be done appropriately. Overselling or being to modest could defeat the purpose.

All good job advertisements will include relevant selection criteria for the job advertised. Some job advertisements would just mentioned what's necessary to apply for the job. Others would have a list of criteria.

Some job application may not require a separate document to address selection criteria In this case the relevant criteria which would make an applicant eligible to apply for the job has to be addressed in the cover letter.

Selection criteria are often divided into two:

  • Important criteria called Essential criteria which an applicant must have.

  • Less Important criteria called Desirable criteria which would be nice to have to have.

All the Important criteria are weighted equally, unless explicitly stated otherwise and the Less Important criteria are rated equally and have a lower weighting than the Important criteria. However, your chances of progressing through the selection process (e.g. being short-listed) will be greater if you meet all the selection criteria, as you may be competing against many applicants.

The selection advisory committee will rate applicants against the criteria in order to select the right applicant. You must meet all of the essential criteria in order to be seriously considered for a role. It is not necessary for you to have the qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined in desirable criteria. However, your chances of progressing through the selection process (e.g. being short-listed) will be greater if you meet all the selection criteria, as you may be competing against many applicants.

Below is a list of resources to help you deal with the task of addressing selection criteria.

Addressing Selections Criteria - power point - a quick review of Selection Criteria, teh essential writing points and examples of the STAR approach.

Steps to address Selection Criteria - a detailed step-by-step approach in addressing selection criteria.

Reading and analyzing Selection Criteria - an activity to help you address selection criteria, effectively.

Selection Criteria Dos and Don'ts - Important things to take note of when addressing selection criteria.

Addressing Selection Criteria - a bad example and a good one.




Revised: Apr 15, 2011 3:09 am
@ Bernard Lewis (EPU, NAVITAS English)