3 Steps on How to Write Selection Criteria Responses
Whether you are seeking to work for your local council, state government, Australian Government federal agency or government funded organisation, you will need to know at some point on how to write selection criteria responses that get you shortlisted for the job interview.
The Government is the largest employer in each State. Each department and agency has different objectives, functions and programs and may deliver services in a variety of ways to the community. So it’s important that you find out what the employing agency does – its’ objectives and functions and how the job you are applying for fits in.
Step 1. Research the organisation who is advertising the job opportunity
A good starting point is to look at the agency’s corporate website or visit a public library to find out about:
- The agency – look at Annual Reports, Business and Corporate Plans. There may well be a question asked at the job interview to explore your understanding of the agency’s role. If you’ve done your homework, you will be able to impress your potential employer by describing what you understand the organisation does;
- The organisation structure – an organisation chart sets out the reporting arrangements and may tell you where the advertised job fits in. Usually the organisational context will be stated in the Position Description.
- Agency values – these vary for each agency. Public sector values are responsiveness; integrity; impartiality; accountability; respect and leadership.
Step 2. Decide if you are you qualified to do the job.
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Do I meet all or most of the Key Selection Criteria of the job?
- Could I do the job with some training – formal or on-the-job?
- Do I have skills gained in other fields of work that may be transferable?
Step 3. Apply for the Position, writing selection criteria that uses strong examples.
If so, then you are ready to apply. But before you start your online application, make a few notes on all the information you have gathered:
- Summarise the background and skills you can offer
- Highlight your strengths and relevant experiences, achievements and capabilities.
- Highlight relevant achievements from past jobs.
- Address any obvious weaknesses and what training you are willing to do to address these.
- Address each Key Selection Criterion for the job.
- Prepare or update your resume or CV.
Finally, talk to your referees about the job you are applying for and what they will say about you to a prospective employer.
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