Want to impress an employer? Learn how to write great responses to Selection Criteria

Want to impress an employer? Learn how to write great responses to Selection Criteria

Basic STAR method example:

Criterion - Demonstrated ability work as part of a team.

Situation and Task:

At university I regularly work within teams to complete assignments. An example of this occurred recently while undertaking a survey for an occupational safety unit.

Actions set down step-by-step:

This involved team discussions to decide who was responsible for particular aspects of the survey, milestones and time frames in order to ensure that the unit objectives were met. My team also discussed and agreed to processes that we would follow should a member of the team not complete their assigned task.

Result - what happened as a result of the behaviour?:

This resulted in a very positive team environment where our members shared and discussed information openly, and led to us all receiving good grades for the unit.

Selection criteria - the basics

  • Selection criteria are generally a list of competencies required for a job role or position
  • Usually accompanied by a job description or duties statement outlining roles and responsibilities
  • Used in both public and private sectors
  • Can include essential and desirable criteria 

To master the selection criteria process, you need to know how the process works, what you have to offer and possess great self-promotion skills.

Build your response using the STAR plan:

Situation

  • Brief outline of the situation or setting
  • Who was involved
  • What was Your role?

Task

  • What did you do?
  • What happened next?

Action

  • How did you do it?

Result

  • What was the outcome?
  • What feedback did you receive?