Selection Criteria Response
The Selection Criteria highlight the essential components (skills, knowledge, experience, qualities) that are required to perform in the role effectively. Your response to the Selection Criteria should demonstrate how your skills and experience support you as a suitable candidate for the role and allows the selection committee to effectively select candidates to proceed through the next stage of the process, such as an interview.
When applying for a position with Austrade, you will be asked to respond the selection criteria, either via a statement addressing each criteria or via answering specific questions. If you do not respond to the selection criteria as requested, it is unlikely that your application will support you well enough to be selected for interview.
How to Respond to Selection Criteria
It is important to refer to specific examples. Ask yourself: What have I done? To what level of competence? Specifically, how did I obtain that skill/experience?
Some things to avoid:
- Assertions. Don’t claim a competence or experience, without providing examples, taken from your most relevant career experience, that demonstrate what you are claiming.
- Generalisation. You should use specific examples not general or vague statements.
- Academic statements. We don’t want you to quote back to us the information from our web site or similar. We want to know what you have learned and can do relevant to the job. If you are telling us what you know about something you should also tell us how you know this.
You should be able to provide relevant examples. Review the job description and selection criteria and think about what you have done that demonstrates you are capable of performing these duties or that you have relevant experience. If you can’t think of any specific examples you should reconsider applying for the position.
When applying for positions at APS 1-6 level some useful further information and tips on how to address selection criteria are available via the Australian Public Service Commission(APSC) website: 'Cracking the Code: How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service'.
For more senior positions, Executive Level (EL1-2) and Senior Executive Service (SES Band1-3) positions it may also be useful to consider the APSC guidelines on the behaviors expected of people at each level: http://www.apsc.gov.au/learn/frameworks-and-guidelines/ils This is called the Integrated Leadership System. Do the examples you have used in your selection criteria responses reflect these behaviors? (Note that you are not expected to provide a separate example for each behavior)
For further assistance please contact our Recruitment Officer on (02) 6201 7331.