The 5 Golden Rules of Selection Criteria

December 16, 2014 by Curtin CEL Team

The 5 Golden Rules of Selection Criteria
  1. First of all, make sure you take note of what the employer/recruiter wants – they will generally advise whether they are happy for you to address points within your cover letter or if they’d prefer a more formal ‘statement of claims.’
  2. Just because ‘Desirable Selection Criteria’ is not deemed ‘Essential,’ does not mean you can ignore it. They’ve specified it for a reason, so take the opportunity to show how perfect you are for the role.
  3. Pick your strongest example for each point and nail it – keep your explanation concise and powerful. If you’ve got more examples, that’s great, but save it for the interview!
  4. Use STAR to write well structured responses: Situation + Task + Action + Result.
  5. As always, review your writing. A spelling mistake will completely undermine your wonderful examples; get someone else to read it to make sure they understand your examples; and, cut any unnecessary waffle!

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