Addressing Selection Criteria

FREE Selection Criteria Answers Examples – Director / Head of School

This client applied for the role of Director/Head of School in the tertiary sector; he gained a job interview was offered the role and accepted. The selection criteria component involved the addressing of a total of seven criteria listed under Essential and Desirable sections. In addressing the five criteria listed under the Essential section, content/examples for each one was written and maintained at just under [...]

Applications received for an APS Government Department numbered in excess of 41,000

The Department of Human Services (DHS) received 41,000 applications across its core three programs – Centrelink, Medicare, and the Child Support Agency – for just 1,250 jobs! Many of the roles were open only to applicants already working in the public service. At the time this article was written by HC Online, 923 job offers had been made with 512 acceptances. When I consult with [...]

FREE Selection Responses Samples – Investigator

This client applied for the role of Investigator in an APS/Commonwealth Government agency, gained a job interview, was offered the role and accepted. The application required addressing a two-page expression of interest (EOI) demonstrating the standard APS Integrated Leadership Framework (ILS) selection criteria. The five criteria included Supports strategic direction, Achieve results, Supports productive working relationships, Displays personal drive and integrity, and Communicates with influence. [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers Examples – Teaching Scholar (Mechanical)

This client applied for the role of Teaching Scholar (Mechanical) in the tertiary sector and gained a job interview. A total of 17 selection criteria required addressing which were separated into Essential and Desirable Sections. The Essentials section contained four key headings (Qualifications, Teaching, Other, and Personal Qualities); and the Desirable component contained three selection criteria listed under the heading ‘Experience, Knowledge and Skills’. It [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses Samples – Executive Assistant NSW Government

This client applied for the role of Executive Assistant in a state (NSW) government agency and gained a job interview. A total of eight criteria required addressing; following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Capacity to implement administration and procurement policies, procedures and instructions, document control and records management systems and processes. Recently, the QQQ Group introduced a complete new electronic travel expense database. [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers Examples – Shift Supervisor Qld Health

This repeat business client applied for a role as Shift Supervisor in State (Qld) Government (Queensland Health). He was successful in gaining an interview, being offered the role and accepted. A two-page statement was required in addressing six criteria/competencies/ skill requirements. Following are full examples of two of the criteria. Technical capability: On a daily basis at TTT I adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers Examples – Transport Inspector

This client applied for the role of Transport Inspector within a state (QLD) government department. A total of 96 candidates applied; 15 were shortlisted and chosen for the interview phase including my client. The written application involved the preparation of a three-page statement in cover letter format addressing six criteria. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Demonstrated competence in undertaking and supervising complex [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses Samples – Administrator

This client applied for an internal Administrator role within Queensland Health (QH) and was successful in gaining an interview. A two-page statement required the addressing of six selection criteria (or competencies, capabilities, skill requirements) – these terms are used interchangeably across different roles and government departments. A full example of one of the criteria follows. Demonstrated ability to carry out a range of duties with [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers Examples – Senior Recruitment Coordinator (International)

Preparing selection criteria for tertiary applications is never fun and there are always Essential and Desirable criteria to address. I always advise clients to keep the document to a maximum of five pages – institutions do not typically stipulate word or page length limits. The less criteria to address, the less pages needed. You should always address all the selection criteria in the Desirable section; [...]

APS Selection Criteria Applications – Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Example

Many APS Government agencies are changing the manner in which selection criteria are addressed by asking a specific line of questioning, and of course they are continuing on with mandating a word or character length limit for each criterion. Take for example this most recent role – APS3 Information Officer within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection – which was advertised in April 2015. [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses Samples: APS Order of Merit Acting Opportunities / Team Leader

This client commissioned my services to prepare an Express of Interest (EOI) – Order of Merit for acting opportunities at APS5 level within an APS Government department. She was successful in gaining an interview and the feedback she received from the selection panel regarding her written application – in particular the EOI – was very positive; they advised that it was very impressive, one of [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers Examples: Business Services Officer

This client applied for the role of Business Services Officer in state (NSW) government and was successful in reaching the job interview stage. Eight (8) criteria required addressing; following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Client engagement and customer service skills and capacity to establish and maintain effective working partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. While working for my current employer – the Department [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses Samples: Team Leader Child Protection

This client applied for the role of Team Leader Child Protection in state (WA) government. The selection criteria component involved addressing five criteria in three pages. Their application secured a job interview. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Advanced supervision, management, leadership skills and experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team setting. I have had extensive experience working in a multi-disciplinary team setting, [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Electronic Monitoring Surveillance Officer

This client applied for the role of Electronic Monitoring Surveillance Officer in state (QLD) government and gained a job interview. The majority of applications for QLD government departments/agencies stipulate the preparation of a statement addressing selection criteria in two pages. Following are excerpts from two of the selection criteria. Surveillance: In my most recent role as a marine specialist and Second in Charge (2IC) within [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses and Samples – Assistant Compliance Officer

This client applied for the role of Assistant Compliance Officer in state (NSW) government and gained a job interview. Six selection criteria required addressing; a statement of four pages in length addressing the criteria was developed. Following is a full example of one of the criteria. Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage difficult clients and negotiate outcomes. On one occasion, I prepared a [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Customer Service Officer

This client applied for the role of Customer Service Officer in local government, a council in NSW. My client was successful in gaining a job interview. A four-page statement was prepared to address selection criteria covering both ‘Essential’ and ‘Desirable’ components with ten and three criteria respectively, 13 in total. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria in the Essential section. Skills in conflict [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses and Samples – Teacher Hairdressing

This client applied for the role of Teacher Hairdressing within a TAFE institution in state (Queensland) Government. The application involved preparing a suitability statement addressing selection criteria based on the Queensland Public Service (QPS) Capability Leadership Framework (CLF). Five standard selection criteria are contained in the CLF: [1] supports strategic direction, [2] achieves results, [3] supports productive working relationships, [4] displays personal drive and integrity, [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Management Accounting Coordinator

This client applied for the role of Management Accounting Coordinator in local government (a council in Victoria), and gained a job interview. A three-page statement was prepared to address five selection criteria. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Demonstrated experience in leading, managing and developing staff. In my current role as Financial Controller at EEE Ltd, I lead, manage and develop a team [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses and Samples – Administrative Support Officer

This particular client applied for the role of Administrative Support Officer in state (NSW) government and gained a job interview. The selection criteria component required the addressing of five criteria at a maximum of 3/4pg per criterion. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Demonstrated computer keyboard, data entry and word processing skills. As a highly experienced Data Entry Clerk and Administrator, over the [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Chief Recovery Officer

This repeat business client applied for the senior level role of Chief Recovery Officer in State (NSW) Government. Four selection criteria required addressing with a maximum of one page per criterion. He was once again successful in gaining a job interview. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. A proven track record of success in leading and developing high performance teams in complex environments [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses and Samples – School Partnerships Coordinator

This particular client applied for the role of School Partnerships Coordinator in the tertiary sector (a university in Victoria) and gained an interview. Typically, applications for roles in the tertiary sector involve addressing more criteria than asked for in government sector applications; and they are categorised into Essential and Desirable components with many more criteria in the Essential category. This particular application required the addressing [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Senior Health and Safety Consultant

This particular client applied for the role of Senior Health and Safety Consultant in a state (Queensland) government department and was successful in gaining a job interview. A two page statement was developed which involved addressing the standard five selection criteria based on the Queensland Government’s Capability Leadership Framework (CLF). The CLF selection criteria include Supports Strategic Direction, Achieves Results, Supports Productive Working Relationships, Displays [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses and Samples – Account Unit Head, National Water

This repeat business client has gained job interviews from previously prepared applications, steadily progressing through the ranks of the APS. This time around the application involved addressing selection criteria for an EL2 level role (Account Unit Head, National Water) in another APS government department. She was successful in gaining a job interview and was offered the role and accepted. Seven selection criteria required addressing; the [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Manager, Sponsorship and Policy

This particular client applied for the role of Manager, Sponsorship and Policy in a state (Queensland) government department and gained an interview. Aside from the resume, the written component involved preparing a two page statement addressing five key criteria/competency areas (business acumen, planning, decision quality, negotiating, and written communication). Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Business acumen. Over the past five years I [...]

Winning Strategies in Addressing Selection Criteria

Follow these guidelines and rest assured you will have a strong selection criteria document which will be noticed by those who have the responsibility of shortlisting applications and the interview panel… - Always stay within the word length limit specified for each criterion or the overall page length limit to address all the selection criteria. Applications that do not follow instruction in this regard will [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses and Samples – Graduate Radiographer

This particular client applied for a Graduate Radiographer role in state (Qld) government with Queensland Health (QH) and gained a job interview. QH, like the majority of state government departments in Queensland typically specify the addressing of competencies, skills and attributes in cover letter format, maximum of two pages in length. Six key competency areas required addressing including patient focus, team focus, quality focus, continuous [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Examples – Finance Director

This particular client applied for a senior level role in a state (NSW) government department in the capacity of Finance Director. The selection criteria component involved addressing eight criteria. His application was well received and he went on to gain an interview. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Extensive experience working at a strategic level within a Finance function (or equivalent). I possess [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Business Support Officer

This particular client applied for a Business Support Officer role in a state (Qld) government department and gained a job interview. Six criteria required addressing: five from the Capability Leadership Framework (CLF), derived from the APS’ Integrated Leadership System (ILS), and an additional technical criterion. Just to recap as outlined in previous blogs, the stock standard five ILS and CLF criteria include: Supports Strategic Direction, [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples and Answers – Compliance & Risk Manager

This particular client applied for the role of Compliance & Risk Manager within an APS government department, Defence. The application was very well received with the selection panel verbalising as such during the interview process. Several APS departments request that you outline barriers/challenges when addressing selection criteria and preparing relevant examples/answers. This application required the addressing of six criteria each with a corresponding maximum 400-word [...]

Addressing Selection Criteria Examples

Addressing selection criteria can be a time-consuming, frustrating and complex undertaking for those who are new to the process, even for those of you who have attempted them many times. Research has shown that it takes the average person a solid 21 hours of work to prepare and suitably address selection criteria (an average of five criteria with a 500 word length limit for each [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples – Service Desk Liaison Officer

This particular client applied for the role of Service Desk Liaison Officer in a state (Qld) government department. He gained a job interview and gladly accepted the job offer. The application required the preparation of a two-page statement addressing five criteria/competencies as per the Capability Leadership Framework (CLF), which is derived from the Australian Public Service (APS) Integrated Leadership System (ILS). Following is a full [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples – Finance Officer

This particular client applied for the role of Finance Officer in Queensland Health and gained an interview. The selection criteria component involved addressing five key competency areas in a two-page statement. Following is a full example of one of the competencies. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary accounting standards and processes. I currently hold Bookkeeper Registration and BAS Provider Certification under the Tax Practitioners Board legislation. As [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples – Administration Officer

This particular client applied for two roles back-to-back one month apart within the same State (Queensland) Government Department. She gained interviews for both roles and was offered and accepted one of the roles. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the majority of Queensland Government Departments require the addressing of criteria/competencies in two pages maximum. Following is a full example of one of the criteria. [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples – VET FEE-HELP Coordinator

This particular client applied for the role of VET FEE-HELP Coordinator within a State (Queensland) government department. As is the standard for application preparation in Queensland government, the preparation of a two-page statement was required to address five key competencies. My client gained a job interview and although she was not offered the role, the panel advised that she placed second. Following are excerpts from [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples – General Designer

This particular client flew up from Canberra on one weekend to meet with me and brainstorm subject matter for an ATO application, an APS6 level role: General Designer. He was successful in gaining an interview. Criteria were based on the APS Integrated Leadership System (ILS); six required addressing for this application, each 500-word maximum. See previous posts on a more in-depth explanation of the APS [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Senior Funding Policy Officer

This client applied for the role of Senior Funding Policy Officer within an Australian Public Service (APS) Government department. She gained an interview and accepted the job offer. Six criteria required addressing utilising the APS’ Integrated Leadership System (ILS), including: supports strategic direction, achieves results, supports productive relationships, displays personal drive and integrity, communicates with influence, and technical/role-specific. The standard APS ILS criteria typically encompass [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Executive Assistant

This client applied for the role of Executive Assistant (EA) within one of NSW’s State Government departments and gained a job interview. Six criteria required addressing; following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Excellent negotiation, interpersonal, liaison and communication skills. In instances requiring the negotiation of changes to deadlines, I approach the CFO (face-to-face) to commence initial discussions. Recently, I was successful in negotiating [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Test Analyst

This client applied for an IT-related role within the Queensland Police Service and gained an interview. The applicant pool totaled 82 and only 6 were chosen for interviews. The written component required the addressing of four criteria in two pages. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Sound analytical and problem resolution skills. A recent example that demonstrates my proficiency in analysing and problem [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Accountant

This particular client applied for a role in a State (Qld) Government department, gained an interview and was offered and accepted the role. As stated in previous blogs many of Qld's departments have streamlined the selection criteria component which now requires the addressing of criteria (or competencies) in a two-page statement. For this application, the criteria were based on the Capability Leadership Framework (CLF) which [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Administration Officer

This particular client applied for a role within Queensland Health as an Administration Officer. She gained an interview and was offered and accepted the role. A two-page statement addressing key competencies in cover letter format was required. The majority of State (Qld) government departments have streamlined the selection criteria component where only a two-page statement is now required as part of the written application process. [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Senior Case Officer

This client applied for the role of Senior Case Officer (APS EL1 level) in one of the Commonwealth/APS Government Departments and gained an interview. The selection panel judged my client's application (from a nationwide pool of 90 written applications) as the best one received. Seven criteria required addressing. Following is a full example of one of the criteria. Decision Making. In my current role as [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Centrelink Call Performance

This particular client had been working at Centrelink for the past four years when she commissioned my services to apply for the above-named internal role. Five criteria required addressing (up to ¾ to 1 page in length maximum) utilising the APS ILF. She gained an interview and was offered and accepted the role. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Understanding of Centrelink's strategic [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Executive Officer Admissions

This particular client gained an interview for the role of Executive Officer Admissions at one of the universities located in Melbourne. Typically with roles in the tertiary sector, the selection criteria component is divided into ‘Essential' criteria and ‘Desirable' criteria. For this particular application, a total of 11 criteria required to be addressed (9 Essential and 2 Desirable). Following are excerpts from two of the [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Government (APS/Commonwealth/Federal, State, Local) & Tertiary: 180+ Interview Winners

Please visit updated post: FREE Selection Criteria Examples: Over 180+ | Government & Tertiary Sector Roles. This post has hyperlinked all the following applications with selection criteria examples for quick access. You can also access them by visiting: Addressing Selection Criteria Category and Monthly Archives. 2021: Project Officer, QLD Government ... 1 Jun 2021 STAR Model - Communication & Conflict Resolution ... 1 May 2021 [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Claims Services Officer

This particular client applied for a role with an APS Government Department as a Claims Services Officer. She gained an interview, was offered the role and gladly accepted. Five criteria needed to be addressed utilising the Integrated Leadership Framework (ILF). Following is a full example of one of the criteria. Cultivates productive working relationships. Currently employed with CCC in the capacity of Team Member within [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Dietitian / Nutritionist (Graduate)

This particular client applied for an entry level graduate role as a Dietitian/Nutritionist in Queensland Health. The written application process involved the preparation of a two-page statement requiring the addressing of five competencies. My client was successful in gaining an interview, being offered the role and gladly accepting. Following are excerpts from two of the competencies. Demonstrated base to increasing level of knowledge, expertise and [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Ranger

This particular client applied for the role of Ranger at one of the national parks in WA. He was successful in gaining an interview. The written component required the addressing of three criteria in three pages maximum. Following is a full example of one of the criteria. Ability to or demonstrated experience in construction and maintenance, carrying out routine maintenance duties, including the use of [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Schools Liaison Officer

This particular client applied for a School Liaison Officer role within a Queensland-based TAFE College. A two-page statement addressing criteria/competencies (five of them) was required as part of the written application process. My client was successful in gaining an interview and more; the interview was a very interesting process and here's why...The College had recently advertised for a Business Development Officer role. The interview panel [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Assistant Director, Client Services

This repeat client previously utilised my services to prepare selection criteria (see blog posted on 1st February 2011 for the Policy Manager role). This time around he once again commissioned my services to address seven criteria for a high level management position within a State (NSW) Government department. He was not only successful in gaining a job interview, but was also offered the role which [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers and Responses – Customer Service Manager

This client applied for an internal role within Centrelink and gained a job interview. A three-page document was prepared addressing six criteria (the standard five criteria contained in the APS Integrated Leadership System) and an extra criterion focused on the management of customer service operations). Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Develops and maintains valuable relationships. When dealing with staff, I am proactive [...]

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