ADDRESSING SELECTION CRITERIA ‘MADE EASY’

Addressing selection criteria is a very challenging and time-consuming process. Research has revealed that writing selection criteria take the average person 20+ hours to prepare. Writing selection criteria is required for roles in government (federal, state, local); universities; not for profit organisations; and large corporations. Selection criteria must be addressed demonstrably, concisely and in the right context.

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STAR MODEL/METHOD IS ESSENTIAL

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. STAR is a popular and commonly-used model in preparing selection criteria examples. STAR is a term used interchangeably with CAR (Circumstance, Action, Result); and SAO (Situation, Action, Outcome). CAR and SAO models are variations and succinct versions of STAR.

Applicants are advised to address selection criteria examples using STAR (or CAR, SAO) models as follows:

  • Situation – outline the situation;
  • Task – outline the overarching task you were assigned in the context of the situation;
  • Action – outline the action(s) you took to complete the task, how you undertook them and why; and
  • Result – outline the result(s)/outcome(s)/benefit(s) of your action(s).

An application will not be strong if selection criteria examples are irrelevant, vague and clichéd. Strong, clear and concrete responses are mandatory when preparing winning selection criteria.