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Addressing selection criteria is challenging and time-consuming. Writing selection criteria for one application can take the average person around 20 hours to prepare; choosing the best-suited examples for each criterion, editing and getting down pat. Writing selection criteria are required for roles in government across all levels (federal, state, local); tertiary sector (universities, RTOs); not-for-profits; and sometimes, large corporations.

The STAR model/method: STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. STAR is the most popular model to prepare selection criteria examples. STAR is a term used interchangeably with CAR (Circumstance, Action, Result); SAO (Situation, Action, Outcome); and CEO (Circumstance, Evolution, Outcome). CAR, SAO and CEO models are succinct variations of STAR.

Strong applicants address selection criteria examples using STAR model (or CAR, SAO, CEO) :

  • Situation: Start by outlining a situation that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills or abilities of the criterion.
  • Task: Outline the overarching task you were assigned in the context of the situation.
  • Action: Outline up to three functions you performed to help deliver on the task’s objective. Think about how you applied your experience, skills, qualifications, knowledge, etc. Be specific in terms of what you did.
  • Result: Finally, outline the result(s), outcome(s) or benefit(s) due to your actions. How they impacted (positively) the team, unit, organisation as a whole, customer/client or other stakeholders.

Concrete responses with specific examples using STAR model are mandatory when preparing winning selection criteria!