5 Ways To Write Winning Responses To Selection Criteria

Not everyone likes to have to address a set of key selection criteria for a particular role. And, for good reason. It’s time consuming.

Furthermore, many find it hard to write about themself.

Below are my top 5 suggestions that you can use to write winning responses to selection criteria:

  1. Actually address the criteria. Don’t write about anything unrelated to what the criterion is asking for you to explain or demonstrate. Don’t go off-track.
  2. Incorporate real-working examples into every selection criteria as best you can. If you are unsure of how many examples to include, read this article on deciding how many examples to use.
  3. Don’t waffle on. Get to the point.
  4. Have a clear and logical structure to every response.

To summarise, it is vital that your responses tie your experience and skills back to the position, incorporating relevant examples.

If however, you do find yourself stuck and you need help, the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions are the go-to people when it comes to asking for help with addressing selection criteria. As selection criteria writing service, they are experts in writing for all industries and professionals, including executive and government roles.

Need help addressing key selection criteria?

Are you applying for a role and need to address a set of key selection criteria in order to be considered for the position? At Client Centric, they help with writing personalised responses that are unique and concise, straight to the point.

They will incorporate your experience and demonstrate how it relates to the requirements of the role, along with writing an introductory paragraph and including relevant examples.

They use appropriate keywords and concrete answers that accurately respond to the question and help to demonstrate your suitability in performing the role.

For more information on their key selection criteria writing service, please visit their website:



The importance of addressing key selection criteria. By Matthew Coppola

More and more jobs these days require a set of key selection criteria to be addressed. From positions in Government to roles in the Health Care sector, the human resources team want to know that you can demonstrate that you have the right level of experience and practical skills that match up with the key selection criteria.

So, is it essential to address the required set of key selection criteria for a job that you want consideration?

It most certainly is!

By not addressing the set of selection criteria may work against your chances of being considered for the position.

Are you applying for a role which has a key selection criteria to address and would like assistance? Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

What is one approach that I can take in answering a behavioural based interview question? By Matthew Coppola

Most interviews these days will involve both standard and behavioural type interview questions being asked of the candidate. Standard type questions including that such as ‘Why should we hire you?’ and ‘What makes you the best person for this role?’ and so forth. Behavioural questions, on the other hand, are asked of the candidate to find out the approach that they took in a particular situation to accomplish a task or handle a matter.

Certainly, the example is important and would even be great if it was relevant to the role being interviewed for, but on many occasions, candidates simply cannot think of any relevant examples which makes it so important to both prepare for an interview and think about how your experience relates to each of the job duties and/or the key selection criteria.

Examples of behavioural questions include:

“Can you recall a time when you had a disagreement with a fellow colleague. What was the disagreement and how did you seek to resolve it?”

One approach to answering this behavioural question is to first start off by talking about the importance of resolving disagreements/conflicts with colleagues and how it can affect the workplace. Then proceed with an example using the STAR format.

S – Situation: What your role/company was and what the issue was.

T – Task: What was needed to be done?

A – Action: What approach did you take?

R – Result: What was the outcome?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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How long should each key selection criteria response be? By Matthew Coppola



Generally speaking, it is good for a response to be half-a-page long, although it really depends on the criteria question/statement and what is being asked.

Some employers will stipulate a word limit for each response. This may range anywhere from 300 words to 1000 words, so it makes sense to adjust the length according to the requirements of the employer and what they are asking for.

The general rule of thumb when writing out a response to key criteria is to decide what kind of examples and content will be included in the response and how much needs to be written so that the question/criteria is accurately addressed in the best possible manner.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au


Assistance with Addressing Key Selection Criteria Writing Services in Melbourne

Are you applying for a job that has a ‘key selection criteria?’

Are you finding it difficult writing out the responses?

Are you finding it too time consuming?

Would like help addressing each key criteria?

At Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions, we offer a service where we address the key selection criteria for you. This can be a standalone service or as a package with a professionally written resume and covering letter that all complement eachother to market and sell your skills and abilities to the employer.

A well written and correctly structured Selection Criteria (SC) letter is the key to getting an interview and ahead of other applicants who decide either not to apply for the job because the work and effort in writing it out is too difficult for them or if they do, they write ambiguous answers that are far too long and make for a boring reading.

The person reading your application letter has limited time to go through every applicant. They will browse through your letter addressing the SC and if upon reading a couple sentences that takes their interest, will most likely add you to the short listed pile.

As the job market becomes tighter and as the supply of labour outweighs the demand in certain industries, more and more employers are opting for potential candidates to address a SC before they are even considered for an interview.

Key SC are especially used in the public sector by Government agencies at all levels including Local, State and Federal Government. Candidates who write good responses to the criteria are usually the first ones to be considered. So therefore it is vital that you have professionally written responses to the criteria of your chosen job.

When addressing each criterion, always remember that employers and recruitment agents are specifically looking at each question and you’re response in detail. If they feel at any point in time that you have just done a copy a paste response and did not tailor your answer to the employer, they will be put off and disregard your application for employment.  Questions are usually the same but your responses should always be twitched so that your application comes across personal to that employer.

Your answers to each criterion should have at least 1 – 2 prime and concrete examples that demonstrate your aptitude in that given area and shows you can do what they are after. We are aware that writing responses to key selection criteria can take a long time and seem like forever, which is why we are here to help. You can always reuse the SC letter we write for you again but make sure you twitch the answers to suit. 

Every selection criteria that we  address is personalised and extensive research is undertaken to write quality answers.

When addressing the key selection criteria, we make sure that each answer is maximum half a page long and specifically addresses the statement or question being asked.

We conduct extensive research by going through the position description and deciphering what the employer is looking for, what is involved in the role and then using terminology used in the job description and including it where appropriate when making an answer to each criterion.

We follow the ‘SAO’ approach when writing out a response. This is is by addressing the “Situation”; “Action” and “Approach”. Each answer is also structured to have an introduction, body and conclusion which then ties everything neatly in a readable and understandable manner. In writing out each response we believe it to be very important to be truthful and positive, not exaggerating or downplaying your skills, capabilities and experience.

For more information on this service, we welcome you to visit our page by clicking here for assistance addressing key selection criteria for jobs in Melbourne.

What is a ‘Selection Criteria’? By Matthew Coppola

key-selection-criteria-writing-serviceSelection Criteria are a series of statements that refer to the credentials, knowledge, abilities, talents and understanding that are essential in a particular occupation. When requested to reply to Selection Criteria, you are being probed to explain and describe exactly how you meet the requirements of the position and in making your reply, providing specific and concrete examples to back up your claim.

The type of answers a respondent would compose for Selection Criteria definitely will be influenced by the nature of the position to which they are applying for.  Most employers might have varied and different questions that they want answers to or specific replies for different statements. More and more employers today are asking for a Selection Criteria to be responded to as they try and cut down on the number of job applicants applying for work. Selection Criteria used to be typical with Government and Community/Health Services roles but now that is not the case as employers from all kinds of industries and professions are opting for this method of looking for staff.

Every Selection Criteria is different and so is how employers will view and read your answers to each criterion. Some may wish to just focus on your skills or education; others will be more concerned about your experience. You may be asked to make an answer according to different work situations both past and present. They may ask (either in a question or statement capacity) if you have experience operating a specific type of machinery or knowledge of a programming language. It may not even be regarding skills/qualifications but rather on your attributes, qualities and characteristics. The statement or question can be complicated or very simple like “Excellent communication skills both written and oral”.


Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions


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