Selection Criteria Responses

Key Selection Criteria Responses designed to win you interviews

"Put simply; submit poor selection criteria responses and you will not get the interview."

Selection Criteria are used as a key recruitment assessment tool throughout the government and public sector in Australia, by academic institutions and increasingly by large corporations. They are weighted very heavily in the recruitment process. Put simply; submit poor selection criteria responses and you will not get the interview even if your resume and cover letter are strong.

Each criterion must be addressed separately and applicants are scored on their responses to each one. By definition, your responses must be tailored to each individual application - there is no room for generic responses in selection criteria. Some criteria will come up quite often - communication and presentation skills, customer service, team skills; flexibility and leadership - but the way they should be addressed will vary with each application.

Criteria should be illustrated with examples showing your skills and experience in that particular area in each case. The correct language to be used is also quite specific. It is a very time consuming and detailed process.

The Resume Right approach

Our Consultants are experts in selection criteria responses and will take control of the process for you. We will build your responses for you from scratch using the government approved STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model to best illustrate your suitability to the job. To do this, we will need to delve into your background in some considerable detail to extract the best possible examples, which will require some in-depth one-on-one time with your Consultant. We will then craft clear, succinct and appropriate responses for you that will put you way ahead of the competition. The work is by its nature tailored to every individual and to each application.

Our selection criteria service usually requires several consultation sessions and takes about a week to complete.


Our fees for selection criteria responses are discussed on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the seniority and complexity of the work involved. As a guide, we charge from $70 to $100 per criterion for APS-level applications: for more senior work at EL and SES level, please give us a call to discuss fees.

More information

Please call us on 1300 97 87 66 or email us to discuss your particular case.