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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

Are you applying for a job that has a ‘Key Selection Criteria’, but don’t know whe

Do you need to…

  1. Respond to a key selection criteria?

  2. Market and sell yourself for a job?

  3. Re-write and prepare a cover letter?

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 selection criteria before they are even considered for an interview. A well written and correctly structured selection criteria 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 for too long and make for a boring reading. 

Key selection criteria 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.

Some typical Key Selection Criteria questions include:

  1. Responsible and professional attitude to work and life.

  2. Ability to prioritise work and manage time effectively.

  3. Strong verbal and written communication skills

  4. Use of broad range of communication and negotiation skills.

  5. Ability to use effective questioning and active listening techniques to gather useful information.

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 betweeked 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 letter addressing the selection criteria that we write for you again. But make sure you tweek the answers to suit. 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions help in addressing key criteria questions and they assist clients all over Australia. For more information, please click on the state relevant to your location:


Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him more than 6 years experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. 

He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview.



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