Selection Criteria

Your application will not be short listed if you fail to demonstrate how you meet any one of the criteria.


What is selection criteria?
The selection criteria for a position is a list of the essential and desirable skills, attributes, experience, and education which an organisation decides is necessary for a position. 

Why use selection criteria?
Applicants must demonstrate and prove the ways in which they will be of value for the job and the organisation. Selection criteria are used in this process to establish the best qualified, prson for the job. 

An application will not be short listed if it fails to demonstrate how the applicant meets any one of the criteria. Applicants who are able to successfully and competitively demonstrate that they meet each of the selection criteria will usually be offered an interview. 

Selection criteria can help to standardise the recruitment process and they provide a guide to employees and recruiters as to essential and desirable requirements to look for in applicants.  

Why use the Resume & Typing Centre for selection criteria?

We help you through the complexity.

Who uses selection criteria?
Australian public sector positions have, or should have, formally stated selection criteria that are made available to all potential job applicants. Community sector positions will usually have formally stated selection criteria as well.

Private sector employers may or may not have formally stated selection criteria for different positions. However, they will usually have at least a short list of requirements for advertised positions.

For Example: Public Sector Formal, clear selection criteria are available from Human Resources for all positions in the Australian Public Service and they are often summarised in Public Service job advertisements. If that department has a web site, the selection criteria may also be available on that site.

If you telephone the Human Resources department on the telephone number listed in the advertisement they will usually send you a package with: Selection criteria Job description Employment forms Other employment related and policy information (such as EEO and OH&S guidelines)