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Pulling your hair out over selection criteria? How to nail them

Pulling your hair out over selection criteria? How to nail them

If you’re having trouble answering specific selection criteria for a job, a scholarship or any other position, here is how to leverage your hard work and nail it:

Step 1

Copy and paste the selection criteria into a document and write your answer underneath each criteria heading. Applying online? Draft in Word first.

Step 2

Start your answer with a positive claim: Eg “I gained considerable experience in customer service while working in hospitality for three years.”

Step 3

Provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the criteria. Do this using actual, specific examples using the STAR method:


Set the context for your example: who, what, when and where

T – [TASK]

What your role was   


What you did


What you achieved/learnt


  • Focus on what you did (not your team). The people looking over your application want to see what you did and how you responded to certain challenges.
  • Avoid general claims that are not backed up with an example
  • Answer ALL criteria (both essential and desirable) – they can’t review something that isn’t in your application.
  • If there are two parts to a criterion address both in your answer
  • Proofread for typos and grammatical mistakes.

Follow all these steps and you should have a cracker application.

Happy writing and good luck!

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