Writing Key Selection Criteria

Government and some other organisations use KSC when they need to make a merit-based (fair) hiring decision. You may be asked to “address” them as part of your application. They are much easier and quicker once you know how. 

1. Read the instructions
Pay careful attention to wording of the ad. Are they asking you to address the KSC separately or as part of a covering letter or do they make no reference to it at all? Always keep in mind that you will be assessed against the criteria. In many cases, you will need to write a separate document addressing each criteria individually. A covering letter version might have a short paragraph for each.

2. Plan, plan, plan
Please do not start writing until you have planned your answer! You will need to start your answer to each one with a short introductory paragraph where you say you can meet the criteria in your own context, then at least two examples illustrating that criteria and finally a short paragraph for any other miscellaneous matters. Before you start writing, map out each criteria and two good examples for each. You may need to shuffle examples around to ensure you have different ones for each. When you are happy with your plan, THEN you pad out your structure.

3. Walk the walk
You show you can meet each individual KSC through real-life examples. This is why they often start with “Proven skills in…”. Try to think of your best, specific examples but if you are stuck, “reverse-engineer” the achievements on your CV – what criteria might they illustrate? Examples are normally written in the STAR format. Don’t slip into sharing your philosophies on how you generally go about it and make sure your example proves the criteria required.