The University of Newcastle, Australia

Selection criteria

Employers often include a set of requirements, or selection criteria, as part of their job advertisement. These are a clear indicator of the standards that will be used to measure one candidate against another and are a road map for your application.

Generally, private sector employers like their criteria to be addressed in your one-page cover letter, whereas public sector and not-for-profit employers expect a separate document addressing criteria in a formal style. Check with the employer if you are unsure.

Proving you meet selection criteria requires evidence. Follow the tips on our Selection Criteria Information sheet (PDF) for more information on how to write successful responses.