How to address selection criteria


To complete your WA Training Awards application, you need to address certain selection criteria to demonstrate to our judging panels that you’re the best in the State at what you do.

For many people, the prospect of completing selection criteria may be a bit daunting, especially if you have never done it before. But if you follow these steps, it’ll be an absolute breeze!

“The application process is really quite simple and you have got nothing to lose. Never doubt yourself and be confident in yourself and your story.”

Emma Hay, WA Trainee of the Year 2014 and Australian Trainee of the Year 2014 Runner up

There are two main techniques when addressing selection criteria, the SAO technique or the STAR technique.

SAO technique

Situation: What was the situation? Set the context.

Action: What did you do and how did you do it?

Outcome: What was the result of your actions?

STAR technique

Situation: What was the situation? Set the context.

Task: What was your role?

Action: What did you do and how did you do it?

Result: What was the result of your actions? What did you achieve?

Whatever technique you use, make sure you have considered all elements of the selection criterion and use real work examples to demonstrate how you meet them.

Download the Job Search Guide available from Career Centre to view examples of how to address selection criteria.

“The application process isn’t difficult and offers the unique opportunity to reflect on your achievements in the last year.”

Central Institute of Technology, WA and Australia International Training Provider of the Year 2014


What not to do What to do
Make vague statements about your skills and abilities Give specific concrete examples of when you have used that skill/ability in your work/study.
Ignore points of the selection criteria that you can’t address Address all of the elements in the selection criteria to demonstrate that you’re the best candidate for this award.
Address only the main headings of the selection criteria. Applicants must address all of the sub-points to effectively answer a criterion. For instance, if under criterion 1 there are a), b), c), d) points within it, ensure you address all a), b), c) and d) in your response.
Skim the selection criteria Read each criteria thoroughly and make a note of the key words, use those key words in your response. For instance, if you’re addressing a criterion that requires you to demonstrate your knowledge, you should respond by writing how and where you gained that knowledge.
Write a couple of sentences addressing Criterion 1, 2 and 3 Individuals should aim to write ¾ of a page to a full page for each criterion.Organisations should aim to write at least one-two full pages for each criterion.
Write your responses to the selection criteria the night before it’s due and submit it on the dot at 5pm Friday 8 May 2015. Give yourself plenty of time to write your responses to the selection criteria.Create an account in the online application system and start your application, you can log in at any time to add ideas and continue working on your responses to the selection criteria.Give yourself time to review your responses and edit them to make sure there aren’t any spelling and grammar mistakes.

Copy your responses into a word document to check spelling and grammar and review the length of your application as a whole (students should be max 5 pages, trainers 10 pages, organisations 20 pages).

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