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So you want a government job? You’re not alone. The public sector is a sought-after career path for many professionals thanks to its generous employee benefits, job stability and favourable working conditions.
Although government jobs span a diverse range of roles and specialisations, being shortlisted as an applicant requires more than simply having relevant skills and experience. To be selected for an interview, it’s critical to address the key selection criteria for the role specified in the position description in your job application.
In this article, we cover what you need to know about selection criteria responses for government jobs and how to maximise your chance of landing a job interview.
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Key selection criteria cover the skills, experience and qualities a candidate needs to perform a government role effectively. Broadly speaking, selection criteria can be broken down into five categories:
Every government job listing is accompanied by unique key selection criteria that the hiring manager or a selection panel will be considering when reviewing applications.
Consequently, when applying for a national, state or local government job, it’s important to include specific examples or situations where you have demonstrated the skills and qualities outlined in the key selection criteria. The more comprehensively you address the selection criteria, the better your chances will be of making the shortlist for an interview.
The selection criteria also gives you the opportunity to assess how suited you are for the role, and whether it’s worth your time to apply for the job before reaching the interview stage.
To help better understand what’s required, let’s look at some hypothetical key selection criteria examples and responses for government jobs, in each of the five categories:
Example answer: Being able to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders is an important skill in any engineering role. In my previous position at X Company, I worked with multiple departments to successfully deploy a key software project on time and within budget.
Example answer: Over the past five years, I have developed in-depth knowledge of infrastructure platforms including Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google and Oracle Cloud.
Example answer: I have extensive experience working with AWS technologies and systems including CodeCommit, Systems Manager, Route53, Load Balancers and CodePipeline.
Example answer: I hold a degree in software engineering and AWS Certification in DevOps Engineering.
Example answer: Accountability and reliability are two of my most important workplace values. In my last role, my manager cited my ability to take responsibility for my work outcomes as a major contributor to my promotion. I often prepared major PowerPoint presentations to capture the positive outcomes of my projects.
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