How Long Should My Selection Criteria Be?
My advice is always three quarters to a full page PER selection criteria. Just to be clear, each selection criteria should start on a new page and be separate from your cover letter and resume.
... you should ALWAYS check the selection documentation which will
often have a suggested length or word limit. If
there is a suggested word limit, try and keep as close to it as
possible. For example, if the word limit is 400 words per
selection criteria, the perfect length would be just under 400 words.
Anything less than 300 words would not be sufficient.
imagine, your competitor for the position has written 395 words with
powerful examples that substantiate their claims against the position.
And you have only presented three quarters of what you could. If you
want the interview, it's worth the effort!
I also recommend writing your document in narrative style. That
means it will read like a story, rather than be a list of bullet
points. While there is nothing wrong with bullet points, my experience
shows that a narrative style allows you to explore the selection
criteria and your examples more fully and lead the reader through your
claims at your own pace. I have also noticed that those who are picked
for an interview based on their written application very rarely use
Bullet or Dot Points
If you include bullet points, the reader is more likely to skip over
your application and skim over your points, only focussing on the
points that stand out. This is not what you want. If you think of your
selection criteria answers as a sales letter, your job is to take the
reader on a journey, create an emotional connection between what they
want (in terms of an applicant and their skill set) and what you can
deliver and address any objections that they may have to you being the
perfect applicant for the job.
The exception to avoiding bullet points is if there is a very low
and strict word limit. In this instance, bullet points can serve you
well as they will reduct the amount of words you need to use.