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Application Process & Interviews at Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
- Average rating for Recruitment, based on 19 reviews8.4 / 10
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
The hiring process consisted of a phone interview, an assessment centre and a face to face interview.
Written criteria. Phone interview - conversational chat to gauge actual interest in industry. Group interview Individual interview - career focused chat and opportunity to get to know senior employee.
Phone interview, face-to-face interview and online process include psychometric testing. Unless process fairly poor but they all are.
Psychometric assessment, short phone-interview followed by full in-person interview.
2 assessments, one group interview and one final interview.
There were many layers of recruitment, I feel like this ensures that the most appropriate person for the job is hired. The process took place over two months and included a written application, phone interview, group assessment centre, psychometric testing and a one on one interview with a general manager.
The application process was fairly standard for the industry. Stage 1: Application form. Including cover letter, references, resume, academic transcript and questions. Stage 2: Phone Interview. Stage 3: Assessment centre. My assessment centre had 6 people in it. There were 3 tasks. A team task, a team speaking task and a written technical assessment, which depended on the work stream you applied for. Stage 4: 'Career Chat' (i.e. final interview). Stage 5: Police and background check. Stage 6: Offer made.
The process was very rigorous - consisting of a phone interview, assessment centre, a final career chat.
After initial application with resume and cover lever: -phone interview -assessment centre -behavioural, numeracy and literacy testing.
Written application, online questions, group assessment and panel interviews (two interviewers).
The process is quite extensive, with about 7 stages including phone interviews, assessment centre, online testing and face-to-face interviews.
The interview and assessment process for the graduate program was quite lengthy. There were three assessments before the interview: one basic online behaviour tests, one technical question assessment, and finally the assessment centre.
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
When had I shown leadership skills? How do I solve problems when there is insufficient time? Why do I want to work at AEMO?
Why do you want to work here? What do you think the biggest challenges facing the energy sector in Australia are?
Why did you study your area of choice? Why do you want to work for us?
Prior experience, why I wanted to work at AEMO, career aspirations etc.
The questions asked were fairly standard behavioural and motivational questions. No technical questions were asked. No trick questions were asked.
Why I'd like to work at the company; what I valued; what areas I'd like to work in, etc.
Interview was closer to a conversation. No questions like "describe a time..."
Specific questions about the company, what interested me about it and why I wanted the position. Also my career aspirations and where I could see myself within the company.
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Understand AEMO's unique role, functions and responsibilities.
Read reports, etc. on the website and have an understanding of what's going on in the industry (media).
Familiarise yourself as best as possible with the company. Pick an easy role that we have and focus on that because a lot of things we do are very complex and have a steep learning curve.
Understand why you want to work in energy. Have some thought as to what you'll likely face in your career in the next 10-20 years.
Know the basics of the industry but be hungry to learn more.
Explore AEMO's website and read some of our publications relevant to your area of specialty. Have an understanding of the power system and economic market behind it - know the lingo.
Brush up on the industry at large, AEMO's energy updates and major reports that AEMO releases. Don't just get caught up on renewables - they are topical and important, however there are many other important functions that AEMO performs. Find out what excites you about the industry. It speaks volumes when a candidate is genuinely interested and passionate about some part of the industry.
Certainly do some homework on what's currently happening in the industry and make sure to be aware of what the company's values are and reflect on how they align with your own. Also reflect on where some of your passions lie, and express this in the interview.
Show you are passionate about the industry. Show that you're knowledgeable about the business.
Understand and have a couple of examples where you can display your skills and how you are suited to the company.
Employees want real-life examples of when you've worked in a team and with others. Examples from work, uni and extracurricular activities are good.