Application Process & Interviews at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

Very heavy on procedure
Graduate, Sydney
The interview process was over two days, the first day was an introduction to the organisation and tour, the second was assessments and interviews. It's a really smart way to do it because the first day gets you all hyped about working at the organisation and you really put your best enthusiastic foot forward in the interview the next day.
Entry level, Sydney
The interview process began with an online application where I had to answer a number of questions and upload my CV and university transcript etc. Stage two was a self-recorded online "interview". I was given five minutes to prepare an answer to a question and record that answer though an online website. There was a practice question with no time limit before the real thing. Stage three was a short phone interview where I spoke with someone in my field (engineering). Stage four was an assessment center with around 30 other applicants here in Sydney. There were two individual one-on-one interviews as well as a group activity with an assessment panel.
Graduate, Sydney
First round criteria response and Resume/cover letter drop. Phone interview Video questions Final stage - 2 interviews, and a group interview (a mock talk-show where you had to adopt the view of different stakeholders to a new infrastructure project).
Graduate, Sydney
There was a multi-step process to securing my position, which included an application, video interview, and assessment center as well as panel interviews.
Graduate, Sydney
1. Written response through the web, plus resume and transcripts 2. Video response online, a few minutes to prepare responses to about 3 short questions, delivered into a webcam and recorded. 3. Assessment weekend including; 3a. Travel to Sydney and Site 3b. Site tour and introduction (observation) 3c. Group situation assessment (4 candidates, 3 assessors), which was a situation response based on some local newspaper articles, where you each represented different stakeholders and in effect had an interview/debate 3d. A further two one on one interviews, which were aligned to our technical field but still talked about managing teams, leadership capabilities, conflict resolution, etc. 3e. Return to home 4. Referee checks 5. Verbal offer, official acceptance, background checks, security and medical clearance, and so much pre-arrival onboarding paperwork.
Graduate, Sydney
Two-day assessment center. Day 1 (flown down from inter-state), and given an overview of ANSTO, including a tour of the site to see all the work conducted. Day 2, completed a group assessment and two panel interviews.
Graduate, Sydney
We had a video interview as well as psychometric testing, these were fairly standard compared to other companies. This was followed by a day of tours and assessment / interviews at ANSTO - this was a lot of fun!
Graduate, Sydney
Job application, followed by submission of a 2-minute video interview/question response. Then two interviews, and a group activity assessment all on the same day.
Graduate, Sydney
The interview process had a few stages. The first was the application process, which was quite standard and required some generic questions to be answered. Next was a 10-minute phone interview, also with standard interview questions about experiences and why I'd like to work at the company. The next stage was being flown in to Sydney from Melbourne for two days at the company. The first day was very interesting, they structured it as them selling themselves to us. So we learnt about the ins and outs of the company and met all our potential supervisors. The following day was us selling ourselves. We first had a group assessment in a team of 5, where we had to create a 'live' debate using information from newspaper articles. Who was for and against was given to us, after this we had to analyses ourselves and what we thought we could have done better both preparing for the debate and throughout it. After this we had two sets of individual interviews, one with our potential supervisor, and another with two other members of an unrelated area to give an objective opinion. After that I was returned home and heard back about getting the job a few weeks later.
Graduate, Sydney
The graduate program is competitive  . It was a two-day process with two 30 minute one-on-one interviews in addition to team/group questions/workshops, tours and presentations.
Graduate, Sydney

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

"Describe a time when..." so situation based questions. Lots and lots about teamwork.
Graduate, Sydney
I was mainly asked questions about my experiences in my field of work and situations where I had shown leadership qualities, conflict management skills, etc.
Entry level, Sydney
Questions of experience. Questions surrounding how you lead, how you respond to problems, how you communicate, etc. Questions around what you value in the work place Be prepared to ask informed questions.
Graduate, Sydney
I was asked about my problem-solving capabilities, teamwork and my attitudes towards safety.
Graduate, Sydney
My suitability for the role, times that I have lead teams
Graduate, Sydney
The questions were similar to what were asked in the assessment criteria submitted prior to the interview, as well as the core values associated with the organisation.
Graduate, Sydney
I don't remember specifics - they were fairly standard interview questions
Graduate, Sydney
Mostly questions which assessed personal traits rather than technical
Graduate, Sydney
A large variety of questions were asked. I can't remember them exactly but they were along the lines of: Why do you want to work at ANSTO? What can you offer ANSTO? Give an example of when you had to overcome a problem and how you dealt with it. Give an example of a time you had to deal with a difficult team member? How do you approach completing projects? Give us an example of a time you mixed priorities and how you dealt with that. Give an example of a time you went above and beyond your job description. etc.
Graduate, Sydney
We were asked as a team to develop solutions to a business related problem within a short timeframe, and then present these to a panel. The one-on-one interviews were more specifically related to the individual job area, and personal skills and attributes.
Graduate, Sydney

Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?

Prepare by writing down every situation you can think of where you've used teamwork/communication/taken responsibility. Could be in casual job, volunteering, uni group assignments, as far back as being some sort of leader at high school. Then when you get asked about teamwork 5 times you'll have a variety of examples to give. Also read over the resume and cover letter you sent in as your application and be consistent with what you said in those documents.
Graduate, Sydney
Yes, pay lip service to your experience and technical know-how, but people hiring graduates here are looking for agents of change. Don't overdo it, but make sure you are able to get across that you are energetic, adaptive, open to experience and keen to make a difference. This is more important than experience.
Graduate, Sydney
Do your research on the organisation and have some idea of the area/s you would like to work? Be prepared to socialise at the assessment center and demonstrate the values of the organisation.
Graduate, Sydney
Show your all-roundness, and be ready for a long process. Almost all of us that were eventually hired were not directly out of University, most had started PhDs, taken on a Masters course, traveled for an internship abroad, etc.
Graduate, Sydney
Browse the website and get to know what work the organisation does, specifically in the field of interest you're applying within. Then you're able to recall these in the interview phase when answering some of the questions and describe how your skills can fit into/enhance the work currently conducted.
Graduate, Sydney
Learn about what the organisation does - there's a huge amount! Don't feel you need to know every detail though, you will mostly be picked for your enthusiasm and people skills
Graduate, Sydney
The most important question to answer is why you want to work here
Graduate, Sydney
Firstly, by the researching the company. ANSTO does a broad range of things and not many people in the public know about them all. Especially researching the values as the company is proud of them. I'd also recommend coming up with examples for standard interview questions. Most importantly, make sure you outline extra-curricular activities you are a part of. The company isn't just looking for intelligence, they're looking for leaders with good life experience and who succeed when there are multiple activities in place and priorities need to be ranked.
Graduate, Sydney
Be yourself. Know the aims and goals of the company and make sure they align with your views. Do your research.
Graduate, Sydney