I was originally hired at a different government department but due to machinery of government changes I was moved to my current department before I commenced.
Candidates started with completing an online application form, consisting of selection criteria and a resume upload. We then had to complete an online writing assessment and Skype interview. Offers were made after that.
When applying for promotions: there was no interview, no applicant assessment, months without any communication
Over complicated and time consuming for all parties
There was some online assessments and a skype interview. Both were well managed and I had plenty of time to prepare/complete them.
The psychometric testing was standard. The interview process was a Skype interview - this was presumably to level the playing field for any candidates who could not make it to Canberra to interview in person, but I found it quite disconcerting to have less visual social signals. That said, the interviewers were warm, welcoming and supportive.
I think there was an online test thing, then a written assignment and an email online test and a skype interview.
An online application with several selection criteria, an online automated interview where specific questions are asked, an online Skype interview with people from the Department asking occupational related questions.
This was a long time ago as I joined the grad program once I completed my Indigenous cadetship. This means that my entry was different.
Two online assessments and one interview
Online application questions with resume, followed by online cognitive testing, with a final Skype interview.
The process involved responding to selection criteria and submitting a resume, completing a few tests that tested the ability to synthesize information and develop policy recommendations and then completed a Skype interview.
The interview process was relatively painless compared to other agencies. The assessments were refreshingly different and the interviewers were extremely lovely. It was also very easy to set up interview times and online processes, unlike other agencies.
A cognitive test followed by two written assessments and a skype interview.
Psychometric testing, online in-tray assessment and writing task, Skype interview.
Online examinations, interviews
I appreciated that Education was one of the few departments that did not have "assessment centres" but instead conducted most of the recruitment process online.
Initial written assessment criteria and tests were similar to other graduate programs I applied to. The interview was via Skype which made sense from a money-saving perspective but this was different to other jobs I applied for which involved face-to-face interviews and assessment centres. I think for inter-state applicants coming to Canberra for an assessment centre might have made the idea of moving to Canberra for a job more 'real'. I think numerous interstate grads will move back home at the end of the grad program and perhaps this number could be reduced by holding interviews in Canberra. Also a lot can be learned from assessment centre where recruitment teams can see applicants working in a real team environment.
I enjoyed my interview a lot. The interview panel made me feel very comfortable from the very beginning which helped me to talk openly about my skills, knowledge and experiences.