Application Process & Interviews at Department of Industry, Innovation & Science

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

Interview process was extensive with a long answer application, written assessment and individual interviews.
Graduate, Canberra
Submit an application, answering selection criteria. Then perform an online writing task. Finally an interview. Definitely one of the nicer graduate application processes.
Graduate, Canberra
The process was one of the best - everything was well organised and easy to understand and the HR team was really quick and thorough about responding and following up. There is no assessment centre, which is great, and I really liked the writing task because it allows those of us who don't have policy backgrounds to show we can still do well in those settings. The interview was very relaxed and we were able to view questions beforehand and make notes that we could take in and reference. Skype interviews were available for people overseas.
Graduate, Canberra
The Department of Industry has a simpler and more straightforward hiring process than many other departments; the process is just as rigorous, but there are fewer steps involved. If you pass the initial phase (CV and selection criteria), you are offered the opportunity to take part in a written assessment exercise such as writing a sample brief. This is then followed by a formal interview.
Graduate, Canberra
involved writing answers to the key selection criteria, an online assessment followed by an interview.
Graduate, Melbourne
No aptitude/IQ tests - this is a good thing.
Graduate, canberra
A few stages but not too onerous. Short answer questions, creating a summary document and then an interview. Questions for the interview were given 15mins beforehand which was great.
Graduate, Canberra
I only had to fill out the application and attend an interview - the Department didn't have any of the assessment centres or online assessments that a lot of other government agencies used in their selection process
Midlevel, Canberra
The interview process and assessments seemed to be structured in such a way that assessors are able to form a holistic view of your character and capabilities
Graduate, Canberra
well planned, comfortable with interviewers
Graduate, Canberra
online application with a one on one interview
Graduate, Canberra
Online application then an interview ensured the process was not dragged out like some others.
Graduate, Canberra

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

Questions ranged from Department specific questions to questions about personal attributes and work styles.
Graduate, Canberra
Broadly I was asked about my skills and the current priorities at the department I was applying to. I was also asked what interested me about this specific graduate programme.
Graduate, Canberra
questions relating to the portfolio as it stands today
Graduate, Canberra
We were asked about the department's current policies and where we had seen them in effect in the real world. We were also asked why diversity is important, why we wanted to work here and the usual other questions.
Graduate, Canberra
I was asked to showcase my understanding of the role of the Industry Department, and recent economic policy decisions by the Federal Government. I was also asked to give examples of how I worked in teams and coped with adversity.
Graduate, Canberra
Make sure you have some knowledge about the Department's activities!
Graduate, Melbourne
- Why I would be a good candidate to work there - To name one initiative that the Department has been involved in - Why the Department's work is important to the wellbeing of the Australian community
Graduate, Canberra
Why I would be good for the role. What policy area handled by the department I was interested in and why. What challenges small business face. What appeals about the graduate programme.
Graduate, Canberra
Some of the typical interview questions, but also specific questions about the portfolio and the department's work - which was a nice change from the generic interview questions I had during other interviews
Midlevel, Canberra
Questions related to the departments work, my interest in government, and adaptation to Canberra.
Graduate, Canberra
A mix of soft skill and department related questions.
Graduate, Canberra

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

Write your answers to questions well in advance, and prepare answers for the interview.
Graduate, Canberra
Remain aware of the Department's appearance in the media.
Graduate, Canberra
getting familiar with the website and reading recent media feeds regarding the department and its initiatives
Graduate, Canberra
Make sure to research the current policies of the department and find some local real-world examples e.g. small businesses who have received entrepreneurship grants or universities using research collaboration grants. Look at the department's strategic plan and work out what really appeals to you from it. And always ask the interviewers questions - if there's a past grad (usually), asked them if/why they liked the program and what kind of work they got to do.
Graduate, Canberra
Know what the Department does, what sorts of issues, policies and programs it deals with, and what the current affairs or recent developments affecting the portfolio are. For example, read the Department's website to familiarise yourself with the organisation's objectives and responsibilities. Read the newspaper and identify recent news stories/developments that might be related to the Department's work; it helps if you can show the interviewers that you know what's going on and what kind of issues you might be dealing with as an Industry employee.
Graduate, Canberra
research some of the department's major projects and responsibilities.
Graduate, canberra
Try to learn about the corporate structure (google our organisation chart!). Pick at least one or two divisions that you would be interested in working in and try to figure out what they do.
Graduate, Canberra
Start on the short answer questions early- they take time to polish. Try not to stress about the interview- in my experience the interviewers are very friendly and want you to succeed.
Graduate, Canberra
Unless things have changed, I encourage you to look over the website and have an understanding of what the department actually does - you will quite likely be asked about it and have to comment on it.
Midlevel, Canberra
Read about the organisation, and be frank about your ambitions and why you want to work there.
Graduate, Canberra
Do your research and understand the department and what it does.
Graduate, Canberra
Understand the role of the department and what work area you might be interested in. Understand what you bring to the department.
Graduate, Canberra
Read up on the big initiatives and topical issues related to the department's work.
Graduate, Canberra