This has changed since my time- The interview process for myself started with an aptitude test, composing a few elements. Following this, we flew up to Canberra, where three "sessions" were held with about 20 other applicants. The sessions were a 'speed dating' format, whereby you had 5 minutes to answer a question and discuss it with two people - not your standard questions either. Then there was a team session, where five people were asked to discuss a policy issue and present to a panel. Finally, there was a "networking" event, where the grads, interviewers and previous grads mingled and you could ask questions and form connections.
1. Application - resume, cv and cover letter. 2. Testing - usual 3 tests 3. Assessment centre - written assessment, group assessment and interview. 4. merit listed and then given offer. Process for grad program took about 5/6 months.
The interview process involved a resume and written answers to questions, online tests and then a half-day assessment centre. The assessment centre focussed on interviews and a group task.
No surprises and a lot of support.
There was an online assessment, selection criteria, and an assessment centre that included an interview and group work.
Initially we submitted a resume and did online cognitive testing. Based on this result you would be invited to respond to 3 questions/scenarios in a one-page pitch format (3 pages total). Following this, there was an assessment centre day held in Canberra which required a session of "speed interviews" (like speed-dating but interview type questions) as well as a group activity of developing and presenting a policy idea to a panel, then finally a social networking event.
There was some online assessments then we were invited in person to a day of interviews. There was a group task we worked on (and which was observed by a panel) and then we did a round of 'speed interviews' where we would answer some questions at one table and then rotate to another.
Security vetting takes a long time.
The interview process is fairly intense and exhaustive; security and vetting requirements are kind of invasive
It is a whole day process. There were couple of interviews, knowledge and personality check.
cognitive test, speed-dating interviews, group exercise
The Graduate recruitment process is pretty arduous. You start with a written application which includes your resume and answering some written questions. The next stage was a 'psychometric test' which is supposed to challenge your critical/lateral thinking. The last stage was an assessment center which involved a group activity, personal interviews and a networking segment.
The interview process was very thorough and assessed colleagues across a range of required skills and attributes. During the assessment process I gained a good understanding of the Department's main areas of work and its culture, which was highly informative and influential in me choosing to accept this offer.