Application Process & Interviews at Downer Group

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

The interview process consisted of an online application, followed by a phone interview, and then a two day assessment centre. The first day of the assessment centre had a face-to-face interview, and some teamwork assessments. The second day of the assessment centre had us delivering a presentation to members of the executive team.
Graduate, Newcastle
Two day process. A full day of assessment activities on day one - individually and collaborative, then an evening call to address whether one progresses to day two, which involves preparing a 10 min presentation that evening and presenting it to the executive team the next day.
Graduate, Sydney
Graduate hiring process is as follows: 1. Online application 2. Phone interview 3. 2 day assessment centre, activities, interviews, presentations, online exams
Graduate, Melbourne
Online application and a phone interview. An all day assessment, with an interview included in the day. Successful applicants were then confirmed that night, and were required to return the following day to perform a 15 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions to the board of the company. The topic of the presentation was communicated at 7pm the night before.
Graduate, Sydney

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

Questions around university, extra-curricular, career goals, intentions within the company and industry knowledge.
Graduate, Sydney
Situation where I demonstrated certain skills - leaderships, challenges, decision making, adaptability
Graduate, Sydney
1. Behavioural questions 2. Experience 3. Cultural fit questions
Graduate, Melbourne
It was more of a conversation than an interview. Areas of interest, times when I recognised and solved conflict, challenges I had experienced in my professional and personal life.
Graduate, Sydney

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

Research on current projects.
Graduate, Sydney
Understand what the business does, and assess your strengths to determine how you could fit into what they do.
Graduate, Newcastle
Have a list of experiences and situations that demonstrate certain skills. You never know which skill they might be asking.
Graduate, Sydney
Research the company (knowledge), be relaxed, friendly and natural (attitude) and have some practical experience and demonstrated skills/characteristics that you can describe in 1-2 sentences
Graduate, Melbourne
Be yourself, emotional intelligence is highly rated. The graduate program is looking for its future leaders.
Graduate, Sydney