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Application Process & Interviews at The University of Melbourne
- Average rating for Recruitment, based on 15 reviews8.5 / 10
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
Similar to most other grad programs, online assessment, video interview, group interview and individual interview. Process was very well outlined and clear.
There were 6 stages, very similar to the rest of the graduate programs
As it was for a graduate role it might have been more involved than normal. Online application, video interview, group half day of activities, online psychometric testing, then one-on-one interview.
Being a part of the graduate program means the hiring process was much longer and more vigorous than standard recruitment. It was an application, an IQ test, a video interview, an assessment centre, a behavioural test, and a final face-to-face interview.
Initial hire process was similar to many other graduate positions, with an online application, psychometric testing, video interview, assessment centre, and final interview.
Being recruited through a graduate program, I went through many steps including: online assessment, video interview, assessment centre group interview and individual interview.
There are seven stages of assessment, including initial application, cover letter, 2 sets of cognitive testing, a video interview, assessment centre, presentation and final interview. It is the longest process I have heard of for any graduate program, but the results are quite timely.
Online application, online capability testing, online video interview, assessment centre (very well run), interview.
Online testing, video interview, assessment centre, individual interview
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
Tell us about a time when you have encountered a difficult situation
Mostly behavioural questions - can you give me an example of a time when... (...you demonstrated leadership/...you were facing a big challenge and how you overcame it/etc.). But also the standard "Why do you want to work at the University/in the University sector?".
What motivates you to work in the higher education industry? What sorts of roles are you interested in?
When I've dealt with change. When I've worked in difficult teams.
Why do you want to work at this organisation? What is your greatest weakness? What is your background?
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Read up on University's strategy documents and vision
The University has a strategic document called 'Growing Esteem'. It underpins almost every activity the University does and provides an insight into future planning. It is essential reading if you want to give yourself the best chance at standing out at
Prepare for the assessment center - bring a wide variety of University knowledge and strategic plan knowledge that you can apply during the session
Be familiar with the challenges facing Higher Education these days. Be familiar with the structure of the University, at least a little bit.
I would recommend that they apply because they actually really want to work in the higher-education industry; not just so they can get ANY graduate position. The passion for the industry will then shine through in their interviews/assessments. I would also recommend that they don't try too hard - I helped out with the recruitment for the 2018 graduates, and there is nothing worse than people who are trying too hard to sound professional/sound like a "go getter" and aren't being themselves. You can't get to know what they're really like when they behave like that, so my advice is to just relax and be sincere!
Read up about what is happening in the sector
Be prepared with specific examples -don't be wishy washy as the interviewers expect to hear details of your past experiences.
Think about why you REALLY want to work here, and be able to give a genuine, passionate answer. Have some humility even as you put yourself forward.
Have passion to work in this sector