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Application Process & Interviews at Victorian Public Service
- Average rating for Recruitment, based on 14 reviews7.2 / 10
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
applied for grad program put in resume and cover letter had online tests assessment centre one on one interviews round 1 one on one interviews round 2
Graduate recruitment through Hoban - application, online testing, assessment centre, panel interview
Lengthy. It took nine months to obtain a position
I was hired through a Grad program so the process was different from most employees. I submitted a written application which included 3 short essays Cognitive testing Assessment centre with one on one interview, group problem solving task and written exercise Interview with my team formal offer
Assessment centre (which had a group activity, individual writing task and interviews including technical questions) then interview panel at department that was interested
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
Basic questions- broad key accountabilities
Stakeholder engagement Changing priorities and dealing with short timeframes
Questions regarding values, experience and situation specific questions
In interviews apart from one at assessment centre, was asked behavioral interview questions
Behavioural interviewing based on Victorian Public Service Grade descriptors.
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Talk to someone who has been through the process and try and work out why
Talk to the hiring manager!! Should go without saying, but you can find out more detail about what the position requires and tailor your application Learn about the specific team that you are looking to work in.
Research company/department/branch; memorise the job description; prepare for questions related to values specific to job
I prepared examples for lots of different possible behavioural questions which I found quite useful in the interview
Practice behavioral interview question responses (e.g.using STAR method) Attend if possible a practice assessment centre (some unis run these) Read up on the public service and any department/s interviewing you to get context for the assessment centre and so you can show why you would like to work in that department/relate it to your own skills/attributes/work experiences e.g. policy platforms of government, newspaper articles, strategic papers and capability frameworks and annual reports
Learn about the STAR method. Get and talk about a range of experiences. Demonstrate your values base. Remember that you are interviewing them too! Not every team is a great team.