Application Process & Interviews at Victorian Public Service

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
Midlevel, Melbourne
Graduate recruitment through Hoban - application, online testing, assessment centre, panel interview
Graduate, Melbourne
Lengthy. It took nine months to obtain a position
Graduate, Melbourne
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
Graduate, Melbourne
Assessment centre (which had a group activity, individual writing task and interviews including technical questions) then interview panel at department that was interested
Graduate, Melbourne

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

Basic questions- broad key accountabilities
Midlevel, Melbourne
Stakeholder engagement Changing priorities and dealing with short timeframes
Graduate, Melbourne
Questions regarding values, experience and situation specific questions
Graduate, Melbourne
Behavioural questions
Graduate, Melbourne
In interviews apart from one at assessment centre, was asked behavioral interview questions
Graduate, Melbourne
Behavioural interviewing based on Victorian Public Service Grade descriptors.
Graduate, Melbourne

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
Graduate, Melbourne
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.
Graduate, Melbourne
Research company/department/branch; memorise the job description; prepare for questions related to values specific to job
Graduate, Melbourne
I prepared examples for lots of different possible behavioural questions which I found quite useful in the interview
Graduate, Melbourne
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
Graduate, Melbourne
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.
Graduate, Melbourne