Selection Process

Shortlisting - 
Once advertising of the position has closed, the selection panel will assess each application against the selection criteria. A scale is used to determine who has met the selection criteria and to establish which candidates will be selected to attend an interview.
This process can take up to 4 weeks from the closing date to complete.

Interviews - 
Candidates who are selected for interview will be notified by phone and/or email.  At the interview you will be asked a series of pre-determined questions based on the selection criteria, responsibilities of the position and the personal attributes required in the role. We like to get the best thought-out responses from our candidates and provide a 15 minute review of the interview questions prior to your interview.
The interview will take between 30 and 45 minutes. It is suggested while at the interview you should;

  • Be straightforward
  • Listen carefully and ask for clarification if you are unsure
  • Give specific and/or concrete examples to support the responses you are providing
  • Keep to the point, avoiding the temptation to over elaborate in your responses
Some interviews will involve a practical assessment, such as a knowledge-based exercise or skills assessment. These details will be provided when you are notified, by email, of your interview time.
Interviews are conducted by a panel usually consisting of three people, including the immediate supervisor of the position. The panel will ask questions and score the responses based on the position requirements and come to a merit-based decision.

Referees – 
You are required to provide two referees as part of your application. At least one of these must be your current or previous direct supervisor. At the interview the panel will ask you to confirm your referees contact details are correct and the referee will be able to verify the information that you have given in your application and at the interview. 

Pre-employment Screening - 
If you are successful in progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process after interview, you will be required to attend a pre-employment medical assessment to substantiate your ability to carry out the job you are applying for.
For some positions within Council, we may request background checks such as Police Checks and Working with Children Checks.

Notification – 
At the completion of the selection process, a member of the selection panel (generally the immediate supervisor) will contact the successful applicant by telephone to offer them the position and coordinate the start up process. If you have been unsuccessful you will receive notice by email.