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Shortlisting Applicants

The Shortlisting process enables the Selection Panel to determine the job applicants who have the strongest claim to the advertised position, and who should be selected for further consideration at interview.

The information in each candidate’s application is compared with the position description and the selection criteria. Those applicants deemed most suitable by the Selection Panel are then detailed on a shortlist. The shortlisted applicants are invited for interview. If you are invited for an interview you will be contacted by email and/or SMS. If you are not shortlisted for interview you will be advised via email. Please ensure you check your email account regularly.

The shortlisting process generally takes around fourteen (14) working days in total, but can vary depending on the number of applications received.

Interview Process

The interview process helps the Selection Panel to establish the candidate(s) who best demonstrate the necessary qualifications, skills, ability, experience, knowledge and personal attributes to perform the duties and requirements of the position.

Selection Panels usually comprise three (3) people, who will ask you a set of specific job related questions to determine how well you meet the selection criteria for the position. In addition to the interview questions, the Selection Panel may employ a number of other selection techniques, including:

  • Case Studies/Role Play – the panel may give you a realistic scenario and ask you to respond with what you would do if in a similar situation.
  • Work Samples – you may be required to carry out a task similar to what would be expected in the position being recruited for.
  • Work Samples from previous positions as an example of work quality.
  • Aptitude, ability and psychometric testing – e.g. typing, word processing, other job related tasks.

Interview Preparation

How to plan and prepare for your interview:

  • Read the position description and selection criteria carefully, and think of questions that you may be asked at interview.
  • Think of your previous experience in similar work situations and prepare specific examples.
  • Prepare answers to more general questions, including why you applied for the position, your achievements, strengths and weaknesses, why you are the best person for the position.
  • Prepare your questions for the panel – remember, the interview is a two way process. What would you like to know about the job, the conditions, working at Council?
  • Work out how you will get there and how long it will take you - plan to be early.
  • Remember that all interview times are NSW time (this is an hour earlier than Queensland time during the daylight savings period).
  • Bring to original documents such as qualifications, birth certificate, and driver’s licence to the interview.

Post Interview

Council has a three-phase selection process which, in addition to the interview, involves a pre-employment functional health assessment and reference checks.

Candidates who perform well at interview will be required to complete a pre-employment functional health assessment with Council’s providers. This assessment is conducted at Council’s expense and assesses your physical and functional capacity against the physical demands necessary to safely perform the job for which you have applied. Drug and alcohol testing is also conducted as part of this testing.

Reference checks are conducted for preferred candidates. Referees will preferably be your current or most recent supervisor and must be able to comment directly on your abilities in a work situation. If you have any objection to this action, your concerns should be raised in your application and be discussed with the Selection Panel. No offers of employment will be made until the entire three-phase recruitment process has been completed.

Human Resources will advise unsuccessful applicants via email and provide feedback on their application if requested.

All externally recruited employees are required to complete a 3 month probationary period. If performance is satisfactory, a permanent appointment will be confirmed. Probation can be extended by a maximum of 3 additional months.

The successful candidate will be verbally offered the position. Upon acceptance, an offer letter will be sent in the post. This must be signed and returned prior to the incumbent’s first day of work.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be contacted throughout the recruitment process?
Council’s means of communication throughout the entire process is via email as this is the most timely and efficient means of communication. As such, you must include an email address when submitting your application, and to regularly check your email address for messages.
How will I be contacted if I’m considered for a position?
If you have been shortlisted for an interview, Council will contact you via the email address you provided and you will be able to book your interview timeslot online. However, it is also helpful for you to set up voicemail/messagebank on your mobile phone so that we can leave a message if we notice after a few days that you have not yet booked in for an interview timeslot online.
How will I be notified if I’m not considered for a position?
If you have not been successful in progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process, Council will contact you via email.
Where can I park?
Interviews may be held at a number of different Council locations throughout the Shire. If you are unsure where to park for your interview, please contact Human Resources on (02) 6670 2495 and further information will be provided.
What should I bring to my interview?
Please bring your driver’s licence (if held), plus original copies of any qualifications, tickets, licenses mentioned in your application. The panel will need to cite these. Copies of original qualifications must be validated by a J.P.
For specific positions, you may also be asked to bring in work samples, portfolios, or similar. If this is the case you will be advised at the time of arranging the interview.
How long will the recruitment process take?
The recruitment process takes around 6 weeks. This can vary depending on the number of applications received for the position. Council will be in touch with you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.
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