National Graduate Program recruitment process

We use innovative methodologies to recruit graduates and match them to the right jobs.

Recruitment process for 2019

Stage 1: online application form - 6 March - 4 April 2018
Stage 2: online personality and abstract reasoning assessment - Early April 2018
Stage 3: online verbal and numeric reasoning assessment - Mid April 2018
Stage 4: video interview - Late April 2018
Stage 5: assessment centres and reference checks - Early May 2018
Verbal offer, pre-employment checks and letter of offer - Starts in July 2018

Stage 1: online application form - 6 March to 4 April 2018

You’ll need to:

  • confirm your eligibility
  • provide referee details
  • complete a Work Style Questionnaire (multiple choice)

Stage 2: online personality and abstract reasoning assessment - early April 2018

If your application is successful, we’ll email you a set of mini games. We’ll also send you instructions of what you need to do.

Allow about 25 minutes to complete this assessment.

Stage 3: online verbal and numeric reasoning assessment - mid April 2018

If you’re successful at Stage 2, we’ll email another set of mini games and instructions of what you’ll need to do.

Allow about 20 minutes to complete this assessment.

Stage 4: video interview - late April 2018

If you’re successful at Stage 3, we’ll invite you to complete a video interview. This is a one-way interview which takes about 15 minutes.

You’ll be able to practice using the technology before your interview and do some system tests to make sure your device is ready to go.

You’ll answer up to 4 questions and they’ll be a mix of motivational and behavioural questions.

Tips:

  • Research our department
  • Review the key requirements of the graduate program
  • Be aware of any broader issues relevant to us and your field of study
  • Practice using the technology before your interview
  • Ensure the device you plan to use for your interview works

Stage 5: assessment centres and reference checks - early May 2018

If you’re successful at Stage 4, we’ll ask you to come to an assessment centre. This is the last stage of the recruitment process.

There are three components:

  1. behavioural interview
  2. group activity
  3. written task

We aim to run the assessment centres efficiently to help you get back to your study or work. They usually take half a day and you can attend a morning or afternoon session.

The number and location of assessment centres depend on the number of candidates progressing to this stage. Locations vary each year, but they’re usually held in capital cities.

We’ll try to get you to your closest assessment centre, but you may need to take some time off work or away from your studies to attend. If you don’t attend an assessment centre in person your application will be withdrawn.

We don’t provide financial assistance to attend assessment centres.

We’ll also complete your referee check at this stage. This check is done for all candidates attending the assessment centres. We’ll ask referees to give comments in support of your skills, abilities and past work performance.

Verbal offer, pre-employment checks and letter of offer - starts in July 2018

Once the recruitment process is finished we’ll let you know if you’re suitable or not suitable for the program. Feedback will be available to all candidates at the end of the assessment process.

Verbal offer

If you’re suitable, we'll call you and offer you a position. First round verbal offers are expected to start in July 2018. The verbal offer is conditional. You need to pass an entry level check and medical check before we formally offer you a position. We’ll arrange these for you and will pay for them.

Entry level check

The entry level check searches your details against a national database for any prior infringements or criminal charges.

If you have criminal charges or infringements, we manage it on a case by case basis.

Medical check

The medical check is a general health check to make sure you can work safely and effectively. It also lets us know if we need to make workplace adjustments for you.

We will schedule your medical check and find the closest available location to where you live. Your personal medical provider can’t complete this medical check.

Letter of offer

If you pass the pre-employment checks, we will email you a letter of offer. Make sure you complete all paperwork by the due date set out in the email.

The letter will outline details about your salary and conditions of employment. We’ll also send you information about the program and relocating.

When you start working with us

We look forward to welcoming you in February 2019.

You’ll start with an orientation held in Canberra. Orientation introduces you to work in the Australian Public Service and we’ll outline the opportunities you have in the program. You’ll also get to meet your supervisor.

Security clearance

All graduates need to hold a minimum of a baseline security clearance. We arrange this when you start.

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Page last updated: 17 April 2018