National Graduate Program recruitment process

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

Applications will open early March 2019 for the 2020 program.

Recruitment process for 2019

Stage 1: online application form
Stage 2: online personality and abstract reasoning assessment
Stage 3: online verbal and numeric reasoning assessment
Stage 4: video interview
Stage 5: assessment centres and reference checks
Verbal offer, pre-employment checks and letter of offer

Stage 1: online application form

You’ll need to:

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

Stage 2: online personality and abstract reasoning assessment

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

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

Allow about 20 minutes to complete this assessment.

Stage 4: video interview

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. That way you can 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.

Before you do this it’s a good idea to:

  • research our department
  • review the graduate program’s key requirements
  • 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

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.

At the assessment centre we’ll get you to do all of the following:

  • have a behavioural interview
  • participate in a group activity
  • complete a written task.

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

We’ll decide where the assessment centres will be once we know the number of candidates progressing to this stage. Capital cities are our usual locations.

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 we’ll withdraw your application.

We don’t pay for you to attend assessment centres.

We’ll also complete your referee check at this stage. We do this check for all candidates attending the assessment centres. We’ll ask referees to tell us about your skills, abilities and past work performance.

Verbal offer, pre-employment checks and letter of offer

Once you’ve finished the recruitment process 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.. The verbal offer is conditional. We’ll make a formal offer once you pass an entry level check and medical check. 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 it’s safe and effective for you to work. It also lets us know if we need to make workplace adjustments for you.

We’ll 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 employment conditions and salary. We’ll also send you details about the program and relocating.

Move to Canberra

If you join National Graduate Program, you may need to move to Canberra. Read about moving to Canberra.

Start working with us

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: 16 January 2019