If you are asked to attend an interview for a position with Central Coast Council, here is information on how we carry out the process, handy tips and techniques on how to prepare for an interview and what to bring.
If you are successful in gaining an interview you will be contacted by phone and notified of the interview date and time. This usually occurs within four weeks of the advertised closing date. Inform the person arranging the interview if you have any special requirements e.g. disabled access or assistance with communication.
A selection panel usually includes the Manager or Team Leader from the appropriate section, a People and Culture representative and a third person such as a technical expert who can contribute to the selection process based on their knowledge of the work area.
The panel will ask all short-listed applicants a combination of the same technical, situational and behavioural questions which relate to the essential and desirable criteria and job tasks listed in the position description. Behavioural questions ask to give examples of how you have handled certain situations in the past. Situational questions focus on how you would handle a particular situation or part of the job.
The panel may follow up or explore particular issues from individual applications. A skills assessment may also form part of the interview process (e.g. typing test, system negotiation). We suggest you give some thought to the type of questions you might be asked and how you might respond with answers that directly reflect your capabilities.
Interview tips and techniques
Here are some handy interview tips and techniques on behavioural questions.
What to bring to the interview
- All relevant qualifications and licences as requested in the advertised ‘Essential and desirable criteria’, both original and photocopies.
- Proof of your right to work in Australia, both original and photocopies.
At least one of following forms of evidence is suitable to prove your eligibility to work in Australia:
- Australian or New Zealand passport
- Australian citizenship certificate and photo identification
- Certificate of Status for New Zealand Citizens in Australia and photo identification
- overseas passport and valid visa with permission to work. Council will complete a VEVO online immigration check
- a full Australian birth certificate for a person born before 20 August 1986, plus photo identification
- a full Australian birth certificate for a person born on or after 20 August 1986 showing at least one parent was born in Australia, plus photo identification.
Please note: A driver’s licence or Medicare card are not suitable evidence of eligibility to work in Australia.
Following the Interview
Central Coast Council will gather further information about an applicant. The main sources are the referee reports and a medical health assessment (at Council’s expense). Selected positions may require hearing testing and/or to provide medical evidence and vaccination records.
Additional skills testing also may be required. These may include:
- typing and software skills test
- aptitude tests
- driver/plant operator screening
- work samples
- psychological assessment
- Working with Children (WWC) check (Office of the Children's Guardian - Working with Children Check)
- criminal history checks
- work right status check (VEVO)
Pre-employment medical assessment
If you are successful in obtaining an interview for a position with Council, you may also be requested to attend a pre-employment medical assessment as part of the selection process. An invitation to attend a pre-employment medical assessment is not to be perceived as a guarantee of an offer for employment. Once all interviews and assessments have been conducted, the preferred candidate will be recommended for approval to offer employment at Council.