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Application Process - How it works

Interview and Selection Process

After the closing date, short listing of applicants to attend an interview will occur. Interviews are generally conducted by a panel of three, following behavioural interviewing techniques designed to explore your previous and current work experience, skills and knowledge. You may also be asked scenario based questions which will help us determine your likely approach to a particular situation.

Alternatively, in some cases, where a position requires strong team work and communication skills, you may be asked to attend a group interview with a number of other candidates.

The type of interview you will be attending will be identified, along with the time, date and location of interview, on the email invitation we issue to shortlisted candidates. You can then respond to the invitation through the link contained in the email, to confirm your attendance.

Following interview, Council will conduct reference checks and psychometric assessments, to ensure selection of the most appropriate candidate.

Pre-employment screening

South Gippsland Shire Council is committed to safeguarding children and young people. Employees and volunteers undergo screening processes prior to appointment and successful applicants must comply with the South Gippsland Shire Council Child Safety Plan.

As part of the pre-employment screening process, all preferred candidates will be asked to complete a Criminal History Check online. In addition to this, some positions at Council may be subject to a pre-employment medical examination to determine whether the preferred applicant is medically fit to perform the requirements of the position, a Working with Children Check and/or a Qualifications or Australian Work Rights check to determine eligibility to undertake the requirements of the position. All offers of employment are subject to suitable return of all applicable pre-employment checks.

Offer of employment

The successful candidate will receive a verbal offer of employment from the hiring manager, followed by a formal electronic offer of employment, sent to both their mobile phone and email address.

Upon acceptance of an employment offer, Council will then advise all other applicants of the outcome of their application.

Recruitment time frames
Recruitment Process   Estimated Time Frame    
Advertising period   Up to 2 ½ weeks    
Short Listing   1-2 weeks    
Interviewing and selection   1-2 weeks    
Offers of Employment   1-5 days    
Correspondence to unsuccessful candidates   1 week (after completion of interview and selection process)