Job Interview

Applicants are selected for interview based on the strength of their responses to the questions in the online application as well as their relevant knowledge and experience outlined in their resume and/or cover letter. 

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted by email or phone and advised of the interview date, time and venue. 

If you are not selected for an interview, you will be advised by email as soon as possible after the shortlisting process has been completed (usually within 2 weeks of the closing date for the position).

Attending the Interview

You will need to bring with you:

  • Any relevant qualifications, both original and photocopies; and
  • Proof of your Right to Work in Australia, which is either your current passport OR birth certificate AND drivers licence, both original and photocopies.

Preparing for the Interview

It is advisable to be well prepared for the interview by re-reading the advertisement as well as any other material provided. The Selection Panel will ask you questions based on the advertised requirements for the role and the Position Description. You may wish to refer to the Council’s Organisational Structure to familiarise yourself with the department that has the vacancy you have applied for.

It is a good idea to think of possible questions in advance and prepare answers to them. Ensure that you answer the questions at the interview in a clear and concise manner, giving relevant examples wherever possible.

At the Interview

The Selection Panel will make the interview as relaxed and stress-free as possible. If you don’t understand a question or are not sure of how much information to give, ask the Selection Panel to clarify their requirements and take your time. 

The interview is not a test – it is your chance to show the Selection Panel your skills, knowledge, experience and further clarify the information in your written application. 

During the interview, you may be given the opportunity to ask questions about the position and the Council and this is your chance to show your interest in the position and your understanding of it.


You should also bring the names and contact telephone numbers of two work-related referees with you for the Selection Panel if you did not include these in your application.

After the Interview

After all eligible applicants have been interviewed, the Selection Panel will select the best person for the job based on the application, interview, referee reports and any other tests or assessments. In some circumstances you may be called back for a second interview if the Selection Panel is in need of further clarification. 

Shortlisted applicants may be required to undertake pre-employment background checks before being offered the position. Depending on the position, a Working with Children Check, a Criminal Records Check or psychological testing maybe required. The applicant will be informed of the type of pre-employment check required for their position at the interview. Most staff will be required to complete a Pre-Employment Medical (PDF 39 KB)(PDF, 174KB).