Welcome to Part 3 of my recent foray into the public service recruitment process. I’ve discussed the selection criteria and the written assessments, so today we finish the tour with the panel interviews. I interviewed for all three departments that I applied to and witnessed some very diverse styles of inquiry. In each instance, the questions were given 5-15 minutes before the interview, to allow the candidate to make a few notes. I was incredibly well prepared for Department ‘A’ and Geoscience Australia and was able to weave my skills in with their existing programs. I had a clear understanding of each departments strategic vision and an arsenal of examples that showed how I ‘fit’ within these directives. At both interviews there was much smiling from the panel, as they scribbled notes as I ticked all the right boxes. My weaving was elegant, I had clearly done my homework and if they didn’t want my basket of skills then that was okay with me, as I don’t think I could have presented them any better.
Then there was Department B, where rather than weaving it was more like throwing balls of yarn in random directions while laughing maniacally. I kid you not, it was that bad.