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Department of Defence

4.1
  • #2 in Government & public service
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Application Process & Interviews at Department of Defence

6.4
6.4 rating for Recruitment, based on 38 reviews
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
Interview was a standard graduate centre with some written components. Is ran well and is not overly intensive.
Midlevel, Canberra - 11 Oct 2022
Very well made, could see the interviewers were trying there best to make interviewees feel comfortable and focused.
Graduate, Edinburgh - 11 Oct 2022
Very detailed process that gave us a good opportunity to showcase our skills, collaboration and problem solving - particularly in small groups
Graduate, Adelaide - 11 Oct 2022
The interview process is intense. After the application process I had to complete various online psychometric testing and participate in an assessment centre which consisted of a group activity, written/verbal task, and interview.
Graduate, Sydney - 11 Oct 2022
The written assessment component was a good challenge, the topic I had was relevant to what has happening at the time. The online assessment was standard just like any other assessment in other graduate hiring process. The interview process was standard just like any other interview.
Graduate, Canberra - 11 Oct 2022
The interview process and assessments were well run and the preparation advice given was appropriate. I enjoyed the process and it made me excited by the prospect of working at Defence.
Graduate, Canberra - 12 Oct 2022
Series of psychometric assessments, video interviews and written assessments, plus an assessment centre with teamwork activities and an interview panel.
Graduate, Canberra - 13 Oct 2022
Long turnaround time between submitting your written application to undertaking interview and personality assessments to finally receiving your offer (6 months+).
Graduate, Canberra - 18 Oct 2022
Interview process and assessments were straightforward. I had no issues/complaints with either.
Graduate, Sydney - 24 Oct 2022
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Read up on the criteria, and not be overly nervous if you are coming in with little professional experience. I did volunteering and a couple of uni internships which was enough.
Midlevel, Canberra - 11 Oct 2022
Ask yourself why you are wanting to apply for the role and write down exactly what that is. What do you want to get out of the hire? Is it aligned with a future career or learning opportunities? Do these opportunities foster growth? Is this an industry I'm interested in?
Graduate, Adelaide - 11 Oct 2022
Research the Defence website, Defence Strategic Update and Defence White Paper. Will be useful for the assessment centre.
Graduate, Sydney - 11 Oct 2022
Be confident in yourself, be patient with the process and immerse yourself in the interview process.
Graduate, Nowra, NSW - 11 Oct 2022
Know why you want to be here. Purpose is really important at Defence, so you should think about what your purpose is, and what you're hoping to gain from working here.
Graduate, Canberra - 11 Oct 2022
The APS and Defence recruitment websites contain plenty of information on what they look for in candidates, and how to answer questions asked in the various rounds of selection.
Graduate, Sydney - 11 Oct 2022
Research Defence, particularly its values and its place within the broader APS. Think about how you can demonstrate these within your personal and professional experiences.
Graduate, Canberra - 11 Oct 2022
Be prepared to receive very little communication, however do they work you're asked to do, even if it seems irrelevant. Persistence and patience are the main skills you will need.
Graduate, Adelaide - 11 Oct 2022
Focus on what they want and tailor your responses to that, using the STAR method. Don't forget to ask what they can give you, and show your enthusiasm.
Graduate, Canberra - 11 Oct 2022
Find as many real life examples that display the positive qualities you bring to a workplace. Use these examples to answer as many questions as possible. The more you answer interview questions using real life examples to strengthen your point the better.
Graduate, Canberra - 12 Oct 2022
Be accommodating and remember STAR. If you want to go the extra mile, use STARL, L being lessons learnt
Graduate, Canberra - 14 Oct 2022
Look at APS cracking the code and, APS Integrated leadership system, talk to people in APS and look at the way they write.
Graduate, Canberra - 20 Oct 2022