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Greater Dandenong City Council

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How are applicants selected for interview?

  2. What should I include in my application?

  3. Can I apply if I don't use a computer?

  4. What testing is done?

  5. Where do I send my application?

  6. Does Greater Dandenong pay relocation costs?

  7. I live interstate.  Who pays the cost to attend for interview?

  8. What can I expect at interview?

  9. Will I be notified of the outcome of my application?


 

How are applicants selected for interview?

After the closing date, the recruiting manager will read every application.  Based on responses to the selection criteria and work experience, a shortlist of people for interview is then prepared. Because we receive a lot of applications for positions we advertise, we can't interview every applicant.

What should I include in my application?

Always include, a-
• covering letter;
• resume; and
• statement addressing each of the selection criteria.  

The selection criteria are contained in the Role Statement. A link to the Role Statement is included in every job advertisement. You should prepare these documents in Word before commencing your online application.  

Can I apply if I don't use a computer?

Yes. We prefer online applications but if this is not possible, you can send your application to Organisation Development, City of Greater Dandenong, PO Box 200, Dandenong 3175. 

What testing is undertaken?

You may be asked to do a practical test(s) as part of the selection process. Depending on the position, this could be completing a work task, using a computer or giving a short presentation. Sometimes, we ask you to complete an work preference assessment or psychometric test. Testing might be done the day at the time of your interview or at a later date.  

You could be asked to attend for a functional assessment.  This is a supervised test with an occupational therapist to ensure you can complete the inherent physical requirements of the job or to determine what modifications might be needed in order for you to do the job.

If appropriate, you might need a Working with Children Check or Police Check.

Where do I send my application?

If you can't apply online, please send your application to Organisational Development, PO Box 200, Dandenong 3175.  Please ensure it arrives at that address prior to the closing date. 

Does Greater Dandenong pay relocation costs?

Not usually.  However this would be negotiated at the time an offer of employment is made.

I live interstate. Who pays the cost to attend for interview?

Generally, you would pay the cost to attend for interview. To minimise the expense, we will often conduct a preliminary telephone interview before asking to meet you face-to-face.

What can I expect at interview?

You will be interviewed by a panel comprising the recruiting manager and two others.  We have gender balanced panels to ensure there is always one person of the same gender as you.  The panel will have a list of standard questions to ask and may ask follow-up questions based on your responses. 

It is best to reply to questions by giving actual examples to support your claims.  If the panel contacts your referees to check your credentials, they may refer back to these examples.  So always be truthful.

The Panel will be taking notes during your interview.  Don't be disturbed by this.  It is a way to compare applicants at the end of the interview process and rank candidates.

Following all interviews, the Panel will rank all interviewees and then decide upon a preferred candidate(s).

Will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

Yes.  We inform every applicant of the outcome of their application - whether successful or not.


 


 

Did you know?

Our City is divided into 4 wards

  • Lightwood (three councillors)
  • Paperbark (three councillors)
  • Red Gum (three councillors) 
  • Silverleaf (two councillors)