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Many government selection panels will give you 15 – 20 minutes to peruse the questions and think of answers before you meet the interview panel.  Good preparation to anticipate questions (especially examples of achievements to demonstrate your capabilities) will assist to maximise this time. Remember that you can take notes with you into this perusal time.

This is a sample sheet that I give to my clients to help them to prepare for interview.

INTERVIEW PREPARATION – The Lists of Five

 

TOPICAL ISSUES/CONCERNS RELATED TO THE ROLE

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SHAPES STRATEGIC THINKING  (What are the five key messages  that I must get across in relation to this capability?)

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EXAMPLE:  (What is the most relevant example I have to demonstrate this capability –  which shows that I have addressed these 5 points)

ACHIEVES RESULTS

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EXAMPLE:

PRODUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

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EXAMPLE:

 

PERSONAL DRIVE AND INTEGRITY

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EXAMPLE:

 

COMMUNICATES WITH INFLUENCE

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EXAMPLE:

 

5 REASONS WHY I AM A GREAT FIT FOR THE ROLE

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Good Luck preparing for your next interview.

 

 

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Health is a large and complex industry sector, with many funding and workforce challenges in the coming decades (increase and aging of the population, chronic disease, increased use of technologies etc). If you are about to apply for a health leadership role you will probably know a lot about these – if not, you might struggle to be competitive.

When considering a leadership role in the public system, it would be wise to show that you are familiar with State Government Strategic Health Plans, and the Business Plans and Priorities of your local district.  Also you should show that you have thought about the impact of the Australian National Health Reform Agreement on the advertised role.

As a busy clinician/technician wanting to move into a health leadership role, you may not have taken the time to find out what leadership frameworks or development opportunities exist in your organisation. Thanks to the intranet and Google, these are now easier to find.

Here are a few:

NHS Leadership Framework

Queensland Health – Healthcare Culture and Leadership Framework 2010

Victoria Health – LINK in Health (Leadership, Innovation, Networks and Knowledge)

Pan-Canadian Health Leadership Capability Framework Project

Good Luck with your Leadership application. The health sector needs great leaders to lead the coordination and cultural changes required for the future.

When you are engaging someone to assist you with the writing of selection criteria, you need to decide if you require a basic or more expert level of support.

The basic level of support includes providing information to a writer, who will then take this information and ensure it is well presented, and in the appropriate format.

If you need more expert assistance, including understanding recruitment processes and selection criteria, you may need to engage the services of a ‘job coach/writer’ with recruitment and human resource experience.  A good job coach will brainstorm with you to find your most complex and relevant examples for the advertised role.

For example, when addressing the criteria/capability ‘personal drive and integrity’, I will ask my clients questions like:

  • When have you enthusiastically attended or organised training in relation to Values, Code of Conduct, Ethics, Respectful (harassment-free and non-discriminatory) Workplaces, Fraud or Conflict of Interest?
  • When have you taken on roles to show your commitment to quality workplaces (e.g. harassment contact officer)?
  • Can you think of a time when you have identified something that needed to be improved in your team, then went and did something about it?
  • Tell me about some times when you have been given a difficult job (lack of staff, tight deadlines, technology problems…..), but stuck at it and achieved a good result?

If the vacancy is a team leadership role, I will be looking for higher-level examples, through questions such as:

  • What have you done to ensure everyone in your team has had the appropriate corporate training? Have you ever introduced a ‘Values’ training session to show your Agency’s commitment to these Values?
  • What do you do in your team meetings to show that you are committed to non-discriminatory workplaces?
  • Have you identified, investigated or worked with corporate service teams to resolve harassment of fraud or code of conduct matters?
  • When have you been selected to undertake a challenging project?

For senior leadership roles, examples that are more significant will be sought through discussing:

  • What have you done to ensure your division/Department has shown leadership in engaging and retaining employees?
  • Where have you identified something that would enhance a new policy initiative and worked across divisions or with other government departments to make this happen?
  • What have you done to build a culture that reinforces appropriate risk-taking, initiative and personal resilience?

Following this brainstorming, it is important to select examples that are most relevant to the advertised role, and to present these concisely within the word limit.

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For expert assistance with writing your claims against selection criteria, you can contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com

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If a candidate gets to the ‘Interview’ stage for a government job, they should expect to be interviewed by a panel (committee) of two or three people. Usually each of the panel members will ask questions and take notes during the interview. Sometimes there will be an extra person in the room who has the role of scribe/selection support. The scribe will take detailed notes throughout the interview. When the candidate has left the interview, the selection panel will discuss responses to the questions and decide how well the candidate meets the selection criteria. The panel may use the notes that the scribe has taken to assist them to recall the candidate’s responses. The scribe will note the panel’s findings and at the end of all of the interviews will draft a Selection Report. The Selection Report details each candidate’s performance against the criteria, and may include a comparison of the most highly ranked candidates.

In some interviews, the scribe has solely a recoding role, and the committee fully details exactly what the scribe is to write. In most cases, the scribe will be a person with considerable HR/recruitment experience, and may provide significant advice and support to the selection committee (especially an inexperienced selection panel).

As the scribe is not directly involved in the interview process, candidates do not need to maintain the same level of eye contact with them as with the selection panel. However, it is important that candidates show appropriate interpersonal skills by greeting and farwelling the scribe politely.

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If you do a Google search you will find many resume and selection criteria writers – all offering different services. The fees differ significantly, and vary according to what services are included (eg amount of personal consultation, number of drafts provided, level of specialisation of the job, turnaround time;  and whether resume, cover letters, selection criteria and interview coaching are purchased at the same time).

You will find providers who advertise that they will provide a resume for $110.  You should ask if the resume writer will help you with the content of your resume – or whether they just reformat your old resume.  At the higher end, prices are advertised at $349 for Early Career, $549 for Mid Career and $749 for Executive resumes.

With selection criteria, it depends on the number of criteria and length of writing required (i.e is one page per criterion required? or two pages only to cover 5 criteria?).  You should anticipate paying somewhere between $150 – $300 per page.  With very specific technical or executive roles, which require a much greater time commitment and expertise of the writer, a quote of up to $2000 is possible.

You will need to provide information to the job coach or writer. Some providers send you a set of questions based on the job and criteria. Others will interview you. Some prepare a first draft and ask you to fill in specific details.

Most providers will ask for payment before the service commences. Unfortunately – the few clients who dont pay, even when happy with the service – drive providers to establish this rule of business.

Would you invest $200 to $2000 to win that dream job? For many the answer is a clear YES.

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Do you need someone who understands the Integrated Leadership System (Australian Government)  or Capability Leadership Framework (Queensland Government)?

Contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com   or 0403766812

Send me your draft resume, and details of any job/s that you are interested in.  Tell me if you need to work on your application (covering letter, resume or selection criteria) or if you need interview practice. I can provide a no obligation free quote.

My specialty is coaching people for job interviews. I enjoy assisting people to win jobs – and would love to hear from you.        Cheryl

 

For further tips on addressing selection criteria – please subscribe to this blog (top left corner).

If you are applying for a job in the Queensland Government, the selection criteria may look like the five below:

  • Supports strategic direction or Shapes strategic thinking
  • Achieves results
  • Supports productive working relationships  or Cultivates productive working relationships
  • Displays personal drive and integrity  or Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  • Communicates with influence

The Queensland Government has adopted a Capability and Leadership Framework (CLF) which is similar to the Australian Public Service Integrated Leadership System (ILS). This framework outlines the core capabilities and associated behaviours required of public servants at each classification and functional level within the Queensland Public Service. 

The Individual Profiles which describe the capabilities and behavioural indicators required at the different levels are likely to be the most useful part of the CLF, if you are using it to apply for a job.

If you read the whole CLF document, you will find useful tools to support you in assessing your development needs for a public service career.  IPAA Queensland has mapped all of its courses to the five capabilities of the CLF.

Queensland Government jobs and careers are advertised at SmartJobs.

 Looking for an expert to coach you to write your job application or prepare for the job  interview – contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com or 0403766812

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I notice that a number of people come to this blog using one of the above search phrases. I assume this is because they are writing an application for a government job. These are the five leadership capabilities used by both the Queensland State Government and the Australian Public Service.

To find more information about these capabilities, you can visit the Integrated Leadership System (ILS) web page. You will find information about what behaviours are expected at EL1, EL2, SES1, SES2 and SES3 levels. Find the pages that discuss ‘behavioural indicators’ to get ideas on what experiences you have had to prove your demonstration of these five capabilities.

For example , for ‘Shapes Strategic Thinking’ – Can you provide an example of where you have established the strategic goals for a business unit? communicated the links between government policy, organisational goals and the work of a unit? built a shared sense of purpose and direction? focused on the future and pursued strategic alignment of action within a business unit? identified critical information gaps?……..

If you are applying for APS 1-6 roles there is a similar ILS publication. The capabilities are slightly different: Supports Strategic Direction, Achieves Results, Supports Productive Working Relationships, Displays Personal Drive and Integrity, and Communicates with Influence.

The Integrated Leadership System  is an excellent tool to assist you to write your application, prepare for interview, and also to assess your learning and development needs.

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Are you struggling to write the application? Need some ideas on how to address selection criteria?

Do you feel you let yourself down at job interviews?

Do you want coaching from an experienced human resource professional?

Do you need someone who understands the Intergrated Leadership System (Australian Government)  or Capability Leadership Framework (Queensland Government)?

Contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com  

Send me your draft resume, and details of any job/s that you are interested in.  Tell me if you need to work on your application (covering letter, resume or selection criteria) or if you need interview practice. I can provide a no obligation free quote.

My specialty is coaching people for job interviews. I enjoy assisting people to win jobs – and would love to hear from you.

 Cheryl

If you work for an organisation that recruits on ‘merit’ (most publically funded organisations), you will generally be required to go through a competitive selection process to win a promotion. For some people this means applying for a job that they have been doing or ‘acting-in’ for months. Here are some tips to help you secure a promotion.

·         continually acquire new skills and knowledge, and demonstrate the behaviours required for positions at a higher level – don’t wait until the position is advertised

·         keep abreast of where your company/Department is heading, and let senior people see what a good job you are doing

·         if you are ‘acting’ in the role, make sure you understand what is expected – it is possible you may not be doing the full duties, and no-one has told you

·         before applying for a promotion, do the same research about your company that your job competitors will be doing (e.g. Company goals, Strategic Plans, Annual reports, and other key documents)

·         if you are moving from a technical role to a staff management or leadership role, you will need to show leadership capabilities, not just technical competence

·         don’t assume that the way the job has been done in the past is the way that your Company still wants it to be done.  Ask the same questions that your competitors will be asking of the job selection contact person (e.g. Do you anticipate any major changes in the short and medium term? What are the key challenges that this position will need to address over the next 2 years?).

·         do not rest on your laurels. You will be competing with talented people who have put a lot of effort into researching and preparing for the selection process.

·         being interviewed by people you know can be disconcerting. Do not assume that because you are known by the selection panel that they will fill in any gaps. You have to demonstrate and describe fully your experiences and actions, just like your competitors.

·         do not use the ‘I’m too busy to write a good application’ or ‘I’m not good at interviews’ as an excuse. Find the time for things that are important, and get some assistance with interview practice.

If you have been doing a great job, and you are well prepared, you can go into a selection process with confidence.

 

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 Looking for an expert to coach you to write your job application or prepare for the job  interview – contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com or 0403766812

 

Cheryl

 

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