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Information for applicants

Essential information

Closing date for applications

Please note that all applications should be submitted via our online application system before the closing date and that email applications are generally not accepted for our advertised positions.

Our positions are advertised for a minimum of 14 days and close at 11pm at the end of the advertised closing date.

The position will automatically disappear from our website at midnight on the closing date and no further applications will be accepted.

Selection process

The City of Sydney promotes merit-based selection and equal employment opportunity for all positions.

The interview panel will review all applications received following the closing date of the position and shortlist those applicable persons for interview as soon as possible.

When reviewing your application the interview panel will take into consideration the following elements:

  • resume
  • responses to the selection criteria
  • experience
  • qualifications.

Applicants may not be shortlisted for interview for some of the following possible reasons:

  • you do not satisfy the selection criteria
  • you do not hold the necessary formal qualifications
  • you are not eligible for employment based on your residency status
  • you provide false or misleading information.

Applicants who meet the selection criteria may not always be invited for an interview as the City receives a large number of applicants for our positions. Our decision to shortlist candidates for interview are therefore based on those that best meet the selection criteria.

It is essential that when addressing the selection criteria you provide sufficient examples to demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of the role.

If you have been unsuccessful in your application, you will be contacted by the recruitment team by email as soon as possible.

When will I be contacted?

If you are shortlisted for an interview, the convenor of the interview panel will generally contact you by phone or email to schedule an interview with you. We will then arrange with you an appropriate date, time and interview location, and you will also be able to ask the convenor any questions you may have regarding the interview process.

As a general rule those applicants invited to attend an interview should:

  • arrive on time
  • dress appropriately – office attire is generally suitable
  • review the position description thoroughly.

What to bring to the interview

  • A copy of your application
  • Original qualifications or certificates
  • Work samples
  • Photo identification (such as drivers licence or passport).

Interview process

The interview panel will generally consist of 3 people: the convenor (usually the hiring manager of the position), an industry expert and an independent member (from within the City).

The interview questions will be based on the selection criteria. They are designed to draw out examples of your previous experience and behaviours.

Some testing may be used (if applicable) but applicants will be notified of this prior to the interview date and given sufficient time to prepare.

Last updated: Friday, 30 November 2012