Science Graduate program recruitment process

Step 1 - Your application (July) - Applications are now open

All applications are submitted electronically via an online application portal. (Please note that this portal will not be open until July.) Applications are assessed against responses provided to the key selection criteria (KSC) prescribed in the position description, so give some thought to your response. You will also be required to attach your resume.

Stage 2 - Online testing  (August)

If you are shortlisted you will proceed to Stage 2, where you will be asked to complete an online numeric and abstract reasoning test (these tests are often called 'psychometric tests'). Candidates who complete these tests competitively will be invited to attend an assessment centre.

If you would like some help with preparation for psychometric testing, ask your university careers staff who will be able to provide you with plenty of assistance.

Stage 3 - Assessment centre (September)

If you get a satisfactory result in the psychometric tests you will be eligible to attend the assessment centre, which is held over half a day at our office in Melbourne. You will work in groups to solve specific scenarios, completing a written report and doing an individual presentation.

We make the environment as comfortable as possible so you can adequately demonstrate your skills.


  • Be yourself - we are looking for a range of different skills to fit into our teams. There is no single 'ideal' type!
  • Be honest.

Stage 4 - Interview (October)

The final part of the selection process is the interview. By this stage there are usually three to four candidates for each graduate position. Naturally, the candidate who is considered the best fit for each position will be offered a place.

At the interview you will be able to elaborate on your skills and achievements, and tell us about any challenges you have faced and problems you've solved.


  • Take the opportunity to find out who is on the interview panel and what their roles are in the organisation
  • Think about questions you want to ask about the job - and ask them!

Further information

If you have any further queries, please contact:

Employment Programs Team
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR)
Phone: (03) 9208 3034

Page last updated: 6 March 2017