Selection process

Our fair and thorough processes

We have thorough processes for recruiting talented and committed people.

We strictly adhere to our equal employment opportunity policy. Our staff are always selected and promoted on merit, according to their skills, qualifications and experience.

Read our Diversity Policy (PDF 44.0 kb).

To find out as much as possible about applicants, we ask for:

  • written applications
  • interviews
  • reference checks.

For certain positions, we also ask applicants to do tests such as work simulations or psychological tests.

Some tips for preparing your application

You might find the following tips useful in preparing an application.

  • Refer to the criteria in the job specification
    • The last page of the job profile, titled the Person Specification, outlines the educational qualifications, knowledge/experience and critical competencies relevant to the job. Make sure you address how you meet each of these to help the selection panel assess your suitability for the position.
  • Use your covering letter to summarise the main reasons for your application and your suitability for the job. Your letter should include:
    • which position you are applying for including the position number
    • a brief statement about your current position
    • why you are interested in the position
    • key strengths of your application
    • a concluding statement making reference to any enclosures (e.g. application form, resume).
  • Present your application neatly and concisely. Your application should be:
    • Well-presented - use a simple, uncluttered style that’s easy to read. Check spelling and grammar!
    • Concise - avoid long sentences and bulky paragraphs. Use headings and bullet points. In general, limit your resume to three or four pages.
    • Specific - give specific examples of your knowledge/experience, qualifications and competencies to support your claims.
    • Focused on accomplishments - instead of long lists of duties performed, focus on what you have accomplished through your duties and how.
    • Action oriented - use verbs to describe how you have carried out various activities, such as designed, organised, analysed, negotiated etc.
  • Be well-prepared for your interview.
    • Be familiar with the job profile and the knowledge, experience and competencies required. You could find extra information relevant to the position.
    • Review your application to remind yourself about your current duties and responsibilities.
    • Double-check the exact location and time of the interview.
    • Prepare answers to questions you might be asked. Questions will usually relate to the selection criteria and critical competencies. Think of specific examples of how you meet them.
    • Prepare questions to ask, to find out more information about the position such as duties and responsibilities, projects, training and advancement opportunities.
    • Mentally rehearse the interview.

Please note that to apply for a position at Energex, you must be an Australian resident at the time of application.

How to be successful in an interview

The aim of the interview is to give interviewers a chance to evaluate your suitability for the job based on your qualifications, experience, skills and personal attributes.

How you conduct yourself and the answers you give are critical.

Here are some tips for interviewing well.

  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Greet the interviewers by name, with direct eye contact and a firm handshake.
  • Answer questions factually and truthfully with relevant information. Answer fully but succinctly. Avoid waffling.
  • Remember that interviewers are trained to ask for behavioural examples from your past work experiences to support your answers to questions. For example, if the interviewer wants someone who can handle difficult customers, they will look for evidence that you have handled similar situations in the past. You need to give examples of how you have dealt with difficult people previously and the result.
  • Where relevant, make sure your answers address the selection criteria and critical competencies. Give examples as evidence of your abilities and skills.
  • It’s best not to make derogatory comments about present or former employers.
  • Look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good talker. Smile and use direct eye contact.
  • Use good grammar and diction.
  • Be positive.
  • Take time to answer questions if you need to. You could preface your answer with phrases like "Let me think about that..." to buy some time.
  • Don't be afraid to ask a panel member to repeat or clarify a question if you do not understand it.
  • You may like to take a copy of your written application/notes to the interview to help you remember everything you want to say.
  • Take with you examples of your work if appropriate. A report you have written may be a good example of your analytical ability or the way you plan your work.

Have questions about an advertised position?

If you have any queries about advertised positions, please email us at careers@energyq.com.au.