Applications for the 2020 IT Graduate Program have now closed!
You can re-register on the Graduate Portal in February-March 2020 for the 2021 IT Graduate intake.
The Queensland Government is a proud employer of a diverse range of people, and we would like to encourage people with a disability or impairment to apply to the program. Increasing the representation and inclusion of people with a disability or impairment in our workforce is a priority for us, and the IT Graduate Program is well placed to provide a supportive work environment, with opportunities for skills development and an exciting career pathway.
Candidates with an impairment, can contact the IT Graduate Program Team at any stage of the recruitment process for support and guidance in your application.
Our program has a thorough recruitment process designed to be as fair as possible to every candidate. Below are handy hints, tips and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you with your application.
We appreciate that you may want to apply for more than one Queensland Government graduate program, and by registering on the Graduate Portal, you will be notified when other graduate program applications open.
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Register your interest on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal and nominate Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation as department preference for the IT Graduate Program.
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Applications open for 2020 intake
26 July 2019
Applications have now closed for 2020 intake.
Cognitive and work-based testing
IT Graduate Program commences
The recruitment process
There are six stages in the recruitment process described below. This process is your chance to show us that you have what it takes to succeed in the Queensland Government.
* Please note: the months listed below are indicative and may vary between departments, depending on the recruitment processes of individual business areas.
Stage 1: Online registration form
You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for any of the Queensland Government Graduate Programs.
Register your interest on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal.
You can register at any time via the Graduate Portal. Add your contact details, upload your qualifications and resume plus any other documentation required. You will be notified when our program (and other programs seeking your qualifications) applications open, and invite you to apply for the IT Graduate Program.
Stage 2: Testing (August*)
All eligible registered candidates will be asked to participate in cognitive and work based testing. The test results last for one year and will apply to any other requests you receive to do the same test/s for other graduate roles.
At this stage, you must nominate two preferences for jobs (graduate roles). In 2019, the top four roles that our departments were looking to fill were cyber security, network support, ICT generalist and business analyst.
If you have completed and are successful in the cognitive testing, you will be invited to the next stage of video interview.
Stage 3: Shortlisting (August/September*)
If successfully shortlisted for an interview, a representative from the department will offer you an interview in person or via skype.
Stage 4: Interview (September/October*)
Interviews will be held in various locations in Brisbane, but mainly in the CBD. Skype interviews can be made available to those candidates that are outside the Brisbane region. Most interviews run for approximately 30 minutes and you will be asked multiple questions about your interests, abilities and knowledge of our business and strategic direction. Usually three panel members are involved in the interview.
Stage 5: Selection (September/October*)
Selection is based on your experience, test results, qualifications and performance at interview. An order of merit will be created, and the successful person will be offered the role. If by chance that person cannot take the role the panel will refer to the order of merit and, if applicable, offer the role to the next successful candidate.
Stage 6: Offers made (October/November*)
If you are successful, a representative from the interviewing department will call you to offer you a place on the program. If accepted, a letter of offer will be sent once all relevant paper work is submitted by the successful candidate and approved (this may include a criminal history consent form, ID and referee checks). Once you have accepted an offer you should not attend any other interviews.
Application and interview advice
Applying for your first job can be overwhelming. We have put together some handy tips to help you with our application process.
Writing your resume
A good resume is vital for gaining an interview. Your resume lay out should be clear and simple. Here are a few tips to make your resume shine:
- List your full name, postal and email address and contact phone number. It’s a good idea to have a professional voicemail recording and email address (i.e., not firstname.lastname@example.org ).
- Include a blurb about you and your work interests. For example, where your passion lies and what you really want to achieve at work.
- List your education, training qualifications and professional certifications, as well as any professional memberships.
- Outline your knowledge and experience using hardware, software, programming languages, databases etc. This is the first thing employers will look for when filling a technical role.
- Include your professional work history and any other relevant work experience, whether paid or unpaid.
- List two contactable referees, including their name, job title and company (if relevant), email address, contact phone number and their relationship to you. Remember to ask their permission first before listing them on your resume.
- It’s not a good idea to include a photo of yourself, however you may choose to include a link to your LinkedIn profile instead.
If you need further advice, view our Helpful links page for more hints on resume writing.
Prepare for your interview
Preparing for an interview can improve your chances of making a good impression and securing the job. To help guide your preparation, here are a few tips and suggestions:
- You will normally be given a few days to prepare for the interview. Check if you are required to bring any supporting documentation or items of completed work.
- Interviews for the public service are conducted by a small panel comprising a minimum of two people, however most panels consist of three people.
- Interviews are based around set questions. Be prepared with several actual examples that show your job knowledge or relevant experiences—this may be based on university projects, paid or volunteer work.
- You will usually have the opportunity to peruse the questions before your interview (generally 10-15 minutes perusal). This process may depend on the department interviewing.
- Approach the interview in a confident, considered manner and engage with panel members when you speak. Eye contact is important!
- If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.
- Research the organisation to gain an understanding of their core business and clientele (e.g. the business of government is to serve the community).
- If you have any questions about the job or the organisation, note them down and ask them at the end of the interview.
- Think about what will you wear to the interview. The Queensland Government is a professional work environment, so dress accordingly.
Most importantly, be yourself!