Recruitment process and application tips

Thanks for your interest in working with us! Here's everything you need to know about the application and recruitment process.

We are a child safe and equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse and socially inclusive work environment and a positive, barrier-free recruitment process. We actively encourage applicants from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people living with disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to explore the opportunity of a career at the City of Stonnington.

If you have support or access requirements, or would like to speak to someone about an alternative application processes, please call our Talent Acquisition team on 03 8290 1333.

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Preparing your application

Your application must include:

  • resume
  • cover letter.

We recommend submitting these as two separate documents.

Each role advertised in our job portal includes:

  • a Success Profile
  • Inherent Requirements.

The Success Profile is a description of what the position involves. It includes the desired skills, experience and qualifications needed to do the job. Inherent Requirements are the physical tasks that the position involves. Please review these documents to ensure you can carry out the requirements of the role.

If you have questions about the role, contact the Hiring Manager listed in the advertisement. 

For application tips, read the Local Government Employment Application Tool.

Submitting your application

When applying, you will be prompted to upload a resume and cover letter. You will also have the option to upload up to 3 extra documents to support your application.

Documents can be in doc, docx or pdf format and should not exceed 5MB. 

Submit your application

Applications close at 11:55 pm (AEDT) on the closing date, unless otherwise stated. We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date. If you are still part way through your application when it reaches the closing time, your application will not be submitted.

If you need help submitting your application, please call our Talent Acquisition team on 03 8290 1333.

What happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming we have received your application. 

We will aim to respond to all applicants within two weeks of the advertised closing date.

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview. If you are not shortlisted, you will receive an email notification to let you know your application will not progress to the next stage. You are welcome to contact us for feedback.

Preparing for an interview

If you are shortlisted for an interview, we will contact you to arrange a date, time and location.

This may include a phone interview or phone screen, where we will ask you a few questions to get to know a bit more about you and why you applied for the role.

Your interview will run:

  • via Microsoft Teams or face-to-face
  • by a panel of two to three people
  • for 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the role you have applied for).

Questions are often behavioural-based. We will ask you to highlight your skills or experience with an example of something you did in a previous role. Your response should include the:

  • situation
  • task
  • action
  • result.

If you'd like to cancel or reschedule your interview, please call the Hiring Manager listed on the job advertisement.

Pre-employment screening

If your interview is successful, we will conduct pre-employment screening. This includes:

  • reference check (you will be asked to provide two referees from previous employees)
  • police check
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Depending on the role you have applied for, this may also include:

  • psychometric test (for permanent and selected temporary positions)
  • pre-employment medical
  • Working With Children Check
  • copies of qualifications.

Pre-employment requirements are listed in the Success Profile.

We will refer you for a police check and any other required pre-employment checks at no extra cost to you.

If you have any issues conducting a psychometric or medical assessment, please call our Talent Acquisition Lead on 03 8290 1333.

Final stage

Welcome to Stonnington — where your work matters and you make a difference.

For more information on working at Stonnington, visit our employee benefits and values page.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process or wish to withdraw your application or cancel your account, please contact our Customer Service team on 03 8290 1333.