“Government Recruitment Skills for Hiring Managers” Training Course In Sydney, Melbourne Or Nationwide At Your Office Location

ALL Courses are available for in-house delivery at your premises and can be tailored to your process, procedures and values.

Course Overview - Government Recruitment Skills for Hiring Managers

This course is suitable for hiring managers and junior HR professionals, in government who need to understand the principles of hiring on merit yet coupled with recruitment best practice. For those that want to attract the best in the marketplace and formalise their learning to ensure good techniques are applied. Ideal for those government agencies wanting more consistent, structured recruitment practices, a fair and transparent processes whilst raising the standard of good hiring decisions.

Where Are the Courses Held?

We can hold courses at either of our Sydney or Melbourne training locations or if you prefer we can come on-site and teach the courses at your premises or deliver the course online.

Course LocationsAddress
MelbourneQueens Street, Melbourne, NSW
SydneyNear Wynard Station, NSW
Your Office / Business LocationAustralia-wide
Online / VirtualAustralia-wide

Course Pre-Requisites

This course is designed for all Government Hiring Managers, Leaders, HR or Recruitment Teams within govt departments.

Maximum Attendees

Our course is designed for 15 to 20 participants.

Course Length

1 Day, though all our courses can be tailored to your specific business needs.

Suitable for

State, Federal and Local Government Agencies.

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What Do Our Recruitment Courses Cover?

Please see below for a full itinerary of our standard 1 day course which can of course be tailored to your company’s needs and structure.

  • The current marketplace in 2024
  • EVP and Brand; Attracting good candidates
  • Debrief of pre-course reading & employment law quiz
  • Increasing diversity & inclusion in recruitment
  • Unconscious bias overview
  • Myth busting in government practices
  • Identifying the competencies required per role
  • Competency based Interviewing techniques
  • Question types & in-depth probing techniques
  • Good interview structure. Interview dos and don’ts
  • Process of observing, classifying & taking notes
  • Interview practice and question techniques
  • Candidate evaluation
  • Different assessment methods
  • Writing the selection report
  • Panel Interviews and Hiring on Merit Principles
  • Short form applications
  • Reference checking and onboarding

Course Price

For pricing information please get in touch so we can give you a cost specific to your company's requirements.


Course Modules & Itinerary

Morning Session

Welcome & introductions
Set-up & icebreaker introductions
  • Learning contract formed
  • Course objectives agreed
The Current Market Place
  • Short Presentation
  • Modern Recruitment
  • The current marketplace
  • The world has changed
  • Fast, flexible, and attractive….
  • Need to attract key talent
Hiring on Merit & Myth Busters
  • Myth Busters 
  • What is Talent
Myth Busters….
  • The Panel Interview
  • What is Hiring on Merit?
  • EEO & The Law
  • Debrief of pre-course reading
  • Employment law quiz
  • Individual quiz
  • Group feedback & discussion
  • D&I needs & considerations
EEO, Privacy Act, The Law
  • Recognise need for consistent approach & Other legal considerations 
  • Privacy Act, D&I
  • Recognise need for consistent approach
  • D&I Concepts / What is Talent?
Coffee break
Unconscious bias
D&I discussion
Unconscious bias exercise
  • Diversity and Inclusion in recruitment.  
  • Benefits of Diversity
  • Bringing in Lived Experiences into the interview
  • Talent Pools
Behavioural Based Recruitment
  • Exercise: Good Boss Bad Boss
  • 2 groups & discussion
  • Why this works
  • Selecting the best
  • What is Behavioural Based Recruitment
  • Selection criteria
  • Question types & in-depth probing techniques
  • Interview structure
  • Trainer
  • Group Discussion
  • Question Design
  • Exercise in Groups
Question Types
  • Good, structured questions
  • Behavioural Questions
  • How to avoid hypothetical / leading questions
  • Panel Interviews, other interview types
  • How to control the interview

Afternoon Session

Welcome back -  Recap on morning
Wake up session following lunch
Good Interview Technique
Trainer Talk
Interview “Do’s & Don'ts”
  • Conducting the Interview 
  • Structure
  • Scoring & Candidate Care
    Competency Based Interviewing – Practice
      Set Up – Small groups
      Competency Based Interviewing 
      • Revisit STAR method of probing.
      • Understanding Role of:
      • Candidate
      • Note taker
      • Interviewer
      • Listening
      Working break
      Scoring candidates
      • Tea & coffee in room
      Feedback session & Evaluation Scoring
      • Group discussion
      • Key to selection decisions
      • Ref checks
      Evidence gathering:
      • Notes Evaluation
      • Evidence Evaluation
      • Scoring Candidates
      • TTS Processes
      Different assessment types
      • Discussion / Exercise
      • More than interviews
      • Other Selection Techniques
      Panel interviews
      • Assessment centres
      • Tests & psychometrics. 
      • Choosing selection criteria 
      • Other forms of assessment
      Reference checking  
      • Tips
      • How to do properly
      Reference Checking
      • Things to consider
      • What not to do
      • Automated ref checking
      Code of Conduct
      Trainer Talk
      Conflict of Interest Forms, Ethics
      Selection reports
      Conflict of Interest
      Group Discussion
      • How to do: good selection reports
      • Conflict of interest forms 
      Good onboarding
      Importance of onboarding
      Good onboarding
      Recap Learnings
      • Myths
      • D&I 
      • Selection Technique 
      • Defining Talent 
      Action Plans
      Action Plans
      Individual action plans
      Wrap Up Close Finish
      Thank You

      Course Price

      For pricing information please get in touch so we can give you a cost specific to your company's requirements.


      Why Choose Us

      Our trainers and facilitators have extensive experience in both recruitment and Government hiring practices. We have the ability to challenge some red tape (myth busting) whilst also knowing essential elements for government hiring practices. This course is suitable for all levels of government and can be tailored for your organisation.

      What our clients say

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      “Before working with Hill Consulting, our recruitment function was not centralised, inefficient, and far from best-practice. We were spending excessively with far too many agencies, had no preferred supplier agreements in place, had a long complex process and had no automation or online hiring practices. Hill Consulting’s audit helped us identify thirteen key changes that we needed to implement. Following the audit, we decided to purchase and implement a Candidate Management System and centralise the recruitment team. This provided much needed standardisation, greater efficiencies, and a more professional service to the business with significant cost benefits.”

      Ted Bradshaw, HRD, Aurora Energy, Tasmania.
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      “For a strategic review - a key feature of Hill Consulting HRS is their total independence from any recruiter, recruitment process outsourcing or candidate management system provider. This ensures their complete objectivity and neutrality in assessing their clients’ recruitment needs, challenges and opportunities.”

      Andrew Hall, Director, Sydney, NSW.
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      “Hill Consulting HRS have provided excellent solutions and service to our organisation. The flexibility and adaptability that was also provided made working with them so easy, given business priorities change and therefore the solutions provided at times had to also change.”

      Sharyn Shultz, HRD, Sydney, NSW.
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      “I have known Hill Consulting HRS and Rachel for many years both personally and professionally, and find their consultants to be extremely intelligent and highly motivated HR professionals. I would highly recommend Hill Consulting HRS to any organisation needing specialist consulting services in recruitment advice and strategy arenas.”

      Nikki Beaumont, Director, NSW.
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      “I know it is late but I wanted to say thank you for matching me with Annette and Scoot Boots. Just finished the first week. Love the team and the culture.

      Recent candidate Tasmania
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