How to Prepare for an Interview

Use these interview tips to maximise your chance of success!

Prior to Interview

Your invitation for an interview will depend on how well you have demonstrated relevant experience, knowledge and skills in your application in comparison with other candidates.

If you are selected for an interview, our Employee Services Team member will contact you to arrange a time and date. If it is not possible to schedule face-to-face interview, the City will look for other means such as organising telephone interview.

Interview Process

If you are invited for an interview you will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to interview whereupon you will be provided with a Pre-employment Medical Statement to complete and a copy of the interview questions to assist with your interview preparation.

Note to maximise the time you spend preparing for your interview you may wish to download and complete a Pre-employment Medical Statement  and bring it with you on the day of the interview.

Click here to download the Pre-employment Medical Statement.

Interview Tips

The following tips are provided only as guide to assist you if you are asked to attend an interview at the City of Melville:

  • Think about the job you want and dress for it!
  • Plan ahead and come on time.
  • Be professional.
  • Don’t forget to turn off your mobile phone before your interview.
  • You will be asked behavioural questions and questions related to the City of Melville, designed to explore your skills, experience and understanding of our values
  • Provide clear, concise answers - generally, we only need one specific example for each  point.
  • Use your ‘sales’ skills and tell us what are your strengths. It will help us to determine why we should prefer you above other candidates.
  • Verbal presentation at the interview is important. So is non-verbal presentation. Think about your body language and how do you respond to Interview panel questions in a non-verbal way such as eye-contact with interview panel or paying attention to Interview panel.
  • Remember - the interview process is two-way; we will make the best effort to create a relaxed atmosphere and provide you sufficient time to answer each interview question during the interview.
  • Feel free to ask or seek clarification on interview questions or on the role you have applied for from the Interview Panel (generally consisting of 2-3 panel members) if required.
  • If you are interviewed via telephone, make sure to create a quiet environment where you can fully focus on the questions, speak slowly and articulate as clearly as possible.

After the Interview

As a part of the recruitment process you may be required to take a pre-employment medical assessment. Our Employee Services Team member will contact you to arrange a medical appointment.

Another part of the recruitment process is reference checking. The Interview panel will confirm during the interview that you have provided at least two professional referees and confirm if you’d like to be contacted prior to contacting referees. If we are unable to get hold of referees we will contact you to provide alternative professional referees.


We advise all interviewees on the outcome of their application.

All applicants interviewed are welcome to obtain feedback on reasons why they were unsuccessful. Even if you are not selected for the job do not think about your performance as a failure  but instead look at the bright side – at least you’ve learnt something new during the process and was able to train and perfect your interviewing skills. We always encourage candidates to keep an eye on further employment opportunities and would like to hear from you.

The City of Melville values diversity and strives to create an inclusive work environment. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining the team at the City of Melville.