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Prepare for DST's General Hiring Process

Before you will be able to apply for a position with the DST in Australia, it is recommended by their website to obtain an information package regarding the position. This can be done directly from the website, or via the contact details left on the original listing. Once you have received the information, you will need to go to the DST careers page and apply via their online application system.

  • Screening Process: Once your application and CV have been received, they will go through an initial screening process. If your information is found to be a match for the position or programme you have applied for you may be contacted for a phone interview.
  • Assessment Testing: To be considered for the role or programme you have applied for you may be required to take one or more aptitude tests. These tests are often used as a further screening measure for candidates.
  • Assessment Centre: During an assessment centre you will meet with other candidates who have also applied for the position or programme you are interested in. Here you will participate in a variety of group activities and interviews.
  • Personal Interviews: The final stage of the DST recruitment process will be one or more in-person interviews. These interviews will either be held in a one-on-one setting or in a group/ panel. Keep in mind that depending on the security clearance necessary for the role you have applied for, you may need to take part in several psychological assessments/ interviews.

If you are interested in applying for a coveted spot in the DST Research & Innovation Graduate Programme. You should first make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements, then practise for your pre-hire entrance exam and interviews. You may also be required to take the Revelian Cognitive Ability assessment in conjunction with your psychological evaluations.

The combination of your CV, psychological evaluations, test scores, and interviews will give DST a better idea of your compatibility with their organisation and graduate programme.



DST’s Revelian Assessment Tests

The most common type of psychometric assessments that you will face during the DST pre-employment process will be provided by the company Revelian. The Revelian assessment is a cognitive ability test which evaluates your verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning skills. There are multiple question types found during this exam, such as number series, word analogies, deductive reasoning, and more. This test also checks English proficiency and vocabulary and your ability to identify rules and patterns in visual data.

During the DST recruitment process, you may also need to participate in a psychological assessment consisting of a written test and several interviews with a psychologist. The questions asked during these psychological evaluations can be quite intrusive, so, be prepared to answer questions regarding your personal relationships, living situation, personal values, financial circumstances, as well as your physical and mental health history. These assessments held the DST to determine your suitability to work in a high security or top secret position.

Our Revelian PrepPacks™ can prepare you for each aspect of the hiring process, whether you are applying for a more experienced role, or the DST Research and Innovation Graduate Programme. Access dozens of practice tests, study guides, and more to ensure your preparedness to pass each stage of the DST pre-employment process and launch your career.


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Department of Human Services Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Department of Jobs and Small Business
Department of Social Services Department of the Environment and Energy Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Department of Veterans' Affairs


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