Applications and Interviews

Writing Your Application

Carefully review all information provided about the position you wish to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact the person named in the advertisement to discuss these.

It is important that your application is directed to the particular position you are applying for and that it shows how you meet the selection criteria of the position.

Interview and Assessment

A selection panel of two or more people will conduct the interview and selection process. The panel usually includes the manager of the job, an independent (a person not employed in the area where the vacancy is) and another person who can contribute to the selection process. Selection panels will always consist of at least one male and one female member.

The panel will assess your application against the selection criteria of the position. The most competitive applicants will be called for an interview where the panel will conduct a more detailed assessment.

If called for an interview, you will be asked questions related to the duties of the position and the advertised selection criteria. You may also be asked to tell the panel more about particular areas of your application form. You will be able to ask questions about the position and provide the panel with more information to help your application.  Please bring originals of relevant registrations and qualifications with you to the interview so that copies can be made.

Following the interview, the panel will discuss which applicant best meets the selection criteria. A recommendation is then made to either offer the position to the best applicant or take further action (for example, readvertise the position).

You may be required to undergo Psychometric Assessment as part of the recruitment process. The hiring manager will let you know if this is the case, and our Organisational Development team will be in touch to discuss next steps. Our provider is Talent Q and you may access practice tests by visiting

Criminal Record Check

NSW Health requires that criminal record checks be undertaken for all positions. This does not necessarily disqualify applicants recommended for selection.  If rejection of your application is considered purely because of a criminal record check, you will be given the opportunity to discuss the matter fully before a final decision is made. All candidates must read and sign the Criminal Record Check Consent Form at the interview.

Identification Evidence Check

All interview candidates within NSW Health must complete an Identification Evidence Checklist Form at the interview. Please ensure you bring proof of identity documentation, including passport, drivers licence, birth certificate etc.

Pre-employment Health Requirements

Preferred applicants for Category A positions must provide evidence of vaccinations and must complete a pre-employment health assessment. Category A positions include:

  • Food & Patient Support Services
  • Linen services
  • Patient Transport Officers
  • Nursing


It is a NSW Health requirement that prior to employment, individuals applying for Category A positions must provide evidence of protection against the following infectious diseases:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping cough) (dTpa)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Tuberculosis Questionnaire.

Pre-employment health assessment

From 1 July 2017, preferred applicants for Category A positions will need to attend a functional capacity assessment with a physiotherapist in their local area. This will assist in ensuring that each applicant is able to meet the inherent requirements and job demands of their proposed role and is not placed in a position that is likely to aggravate any existing or potential health issues.

The pre-employment health assessment aims to ensure that, along with vaccination screening, hiring managers are making informed recruitment decisions with regard to a preferred applicant’s suitability for the position.

Interview Feedback

You will be advised in writing of the result of your application after the selection process is completed. If your application is unsuccessful, you may wish to contact the convenor of the selection panel for feedback. If your application is successful the HealthShare NSW Recruitment Unit will prepare and issue you with a formal letter of offer once all the necessary pre-employment checks have taken place.

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