Applying for a position at the City of Hobart

The City of Hobart is an equal opportunity employer. Selection of the successful candidate is made by the selection process described above and without discrimination or regard for gender.

We also have a range of family-friendly policies and flexible working arrangements that will assist both male and female employees in meeting their family obligations.

The selection process

Our positions are filled based on suitability for the position, the merits of the candidates and relevant legislative requirements.

Merit and suitability are assessed through an objective selection process which includes written application, an interview, any assessment tools that are utilised, and referee reports.

The successful candidate is the one who is determined to best meet the selection criteria during this process.

Your application

Job applications need to be clear and concise. The selection panel reviews all written applications and uses them to create a shortlist of applicants.

Your applications should provide information that demonstrates:

  • your knowledge and skills against each of the selection criteria, using relevant examples
  • your experience and qualifications and/or your ability to develop the skills required.

You should submit your application in the following format:

Covering letter

It is recommended that you include a short covering letter that introduces yourself and addresses the reason that you are applying for the position.

Current resume

Your resume is a history of your employment and work experience and should cover:

  • your employment history starting with your current employment and working backwards
  • details of the positions that you have held, including employment dates, capacity in which you were employed (e.g. full-time, part-time, casual), where you were employed, and a brief outline of your main duties and responsibilities
  • your educational qualifications, including the title of your qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended (you should also attach copies of your qualification)
  • information regarding training courses or developmental programs that you have attended.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria represent the minimum level of knowledge and skills that you will need in order to perform the duties of the position. You must address each criterion in your application, providing examples of how you believe you meet or have the potential to meet the requirements.

In addressing the selection criteria, you should:

  • read the selection criteria carefully
  • explain how you meet each of the criteria, including examples
  • provide evidence or support of your achievement
  • check that you have addressed the major factors
  • aim for approximately half to one-page responses for each criteria

As a general rule, the more senior the role, the more complex the selection criteria and the more detailed your response should be.


You should include details of at least two referees with your resume. At least one referee should have been a supervisor or manager from your past employment.

You should:

  • supply each referee's name, position, organisation, business address and contact telephone number/s
  • contact your referees with the details of the position that you are applying for in case they are contacted.

Submit your application

Applications must be submitted online on the specific position page.

These can be found on the careers page:

Careers at the City of Hobart

The interview

The interview allows the applicant to expand on the information in the written application. The interview will be conducted by a panel, generally consisting of three (sometimes more) members.

The panel will ask all applicants the same set of questions, which will be based on the selection criteria. However, some extra questions may be asked of each applicant to gain additional information about their skills. You may also ask questions or seek clarification from the panel regarding the position, career development or conditions of employment.

You should bring the following information to the interview:

  • a copy of your application including your resume
  • originals of relevant qualifications
  • originals of written references if you have provided copies within your application
  • any additional material if required (e.g. samples of work)
  • questions you would like to ask the interview panel
  • dot-point information that may assist you during the interview (i.e. notes against each of the criteria to help you remember).

Next steps

The panel will assess the candidates to determine who is most suitable for the role. Once the panel's selection has been approved, the successful applicant will be advised verbally, and then provided a formal offer of appointment in writing. Unsuccessful candidates will be advised in writing.

In some cases, the panel may decide that none of the candidates interviewed are suitable for the role, and decide not to make an appointment. This does not happen often.