You can now decide on a work sample exercise suited to assessing the type of work and related capabilities, knowledge and experience that you have identified.
See work sample exercises for ideas about the different types of work samples you can create.
For the Project Officer role you could ask candidates to develop a project plan based on some information you provide about a fictional project.
As part of the project plan, they could:
- briefly describe the project
- list the project outcomes sought
- develop a project schedule with key milestones for reporting
- identify any potential risks associated with the project
- allocate responsibilities to project team members
- briefly describe the resources needed (budget, personnel, time, materials).
You could ask the candidate either to develop a written plan or to do a verbal presentation.
You could also add in questions about the candidate’s experience in developing project plans.
You do not want the task to be too onerous. You are looking to see if the candidate understands what they need to consider in developing a project plan.
Sometimes the instructions will involve the candidate being given the task and completing it in one sitting.
For other work sample exercises candidates can be given the scenario one or two days in advance and asked to present a proposal to assessors when they attend for interview. This is particularly useful for more senior roles (e.g. Grade 9/10 and above), including senior executive roles.