The process at the moment seems to be:
- Submit online application
- Phone interview
- Reference checks
- Assessment centre (full day)
- Formal interview
- Medicals etc.
Considering the time required, I am certainly glad I decided on my preferences before applying. After working in the mining industry for over three years, I have gained an insight into the companies that are best suited to my career path. Vacation work was great for understanding how a few different companies operate, but networking events provide exposure to more companies. I am glad that I took every opportunity that I could for networking and work experience opportunities, because now I know who I want to work for, and have a better chance of getting it.
For anyone studying at the moment, make sure you get the vacation work applications in.