This document is part of the Victorian Public Service executive employment resource.
Refer to the VPSC’s Best Practice Recruitment and Selection Toolkit for more comprehensive guidelines on recruitment.
Ensure an approved executive position is available to be ﬁlled and that appropriations are secured.
Seek approval for advertising vacant position.
For public service appointments approval must be sought from the executives’ employer i.e. Chief Executive Officer, Departmental Secretary or the Premier.
1. Advertise position.
- Deﬁne key selection criteria in line with the employer’s requirements for the role.
- Advertise the vacancy widely to attract a sufficient pool of competent applicants.
- Use Victorian Government’s employment website:careers.vic.gov.au
- Other advertising mediums such as newspapers, internet job search sites or Victorian Government Purchasing Board contract recruitment agents may be used to attract a suitable pool of candidates.
2. Appoint selection panel.
- Appoint selection panel – there needs to be a gender balance and an independent panel member.
3. Shortlist candidates and interview.
- Interview candidates with prepared questions to assess interviewees’ knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to the key selection criteria.
- Other means of assessment including oral or written presentations, work samples, role plays or testing maybe undertaken.
- Record panel assessment of each applicant against the key selection criteria.
4. Choose most suitable candidate.
- Conduct reference checks in relation to key selection criteria.
- Seek approval from employer for appointment.
- Offer employment.
5. Confirm appointment.
- Send appointment letter to successful candidate.
- Provide standard employment contract.
- Notify unsuccessful candidates once an employment offer has been accepted.
6. Arrange any relocation.
- Prepare an induction programme to the organisation.
Tips for Using Executive Search Consultants
The State Purchase Contract (SPC) for the provision of staffing services is in place for the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019. The objective of the contract is to ensure a consistent and timely supply of suitably qualified and high quality on-hire workers and permanent personnel for the Victorian Government. The use of the SPC for executive appointments is optional however the rules of use should be complied with and quotes sought when engaging an executive search firm to ensure transparency and competitive pricing.
- Ensure you have a range of executive search ﬁrms to call on for quotes – keep up to date with their track record and check with colleagues in other departments.
- Consider using consultants for an abbreviated service and only pay for what you need, e.g. executive search.
- Seek quotes from recruitment ﬁrms who have a successful track record in relevant industries as well as senior government appointments.
- Check if the consultant has the capacity to provide a comprehensive and targeted search function.
- Request quotes to be expressed as ﬂat fees, not percentages of remuneration.
- Refer them to government remuneration policy and explain packaging arrangements.
- Request regular updates from the consultant for the duration of the search assignment. Request replacement guarantee of 6 months (below 6 months is insufficient).
- Negotiate on price where possible.
- Ensure the consultant is supplied with information to help them brief potential candidates (e.g. strategy documents, organisation culture, business plans, employee conditions and beneﬁts).
- Request details of all candidates (including those who were referred). For the longlist meeting, ask the consultant to categorise candidates according to source (i.e. responded to advertisement or search).
- Link payment tranches to delivery of tangible services/products (e.g. presentation of search strategy, shortlist, candidate accepts offer).
- Check your liability for success fees if other candidates are subsequently placed in your organisation – if the amount is excessive, then negotiate before signing the contract.
- Seek help from your purchasing/contract officer on documentation before executing the contract (they can also give helpful feedback on evaluation of proposals).