Australia Antarctic Interview – Psych Test (Final Phase)

Im hanging out in departures at Christchurch International. Couple of hours to fill before my first Jet* flight. I feel pretty lucky – think I got possibly the only fine window in the weather for my flight from Queenstown for (what seems like) three weeks at least! I like to think of it as an omen, because a similar thing happened when I flew to Sydney for the initial interview. Apparently the weather in Melbourne hasn’t faired much better lately either, with fog disrupting flights. Double the omen-factor!

So, Ive arrived in Melbourne safe and sound. I grabbed the airport bus to my accommodation this time, thank god for ipods, because there was a girl on the bus, about mid 20s, who was so loud on her phone that we ALL had a running commentary of her ex-boyfriend woes, financial situation, recent weekend away run down… It amazes me someone would want to share all of that but anyway.. I managed to drown her out.

My hotel was sweet – cute, tidy and cosy room. Not big, but big enough. My test was at 0800 the following morning, so I spent the evening relaxing before heading off to sleep.

Next morning I set off to my psych test after breakfast with about twenty minutes in-hand. I had a fair idea of where the Defence Headquarters building was, so headed there. I was right and there was one other person checking in for the same thing, though he was going for a different job. We were met and escorted upstairs, after getting our visitors passes. I noticed all the staff had passes around their necks that they showed every time they walked past security – and there was two lots of security to pass before reaching the lifts.

And on up to the Psyche Floor, led into a room and given the tests to complete. There were two tests, both multiple choice and it took a couple of hours to finish them. Apparently we were finished in record time. There were three possible answers to each question, but the preferred choice is the yes or no option, and not the ‘maybe, sometimes, perhaps’ etc type answers. Harder than it sounds for some questions, but that the case, then you need to go with the yes or no that sways more your way. The second set of questions were quite ‘dark’, with plenty of reference to depressive and angry personality traits. A lot easier to answer those ones with the definitive yes or no.

That done, we had time to fill while we waited for the psychologist who was going to interview us, to arrive. Thankfully, there was a nice cafe downstairs – which to get to required an escort from the building, and then another escort back inside again on our return.

The one-on-one interview wasn’t too taxing at all. It was not dissimilar to a job interview – a pleasant surprise because I you cant help but wonder what an individual psych assessment with an australian army psychologist will involve! The mere thought of it is nerve wracking. However, we seemed to be done in no time and I was pleased to leave knowing that she was going to pass me, she informed me of this before I left. I felt pretty comfortable with the whole psyche day in general.

So I was done by 2 pm! Thats it, I’ve completed all four components of an Australia Antarctic job interview process and now, the waiting continues. I’ve been given an expectation of one month until I find out. Sounds long, but Im guessing thats a maximum.

In the meantime, I’l carry on as per normal, with fingers crossed for the job of a lifetime!


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