Information for job applicants

Find out how our recruitment process works and how we keep you informed at every step of the way.

Our recruitment process

Before you start

If you need help with your CV or covering letter go to the Careers NZ website.

Step 1

  • Apply for a job on our careers website (you will need to set up an account to do this) 
  • Once you've applied, you’ll receive an automated email confirming we’ve received your application.

Step 2 

  • The selection panel reviews all applications and makes a shortlist. 
  • If you’re shortlisted, we’ll ring you to make an interview time. We’ll also let you know if you need to prepare a presentation. 
  • If you’re unsuccessful we’ll email to let you know. Unfortunately, we’re not able to give unsuccessful candidates any specific feedback at this stage.  
  • In general we interview three or four candidates per advertised position. This means that even if your skills and experience match the requirements of the role you are not guaranteed an interview as there may be other candidates whose skills and experience exceed yours.   

Step 3 

  • Prepare for your interview - Careers NZ have interview tips
  • The interview is your opportunity to tell us how your experience and achievements fit with the required competencies. We'll evaluate you against each key competency, based on the experience, transferable skills and achievements you outline. 
  • The interview also provides opportunity for you to find out more about the role and the Ministry so we welcome any questions you may have for the panel. 

Step 4 

  • If you are successful at interview we’ll ring and congratulate you. It’s at this point we’ll ask you to provide referees for our reference checks. 
  • If you are unsuccessful, you’ll receive verbal feedback from the people leader who interviewed you. 

Step 5 

  • We'll organise Ministry of Justice/Police checks 
  • We'll contact your referees 
  • We'll then send you a letter of offer

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