Applying for a job

At our Careers Centre you can set up a profile and register to receive emails about vacancies you might be interested in. When you want to apply for a position, follow the instructions for the online application process.

Go to our careers centre (external link)

Remember to tailor your CV and cover letter to suit the job you are applying for. In your cover letter, briefly tell us about the skills and experience you would bring to the job and why you think you could be the best person for the role. Make sure your CV is completely up to date. Don’t just list your previous jobs – also tell us about your responsibilities and achievements in those positions. Careers NZ (external link) has tips and tools to help you prepare a CV, as well as other useful information for job seekers.

All new employees will be required to complete a Disclosure of Conviction and Police Vetting form. Please note you will be required to disclose all convictions regardless of how long ago the conviction was, if the role is classified as a children’s worker, under the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. We also ask you to tell us about any medical conditions you may need support with.


When we receive your application, we’ll email you straight away to let you know we’ve got it.


After the closing date, we make a shortlist of applicants. We try to do this as quickly as possible, but it can take up to two weeks. We will let you know if you are not on the shortlist. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please email us on or contact the person named in the job advertisement.


If you are on the shortlist, we will invite you to an interview. Ministry staff on the interview panel will include the hiring manager and a subject matter expert. You are welcome to bring a whānau or support person to the interview with you. Please let us know beforehand if someone will be coming with you.

Ministry interviews are behavioural interviews. This means that we will need you to provide examples of when you have done something specific in your working or personal life directly related to the requirements of the role you have applied for. For example, we might ask you about a time when you had a particular type of problem to solve, and to describe how you went about solving it and the skills you used.

At the interview we will ask you to confirm information from your application, including citizenship/residency or work permit status.

Preparing for your interview

At the interview the Ministry panel will be looking to find out whether you are suitable for the role and will fit in with the team. To help you do your best at the interview here are some tips.

  • Read the position description carefully and think of examples you can give to show you have the skills and abilities described. 
  • Think about your strengths and how you can illustrate bringing them to the position.
  • Find out more about the Ministry on our website.
  • Prepare any questions you want to ask about the role and working at the Ministry.

Other assessments

We may also require you to complete a psychometric assessment, which is designed to see how well you might perform in a particular job or environment. The aspects included in the test will be relevant to the job you have applied for, such as critical reasoning or numeracy. We may also ask you for work samples or presentations as a skills assessment.

We may contact your referees to talk to them about your previous work experience. We will always let you know before we contact any of your referees.


If you are the successful candidate, we will contact you with an employment offer. We will also contact the unsuccessful candidates.

Before your appointment is finalised, we will carry out two further checks.

  • Police check – this is to confirm the statements on your application about criminal convictions.
  • Qualifications – we will verify your academic qualifications and any practising certificates or membership of professional bodies. We will ask you to provide your qualifications and certificates for checking.

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