Succeeding in job interviews
Your overseas experience is valuable, so it is important you know how to communicate this effectively to New Zealand employers.
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An employer version is available on the Immigration New Zealand website:
Job interviews for professional roles in New Zealand are usually behavioural interviews. This may be new to you.
By understanding this process and knowing the common questions asked, you will know how to present your skills, qualiﬁcations and experience in a way that New Zealand employers understand.
In behavioural interviews, you are asked to give examples of how you have behaved in previous work situations. The questions will ask you to describe that situation and what you did to reach a solution or goal.
Behavioural interviews are more common in government or office jobs. If you are applying for a trade-related job, you may be less likely to go through this type of interview.
The following examples of interview scenarios will help you to express yourself conﬁdently, positively and professionally in a New Zealand job interview. You can avoid common misunderstandings that you may experience from cultural differences. Test out the scenarios below and download the Victoria University of Wellington textbook.