Interviewing and selection processes , Te tukanga uiui, tukanga whiriwhiri

Find out what's involved in the interview process for jobs at Massey and how we select the best candidates for our roles.

What to bring

When you are contacted to come in for an interview, they will advise if you are required to bring in any documentation with you.

Support people or whānau

You have the opportunity to be supported at the interview by a support person or whānau person group if you choose.

If you intend to bring someone or a group with you, please let the Massey person arranging the interview know, so arrangements may be made.

You will be responsible for any expenses involved in bringing a support person or whānau group to the interview.

Assessment techniques

Although the majority of departments use interviews and referee reports as their key selection methods, you may be required to participate in additional assessment techniques such as:

  • demonstration lectures
  • seminars
  • problem solving exercises
  • psychometric evaluation if relevant to the position you are applying for.

You will be notified if you are required to participate in any additional assessments when notified you are successful in shortlisting.

Interview approach

Massey uses structured formal interviews as part of the selection process.

The interview is designed to provide valuable information about your personal qualities and will give you an opportunity to elaborate and/or verify information concerning your skills and abilities.

Questions you will be asked

The interview questions will depend on the role you have applied for. However, the interview will be a planned, well structured discussion, centred on issues of direct relevance to the stated selection criteria.

The questions you will be asked are designed to allow you to give examples of what you have done in a situation similar to those you will encounter in the position you are applying for.

Although all short-listed candidates will be asked the same core interview questions (to ensure consistency and to enable a direct comparison between candidates) supplementary questions may be asked to clarify issues or to obtain further information.

Selection committee

Whether a selection committee is used, and the size of the selection committee, will vary and depends on the level of the position to be filled.

As a guideline a minimum of 3 committee members is common.

The selection committee will meet the University’s obligation as an EEO employer and will include appropriate gender and ethic representation.

Contacting referees

Referees will not be contacted unless your application is under genuine consideration for the vacancy following the interview process.

But in the case of senior academic positions (such as Associate Professor and above) the referee reports for short-listed candidates may be requested prior to the interview process.

If you are selected

If you are selected as the ‘best suited’ person for the position you will be contacted as soon as possible after the selection process is completed, and an offer of employment will be made to you in writing.

You will need to accept this in writing and return the letter of offer, and your acceptance, to Massey.

Contacting you

You will be contacted via the preferred method of contact (letter or email) indicated by you in your application for employment form.

Phone contact

We only contact shortlisted candidates by telephone. During the initial screening stage, the response can only be sent out via email or letter.


Immigration New Zealand requires anyone who is working in New Zealand to hold a current valid visa and work permit that allows them to take up and remain in that position of work.

The application process can be lengthy so we recommended that you apply for a visa as soon as you receive a letter of offer from Massey.

We are an accredited employer for immigration purposes.

Immigration New Zealand website


A comprehensive relocation package is provided for some International appointees who are offered a contract in excess of three years.

Staff Recruitment Team


+64 6 951 9000 extension 86000


Physical/courier address
Staff Recruitment
People and Culture
Tennent Drive
Massey University
Palmerston North
New Zealand

Postal address
Human Resources (PN 202)
Staff Recruitment
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand

All general enquiries should be directed to the Massey University Contact Centre.