Personal information

  • You may be asked what your strengths or weaknesses are, or how would your colleagues describe you? These are meant to give employers insight into your character so be brief, positive and confident.
  • Another common question is "Where do you want to be in 5 years time?" This is generally used to gauge your level of ambition as well as your commitment to an employer. Be enthusiastic about potentially working for them long-term.
  • You are not obliged to share information about your race, age, disability, marital status, gender, sexual persuasion, children, or religion etc. Most experienced interviewers know not to ask you about these. If they do, politely say you are not comfortable discussing personal issues not related to the job.
  • They can ask whether you are legally entitled to work in NZ e.g. are you a resident or do you have a work permit (they will need to see this).
  • They can ask if you have any criminal convictions, not including any concealed under the Criminal Records "Clean Slate" Act.

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