Recruitment process

Thank you for your interest in working for the New Zealand Defence Force.  This page is designed to give you some information about the recruitment process.

Note: Before proceeding please be aware that, additional to the employment checks below, all applicants must possess either NZ Citizenship or a New Zealand Residence class visa. 

Shortlisting

Applications are considered against the knowledge, skills, experience, competencies and other requirements contained in the job description, and a short list of candidates are selected, and contacted to arrange an interview. 

All non shortlisted applicants will be advised in writing that their application has been unsuccessful. Their application material will be destroyed at the end of the recruitment process.


Interviews

A typical interview panel is made up of approximately three people. Interviews will be structured around the requirements in the position description.

Support at Interview

Applicants selected for a behavioural based interview may bring (at their own expense) a support person, group or whanau.  A support group is similar to having referees in person at an interview.

If you intend to bring support with you to an interview, please let the Defence Force person arranging the interview know prior to the interview so arrangements can be made.
 

After the Interview

If you are the preferred applicant, you will be offered the position as soon as possible after the completion of all interviews, by telephone.  After discussion, a formal offer will be made in writing.  If your application is not successful, you will be informed in writing.


Employment Checks

Security Clearance

Many appoints in the New Defence Force require that the incumbent have access to classified information from time to time.  Therefore an offer of appointment to the New Defence Force will be subject to the approval of a security clearance to the level appropriate to the position.

Please note:  Applicants must hold a minimum of a New Zealand (NZ) Residence class visa and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for.  The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low Level Security Clearance

  • is a NZ citizen or NZ Residence class visa holder who has resided continuously in this country for the last 5 years, OR
  • is a NZ Residence class visa holder, and has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 5 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we may not be able to accept your application.

Higher level Security Clearance

  • is a NZ citizen or NZ Residence class visa holder who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a NZ Residence class visa holder and has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we may not be able to accept your application.

Criminal convictions are checked as part of the security clearance.

Please note that the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004, does not apply to employees who are involved in the national security of New Zealand (i.e. where a security clearance is required, convictions will not be hidden). However, having a criminal conviction will not necessarily exclude you from obtaining a security clearance.

Health

If you are shortlisted you will be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form. This is to let us know of any health issues or disability that you have that could affect your ability to carry out the duties of the position.  Letting us know that you have a medical condition or disability will not exclude you from being considered for the position. If you require special services or facilities then we will do what we can to accommodate you. 
 

Other

If you are short listed, please ensure that you let us know of anything else we need to be aware of that may affect your employment within Defence Force. Please note that if you are appointed you may be required to produce your academic records, and your driving record if driving is required for the job.


Review of Appointment

Please note that in accordance with Section 67 of the Defence Act 1990, the New Zealand Defence force has a Review of Appointment process that enables current Defence Force employees to request a review of an appointment. This means that appointments are provisional for a period of 7 days from the date the appointment is notified in the Defence Force to allow Defence Force employees who wish to seek a review to do so.

If you are the preferred applicant and a review is lodged, you will be informed and your appointment will remain provisional.

Please note: Any information relating to the appointment that is collected from the successful applicant may be disclosed to an employee seeking, or considering seeking, a review of an appointment.


Privacy Provisions

Under the Privacy Act 1993, all information given will be treated as confidential and will be made available only to those involved in managing the recruitment process.