Academic applicants

About the specific information and references you need to supply to substantiate your academic qualifications and experience, and what happens after you apply.

Information you must provide

You must supply contact details for three recent referees who can substantiate your suitability for the position. You also need to describe your:

  • academic qualifications
  • present position
  • details of appointments held, with special reference to teaching
  • research experience
  • field in which specially qualified
  • publications, preferably under appropriate headings, eg. ‘books’ or ‘articles’.
  • date on which you can commence duties.

After you apply

The entire process could take two to three months from the application close date.


After applications close an initial shortlist is made and written references are requested. Shortlisting usually takes at least two weeks from the closing date.

Once references are received, a maximum of five candidates from the shortlist are selected for an interview.

Applicants who were not shortlisted are advised as soon as possible by email or letter.


The panel

The interview panel is usually made up of three or four people and candidates are given information about the panel at the time the interview is arranged. Both genders are represented on the panel whenever possible.

Victoria University of Wellington’s interviewing style

The University’s style of interviewing is interactive and behaviourally based.

Each panel member has a question or area of questions. The questions will focus on your past experiences in the key areas defined in the role description.

Behavioural interviewing focuses on your past behaviour in actual work or other relevant situations. Your pre-interview preparation should include examples of these.

Interview tips

  • Research the school and its teaching and research programmes.
  • Prepare to talk about your experiences in those areas of teaching and research.
  • Discuss how your skills experience and qualifications match those required for the position.
  • Talk about the strengths you would bring to the position and to the University.
  • Find out about the day-to-day aspects of the position.

Overseas candidates

Candidates outside New Zealand are often initially interviewed by conference call. If appropriate, a visit to Victoria University of Wellington may be arranged.

During the visit the selection process will usually consist of:

  • a presentation by the candidate
  • a structured interview
  • meetings with key staff in the appropriate school.

Professorial candidates

For professorial vacancies, further interviews and/or activities may be scheduled, and the composition of the interview panel may differ.

Whānau support

If your interview is in person, you can bring along whānau (family) or other support people. Please advise the person who arranges the interview if you intend to do this.

Any expenses involved in bringing support persons to an interview are your responsibility.

Further information on the conduct of a whānau support interview should be discussed with the person arranging the interview.

The selection decision

Once interviews are completed, an appointments committee is convened and the successful candidate is selected. That person will be telephoned and offered the position as soon as possible.

We will go through a pre-employment verification process before a formal offer of employment is made. The offer will be emailed with a hard copy following in the mail.

Unsuccessful candidates who have been interviewed are advised by telephone or email and in writing, usually within three to four weeks of the appointments committee meeting.