Top Tips

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We understand that the recruitment process for Graduate and Intern programmes can sometimes seem daunting.

To help you, the Early Career Pathways team have provided you with some top tips. These tips will assist in your preparation, ensuring you give yourself the best chance of being successful.

We recommend to do your research.

Some programmes have specific eligibility requirements so take your time to read the programme advertisement to see if you fit what we’re looking for.

The graduate programme at Auckland Council has been active since 2014 and there are many previous and current graduates who would be happy to answer any questions.

We host several events at Auckland universities that include representatives from areas where we are recruiting. Be sure to attend and ask any questions you may have.

Phone screens can be awkward if you are not prepared.

We always recommend taking the time to find a quiet place to talk and ensure you won’t be disturbed.

This is your only time with us one-on-one and you want to make a fantastic first impression.

If your application is progressed to phone screen, you’ll receive an email from us inviting you to select a suitable phone screen time. The email will also include a brief overview of the topics we’ll cover so you can prepare beforehand.

The assessment centre is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the key behaviours we are looking for in a successful Graduate.

Take a deep breath and remember to interact with the people around you. The more you participate, the better we can assess you.

The Early Career Pathways team look at thousands of applications every year.

What stands out to us during the online application is well-written answers. We want to see demonstrated critical thinking and a real understanding of Auckland Council as an organisation.

Remember to proof-read your application thoroughly. Spelling mistakes and copied answers are not a great first impression, whereas well-written applications that are free from errors will help you to stand out.

How do I decide on which programme is right for me?

We recommend to do your research.

Some programmes have specific eligibility requirements so take your time to read the programme advertisement to see if you fit what we’re looking for.

The graduate programme at Auckland Council has been active since 2014 and there are many previous and current graduates who would be happy to answer any questions.

We host several events at Auckland universities that include representatives from areas where we are recruiting. Be sure to attend and ask any questions you may have.

How do I prepare for a phone screen?

Phone screens can be awkward if you are not prepared.

We always recommend taking the time to find a quiet place to talk and ensure you won’t be disturbed.

This is your only time with us one-on-one and you want to make a fantastic first impression.

If your application is progressed to phone screen, you’ll receive an email from us inviting you to select a suitable phone screen time. The email will also include a brief overview of the topics we’ll cover so you can prepare beforehand.

What is expected of me during assessment centre?

The assessment centre is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the key behaviours we are looking for in a successful Graduate.

Take a deep breath and remember to interact with the people around you. The more you participate, the better we can assess you.

What can I do to make my application stand out above others?

The Early Career Pathways team look at thousands of applications every year.

What stands out to us during the online application is well-written answers. We want to see demonstrated critical thinking and a real understanding of Auckland Council as an organisation.

Remember to proof-read your application thoroughly. Spelling mistakes and copied answers are not a great first impression, whereas well-written applications that are free from errors will help you to stand out.