Executive Recruiters is a boutique talent acquisition practice that enjoys business partnerships with many of New Zealand’s leading public and private companies. Based in Auckland, we work throughout New Zealand and in the Pacific region. Our consultants bring extensive experience in executive recruitment and management consulting.

What are employers looking for?

If you have ever wondered what employers are looking for in a successful hire, look no further. Executive Recruiters have been in the game for the past three decades and here are some insights gleaned from our experience in working with our clients.

Step 1: The good old CV/Resume

Screening through piles of CVs is like looking for a needle in the haystack for employers. At this stage, the employer is looking to reduce the huge volumes of applicants down to a handful. First impressions count. In general, CVs are screened based on relevant qualifications and work experience. An employer may only give CVs a cursory glance, particularly in the work history and relevant skills/achievements section. Make sure your CV highlights those prominently.

Step 2: Phone Screening

Some employers may then pick up the phone to identify and evaluate a candidate’s social skills and pin down a personality. Make sure that you are ready to answer phone calls professionally (Good afternoon, this is Kylie, how are you?) Always come across as well-mannered with a pleasant phone attitude. Practice with a friend and get their feedback on how you sound.

Step 3: Interview (first and second interviews)

If you made it past the phone screening, give yourself a pat on the back. You are now able to impress the interviewers in person. At this point, the employers will dig deep into your work history and personality to ascertain job and company fit. Behavioural interview questions may be used to identify your past performance in other organisations and better understand your drive/ambition/ interest. After the interview, you may be invited to complete assessments which is relevant to what you are applying for. Be truthful in completing the assessments.

You may invited back for a second interview, this time the interview will consist of a panel to better understand your skills and the value you may bring to their organisation.

Step 4: Reference check

At this juncture, the employers may conduct reference checks. Reference checks are usually for candidates who are shortlisted.

Step 5: Background check

Concurrently, the employer may write to the Ministry of Justice or the Police to conduct a background check on you. This is standard recruitment procedure. If you have any previous indictments, it is best to notify the employers as soon as possible. With the seven year clean slate rule in place, you will not be discriminated against.

If you have any further questions about the recruitment process/norms in New Zealand, please feel free to contact any of our consultants at careers@executiverecruiters.co.nz.