1. Why can’t I tell anyone I have applied to your organisation?
This industry requires absolute discretion in order for you and your colleagues to do their jobs safely. Anyone interested in joining us, regardless of the role, are required to maintain a high level of secrecy. We are happy to go into more detail about how to manage this if you reach the interview stage. Until then it is best to not say anything to anyone as it can impact your application and future career.
2. What sort of work would I be doing?
We can’t go into any details just yet but we can tell you that you will be working with the latest technology, doing a lot of research, lateral thinking, and analysis. Depending on your background it could include: system administration, technical analysis, cyber threat analysis, system engineers, communication analysis, production analysis, data analysis, and cryptanalysis to name just a few.
3. Where will I be based?
You will most likely be based in one of our offices in Wellington, but there may be some travel involved at times to other offices nationally as well. Some may be based in other offices.
4. What does the recruitment process include?
- Apply – submit your application form, cover letter, resume and a copy of your academic record to date through our website / recruitment system.
- Cognitive Testing - we will email you if you have been shortlisted.
- Phone screen - we will call you if you have been shortlisted.
- Assessment Centre – assessing your problem solving, team player and communication skills.
- Panel Interview – a behavioral and situational based interview.
- Reference checks/Psychometric Assessments.
- Conditional Offer - subject to passing our vetting process.
- Security Vetting - Top Secret Special clearance required.
- Unconditional Offer - confirmed by early January.
5. How long will it take to get through the recruitment process?
Our process needs to be extremely thorough and this does mean it can take a while. You will need patience, but we will keep you up to date throughout the process. Often the most time-consuming element is at the end of the process when we commence our detailed background vetting. This can take months, depending on your individual background, after the interview stage. You can help control how long it takes though by ensuring your personal referees complete their paperwork and return it ASAP. We will discuss how this works during your interview.
6. What do you look for in the vetting process? I'm not sure what to expect!
We have a statutory mandate to provide security vetting services to all NZ government agencies. This includes a series of background checks and assessments to ensure people entrusted with national protectively marked resources are suitable to have access and demonstrate appropriate behavior in both their personal and professional lives. It is an intrusive process - however, your privacy and dignity are respected. The process is non-discriminatory and will go back 15 years for those over 33 years of age, or from the age of 18 for those under the age of 32.
You may worry that you have done something silly in your past, or have friends and family who may have an impact on your application. If this is the case please feel free to review our website for more details, or contact us if you would prefer a quick confidential chat and don’t exclude yourself without talking first. There are no guarantees until you have gone through the vetting process in full, however, we are happy to discuss your options before you commence your application. The main point is that you are honest with us – even if it isn’t something you are comfortable talking about normally. And we can promise we don’t share!
7. What is the starting salary?
Your initial salary would be around $50,000, depending upon experience. Your future salary will then increase depending on what role you take on at the end of the program and your yearly performance reviews.
8. Any quirky things I should know?
We have strict IT policies which include leaving all electronic equipment in a secure location, so you won’t have them within reach for the majority of the day. Can you cope without your mobile phone, Fitbit etc? The upside is that you have 100% focus while at work and you can’t take your work home so you have a real work/life balance. It may take some time to adjust – but we have all got used to it so you can too.
You will have a second family once you join us and since you can’t talk to others outside of the community about your work, we encourage everyone to come along to our end of week social functions where you can unwind and debrief with your team before heading home.