Application & Resources

Our Recruitment Policy

Fairfax recruits the best person for each vacant position based on merit principles.

Candidates are considered only on the basis of their abilities, qualifications, experience, and those personal qualities relevant to the position.

The selection process and job-related standards are the same for each candidate and free from unlawful discrimination.

Recruitment & Selection Process

The information below is a guide to how we recruit and select people to work at Fairfax.

Applying for a role

Applying for a role at Fairfax is easy and you don't have to register with us to it!  We only require some basic information from you at this stage.

You will need the following information ready when you want to apply for a role:

  1. Cover letter - outlining to us how your skills and experience apply to the role you are applying for. This is your opportunity to tell us why you are the best person for the job!
  2. CV - your CV should give us more detail about your education, skills and previous roles [including what your key responsibilities and key achievements were at each of your previous roles].
  3. Information about you - including your contact details, drivers licence details and work permit details (if you are not a permanent resident in New Zealand).


    You should check out
    Trade Me's Job Hunter's Guide for tips and information to help you make your application stand out.  Career Services
    offer some great information and tools as well.

    Once you have submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email and after the position has closed we will try to get back to you as quickly as we can.

    Telephone interview

    If you have the expertise that we are looking for we will give you a call for a brief and informal phone interview before deciding if we wish to progress your application. The purpose of the phone interview is to talk to you about how the role fits in with the organisation, provide you with more detail about the position, discuss your work experience and answer any questions you may have.

    Formal interview

    Fairfax uses the Targeted Selection interview format.

    This is a "behavioural" interview style that will focus on specific examples of some of your past accomplishments and challenges based on the key competences for the role you have applied for. 

    Answering the interview questions is accomplished by following a standard pattern.  


            Situation   
    You briefly explain the situation/circumstances
            Action        You describe what you did or said
            Result        You describe the outcome of the action


    There are a number of things you can do to prepare for the behavioural interview as follows:

    • Make sure you have a good understanding of the job you have applied for.
    • Review your experience against the knowledge and experience required for the job.
    • Try to think of examples that have happened in the last 2 years which are relevant to the target job.
    • Make notes so you can develop a clear picture of your knowledge, skills, achievements and personal attributes.


    We find that interviews are most productive when candidates come as prepared as possible.  We will help you with this prior to you attending an interview however you should take some time to read the job description carefully and learn a bit more about the area of Fairfax that you have applied for a role in.


    Reference checking

    If you are a preferred candidate for the role you have applied for, we will let you know.  At this point we would complete a references check with at least two referees including your current supervisor or manager if this is possible.  We will discuss this with you prior to completing any checks.

    Further assessments

    You may be asked to complete a psychometric assessment, work sample exercise, role-play (i.e. if applying for a sales role) and/or a second interview, depending on the role you have applied for.

    Pre-employment screening

    If appropriate for the position, you may need to undergo pre-employment screening.  We will discuss this with you if this is relevant to the role you have applied for.

    Offer of employment

    If you are the successful candidate for the role you have applied for, we will offer you the role verbally and then present you with a written letter of offer.