Our Recruitment Process

Applying to Work at Lincoln

Lincoln University is an Equal Employment Opportunities employer. We are committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and to following equitable processes at all times. EEO Trust

All applications or expressions of interest must be made on-line and should include a CV and cover letter. An up to date CV is important as it helps us fully understand your skills and experience. There are a number of websites that can assist you to create a CV:

  • Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz- you can find their template tools here
  • Seek: www.seek.co.nz– you can find their template tools here

As soon as you register or apply for a role we will send a confirmation email so you know we have received what we need. Make a note of the close date as this will give you an indication of when you could expect a response from us.

We recommend you only apply for positions that match your skills and experience to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward. Successful or otherwise we will be sure to keep you posted throughout the entire process.

Our Selection Process

A selection panel is convened for all appointments. These panels know what makes a successful LU candidate, so they will assess your application based on the information you provided. If we have any questions we will contact you to clarify things. Part of our process could include a telephone screen. The selection panel will decide which applicants meet the selection criteria sufficiently to be placed on a shortlist. If your experience does not meet the required criteria for the role, you will receive an email declining your application. Once you have registered or applied for a role, you will receive alerts via email when roles that match your profile become available.

We try to screen all applicants within a few days of the role closing, although for some roles, this may take slightly longer. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

Your Interview

Your interview could be face to face or via Skype/ Video conference. You may bring whānau/support members with you, just let us know so we can make the appropriate arrangements. If you require any access support (e.g. adaptive equipment or accessible parking), this would be a good opportunity to let us know in order for us to make necessary arrangements.

We want you to show us your best, preparation is key!


  • Read through the position description and your CV; The position description will give you an idea on what we could ask, we will want to know how your skills and experience match
  • Plan your answers, you will be asked to provide specific examples of your past behaviour and performance (STAR Technique)
  • Prepare some questions for you to ask the panel
  • Research our Website
  • Make sure you know where to go on the day


  • Arrive on time
  • If interviewing via Skype/ Video conference ensure you are somewhere where you will not be disturbed
  • This is your time to let the panel know what you are capable of
  • Listen to the questions and provide answers that are honest and succinct

Selection is based on merit, which means the person assessed as being appointable and most able to perform the duties of the position is offered the position.

Other Selection Activities

Sometimes shortlisted candidates will be required to partake in additional selection process activities;

  • Psychometric testing (Ability and Personality)
  • A specific skills test (e.g. computer use)
  • Presenting a lecture/seminar to other divisional/section/centre staff and/or students, or
  • A presentation to the selection panel
  • Second round interviews

Reference Checks

If you are the preferred candidate we will request your permission to contact at least two of your referees. Referees should be either a present or past employer and ideally be someone who has been your direct line manager.

Background Checks

For many of our roles an offer of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory completion of any number of checks. The recruitment team will be in contact to let you know what checks you would be required to undergo. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Qualification check
  • Credit check
  • Drivers licence check
  • Criminal conviction check

Please note that any information obtained will be checked with you for accuracy, but it is essential you provide us with all information relevant to the background checks or your general suitability for employment. Please be aware that if you have provided misleading or false information at any stage during the selection process then this may be grounds for dismissal without notice.


Do you accept applications from outside NZ?

Yes we do. We utilise a range of selection methods and technologies to assess national and overseas applicants – including but not limited to video screening and skype interviews.

Lincoln University is an accredited employer with Immigration NZ. This means that we can help the preferred candidate with their visa applications if they meet the job and immigration criteria.

How long does the application process take?

Most processes are completed within 4 - 6 weeks of the closing date, however this can vary depending on the number of applications received for the role or the seniority of the role itself.

How will I know if my application has been received?

You will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not receive this please contact the Recruitment team. On some occasions, these emails are blocked by your SPAM filter. Please ensure you check this before contacting us.

How can I be sure my CV and cover letter are attached to my online application?

Once you have submitted an online application you can review the information provided and the documents you attached at any time.

Do I have to apply online?

Yes – this ensures your application is received and processed correctly, and gives you the power to manage your own information.

How will you contact me if I’m selected for an interview?

If you are shortlisted for an interview we will contact you by phone using the preferred contact number supplied in your application.