Recruitment process

Month Graduates / Summer interns

Applications open


RBNZ attend Career Expos and hold presentations on campus
Applications close


Shortlisting begins:

  • Application screening
  • Online Assessments
  • Video Interview

Assessment Centre to be held late April in Wellington at RBNZ


Reference and background checks

Candidates advised of outcome and offers made to successful candidates


Successful Summer interns begin work at the Reserve Bank

Early following year Successful Graduates begin work at the Reserve Bank

The Selection Process

What is the process once I have applied?

After applications close, shortlisting for both the Graduate Programme and Summer Internship Programme will commence. Our shortlisting will be in four stages:

  • Application screening
  • Online Assessments
  • Video Interview (with questions based on your motivation and competencies)
  • Assessment Centre

What happens during the Assessment Centre?

The Reserve Bank pays for your flights, accommodation and taxi fares if these are necessary, so there is no hardship on your pocket to attend the Assessment Centre.

We’ll send you an itinerary with further information for your half day before you arrive for your Assessment Centre, so you’ll know what to expect.

How many positions does the Reserve Bank offer?

The number of positions offered for the graduate and summer programmes differ each year, depending on a variety of factors. Usually the Reserve Bank offers around 10-12 graduate positions and 6-10 summer intern positions.

I’ve attended the Assessment Centre – what’s next?

Our assessors / interviewers will get together for an in-depth discussion about all assessment results for each candidate. We also look at the alignment of indicated interest areas with skills and studies.

From here we update everyone as quickly as possible to confirm who is being progressed to the final stage which is reference and background checking.

Interview tips

  • Make sure you feel comfortable in your interview attire. It will make you feel more at ease, which the interviewers will notice.
  • Be prepared! Take a look at our About us section to find out more about our organisation. Jot down some notes on the subjects that you are taking, and on current economic issues the world is facing.
  • Think about some questions you’d like to ask the interviewers. You might want to know what a certain department is working on at the moment, what interviewers find interesting about working at the Reserve Bank, or what the culture of the Reserve Bank is like.
  • Try to stay relaxed. We know that this can be a daunting process, but we want you to succeed in your interview and ensure that we get the best out of you.

Contact details
The RBNZ Recruitment Team
 0800 726 9732
 [email protected]