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LookSee Wellington FAQs

We've compiled a handy list of questions you may have about LookSee Wellington. If you've got any others that aren't on the list, get in touch.

  1. What does the LookSee programme involve?
    The programme involves you registering your interest, answering some questions, and uploading your CV. You may then be invited to complete a video interview. Participating employers will be able to view your profile (the information you’ve provided). They may wish to then contact you directly to assess you further. The employers are then able to ‘nominate’ you, essentially saying that they’d like you to win one of the one hundred spots available so that they could meet you in person in Wellington. The more nominations you receive the more likely you are to win an invitation to attend LookSee Wellington week.

  2. What type of tech talent is needed?
    Our tech industry is flying along and we specifically need more mid-senior tech people. We are looking to fill roles such as DevOps Engineers, Developers (Javascript, iOS, .Net, Front end, Android, PHP, Rails), Integrations Specialists, Test Analysts, IP Network Engineers, Systems Administrators) and more. 

    Unfortunately for this specific campaign, we are not looking for non-tech candidates. 

  3. What type of job opportunities are available?
    There are over 40 Wellington-based businesses taking part in LookSee Wellington covering a wide range of mid-senior to senior level roles. The roles vary from employer to employer, they’re each looking for different technical skills and experience. There are hundreds of roles available across tech spectrum from Software Developers to Testers, ICT Project Managers to Information Security Specialists, CIO’s to Business Analysts to Software Engineers and everything in between. 

  4. Are there any job opportunities for graduates/interns or those with limited experience?
    LookSee Wellington is an international talent recruitment campaign specifically targeting highly skilled tech professionals with several years’ experience. The campaign doesn’t cater for graduates/interns or those with limited or no experience. Graduate and entry level roles are recruited at a domestic level and are normally filled locally.

  5. Are there any openings for non-ICT professions?
    For LookSee Wellington we are only looking for tech sector candidates. Note that this doesn’t mean you necessarily need to have worked for a tech firm, instead we are seeking candidates with experience within a tech role. If your skills are in demand in New Zealand, you may wish to register with Workhere New Zealand. Workhere connects top talent from around the globe to New Zealand-based companies with jobs in demand. To check if your skills are in demand in New Zealand, visit Immigration New Zealand’s website, NZ Now.

  6. Is there an upper age limit for this programme?
    No, but for immigration purposes your age may determine whether you qualify for a work visa if you are offered a job. To find out whether you qualify, read more here -  Immigration New Zealand Work Visas

  7. What factors might knock me out of contention?
    The number of employer nominations you receive will have a big impact. There are other factors too that are important – Immigration have character and health criteria, and of course your ability to attend the LookSee week and potential to relocate will also be important.

  8. How much will LookSee Wellington cost me?
    The costs of flights to and from your nearest major international airport and Wellington, New Zealand are paid for. Pick up and return from Wellington Airport and your hotel in Wellington is paid for. Your hotel accommodation in Wellington is paid for (not including in-room expenses). So, you’ll need enough money to cover food, beverages and entertainment expenses.

  9. Is travel insurance paid for?
    No, you will need to arrange this yourself.

  10. Do I need to apply for a visa before arriving in New Zealand?
    Some countries have a visa waiver agreement in place with New Zealand, others do not. To find out whether a visa will be necessary visit the Immigration New Zealand website.
    If you qualify under the visa waiver agreement you will be issued a visa upon arrival. If you do not qualify under the visa waiver agreement you will need to apply. 
    Typically a visa can take up to 25 days to process, so we’d encourage you to apply immediately should you receive an invitation to attend LookSee Wellington with the aim of having a visa confirmed ASAP.

  11. Who’s behind LookSee Wellington – can I trust that this is for real?
    The LookSee Wellington campaign is a partnership between the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Workhere New Zealand a private sector business specialising in global recruitment marketing. Immigration New Zealand, a part of the New Zealand Government and NZ Tech, a major tech industry association are also supporting the project. So yes, you can trust that this is for real!

  12. Can I bring my partner?
    Yes, you are welcome to bring your partner, but you will need to pay for his/her travel independently (including a visa, if required). If you let us know, our travel agency can manage the bookings for you. Of course, the hotel room will be able to accommodate you both without additional cost.

  13. I have a spouse and children – would they be able to join me in Wellington if I was to accept a job offer?
    That would be the plan. There are health and character protocols and immigration requirements to be met, but a job offer in New Zealand to a foreign national is almost always extended on the basis that partners and dependents would also be coming.

  14. Can I arrive earlier or leave later, i.e. extend my visit in New Zealand?
    LookSee Wellington is a business-related trip for the purposes of meeting potential employers in Wellington requiring everyone (the 100 selected candidates) to enter and exit the country at the same time. Unfortunately, you must arrange a separate trip if you wish to see more of the country on a visitor’s visa.

  15. Can I come on a different date and meet employers independently?
    Yes of course that is always possible, but we wouldn’t be able to pay for the travel and accommodation costs unless you come as part of the official LookSee Wellington week.

  16. Which airline will I be flying?
    That depends on where you’re coming from. Details of travel and accommodation arrangements will be provided by our travel agent. 

  17. Will somebody meet me when I arrive in Wellington?
    Yes, we’ll have someone meet you on arrival and deliver you safely to your hotel. You’ll be well looked after!

  18. Where will I stay in Wellington?
    We’ve pre-booked hotel accommodation for the 100 Lookseers (and their partners if they’re coming along too). Details will be provided by our travel agent.

  19. Can I upgrade my accommodation?
    If you wish to do it would need to be organised between you and the hotel, and would be at your cost. The room will be of a high standard.

  20. What is expected of me while I’m in Wellington?
    It is essential that you meet all the employers that have expressed an interest in interviewing you and genuinely assess what they offer as a potential employer. There will be a small number of other events that we would strongly recommend you attend as they are designed to help you find out important information about immigration, relocation and settlement in Wellington. And then there’ll be social and optional events that we’d encourage you to participate in to make the most of your time in the city and to get a feel for what it’d be like to live here. But there’ll also be plenty of time to roam and do your own thing – we want you to have a genuine ‘looksee’ for yourself.

  21. If I’m selected to come to LookSee Wellington week how many job interviews will I have?
    We expect that you’ll have at least three job interviews, possibly more.

  22. Am I guaranteed to receive a job offer?
    No, ultimately it is still up to the employers you meet to decide whether they’d like to employ you.

  23. If I’m offered a job or jobs am I under any obligation to accept?
    There is no obligation. We hope you do receive offer(s) and that the opportunity to move to Wellington is highly attractive to you. The time you’ll be afforded to consider offers is between you and the employer.

  24. Who will have access to my profile?
    By participating your profile may be published on to the employer portal so that employers can view this information and cast nominations to meet with you in person. Your profile will also be accessible by WREDA and Workhere New Zealand and other businesses interested in providing products and services that are useful to people emigrating to New Zealand. Your information will not be made available to any party not directly involved in the LookSee Wellington programme.

  25. Is there any way that my current employer could find out that I’m interested in pursuing this opportunity?
    No. We will not be contacting your current employer unless specifically invited to do so by you by way of a reference check.

  26. Will employers want to engage with me directly before coming to Wellington?
    Yes, this is possible. They may wish to talk with you or ask you to complete a technical test before they cast a nomination to meet with you.

  27. If I’m not selected to come on LookSee Wellington week what happens then?
    If you’re not selected, you are still free to continue to assess opportunities with any companies that are interested in you. Hopefully you’ll still secure a job offer(s)

  28. When do registrations close?
    New registrations are open until 20 March 2017. Candidates will have until 27th March to complete the application process.

  29. How will I be notified if I’ve been successful?
    We’ll notify you at each step of the process. If you are selected as one of the 100 candidates to attend LookSee Wellington, you will receive a formal invitation via email. This will be sent to the email address that you have supplied as part of your registration. Additionally, if you are unsuccessful you will also receive a notification by email.

  30. Will there be another LookSee programme later this year?
    LookSee Wellington is the only LookSee programme currently scheduled for this year. However, if you are unsuccessful in securing a position and would like to be notified of any future LookSee programme's please register with Workhere New Zealand.

  31. I can’t attend the LookSee week, can I still participate?
    LookSee Wellington is scheduled to run from 22nd May to 25th May 2017, so to be considered as one of the 100 candidates you will need to be available to come to Wellington on these dates. Please note that we originally planned to run the LookSee Wellington two weeks earlier from 8th May to 11th May 2017, but we’ve decided to move the dates in order to complete a thorough selection process.

  32. Can I still participate if I pay my own way?
    Participating in the LookSee Wellington programme largely depends on several employers wishing to meet with you and interview you. Paying your own way will not necessarily mean that the employers see value in interviewing with you. If some companies do show genuine interest in meeting with you, but you miss out on one of the 100 paid places, then you could consider coming to Wellington at your own expense. If this is the case, we suggest you get in touch with us and we will do whatever we can to assist you to plan your trip.

  33. Do I need to have strong English language skills?
    Yes, most employers in New Zealand will prefer candidates that can demonstrate strong English language competency. If you progress in the LookSee Wellington programme, and English is a second language, we may recommend to you that you demonstrate your English language competency by doing a Fluent IQ test. This will not be mandatory but may be helpful to you.

  34. Do you need to know my nationality or my current location?
    Both is helpful.

  35. I have a medical concern, but I’m not sure if it precludes me or not?
    It's best that you submit a profile and include detail of the medical condition within the questionnaire. The only reason a medical condition would exclude you is if it affects your ability to obtain a visa. For more information visit this page on Immigration New Zealand’s website: Evidence you’re in good health.

  36. How does the cost of living compare to other parts of the world?
    A good site to compare the cost of living and quality of life between various parts of the world is Numbeo.

  37. I accept a job offer is there any assistance with relocation and settlement in Wellington?
    This will depend on the company extending the job offer.

  38. What else is there to do in Wellington?
    Loads! Wellington is famously labelled "the coolest little capital in the world", and is known for its buzzing coffee and craft beer, active outdoor lifestyle, and vibrant arts scene. Discover more about Wellington.

  39. How safe is it going out at night in Wellington?
    Relative to other places Wellington is a very safe city at night, but we still encourage you to be sensible and prudent. Street crime is very rare in Wellington.

  40. Is this offer open to people already living in New Zealand but not in Wellington?

  41. Why was I declined?
    Due to the high volume of registrations received, unfortunately we’re unable to provide individual feedback. Please note that this is not a reflection of your knowledge, skills or experience; rather, that places are limited to just 100 and we had to select the closest matches for the roles included in this campaign.

Keen to know more? Get in touch or register now.

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