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How our Filipino recruitment agency manages the interview and selection procedure

There are numerous reasons why it makes sense to hire from the Philippines – but do be aware that hiring Filipino workers is different to other types of international recruitment. That’s because it’s highly regulated and monitored by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The other major factor to consider when you’re recruiting from overseas is how to manage the recruitment and selection procedure. How can you be totally certain you’re getting a suitably experienced employee with a good attitude that’ll fit in with your team? RecruitNZ is a POEA registered agency for New Zealand, and here’s how we work together with a local Filipino recruitment agency to ensure you get a great employee.

How our Filipino recruitment agency sources your future star employees

1. Briefing the Philippine recruitment agency

The first step is to brief our partner agency in the Philippines when we’ve received a job order from a client. This handover meeting allows our Filipino partner to understand exactly what we have to find, based on the information from the employer. We provide the Filipino recruitment agency with a job order form plus a position description that specifies the skills and experience needed.

2. Careful application assessments

The next part of the process is to advertise the job, and all job ads in the Philippines generally receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applications. Our Filipino recruitment agency specialists in New Zealand spend a significant amount of time processing and assessing these applications.

3. Online interviews

Our NZ-based in-house Filipino recruitment agency specialists then conduct online interviews with the shortlisted candidates. The interview includes testing the candidates’ level of English, work experience, skills, personality, motivators, and attitude.

4. Trade testing

The whole point of recruiting from overseas is to gain skilled workers, so it’s vital to check on their skills via a practical trade test assessment. A local Filipino recruitment agency assists us with this – and employers are able to travel to the Philippines to witness and participate in this part of the process. That’s an option, but it’s not really necessary.

5. Employer Video interviews

At this stage, there is a second round of interviews to select the final candidates. This is completed in conjunction with a local Filipino recruitment agency, and employers (as well as RecruitNZ) can participate online. Some employers do like to be present in the Philippines for this part of the process, especially if they are recruiting several people or a large team. Once this is completed, offers of employment are made.

6. Medical checks, passport, and police checks

The candidates who’ve had a successful skills assessment then need to undergo medical checks, police checks, and apply for (or renew) a passport. Note that this are the only part of the process that employees pay for when hiring Filipino workers; employers pay for all other steps in the process.

7. Accredited Employer Work Visas

Our partners at People Inc can take care of the whole process of recruiting internationally, including employer accreditation, job checks, and visa applications. Read more about visas for Filipinos in New Zealand.


Although it can seem like a big task to recruit workers from overseas, it’s easy when you’re working with an experienced recruitment agency for New Zealand in the Philippines, such as RecruitNZ. We have years of experience and dozens of satisfied employers.

What our clients say about RecruitNZ

“The team at RecruitNZ has been working with us to bring immigrant construction workers to NZ. They have handled the recruitment process from initial screening to interviewing to liaising with various governments. Their consultants are invaluable to our business. Their local knowledge of the Filipino employment market and government processes is instrumental to ensuring a smooth, efficient recruitment process. They know exactly what we are looking for in an employee and deliver every time.”

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