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Are you an international student currently studying in Auckland?

Do you want to develop your skills for your CV?

Put your talent to the test and set yourself up for career success in the Global Talent Challenge 2019.


  • Exclusive invite for top 25 Challengers to an Auckland Employers’ Pitch & Networking Night with potential internship opportunities in the end!

  • Chance to win prizes worth $3,000!

  • Opportunity to attend an immersive skill building workshop, in collaboration with TupuToa and be coached by Senior Business Leaders

  • Chance to experience a best practice Graduate recruitment process and solve a real Business case

The Global Talent Challenge, proudly supported by ATEED and Talent Solutions is the perfect opportunity for you to experience a simulated best-practice NZ Graduate Recruitment process, giving you invaluable experience to help prepare for the world of work in New Zealand and providing feedback to help strengthen any upcoming graduate role applications.

Discover your talents.

You will be working in groups to develop a pitch focused on an exciting Auckland challenge. You’ll be coached by Senior business leaders to put you on the path to success!

Discover your potential.

The top two teams will win a coaching package to help you get that first critical foothold in the New Zealand market.

Discover new connections.

The top 25 students from the day will have the opportunity to hone their personal pitch and network with a range of Auckland employers.

  • Applications are Open to ALL current international students, with preference to, Science, Engineering, IT & Digital Technology, Business, Human Resources and Accounting.

Applications for the Global Talent Challenge have now CLOSED. Keep an eye out for more updates in 2020!


The Challenge

Auckland’s Global Talent Challenge event offers you the chance to practice applying your skills across a simulated graduate recruitment experience, gain access to senior leaders and connect with top employers.

Apart from ultimate bragging rights for your CV as winners of the Global Talent Challenge 2019, the winning teams on the Challenge Day will receive prizes worth up to $3,000, including a coaching package and a fun-filled day discovering the Hauraki Gulf!

This is a unique opportunity only open to international students. An opportunity for you to be recognised for your achievements, prepare for the world of work and network with New Zealand employers.

You do not have to be an A+ student to enter. We are looking for well-rounded applicants and want to hear about your work experience, activities and interests alongside your academic achievements.


What you can win?

50 Challengers!

  • The chance to experience a fun and immersive skill building workshop, in collaboration with TupuToa where you will be coached by Senior Business Leaders to increase your employ-ability.

  • Individual post-assessment centre feedback, so you can take maximum learning out of the experience.

The Challenge winners (15 Challengers) :

In addition to the workshop coaching and individual feedback:

  • Team awards of Global Talent Hub Challenge winners for 2019.

  • A fun day out with your team exploring the Hauraki Gulf.

  • A coaching package worth up to $3,000

  • Ultimate bragging rights for your CV



The Pitch Night: Top 25

  • 25 participants from the Global Talent Challenge Day will be invited to join an exclusive Pitch & Networking Night connecting you with top Auckland employers.

  • Hone your personal pitch and then put it to the test during an employer networking evening.

  • Fast-track your application to access internship opportunities and gain practical real-world skills and development.



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If you’re studying science, then this is the category for you!

Must be studying and/or majoring in a degree in Science and/or majoring in a science subject. This category does not include the social sciences.

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If business, commerce and entrepreneurship is your thing, then this is the category for you!

Must be studying and/or majoring in a Bachelor or Master of Business /Commerce /Management or students majoring in Economics or Finance.

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If you’re all about how things are designed, built and operate, then this is the category for you!

Must be studying and/or majoring in an engineering discipline.

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If you’re all about caring for people, identifying the right talent and developing them, then this is the category for you!

Must be studying in a Bachelor or Master of Business/Management and majoring in Human Resources or Employment Relations.

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If you are a wizard with tech, then this is the category for you!

Must be studying and/or majoring in a Degree in technology and/or majoring in technology or digital practices.

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If you’re all about numbers, processing and communicating financial information, then this is the category for you!

Must be studying and/or majoring in a Bachelor or Master of Commerce/Accounting.




Applications open for the Global Talent Challenge 2019

Applications close for the Global Talent Challenge 2019



Top scoring candidates are invited to video interviewing


Invitations sent out to Global Talent Challenge Day


Global Talent Challenge Day

TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER Auckland Employers’ Pitch Night



Helping you make the most out of your application.

If you have any questions about Auckland’s Global Talent Challenge 2019, feel free to get in touch with us through our contact form below.

The Global Talent Challenge is about more than just good grades. Before you start filling out the application form, think about what makes you a great all-rounder. We want to see what makes you, you.

Do you play sports?
Are you involved with student societies or clubs?
Have you won previous awards?
Have you done any volunteer work?
What are your key accomplishments?


Double-triple-quadruple check your application before pressing “Submit”! 

Make sure you fill out every part of the application form, including the upload of your academic transcript. Don’t worry if you don’t have an official copy of your transcript, a screenshot of your grades is also acceptable.


Once we’ve received your application we start the reviewing process. If you make it to the next round you’ll be sent a link to complete some online testing. Take your time with this - find a quiet spot without any distractions to make sure you give it your best shot!

After submitting your application and completing the psychometric testing, the next stage of the process is a video interview, where you’ll be asked to answer three questions. Here are a few things to consider for your video interview:

  • What you’re wearing (think: interview appropriate attire).

  • Check your computer’s camera and microphone before you start.

  • Relax and be yourself!

To access more useful information and for further help with your application, check out our Resources section


Applications for the Global Talent Challenge 2019 have now closed. Keep an eye out for more updates for 2020!

Make sure you answer all of the questions and upload a copy of your academic transcript when prompted. You will need a copy of your CV. If you don’t have a formal copy of your academic transcript, a screenshot of your results is also acceptable.

Application Criteria

  • Applicants must be in their second year of study or higher, and preferably, be studying and/or majoring in one of the categories above.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a New Zealand degree-level qualification (Bachelors level or higher) as at 30th September 2019.

  • Applicants must be available to attend a full day assessment centre (if required) on 30th September 2019.

For help with your application, check out our TIPS above.
We suggest completing this form on a computer or tablet.

Good luck!



Contact Us

Have a question about the Global Talent Challenge 2019?

Leave us a message using the form below and we’ll aim to get back to you within one working day. If you are having technical issues with your psychometric testing or video interview, please contact for assistance.

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