Step 3: Speed Interview Event – meet Dunedin Businesses - Event Cancelled for 2020

Speed Interview Event - Cancelled for 2020

The 2020 Speed Interview Event has been cancelled.

The programme is still open should businesses require an intern however there are no guarantees that businesses will be in a position to take on interns in 2020.  Internship opportunities will be listed on this website - See Whose Looking to check for any opportunities.

Depending on where you are studying, please contact either the Otago Polytechnic or University of Otago Career Services teams if you think you might be a good fit for an internship role. 

Contact details are at Careers Success Centre at Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago Career Development Centre.

The Speed Interview event is a simple way for students to meet business people face-to-face to see if your skills match their business needs. You will make appointments online to meet with business people at the event for four-minute interviews. This is an opportunity to get some valuable work experience - your goal is to get a second appointment with a potential employer.

Come prepared to impress employers. You can view the businesses who are attending the event under Who's Looking. Business people don't appreciate time wasters, as their time is valuable. Please book interviews only with businesses where there is a good chance that your skills will match their needs. Choose carefully and limit your interview appointments to four businesses in total.







Schedule - Cancelled for 2020


5.00pm – 5.30pm           

  • Students arrive and are welcomed by staff from the Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago

5.30pm – 6.00pm

  • 1-minute introduction by businesses - this is a great opportunity to learn more about the businesses

6.00pm – 7.00pm

  • 4-minute interviews with 1-minute transition

7.00pm – 7.15pm

  • Break for food         

7.15pm – 8.00pm

  • Interviews recommence


  • Interviews conclude 


What to expect

  • A buzzer will sound at the start of interviews at 6pm
  • You will have four minutes with each business from 6pm
  • A buzzer will sound at the end of each interview. You have one minute to get to and commence your next interview. 
  • The media may be at the event and may ask people for a comment. 
  • Business people will contact you if they want to discuss an internship opportunity with you further.
  • The media may be at the event and may ask people for a comment. 



How to prepare

  • Get a LinkedIn profile.
  • Research the businesses that you're interested in.
  • Bring a one page overview of your skills, talents and contact details – attach a photo.
  • Be prepared to talk about what you can offer and why you want to work for their business.
  • Remember that this is the first step in the process. You may be asked for a second interview after the Speed Interview event.
  • Have fun and enjoy yourself!