Applying for a position at HiOA

We have prepared a guide on what you can expect, and just as important, what will be expected of you, during a recruitment process.

Openings at HiOA

On our webpage at  Openings at HiOA and at HiOA Careers on LinkedIn

To apply for a position at HiOA,  please use our electronic application form where you enter your contact information, your skills, your education and your experience and upload your CV, cover letter and publications. If selected, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail for an interview. Job openings are published online with minimum three weeks application period and you are expected to apply within the deadline. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your application. 

The recruitment process

  1. What a job application should include
  2. Recognition of foreign education
  3. Guide to the academic appointment process at HiOA
  4. The interview 

1. What a job application should include

An application letter that explains why you are interested in the job and working at HiOA, your main qualifications and how these are relevant to the position you are applying for. 

An updated CV  listing your experience in chronological order starting with the most recent workplace or education. Make sure to include your contact information, certificates, languages and IT skills. In Norway, in contrast to many other countries, it is also common to state your age, your marital status and whether you have children. Employment laws provide protection from discrimination on these grounds and employers consider it useful information.

References are an important checkpoint in the recruitment process.  You should expect to provide contact information for your referees shortly after an interview. You should include a minimum of two to three referees, preferably current or former managers or close colleagues.  Make sure to notify your refereees that you are applying for a new job and that they can expect a phone call. 

Uploaded documents and publications You should include all documentation of your degrees, any certificates or licenses of significance for the job, reference letters and publications with document attachments or links. In Norway, contrary to many countries, it is common to have a letter of recommendation from all your major employers. This can be in a regular letter form, or done as a recommendation via LinkedIn.

2. Recognition of foreign education

NOKUT ( Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) is the government agency for verification of foreign education in Norway. Your education will be evaluated against the Norwegian degree structure, i.e. whether it corresponds to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD. 

How to obtain recognition of foreign higher education from NOKUT.

Some professions are regulated by law, which means that the authorities have set down specific, legal requirements concerning the minimum qualifications necessary to practise the profession or use certain professional titles. If you wish to work in one of these professions, you must obtain recognition/authorisation of your professional qualifications. Check if your profession is regulated on the NOKUT list of regulated professions.

3. Guide to the academic appointment process

If you are applying for an academic position, this guide provides a brief overview of the key stages in the appointment process to an academic position , from application and assessment to appointment.

Expert Committee for positions involving research and teaching

Please note! If you are applying for a job that involves research and teaching, an Expert Committee is involved in evaluating your application and documentation. The process takes a minimum of 3 months. In addition, expect to give a presentation or hold a trial class. Candidates are selected for interview shortly after the Expert Committee review is completed. 

4. The interview

A smiling woman sitting in front of a table and talking with two men.

Face-to-face interviews  is the most commonly used form of interview, alternatively Skype interviews.

Depending on the level of the position, the interview process usually include a first and a second interview.The interviews and include personality and ability testing, cases, presentations and holding trial classes.

In addition to the manager, a member of the academic staff, a representative from the Human Resources departement and sometimes also the person you will be replacing may take part in the interview. A union representative might also be present to make sure that the recruitment process follows the correct procedures. 

What should I do before and during an interview?

Preparing for the interview

  • Make concrete goals in planning for your career.
  • Make sure you have read the job ad well and understand what the employer is really looking for.
  • Have as much knowledge about the industry, employer, and position as possible.
  • Equip yourself with a strong knowledge of the company/organisation. Research and read up on it via search sites, social media e.g. LinkedIn, its website, annual reports, research reports from people working there etc.
  • Be prepared to give relevant examples of what you can do.
  • Prepare questions about the employer and position.
  • Bring a pen and small notebook with you to the interview.
  • Pay close attention to your personal appearance; dress to your advantage.
  • Take an extra copy of your CV and a list of references with you to the interview. 

During the interview

  • Offer a firm handshake and maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Express yourself clearly with a strong voice and good diction and grammar.
  • Remember the interviewer's name and use it during the interview.
  • Display a sense of humour and appropriate amount of self-confidence.
  • Take time to think before answering difficult or unexpected questions.

What should I avoid during an interview?

  • Don't be overbearing, overaggressive or conceited.
  • Don't show a lack of interest or enthusiasm.
  • Don't emphasise money as your main interest in the job.
  • Don’t give only yes/no answers, be specific and concise.
  • Don’t be late, and if something unexpected happens, make sure to let them know by phone.
  • Don't expect too much too soon - be open to the idea of working your way up.
  • Don't make excuses for unfavourable factors on your record.
  • Don't condemn past employers or institutions of education; keep comments positive. 
  • Don't display intolerance or prejudice.
  • Don't interview unless you are interested in the job...don't just ‘shop around’.
  • Don't state specific geographic restrictions.
  • Don't glorify your past experiences - getting into a job for which you are under-qualified is not recommended.
Monica Knutsen De Figueroa Published: Updated: