Frequently Asked Questions
The Application Process
Can I apply for more than 1 position?
Yes, you can! When you're finished submitting your first application, click the "back to openings" button to go to a complete list of our current job opportunities. Once there, look for the next position you want to apply for and click on the job. Follow the same steps to apply as you previously did.
Tip: Don't forget to update your cover letter.
What happens after I submit my application?
After the competition closes, your application is forwarded to the selection committee for review. Shortlisted applicants will generally be contacted within 1 to 3 weeks after the posting closes. We will only contact successful candidates.
I missed the closing date. Can I still apply?
There is no guarantee that the selection committee will accept late applications, but if the closing date has passed you can call us at 780.471.7466 to find out. It's always best to make sure you apply before midnight on the closing date.
Last time I applied I had to create a profile. What happened to this step?
We updated our system to a new, mobile-friendly version in June. You’re not longer required to create a profile. Simply upload your resume and cover letter, enter your personal information and you can apply within minutes.
I updated my resume and want to replace my old one. How do I do this?
If you need to update your resume, cover letter or any information you previously submitted for a job posting, you will need to reapply for that same position using the same email address you provided the first time.
Your previous application will be deleted, and your new submission will be saved, so please make sure you re-submit all of the information required.
Can I contact someone in the hiring department to find out more about the position?
Because of the large volume of applications that we receive, we ask that you wait until you hear from us. If you're shortlisted, you'll have an opportunity to ask questions about the position at that time.
Despite having all of the minimum qualifications, I haven't been contacted for an interview. Why?
We receive a high volume of applications for many of our positions. Unfortunately, this means that only the best candidates will be shortlisted by the selection committee and contacted for an interview. This usually takes between 1 to 3 weeks.
I don't have a cover letter or resume in the required format – can I still apply?
We need to be able to open the document on our end, so we ask that you submit a resume and cover letter in either .pdf, .doc or .docx format. You can also use any of the other accepted file formats: .rtf, .txt, .odf, .jpg, .bmp and .gif. The maximum file size is 5MB.
If this isn't possible, please contact us at 780.471.7466 to make alternate arrangements.
Note: Your original file can't contain hyperlinks or macros.
Do I need to submit a different resume and cover letter for each job I apply for?
You will be asked to submit a resume each time you apply to a job. We recommend including a cover letter, and generally these are customized to a specific position.
We strongly recommend including the job ID of the position you're applying for in your cover letter and in the file name of your attachment.
I noticed that a position was posted several months ago, but it continues to appear on your website. Is it still open?
All positions listed on our Career Opportunities page are still open. Sometimes there is no closing date because we're hiring multiple positions on an ongoing basis. Other positions might be open longer because we're looking for specialized skills that can be difficult to find.
How long do positions appear on the website?
All positions are posted for a minimum of 5 days. Some positions that are hard to fill or that require multiple candidates will often stay open longer.
Make sure you check the closing date on each posting and submit your application before midnight on the closing date to make sure your application is considered.
How long do you keep resumes on file?
Resumes are kept in our system for a minimum of 1 year. However, if a position you're interested in is reposted we encourage you to submit an updated resume and cover letter.
There are no current job opportunities in my field, but I want to work at NAIT. Can I submit my resume for future consideration?
We're happy to hear you'd like to work with us! Unfortunately, we don't currently accept general applications. Please apply to specific positions posted. We hope something of interest comes up soon.
I know someone that would be perfect for a position – can I send the posting to them?
Yes! We encourage you to share jobs with family and friends. At the bottom of each posting you'll see links to share on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. You can also right-click on the posting to save a copy or simply copy the link and share with a friend.
Can I apply on my mobile device?
Yes, our application process is now mobile-friendly! You can access the system on your desktop, tablet or other mobile devices.
The Interview Process
When will I be contacted for an interview?
If you're shortlisted for a position, you will generally be contacted within 1 to 3 weeks after the posting closes.
If I'm called in for an interview, where do I go?
When you're contacted for an interview you will be given all the details you need, including the location, time of interview and where to park. You will usually also be told who you're interviewing with.
What style of interviewing does NAIT use?
Most positions use panel-style interviews, meaning you'll be interviewed by several people including 1 person from Human Resources. We usually rely on behavioural interview questions that require you to pull relevant examples from your prior work experience.
Some of our positions require additional formal and/or informal interviews to assess fit.
Does NAIT use screening tools?
Depending on the position, we might use different screening tools during the recruitment process. This may include a written or hands-on assignment specific to the job you're applying for.
I used to be able to check on the status of the jobs I applied for, but I can’t now. Why?
Our new system no longer requires applicants to create an account, which means there is no way for you to check on the competition status. If you’re a successful candidate, we will usually contact you within 1-3 weeks.