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Xero Graduate Programs & Internships

We know what it takes to help you do the best work of your life, and we’ll invest in you to make sure you can. 

With the Xero grad program, you’ll learn on the job, take ownership of your work, and find out how your career can flourish. 

You’ll get the flexibility to build your skills, the opportunity to push yourself professionally, and the support you need to bring your ideas to fruition.

The graduate program starts in February and runs for 12 months. After the program, you’re guaranteed a permanent position in line with your career aspirations.

We have three different streams of grad programs, plus internship opportunities.

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About Us

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Working at Xero means joining a community of thinkers, creators and educators working towards the same goal. As a grad, we’ll invest in you to learn on the job and help your career flourish. You’ll make lifelong connections, build a professional network, get paid to learn and find your passion.

Why Join Us?

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Starting at Xero

Your first week at Xero is focused on making sure you have everything you need to start working. We’ll get you set up with the right tech, you’ll meet your team, your manager, and the grad team responsible for running the program.

COVID-19 has impacted our usual inductions as we make sure you’re safe and well at work. Our induction day for Australia is held in Melbourne and goes for a week. You’ll have the opportunity to meet your grad cohort, understand more about how Xero works and have some fun.

It’s important that we give you a really great start to your career, so we’ll cover all the processes in place to support your development. We focus on your technical development and your professional skills, including empowering you to set your own goals and choosing the learning opportunities available. We commit to giving continuous feedback throughout the year to make sure you know where you are in achieving your goals.

Graduate Program

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Rotations

Technical grads complete four rotations consisting of three months each. You’ll work with teams across the business in your chosen field and get an opportunity to diversify your skills and meet new people. Throughout your grad year, you will have a dedicated people lead who is there for you at every step of the way to support and guide you.You’ll also have a buddy in each of your rotations to help you with your day-to-day work.

Learning and development

When you join the grad program, we don’t expect you to know everything. The grad program is an opportunity for you to continue learning and developing. Throughout the grad year you’ll be given training to build your professional and technical skills and you’ll have access to a learning budget to use for external training and resources.

You’ll have a lot of support in the form of your buddy, your people lead, your team, and the grad team. You’ll have weekly meetings, training sessions and formal check-ins throughout the year so you’re able to grow and develop.

Internships & Clerkship

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Develop your skills over the summer

With the Xero internship program, you’ll spend the summer learning new skills and experiencing what life is like in a bustling tech company.

You'll start with a close knit group of interns giving you instant connections around the business. We’ll hook you up with a buddy and you’ll work closely with your manager to plan your experience.

You'll be placed in a team that aligns to the area you have applied for. You will be involved in our daily work and have the opportunity to make real meaningful contributions.

We’ll help you develop your technical skills and your soft skills, whilst gaining valuable experience. By the end of the internship, you’ll hopefully have a good idea of where you want your career to go.

The Xero intern program is aimed at students in their penultimate year of study. For students in their final year, check out the roles we’ve got available in our graduate program.

Our paid internships run over the summer – from November 2022 to January 2023. This year we’re recruiting interns in the following areas:

  • engineering
  • IT support interns 
  • partner consulting

Applications open on 28 February 2022 and close 29 April 2022.

When is the internship?

The Xero internship is a three-month position over the summer. It starts in November 2022 and finishes in mid-February 2023.

What does the internship look like?

These are paid internships where you’ll join a team and do real work alongside other Xero employees. Unlike technical roles in the grad program, internships don’t rotate. Instead, you’ll stay with one team for the duration of your internship.

Why do an internship with Xero?

You’ll learn heaps and meet really awesome people. It could also be a great way to start your career at Xero. A lot of interns end up joining the Xero grad program once they’ve finished studying.

Application Process

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What can I expect from the recruitment process?

Applications for our grad and intern programs open 28 February 2022 and close 29 April 2022. Our grad day will be held in early June 2022. The grad day is our version of an assessment centre, where you’ll complete a few different virtual assessments, have the chance to meet some Xero staff, and understand more about the grad program.

We take a rolling recruitment approach, so we’ll process your application as it comes in and you’ll complete all the assessments up until the video interview in your own time, leading up to the grad day in June. Applications won’t be prioritised if you apply early, however we do recommend you give yourself time to go through the various stages of the application process.

The application process

You’ll progress through the application process in different stages.

1. Submit CV and meet eligibility criteria

5 mins

The first thing you need to do is meet the eligibility criteria. 

Our eligibility criteria for our graduate program is:

  • Full-time working rights
  • Less than 12 months professional working experience in relevant industries
  • Availability to start full-time in February 2023

Our eligibility criteria for our internship is:

  • Availability for full-time work from November 2022 through to February 2023
  • Be in your penultimate year of study in your chosen field

You’ll also have to submit your CV but this will only be used to verify your eligibility and will not be used for screening purposes.

2. Complete a values assessment

5–10 mins

Once you’ve met the eligibility criteria, you’ll be invited to complete a values assessment. Find out more about Xero’s values.

3. Behavioural and skills assessments

30–90 mins

Then you’ll be asked to complete a behavioural assessment – which you can practice here – and, if you’re applying for the design or technical program, a technical skills assessment (30–90 mins).

For technical roles, you will need to complete a HackerRank test – which you can practice here. While it’s not all about the test results, this is a language-agnostic testing platform that helps us understand what level and range of skills you currently have.

For design roles, there will be a multiple-choice skills test to also help us understand your level of technical knowledge.

4. Record a short video interview for our team

20–25 mins

Next, you’ll be invited to pre-record a video interview for our team.

If your video interview is successful, you’ll be invited to attend a grad day. We’ll review all applications before making a decision so you can expect to hear from us in June 2022.

5. Virtual grad day

The grad day is a half day virtual event where you will be assessed across three different activities: one interview, one technical assessment, and a group activity. You’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about Xero and the grad program and meet some previous grads.

Social Responsibility

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Xero champions diversity and inclusion to create better outcomes for our people and our customers.

We acknowledge, respect and celebrate all the ways our staff are different and create an inclusive culture so we can really tap into the power of our differences. 

In 2018, Xero NZ was awarded the Rainbow Tick, a diversity and inclusion award that formally recognises that it’s a safe and inclusive workplace for the LGBTQI+ community.

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is summed up in our key principles:

  • We value diversity because it reflects and serves our customers and ensures our people thrive
  • We’re all accountable to create an inclusive culture
  • We’re committed to attracting diverse talent and hiring fairly
  • We support flexible ways of working
  • We’re committed to equal pay for equal work
  • We have an obligation to champion diversity and inclusion in the community

To ensure we stay true to our values, Xero has a global diversity and inclusion team specifically responsible for leading the program. We champion diversity and inclusion in many ways, including by:

  • creating an inclusive work environment
  • committing to gender diversity at Xero 
  • encouraging more women to get into the tech sector
  • using diverse channels to hire staff
  • promoting LGBTQI+ inclusion and awareness

Championing gender diversity in junior talent

In 2021, our Xero internship welcomed 56% males and 44% females. For our graduate intake, we welcomed 65.2% males, 30.8% females and 4% non-binary people. We try our best to ensure that each step of the candidate journey is inclusive in terms of language and eligibility and we’re always looking at ways to improve.

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