Application process

We are here to help you, so here are some hints and tips for applying. Should you need to speak to a member of our recruitment team at any stage of the process please refer to the job advert. There you will find the contact name and email address of the recruitment team member dealing with your application. Don’t forget to make a note of the job reference to help us resolve your query.

Chart your progress

At any time during the recruitment process, you can log into your account using your application username and password you created when you first registered and find out how your application is progressing.

The stages of application

Depending on the role, the selection process could include a number of different stages as indicated below.

Apply online

 

Stage one - Online application

The first stage is an online application, which consists of you uploading your CV and completing our online questionnaire. Be sure to submit your applications by the stated closing date to ensure you can be considered in time for the next stage.

Stage two - Online tests

After submitting your application, you may be asked to complete some online tests.  The type and number of tests will depend on the role and could include:
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Personality questionnaire
  • Logical reasoning.

After completing the above our recruitment team will review your application and aim to let you know the outcome as soon as possible. Please submit one application only - further applications will be disregarded.

Unfortunately, if you are unsuccessful at the application stage we can't provide feedback on your application. If you succeed at this stage you will be invited to undertake an interview (this could be by telephone, video or face-to-face).

Hints and tips

Practice questions will appear at the start of each test, and will help familiarise you with the format of the questions and how to answer them. Ensure that you have taken a practice test before completing the real test to give yourself the best opportunity of passing.

Stage three - Interview

If you're successful with the previous stage(s), we will contact you to arrange your interview; this could be by telephone, video, or face-to-face. This means you will have prior notice and time to prepare. During the interview we will ask you about your career aspirations, experience to date and why you are interested in Balfour Beatty.

Hints and tips

When planning for an interview, there are several key things that will help you to prepare in advance: 

  • Make sure you have the correct time and date and, if your interview is taking place via telephone or video, find a place that is quiet where you won’t be disturbed
  • Re-read your application and refresh your knowledge of the company and make sure you are up-to-date with recent industry developments and initiatives
  • Think about your interests and recent achievements, both academic and non-academic, which you could talk about in an interview situation
  • Read about our values and think of examples where you have demonstrated these behaviours, and the competencies required for the role you have applied for
  • Prepare a few questions that you would like to ask us.

Stage four - Assessment day

If you're successful with the previous stage(s), you will be invited to an assessment day. There you will complete an interview, and you may also partake in range of activities, including a group exercise, written analysis exercise, and presentation. On the day you will have the opportunity to speak with some of our employees and ask a few questions about what it is like to work for Balfour Beatty.

Whatever the result, you will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your performance and you will receive written feedback reports on the tests you completed.

Hints and tips

When planning for the assessment day there are several key things that will help you enjoy, and succeed on the day. First and foremost, be prepared. Make sure you have the correct time, date and venue and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Just in case you're delayed on the way, make sure you have the contact number for your assessment lead to update them.

There are numerous things that you can do to help your chances of success:

  • Refresh your knowledge of the company and make sure you are up-to-date with recent industry developments and initiatives
  • Prepare answers to possible interview questions in advance
  • Think about your interests and recent achievements, both academic and non-academic
  • Prepare a few questions that you would like to ask us.