How to apply
Depending on the role, the selection process could include a number of different stages as indicated below. Here are the steps to follow.
If 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.
At any time during the recruitment process, you can log into your account and find out how your application is progressing. Use the application username and password created when you first registered.
Stage one - Online application
You will complete an online application, uploading your CV and completing our online questionnaire. Be sure to submit your applications by the stated closing date!
Stage two - Online tests
After submitting your application, you will 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. Take 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 enough 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. 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, 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 the experience and succeed on the day. Firstly, 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 lots of 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.