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The recruitment process

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The health and wellbeing of our people – and our candidates – is our number one priority. Covid-19 has already seen us adapt our recruitment processes, and we continue to take steps to protect you and our people during this time. If you are currently interviewing with us, a member of the recruitment team will be able to guide you through the changes we are making.

The online application

The candidate profile and application will take you about 15 minutes to complete.

You will need to have an electronic copy of your CV ready to upload. It may sound obvious but your CV should accurately reflect your academic qualifications and employment history as well achievements and accomplishments at work or when studying.

Please make it easy to read, with no gaps. We want to see concise, important details on your specific accomplishments and the impact your efforts had on your previous employment.

Cover letter

In some cases, you may be asked to provide a cover letter. This should explain why you are interested in the role, why you are well suited to the role and how you reflect our values.

Accuracy and written communication skills are often required for roles. Please take the time to check any documents carefully before submitting them as part of your application.

If you are studying towards a qualification, you will need to upload copies of your transcripts with your application.

The Assessment Process

The interview and selection process will vary for each role. However, below are key stages to the assessment process that you should always expect to go through.

Application assessment

Your online application will be reviewed by one of our recruitment team. Your skills and experience will be assessed in relation to the role you have applied for. If your online application is successful, you will be allocated a dedicated recruitment contact who will guide you through the rest of the recruitment process.

Telephone Interview

The next step is a telephone interview with your recruitment contact. They will give you more information about the role you have applied for. They will also want to understand more around your values and to discuss your experience in more detail.

Competency based interviews

Depending on the work stream and grade of the role you have applied for, there will be one or two more interviews and sometimes even a skills test. All of our interviews are conducted in line with our competency framework; Achieve My Potential.

Competency questions allow our hiring managers to make an objective assessment of your experience and assess the qualities that will assist you in being successful in the role.

You may want to use a specific technique to prepare for your competency interview such as the STAR technique explained below;

Principles of the STAR technique


To be successful at interview, you should take the time to properly understand Achieving My Potential and how best to prepare for a competency based interview.

Offer of Employment

If you have been successful, your recruitment contact will contact you directly with a formal offer of employment.

Job Matching

We want people to succeed and we keep an open mind. If you don’t get the job you applied for, don’t give up.

Our team will consider whether your skills would be suitable for other parts of our business. They will contact you to discuss alternative opportunities and submitting your details if you are interested.

What we look for

Our firm is distinctive and we want to preserve and build on the strengths of our culture and the characteristics that make us both successful and different. If you feel that you can share and develop our culture and values, then BDO could be the right firm for you.

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Diversity and inclusion

BDO is an equal opportunities employer. We are fully committed to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly and equally regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.

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Global mobility

You will need to prove that you are legally entitled to work in the UK. You will need to show us a valid UK passport or work permit. If you cannot legally work in the UK, please do not apply for a role as you will not be successful.

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BDO has a commitment to building relationships directly with candidates in our local markets and as such, we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies.

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