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The recruitment process

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From online application to offer, here’s what to expect from our recruitment and selection process.

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. We sometimes ask you to upload a covering letter too. If you are studying towards a qualification, you will also need to upload copies of your transcripts with your application. 

CV: This should cover your academic qualifications and employment history, and give concise details of important achievements and accomplishments at work or when studying. Please ensure you account for any gaps in your work history.

Cover letter: This should explain why you are interested in your chosen role, why you are well suited to the role and how you reflect our values.

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

The assessment process

The interview and selection process will vary for each role. However, there are certain key stages to the assessment process you should expect.

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 so please take time to understand what we look for . Competency-based questions allow our hiring managers to make an objective assessment of your experience and assess the qualities that will help you succeed in your chosen role.

Some people find the STAR technique useful in competency-based interviews.


The offer

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

What we look for

Your qualifications and work experience are only part of your story. We’re also interested in the personal qualities and perspectives you bring.

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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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