All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Galliford Try employees based on 101 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.4/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.6/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.7/5
 
Company Culture:
3.2/5
 
Career Progression:
3.1/5
 
Colleagues:
3.6/5
 
Training:
3.3/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.4/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.3/5
 

Galliford Try is a top 10 award-winning housebuilding and construction group, generating annual revenues in excess of £2.3bn and a member of the FTSE 250.

 

Our vision is to be leaders in the construction of a sustainable future and we put collaboration with all our stakeholders at the heart of our business. The unique hybrid model that combines housebuilding and construction along with our vast experience in large-scale public and private projects, urban regeneration and building new communities, enable us to undertake the most complex of schemes.

 

What we offer

 

Our graduate development programme is an 18-month framework, which is designed to build and develop your technical and interpersonal skills.  As well as a structured, mentored programme of comprehensive training, we offer a full induction and ongoing senior management exposure and support. Our graduates are also offered assistance in gaining professional accreditation. We offer first-hand experience on a wide range of innovative and exciting projects, drawing the best out of your talents to help shape a full and rewarding career with us. 

 

Who we are looking for

 

We are seeking graduates who will make a valuable contribution and make a difference to our business. Here at Galliford Try, we expect a lot from our graduates and in return, we offer a competitive salary package, diverse, exciting and challenging career opportunities, supported by a structured development programme.

 

If you are committed, talented and enthusiastic then Galliford Try is the right place for you!

 

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Application Advice:

Good academic degree and some prior experience in the construction industry.

Interview Advice:

Be positive about being able to work outside.

Graduate Engineer, Earthworks-Roadworks at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Research Galliford Try and Linden Homes thoroughly. Show passion for the industry.

Planning Graduate, Linden Homes at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Make sure it is something you are interested in.

Interview Advice:

Be confident.

Quantity surveyor, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Dress smart.

Interview Advice:

Read up on the company.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to live, breath and sleep work. Always ask for help from someone higher up if you need it.

Interview Advice:

Be honest.

Site Manager, North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Just do it, I hate interviews and find them intimidating, but the experience of this process was enjoyable.

Interview Advice:

Was brought in through assessment day which involved quick test, team exercises and a short interview. Was a good experience and the bit of advice that got me through the assessment was to show how well you can work/interact with people in a positive manner to work towards an end goal.

Graduate QS, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Show an interest in being outdoors as you are outside a lot of the time come rain or shine, in building things/watching them grow and being very hands on.

Interview Advice:

Don't underestimate the importance of body language and manners. Be relaxed and ready to smile - look confident and comfortable (even if you're not) but not arrogant. Remember the people interviewing you will have been interviewed at some point in their career, if not many times, and will understand how you feel.
Don't be afraid to ask for clarification of a question you are asked. There's no point trying to blag your way through a question simply because you didn't fully understand what was being asked of you.

Graduate Engineer, M1 SMP at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to travel outside of your immediate location and be flexible, don't expect the best opportunities to come to you.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to talk about your work experience and make it relevant to your employer, be yourself.

Graduate engineer, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be confident
Do your research
Ensure your skills are relevant

Interview Advice:

Be prepared for on the spot questions.
Be prepared to be put under pressure.

Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Partnerships South East at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Always prepare a handful of questions that you can ask as this is the time you can find out more about the role you are applying for and if it will actually be what you are looking for.

Interview Advice:

First question I was asked was "Tell me about yourself?" I think this is one of the most important questions, if you are unable to answer the question well then you will be at a disadvantage straight away.

Assistant Site Manager, Linden Homes North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

The training as part of the graduate course is very helpful for your job role.

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Application Advice:

Be honest about your willingness to travel.
Emphasis on previous positions of responsibility.

Interview Advice:

Be friendly and knowledgeable about Galliford Try - i.e. Hybrid Company and the way the division that you are applying for operates.

Graduate Site Manager, London and South East Commercial at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Ensure you have the people skills and get that across in your interview.

Try to show these skills in your CV if possible and some actual site experience would go down well, so get a CSCS card and agency labouring role.

Interview Advice:

Show you can communicate confidently with all walks of life, you'll meet educated professionals but also people that left school at 16 so don't be stuck up.

Assistant Site Manager, Building at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Just show you have good work ethic.

Assistant Quantity Surveyor, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Use professional language
Think about the answers before you answer them
Read them once you've written them

Interview Advice:

Look professional (Suit, tie and clean shoes)
Be professional
Research the role you are applying for and think of good questions to ask at the end
Go prepared, bring along any relevant documents or previous work done
Speak clearly

Graduate Construction Trainee, East Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be clear in why you want to work for Galliford Try instead of other construction companies. Explain how you will fit into the role and highlight how you can work well with others. Construction is all about collaboration so this is important.

Interview Advice:

I would strongly advise to use the STAR method when preparing answers for possible interview questions. Also, provide examples from more then one area of your life to keep your answers fresh.

Graduate Planner, Building West Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Do lots of research. Get industry experience. Gain experience working under financial and commercial pressure.

Interview Advice:

Name a time when you demonstrated commercial instinct. What was the first time.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Building at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be honest, be yourself and show your personality. This role has a lot to do with being a people's person.

Interview Advice:

It's all about your personality...

Land Graduate, Land Acquisition at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be positive at all times.

Graduate Construction Manager, Building North East and Yorkshire at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Ensure you research the company you are applying for- they are looking for people who fit the organisation, which is as important as the quality of the candidate.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to give job specific examples.

Design Manager, Building West Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be aware that you may need to travel with the job. This could mean living away for extended periods or commuting for over 1.5hrs.

Interview Advice:

Take examples of previous work to aid discussions.

Graduate, Building at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Graduate scheme is an amazing development programme and well supported by Galliford Try management. Apply early and show your enthusiasm.

Interview Advice:

Prepare well before going to the meeting and understand the construction industry and how different types of contracts work. Study all the stakeholders of a project and how they might affect the result. Be confident and do not be afraid to discuss your ideas and be challenging. Always respect and appreciate the comments and take notes.

Assistant Project Manager, London at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate your willingness to learn and your current appreciation for the technical requirements of the role. Furthermore that you can coordinate with people and are able to form relationships, as this is key more than anything as people will be more willing to assist you.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, then you will be fairly assessed on how you will fit into the dynamics of the teams. Due to how closely we work with each other, people have to be team players and go the extra mile, cooperate in order to get things done.

Graduate Design Coordinator, Partnerships North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

There were no jobs advertised but I emailed the MD asking about any opportunities. I was told about a job vacancy but when I met with Galliford Try to discuss it we both realised it wasn't suitable. However, I was lucky as they created a graduate position for me after meeting. Advice - email individuals as it can be more visible than applying through the website. I applied through the website as well but didn't hear anything back from that.

Interview Advice:

I had a very informal interview over a coffee. I got the job because I was chatty and bubbly and my manager felt I would fit in well with her team, so relax and be yourself.

Sales and Marketing Graduate, Sales and Marketing at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Take a portfolio of any placement work carried out.

Interview Advice:

Eg. name an example of when you have used communication skills.

Section Engineer, Windy Standard 2 at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Go for it.
Make sure your CV highlights your best features.

Interview Advice:

Show them that you are hungry to do the job.

Land Graduate, Linden Homes Eastern at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Make sure you are dedicated and the rewards for your effort will not be unnoticed. Always ask questions if you are unsure about anything they are here to help and also remember they were all once in your shoes starting a new job.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and honest! Galliford try to look at your potentional and work ethic as some projects can be challenging.

Assistant quantity surveyor, Building southern at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Galliford Try is a brilliant Contractor to work for and they put their employers at the forefront.

They have a well organised Graduate Development Programme, explaining what the company does and explains very well on how charter-status can be gained.

In the Highways sector employers are well looked after, any feedback is looked into for future improvements.

Overall, if you want to be involved in some of the innovative projects Galliford Try is the organisation to work for.

Interview Advice:

1. Take the time to look into what Galliford Try do
2. Important to prepare and practice your presentation before-hand
3. Allow yourself plenty of time for interview
4. Always have questions that are job specific

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Highways at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

You need confidence and negotiation skills.

Interview Advice:

Just read up on what they do as a company and ensure you have questions to ask. If you are interviewed by your potential boss be relaxed and show you'll fit in.

Quantity Surveyor, Construction Buildings at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Very competitive salary and salary increase regularity, company car and benefits. Be honest and open with your interviewer.

Quantity Surveyor, Morrison Construction – AWPR at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

The more they put into it, the more you will get out of it.
You can't coast in this role, you will get caught out.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Don't pretend to be something you are not. If you managed to get the job pretending to be something you're not then you will not enjoy the role.
Just have a chat with the interviewers. Show your sense of humour and what you're interested in outside of work.

Graduate, North East at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Work hard in the application process, do your research about the company.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.
Be confident.
Highlight why you are the best candidate. If you have a hobby, show your enthusiasm for it and explain why you enjoy doing or taking part in it and how it helps you.
Why Galliford Try?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Finance Graduate, Finance at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Pick an area of the business you want to be part of and apply to them specifically.

Interview Advice:

Know what the business unit does and bigger projects they're involved in.

Graduate Engineer, Piling Business/Geotechnical Design at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

You must have an interest in construction.

Interview Advice:

Manners and a positive attitude take you a long way.

Quantity surveyor, Infrastructure at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Just to be yourself.
Show that you're keen to learn.
Show that you have a passion for the construction industry.

Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Building South at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Really try to expand on what skills you have already gained from previous/ other work experience.

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions.

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Application Advice:

Show a desire to progress your career and give examples of innovative ideas.

Interview Advice:

Don't be late, wear a suit.

Graduate Engineer, Piling Specialists at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Have an engineering background but be happy to get your hands dirty, especially early in career.

Graduate Engineer, Site – Rail & Aviation at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Understand the role you apply for, understand what the company stands for and how you will add value to it. Be confident more than anything.

Interview Advice:

Point

Evidence

Explain

BIM Co-ordinator, Building West Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be hard working and dedicated to learning new things.

Finance Graduate, Group Finance at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be enthausatic and confident.

Interview Advice:

Be well prepared for the interview and have sufficient knowledge of the company.

Finance Graduate, SSC Finance Team at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Undertake background knowledge/research the company.

Interview Advice:

Bring in examples of your previous academic work to show what you can do.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Apply early and make a focused cover letter.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and honest.

Graduate environment and sustainability advisor, Environment at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Avoid

Interview Advice:

none

Trainee Quantity Surveyor, South East at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Apply as early as possible and include all experience on your CV.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and what they do well. Research the particular region that you are applying for and learn a little about the projects.

Graduate Engineer, Construction North West at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Show your passion for the industry and your dedication to progress.

Interview Advice:

Really research into the company.

Graduate Site Manager, Construction: Buildings at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

To have a clear and concise CV, outlining your knowledge and skills which should be provided with an engaging and enthusiastic cover letter that consolidates your attributes, which also outlines the reasons for wanting to work for GT.

Interview Advice:

What experience and knowledge I had gained through my education. I was also asked about my dissertation topic. I was asked how I would like to progress - within the company and my own CPD such as additional qualifications and training.

Graduate Design Co-ordinator, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Just be honest and present yourself in the most positive way.

Interview Advice:

Always revise and prepare for the questions about the project and company.

Graduate Site Engineer, Scotland at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Honest at interview.

Graduate Site Engineer, Infrastructure – Highways at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Enter with an open mind.

Interview Advice:

Read up about the various different parts of the company and have a good idea about what area you would like to work in.

Graduate Site Manager, London and South East Commercial at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Show your dedication to your work, but don't be afraid to let your personality come through!

Interview Advice:

"Has technology made communications easier or more difficult in the workplace?"

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Application Advice:

Ensure that it is spelt correctly, I was told my boss threw plenty of applications in the bin due to spelling errors, regardless of suitability to job role.

Interview Advice:

Be honest about your strengths and weaknessess, it is a lot easier to prove them when you don't make things up about yourself where you have no experience.

Land Graduate, Linden Homes at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be very hard working and keen to learn new things.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and ask plenty of questions.

Graduate Environmental Engineer, AWPR at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Make sure your punctuation and grammar within your c.v and cover letter is good and make sure the application is relevant to the position you are applying for. Keep your C.V. short and to the point you can always expand a little in your cover letter but don't waffle on.

Interview Advice:

The day itself is enjoyable. But be wary the bosses will be judging everything. Don't try and control the group tasks but make sure your ideas are heard and you actively participate. Stay calm and collect and do some research on the company and the job you are applying for. Site based work is very different from what you may have learned in university.

Civil Engineer, AWPR – North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Galliford Try are a fantastic employer working on some of the most exciting construction projects in the UK. The projects are diverse and in many cases innovative and employees feel proud to work on legacy projects.

Interview Advice:

Make it evident that you are enthusiastic and keen to learn. That you understand what a fantastic opportunity it would be to become a Galliford Try graduate.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, London at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

make sure you research both Galliford Try and the area of the company you're going into. It was quite a simple application process for me. I sent in a cv and covering letter, then i had a very short telephone interview and finally a one to one interview with the director of my region.

Interview Advice:

name three things your friends would describe you as.
the obvious ones, why linden? why Galliford? what would you bring to the company?

Sales and Marketing Graduate, Linden Homes at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Ensure you have the following skills:
- Communication and negotiating
- Financial management
- Problem solving

Interview Advice:

Be confident!
Prepare for as many questions as possible. You may think some questions have no relevance to the job but interviewers are attempting to find out your personality and how you handle yourself in certain situations.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Tollbar Coventry at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Do research about construction industry and principal contractors to understand this industry better

Site Manager, Southern at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

One must give this job role 110%

Interview Advice:

Be confident and enthusiastic.

Assistant Site Manager, Linden Homes North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Show genuine passion for your area.
Know your facts about all areas of the Galliford Try group and not just the one you are aplying for- gain an understanding of how they work together.

Interview Advice:

Show genuine passion for your area.
Enjoy the experience and ask plenty of questions and understand what opportunities, career paths will be available to you along the way- show determination.

Graduate Planner, Linden Homes Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

As a QS, know your contracts( NEC,JCT) you'll automatically be ahead of everyone your competing with.

Interview Advice:

Being honest. Don't give the impression that you know how to conduct the role of a QS without any guidance, because it is very different from uni.

Quantity Surveyor, Infrastructure at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Large, growing company = good opportunities

Sustainability Solutions Coordinator, Sustainability at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

The business isn’t looking for people who are already experts in the fields they are looking for young people that they can develop and mould to work well within their existing structure. You should present your skill set as an individual who is keen to learn and develop.

Interview Advice:

I believe I was accepted through the interview process because I showed confidence and stayed relaxed throughout. You are likely to have two interviews one with a manager and HR representative and the second stage with a director. Again it is important to stay relaxed for the second stage, as this can be a daunting experience.
It's key to remember that they are not looking for people who know it all already they are looking for those that they can develop and mould to a young professional.

Quantity Surveyor, GT Building South at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Get experience working for a Consultant, Main Contractor or Sub-contractor before choosing one. They are very different.

Graduate/Assistant QS, Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Apply early and include all areas of work experience, even things that you feel may not be necessary.

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed and natural. Likeablility can go a long way in construction.

Graduate Engineer, North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

A strong CV is important, make sure it is up to date, proof-read and informative. Don't include information that isn't relevant.

Interview Advice:

Be a people's person. Listen to others but also voice your opinion. Be confident and ask questions, show you're interested in the company and the people you will be working with.

Finance Graduate, Information Services at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Galliford Try are very keen on industry knowledge and experience, if you can demonstrate that you know the basics and are willing to learn from others and apply yourself, then generally management are very keen to train you up and encourage you to move forward through your career.

Interview Advice:

Galliford Try don't expect you to know everything first off, they are looking for potential and our future leaders, I think the right attitude is important here. Read through the visions and mission statement on the Galliford Try website before the interview.

Finance Graduate, Wolvey at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Make sure that you have a genuine interest in construction, otherwise when a lot of technical jargon is discussed you may lose interest and not bother to research what has been discussed.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. If you pretend to be somebody else then you and the company will not fit together making things harder. You'd rather not be chosen for being you than being chosen for an act which you have to live up to.

Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, be enthusiastic, know the sector, know about Galliford Try's projects, know and understand BIM (Building Information Modeling)

Graduate Engineer, Water Division at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Construction is challenging, enjoyable, fast paced and demanding. You need to be able to show willingness, drive and passion in order to succeed.

Interview Advice:

First impressions count so much, literally within the first minute, this was told to me by my Manager who interviewed me, so make it count. Body language, appearance, eye contact and interest are of great importance. Remember, this company must be a right fit for you also, so ask relevant questions e.g. the structure of the training programme (if they have one), where are current graduates, your expectations etc.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to work away from home
Show willingness for continued professional development

Interview Advice:

Willingness for CPD
Interviewers look for someone with common sense and understanding of the role rarther than somebody who is textbook smart

QS, Highland at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Learn what the company does, its structure, key markets, clients and competitors (competitors could also be potential business partners)
Have an understanding of industry trends (read construction-related news such as "Construction Enquirer" or "Construction News")
As a 'non-technical' graduate (a terrible term) Sell your skills, particularly written and oral communication skills (show that you are articulate and well educated), organisation/planning skills and analytical skills for bid management roles; back these up with examples and sell yourself as a suitably qualified graduate who can offer something that technical graduates can't (writing skills are in particular demand for bid management - there is a severe shortage here so don't be afraid to big up your skills and don't be intimidated by 'technical' people - you have something very valuable to offer that they don't have but very much need, so there is a gap in the market for you!)
Do not state your current salary of salary expectations

Interview Advice:

Make sure you understand what the company does and where your division and role sits within the company
Know what your skills are, give examples of when you have put them to good use and try to illustrate how they would add value to the company in the role you are applying for
If you don't know the answer to a question don't fret about it, just say something sensible. For example, I was asked what challenges I thought I would face entering a 'traditional, dirty' industry such as construction (despite my job being office based) and this being my first job out of university with no experience of the industry (I did politics) I had no idea, so I said something along the lines of "the challenges will be no greater than those I would encounter in any other industry because there is always a learning curve and I'm a quick learner" and in reference to the 'dirty' bit I said something about liking the outdoors...! Don't be afraid to talk about your hobbies in relation to your suitability for the role.
Project confidence and professionalism, try to relax and have a bit of banter with the interviewers; they are trying to gauge what it would be like working with you and see whether you could fit into the workplace as much as they are trying to assess whether you can do the job (which you can!)
Do not discuss salary or benefits, wait until you are offered the job to negotiate

Graduate, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Time management is so important; engineering and construction are very demanding on your time.

Interview Advice:

A wider understanding of the values/contractual requirements is extremely important.

Community Liaison Officer, Corporate Social Responsibility at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Always research the company you are applying too. They are looking for you to fit into the company as much as they are looking for you to stand out.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared and make sure you review competency questions.

Design Manager, Midlands & SW at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Go for it

Interview Advice:

Open and honest, bring other world experience that isn't just degree related

Commercial Graduate, Pre Construction at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be bold, positive and enthusiastic. I can't stress how much your personality matters in this role and soft skills will be the ones that tip the scales in your direction through the application process. This isn't a job for the faint of heart or someone who's more at home working alone, you have to mingle with people from all walks of life and command their respect regardless of age, experience or background.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to discuss any experiences where you had to lead or work within a team. Any project you have completed can act as an example of your ability if you word it in the correct manner.
Don't forget that you are a person, being interviewed by a person, so talk to them like you would any other person, don't be too uptight, boring or withdrawn.

Regional Technical Graduate, Building North East & Yorkshire at Galliford Try
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Interview Advice:

Interview was focussed on personality, rather than qualification

Technical Graduate, Technical at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Don't be put off if you have little experience/ knowledge in construction. Galliford Try look for individuals based on their qualities rather than their experience.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared! Bring interesting photos/ examples of previous work to talk through during interviews.

Group Graduate, Building at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be sure to show that you are interested in the role.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Midlands at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

I had 4 stages to secure my position although this may be different for future candidates.

Stage 1 - CV - Keep it clear and concise. Demostrate key skill/strengths without waffling, also good to demonstrate personal qualities.
Cover Letter - Ellaborate on your CV, demonstrate specific experiences where you have ascertained skills etc.

Stage 2 - Online Testing - Be prepared, there are webistes that you can do practice tests.

Stage 3 - Telephone Interview 30 mins - This is your first opportunity to let your personnality shine and for you to demonstrate you are what you say you are!.

Brush up on your telephone manner. Again be prepared practice basic telephone skills, this may sound daft but when the call comes your ability to communicate may just disappear. Be polite, listen carefully to questions being asked and most importantly have your own questions at the end. This shows your interest and gives the interviewer more insight into what type of person you are. Therefore think about what type of questions you need to ask, dont ask about what the pay is at this stage as it will show thats all your interested in and that is the wrong impression!

Interview Advice:

4 - Interview 1hr - You have done all the groundwork to this point the interviewer has your CV and cover letter, test results and telephone interview notes. this is an extensive amount of information already, so what is the interview? Its for the interviewer to put a face to a trail of paperwork you have worked hard to produce. Skills, competence and expereince should have already been demonstrated at this point therefore personallity, proffesionalism and enthusiasm need to be deomstrated. Try to enjoy your interview (its not a funeral) and be happy.

The graduate development team at Galliford Try are very easy going and understading. My advice would be to let your personality shine through and not hide behind your nerves! Demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment and personal drive along with a good smile! Note; dont get confused with being confident and arrogant, it wont get you far. Dont try to be the person your not...be yourself.

Graduate Construction Manager, Construction – North at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Don't come across as arrogant, down to earth people tend to get the job first

Interview Advice:

Scenario questions eg: describe a situation where you have used communication skills

Site Engineer, Inverness at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate experiences or knowledge gained which may be specific to the job role and future career

Interview Advice:

What knowledge you have about the company and the job role
Have an idea of where you want to be in 5 - 10 years.

Land Graduate, at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Make sure CV is on point and relevant.

Interview Advice:

No tacky generic responses eg 'my weakness is I push myself too hard', be friendly and like-able and genuine.

Trainee Surveyor, Partnerships South East at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and honest.

Interview Advice:

Try and come up with experiences that relate to the role your applying for. It's a lot easier and more comfortable to talk about things that you have been apart of/accomplished in the past even if its as little as leading a football team as a captain.

Site Manager, Midlands & South West at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate your ability to view problems from other perspectives as well as the one that you're interested in or studied.

Interview Advice:

Demonstrate your ability to view problems from other perspectives as well as the one that you're interested in or studied.

Technical Graduate, Technical at Galliford Try
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Interview Advice:

Be confident and prepare

Graduate, North East at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself, they hire based on character not just qualifications.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Thames Valley at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Gain work experience prior to applying for jobs. I did 3 years voluntary work experience whilst completing degree.

Interview Advice:

Work Experience is what they look for.

Assistant Quantity Surveyor, MC Scotland at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Experience is key, a degree is just an expensive piece of paper

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be clear and honest about what you are looking for in a role and level of support from management.
If you can carry out work experience or get in the door via an admin role then they will get to know you and see how you work and you will be the first to hear about up coming jobs.

Interview Advice:

Be clear, polite and punctual.
If it's a graduate role, don't try and impress them by pretending you know what your talking about. They will train you over several years. They will be more impressed by your commitment and willingness to learn from others.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineering at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Don't be wooly in your cover letter or CV - be succinct and straight to the point.

Interview Advice:

Do your research on the company and how it functions.

Make sure you prepare because you will be asked to do a presentation.

Just be confident in yourself, don't try to pretend you know something if you don't because the people interviewing definitely do know what they're asking about. It's better if you say you're unsure but say why and what you think about it normally it's discussed and they will get more out of how you approached the fact you didnt know rather than listening you to try to dodge around it.

Management trainee, Partnerships south east at Galliford Try
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineering Scotland – Divisional Projects – Forth Crossing at Galliford Try
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