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Responsibility:
3.3/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.2/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.4/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.8/5
 
Company Culture:
3.8/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Be aware of the job role responsibilities.
Prepare some examples of your skillset.

Graduate – Planner, Building at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Understand what the different areas are - also have an interest in construction.

Interview Advice:

Face to face, assessment day, online testing, presentation.

IT Graduate, IT at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Apply honestly and express what your key interests are. Let Skanska know why you are interested in them as a company.

Interview Advice:

My advice again is to be honest and open as this is your opportunity to sell yourself and give Skanska a reason to employ you.

Quantity Surveyor, Infrastructure Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Practice for the psychometric test and use the presentation as a platform to show your talent.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you let the interviewers know what you know - previous work experience wise. Be flexible and adaptable - show that you can work in any environment.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Utilities at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Work on your people skills, as the team-based nature of the industry relies heavily on the ability to work as a team.

Interview Advice:

Understand what you want to get out of the industry for example where you want to be 5-10 years down the line. Employers like/want to see ambition and someone with drive who sets out goals they want to achieve.

, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Make an effort to embody sustainability and ethics with what you do.

Interview Advice:

What makes a good engineer?

Graduate Civil Engineer, Utilities at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Good CV.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, knowledgeable, and relaxed. The interview is pretty laid back. I was asked why I became a QS, why I wanted to work for Skanska, if i knew their ethical standards.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Research the company and ask lots of questions.

Interview Advice:

Relax, think about answers and be confident.

Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, Cementation at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Have previous work experience even if it is not in construction.

Interview Advice:

Try to enjoy it and do your research into the industry.

Graduate Engineering Surveyor, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, Skanska are looking for people who will fit in with their values and beliefs. Be honest and don't be false, it shows in interviews. Learn about the company and a few of their projects, showing an honest interest in the work is a good thing.

Interview Advice:

Skype Interview.
*Pretty informal, although worth dressing up for. One of the Emerging talent team called and we went through a few questions about my course and about Skanska including their projects that I had researched and of course, what I could bring to Skanska.

Assessment centre -

* The day consisted of a presentation (20 mins to prepare). This was based loosely around the job, mine was - what do you expect Skanska are looking for in a QS? I had to present on a sheet of paper and give a 10 minute presentation, basically selling myself to the panel of 7 people including a recent graduate.

* Interview - 2 members of staff took me into a room, and we basically had a chat about my life, they asked about preferred location and all the basic interview questions but it wasn't really a formal interview, more of a chat so that they could see if I fit into Skanska's beliefs.
* Team challenge - We were split into two groups and told to make a bridge out of various stationery (rulers, sellotape, staples, paper, etc.) these all had values attached to them so you were limited to what you could have. The aim was to make a suspension bridge that would hold a toy car up for a minute. The assessors would monitor you as a group and make notes.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Utilities at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Try and do what you love most in life and never give up, no matter what it is and don't worry about what anyone else has to say.

Interview Advice:

Do not try and be better then every one else be the best that you can be, by being yourself and enjoying the moment.

Graduate BIM & Digital Engineering Specialist, Utilities at Skanska
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Application Advice:

You need to be a good planner in your ordinary life at first place. Ability to think critically is important. Good communication and analysing skills should be your core skills.

Interview Advice:

Get prepared for an interview. Dress smart. Smile. Eye contact. Be yourself. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Always use examples from your real life experience if you have one. Express your passion for the role so an interviewer can see and feel it. Do not ask questions related to a salary on your first interview.

Assistant Planner, Planning at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be true. Be yourself. It's more about your personality than your cv/degree.

Interview Advice:

Ask more about the project. Present yourself as a keen candidate rather than someone just looking for a job after a degree.

Grad Civil Engineer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Get to know the L&D team.

Interview Advice:

Think about the Skanska core values and why they matter to you personally.

Graduate Construction Supervisor, Design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be open, ready to learn, adjust to office environment.
Have a good, can-do attitude.

Interview Advice:

I feel like I was being assessed on whether I would fit in with the company culture, that is open, transparent, honest and warm.

Graduate Planner, Planning/Procurement at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know you want to work for a contractor rather than a consultancy and ensure that you know and embrace the Skanska values.

Interview Advice:

The interview was a whole assessment day with an example based interview, a presentation that you were given the topic of on the day, and a group exercise.

Graduate Engineer, Cementation at Skanska
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Application Advice:

The application process isn't as challenging / stressful as we all believe it will be whilst we are still students. Set aside some time for filling out the applications as some can be lengthy and have difficult questions. Don't be afraid to use experiences from outside of academia for answers, a lot of my answers were in relation to being on the committee of a sports club.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself, it can also be stressful for the person conducting the interview. Don't worry about filling silences, these are common and often for the interviewer to write down / think about your answer or think what to ask next.

I got the usual give me an example of when you have done this well or not so well and how it can be improved. Why do you want to go into civil engineering along with a small amount of technical questions, but they were maybe year 2 level at uni so nothing too technical.

Site Engineer, Civils at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Ensure you are a good team worker as everything we do in the construction industry evolves around being able to work effectively as a team with many different disciplines to get the job done.

Interview Advice:

Try to give examples from university or work experience where you have had to work together as a team, solve a problem or make a decision etc. As some of these key skills are desirable to a potential employer and the more you can give the better.

Site Engineer, IS Projects at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate a good balance of technical and practical skills.

Interview Advice:

Talk about your experiences and be confident in your ability.

Site Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Research the company and ensure they know you have done so when answering questions.

Interview Advice:

Research the company, understand their values and be relaxed -the interview process was as relaxed as could be possible; be confident.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Apply early, research the company and especially its culture.

HR Graduate, Human Resources at Skanska
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Interview Advice:

Be yourself, don't focus too much about the courses and degree you have done in the past. Chances are everyone else has done similar and they are looking for the person not the qualification.

Graduate Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

It is not as practical as I thought it would be, it is a job very similar to the finance industry, whereby your day to day work consists of formulating and populating spread sheets with, costs, budgets, forecasts etc. for the project. Therefore although you work on site it is a role which is more office based than practical.

Interview Advice:

Know the company and why you want to apply to them.
know what you feel you can bring to the company.
Outline what you expect yourself from the company.

Quantity Surveying, Civils at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Spend some time on producing a short but effective cv and cover letter that presents you, what you are interested in and what you can offer to the company.

Interview Advice:

Be as relaxed as possible. The members of the recruiting team do all they can in order to make you feel comfortable.

Graduate Planner, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Do it.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, with no stress. In the end it's just a discussion.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Apply early on! I sent my application in in October and had the job confirmed by Christmas. Skanska are one of the few companies running applications that early so get in quick.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

The company tries very hard to ensure they employ the right people. If you care about the environment, your local community and generating profit in an ethical way, then this is the company for you. During the application process, they will look to see if you are aware of the company values and whether or not your personality and past experience aligns to this, so it's important to take the time to research the company and know the values!

Interview Advice:

The interviews are part of the assessment days, and the overall process you'll find is really relaxed. The emerging talent team are great at welcoming everybody, and then it's up to you how much you choose to engage with the challenges they put on through the day. They give you the chance to show your ability to lead whilst working within a team, so I'd advise don't be shy and really throw yourself into everything they put on.

As to the interviews specifically, you'll get asked a lot about the company values again, as well as the usual interview questions. So come prepared and think about how the stuff you've already got on your CV aligns with the values of the company.

Graduate Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be honest about what experience you have. Do your research on the company and be interested in all aspects.

Interview Advice:

Have examples for each core competency - Teamwork, Communication etc.

Graduate Construction Supervisor, Build at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Apply as soon as possible.

Interview Advice:

Understand company's culture and values.

Graduate Construction Supervisor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Put time into the application and prepare highly for firstly; the phone interview and then secondly the assessment day. Skanska is a great company to work for, so it is worth putting in a little effort at the early stages to reap the benefits in the long term.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, happy, give off a positive vibe and show good morale.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be sure to research 'the Skanska Way' and try to understand the culture the Skanska aspires to achieve. This will enable you to see how well you fit within the company and ultimately decide whether Skanska is right for you and you for them. Also ensure you prepare thoroughly for the one to one interview and try to read up on current trends within the industry.

Interview Advice:

Interview process is relatively straight forward. I had a group activity to see how well I worked in a team to achieve a goal and thereafter a one to one interview. Be prepared to answer basic competency questions and showcase some of you technical expertise. It doesn't matter if you get the questions wrong; I think they're more looking for the manner in which you think and approach problems.

Site Engineer, Fit Out at Skanska
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Application Advice:

I applied to Skanska despite having very little site experience - all my work experience had been with civil engineering consultancies rather than contractors however, this was not a limiting factor as I got the job. The application process was an online application followed by online tests. I then had a skype interview with one of the HR team, followed by a day at an assessment centre. The assessment centre runs from December, so I would encourage you to apply early.

Interview Advice:

At the assessment centre we had a number of activities throughout the day. There was a group of about 10 applicants and another 10 people from within the company. We started off with an introduction to Skanska, the work and values. We then had individual interviews, followed by a chance to prepare a presentation. We then had to present to all the company representatives, and then finished off the day with a group exercise.

Site Engineering, Highways – Structures at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Know the company values and show how you can relate/have experience with them.

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed.

Civil Design Engineer, Skanska Technical Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Read Skanska's core values. Have ideas of situations where you've showed leadership etc.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre consisted of: Group task, technical test, presentation and questions and a one-on-one interview.

Graduate Engineer, Skanska Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the company and complete the on line application form or contact the HR department.

Interview Advice:

There is an on line test first and if you are successful in that you will be invited to an assessment centre.

Graduate Civil Engineer, SEMD – Anglian Water at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Learn about the company and its values- see what this means to you and how your experience relates.

Interview Advice:

Assessment day- interview, technical test, presentation, group activity.
Prepare well for both typical questions but also for your application to be questioned and looked into.
Technical test covers basic engineering principles e.g. bending moments, forces/pressure etc.. although this part of the day seemed the least important to how you came across.

Graduate Engineer, Civils at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Understand the role and the companies mission statement.

Interview Advice:

Energy and enthusiasm.

Quantity Surveyor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Knowledge about Skanska's ethical principles.

Interview Advice:

Information about Skanska, organisational structure of company in the UK (OU's and EF's) as well as worldwide structure within Skanska AB.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Make sure your understand the demands on a site engineer as the hours are long and the work is stressful but it can be the most rewarding thing you can do.

Interview Advice:

Research the company, be aware of the policies and make sure you know the companies attitude towards health and safety and the environment.

Graduate Engineer, Civil Enginnering at Skanska
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Interview Advice:

1. Research the business, the new business plan and perhaps most importantly, the company's values.
2. If you're applying to a technical role, try to demonstrate that you've got a deeper understanding of the subject than most- it will definitely help you standout.

Graduate BIM Technician, London & South East at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Interviewers are looking for candidates with both technical knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively and work well in a team.

Interview Advice:

Research the company, its history, business sectors, past/current projects, piled foundation methods, retaining walls and your reasons for choosing the company.

Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, Cementation Skanska at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be ready and willing to work hard and accept new challenges.

Interview Advice:

Gain an understanding of Skanska's values, they are not just for show. When in the job it is clear to see how each and every employee aims to achieve these goals. Just relax and be yourself!

Graduate Civil Engineer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Do as much research on the company as possible prior to any stage of the application. Be clear about the role you are applying for, get the application completed as early as possible.

Interview Advice:

If you do receive an invite for telephone interviews and an assessment day stay calm be confident and be yourself don't be afraid to speak your mind on the day.

Quantity Surveyor, Building Central & Regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be well prepared, relax and be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Be well prepared, relax and be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Research the skills and attributes required to be a successful buyer.
Research into not only the parent company, but the individual operating unit.

Interview Advice:

Do not just list to interview "buzz words" that they want to hear, but prepare genuine explanations as to why you are a suitable candidate.
Expanding on relevant working experiences is much better than simply listing that you are a "good team player and have good time management etc."

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Learn as much about the company and its current projects and operating units as possible.

Interview Advice:

Assessment day with interview, team building exercise, presentation on a given subject and written test.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Croydon at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be honest and if you're interested in construction, show them how passionate you are.

Interview Advice:

Dress smart, Take notes, Be on time

Graduate Construction Supervisor, LSE at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, be honest and engage with all of the people in the room, potential employees and applicants alike.

Interview Advice:

Research the company, revise your previous experiences and present yourself professionally.

Graduate Engineer, IS at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Do your research - find out what Skanska are about and what makes us different and find out more about your role - if possible contact someone in the industry.

Interview Advice:

Why do you want to work for Skanska?

Why would Skanska want you to work for them?

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Thames Valley at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Ensure CV is up to date and try and obtain experience prior to applying as this will make your application stand out.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you have researched into current Skanska projects and read through their values etc. that can be found on the website.

Graduate Construction Supervisor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Highlight your skills and strong points and be honest about weaker points.

Interview Advice:

Good interpersonal skills. Being the right person with the right attitude is just as important as having the right technical skills.

Graduate Planner, Building – Central and Regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Learn the company values well. Learn about current projects, different operating units and enabling functions.

Interview Advice:

Relax, prepare and be confident.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Paddington Crossrail at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be natural and passionate about the construction industry.

Graduate construction supervisor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Ensure you are committed to construction and engineering.

Interview Advice:

Research the company thoroughly.

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be honest in your approach and your capabilities, if Skanska see the potential in you and you fit their ethos they will devote their very best efforts in your development.

Interview Advice:

Take time to revise for the initial psychometric tests, and (if you pass) when you come to the assessment day try to resist the urge to compete against the other candidates, they want to see you working as a team and engaging positively with the others. Try to enjoy the day, that's how you will get the most out of it - even if it is a little unnerving.

Graduate Construction Design Co-ordinator, Central & Regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Having a good understanding of the construction industry through work experience will help you in the assessment stages.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and ensure you are a good team player.

Graduate Civil Engineer, AMP6 Utility Contracts at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be clear and concise in the way you write your CV, first impressions can make a big difference.

Interview Advice:

Have an understanding of the business and the sorts of projects they have worked on previously, demonstrating you know these things shows that you have an interest in the company and you aren't just there because it's a job.

Questions include, giving examples of working in a team, succeeding in projects but also failing and identifying weak points.

Make sure you have examples from outside of university projects, you want to show you are a sociable person that enjoys activities outside of studying.

Graduate Design Engineer, Design- Buildings at Skanska
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Application Advice:

-Ensure you have very adequate knowledge of the company, i.e. corporate strategy and values.

Interview Advice:

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Quantity Surveyor, LSE at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Work hard and play hard! - Pay is average but you will not get these benefits with any other company as a graduate! Skanska really looks after their graduates, with their new 2020 business plan there are new plans for graduate development routes. A lot of time and money invested into graduates.

Interview Advice:

Come across friendly, hard working and a person with ethics. Don't come across as someone who thinks work is your life but rather work is part of building a better life. Everyone at the company is a normal human being with the same ambitions and aspirations as you, don't forget they also have families and their own lives to look after. Therefore be genuine not a robot!

Graduate Civil Design Engineer, Design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Have a clear set of goals that will personally motivate you to achieve a position after the graduate programme. This set of goals must benefit the company as well as yourself.

Interview Advice:

Develop an understanding of Skanska's values and be ready to demonstrate these values from your actions and previous experience.

Graduate Design Engineer, Highways at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Learn about Skanska. Put real examples of projects you would like to work on and state why. Prepare a lot of compentency questions and use work experience as much as possible.

Interview Advice:

Ask questions at the end.

Graduate Engineer, Insfrastructure Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

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Interview Advice:

- Make sure you have examples of situations you have worked in where you managed people/ work in teams and reflect on the experiences you've had
- Interview is based more on management/personal skill but you should ensure you have a basic understanding o

Graduate Engineer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Get to know the business, how it's split into units and what these units do. Get an idea of the kind of companies that we form relationships with, suppliers and subcontractors.

Interview Advice:

Practice your presentation skills, don't skip out on a point because you think it's obvious or goes without saying, use visual aids.

Prepare what you might say about yourself, they might ask what suits you to the role, how your friends would describe you, describe a project you've completed on your own etc.

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Research the industry and the company.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, open minded and don't be scared to voice your opinions in group exercises.

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Understand the company's values - they aren't just corporate advertising, they actually matter. Be totally honest and open about your perceived weaknesses and ambitions.

Interview Advice:

Again, understand the company values and how they can be implemented. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Consider the difference between individual effort and being part of a diverse team. Understand professional development - it helps to be thinking about Professional Qualifications and applicants who are keen to achieve this are generally viewed in a better light.

Graduate Engineer, Skanska Civil Engineering, Crossrail Paddington Station at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Apply and find a contact email and start chasing them.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared and be yourself.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

- Be yourself
- Make sure you research the company and convey your passion for why you want to work for them - they like to see that people will fit into their values and that they are passionate about the same things Skanska is passionate about

Interview Advice:

- Prepare a number of questions for each stage of the interview process - ALWAYS ask a question
- Prepare questions and research about company specifics - make sure you know their values and products because they will ask you about them
- Be confident i

Graduate Construction Supervisor, Building – Central and Regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Go for it, the best opportunity.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. think green, read on company history and achievement.

Graduate Engineer, IS at Skanska
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Interview Advice:

Show your enthusiasm for the company.

Commercial Graduate, Commercial at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be prepared but honest. I had no construction background but my enthusiasm and involvement landed me my job.

Interview Advice:

I was asked about my CV and external hobbies. Why Skanska? Why your particular job role? Prepare a presentation about your job role. Team building exercise of building a free-standing bridge. Answering a few ethical dilemma questions.

Non-cognate graduate quantity surveyor, Central and regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

- Keep your CV up to date
- Be able to justify any breaks in education e.g. gap years
- Refer back to Skanska's core values/code of conduct in application questions

Interview Advice:

- Know the company; values, code of conduct, type of projects past & present
- Big emphasis put on being able to work well in a team

Graduate Engineer, Asset Needs at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Get on to a Summer scheme or a year internship as Skanska prefer not to take many graduates without prior experience.

Interview Advice:

Learn the values, prepare your competency questions, try to be confident and friendly.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Ensure your values align with Skanska's!

Interview Advice:

How do your views align with Skanska's?

Graduate Temporary Works Engineer, Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Read the job description and ensure that you know what Skanska is about and what is involved in the role. Make sure you know why procurement is the career for you.

Interview Advice:

Make sure that you're well versed on the 5 zeros, code of conduct and the Skanska way and understand what they mean.

Graduate Buyer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Know the Skanska values

Interview Advice:

Be honest

Graduate Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you research their ethos, and understand their values. If you don't hold the same passions for health and safety above and beyond compliance, and a commitment to becoming "deep green", then it will become apparent in your interview.

Interview Advice:

Be a team player. Get involved, but don't overpower the group in the exercise. Know why you want to work there, and show confidence and make them aware that you understand your strengths and weaknesses. They aren't looking for a know-it-all, and they dedicate a lot of time into training.

Graduate Site Engineer, Deep drainage team at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know what you are applying for. Do your research. Apply if you have an interest and if the job role will suit you. Have a broad understanding of the sector and how it works.

Interview Advice:

Some generic interview questions were asked, such as "what is your greatest achievement to date". There was some interest in the work completed over my last year of study and some technical questions were asked about this. If you bring up topics be prepared to answer questions about them.

Graduate Design Engineer, Technical Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Try to get direct contact details of senior employees.

Interview Advice:

Refresh you basic engineering knowledge if applying for engineering roles. For example - bending moment calculations...

Be heard but don't try to overshadow other candidates. Be yourself!

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be honest with your skills and try to relate them to Skanska's Five zeros and three deadly sins. Be sure to read up on Skanska projects that have something in common with your own interests. Be sure to relate your answers to Skanska's goals.

Interview Advice:

The assessment day was really relaxed. Everyone was just sitting around all chatting in between the main exercises. This was great as it helped me feel a lot more calm. Make sure and prepare for the presentation, group work and test as well as the interview. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, so don't be put off by something you're not good at.

Graduate Civil Engineer, North West Cambridge IS at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Conduct your research on the Skanska Values.

Interview Advice:

in-between training exercises/lunch try to be sociable with the selectors, it was a good chance for them to get to know you better.

Graduate Engineer, Cementation Piling at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Ensure you show you are not only academically skilled, important part of the job is interfacing with many different types of people.

Interview Advice:

Be confident in what you are saying and believe that your views are correct. Also check the values of the company

Skanska
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Application Advice:

- get as much experience as you can through summer placements - our company takes on (and sponsors) students at any stage of their degree
- learn as much as you can about the industry
- show an interest in what we do - if you have a contact at the compa

Interview Advice:

- if your university offers the chance to practice interviews / assessment centres then use it
- when preparing for interviews think about key skills (time management, leadership etc) and how you can link these to any experience you have - work or academ

Graduate Engineering Surveyor, Engineering Surveying at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be positive, honest, friendly. For this role, it doesn't matter how little construction knowledge you have - I didn't have any! Just remember to relate everything to yourself, the job role and the company.

Interview Advice:

Short 20 minute interview with 2 assessors. Typical questions asking about things on your CV, why this company, why this role and a few STAR questions. They were looking for someone who can present the Skanska image.

Presentation with 1 assessor. "What skills to you need to be a Quantity Surveyor". Relate this to the role, to the company and what you can offer extra.

Group exercise building a suspension bridge out of cardboard etc. with a price list under an hour. Get involved, don't be afraid to speak your mind and make sure everybody is engaged. Skanska like people who look out for others.

Non-Cognate Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial/Central and Regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Take time over your CV. presentation is important and it is the first impression the employer will get of you.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm and answer the question as concisely as possible.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Infrastructure Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be honest & open

Interview Advice:

Know your subject area well e.g technical side of role

Graduate Engineering Surveyor, Engineering Surveyor at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Work Hard and you will be rewarded.

Interview Advice:

Enthusiasm is key,Show your personality and your passion for your career. Remember they will employ a human not a Robot :)

Graduate Engineer, Technical Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Confidence is key! Knowledge of the industry is also good

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, London at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Really search on the company values (really important for Skanska), and projects. Prepare each step of the application throughly. Rehearse the competencies questions. Try to see the future

Interview Advice:

Usual questions: Why Skanska, Why this graduate scheme, what could you bring to Skanska.

Graduate Engineer, Area 2 at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Do your preparation for the assessment day and do your homework on the company/projects. Pay real attention to the companies values and specifically the five zeros framework.

Graduate Buyer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Learn about the company and their values

Graduate Civil Engineer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Know the companies values and ethics. Try to put across your personality and ability to work with people and not just your academic successes.

Interview Advice:

Prepare well for presentations. Brush up on some technical basics. Research the company and prepare examples of key competencies (specifically dealing with people).

Graduate Civil Engineer, Water at Skanska
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Application Advice:

The assessment centre was very informal, dress smart and touch up on Skanska knowledge. although they do give you a presentation on the history and the markets they currently work in.
Be yourself at the assessment centre, they are looking for someone who works well with others and communicates well. not looking for someone who is trying to take the lead all the time.

Graduate QS, Central and Regions at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be truthful about experience and interests

Interview Advice:

Relax but be prepared

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, EDS at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Brush up on the Core Values of Skanska and IFE
Know about what Projects Skanska are working on
NEC 3 and Contract Law
If you can give examples of Dispute Resolution they will love that
Be yourself
Don't try too hard
Try not to be nervous
Be a team player at group activities, its not about you, its about the team

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Skanska are looking for personality and not just brains. The smartest person isn't always likely to get the job. Skanska are looking for graduates who are in line with their values.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - you have probably read this on every application advice forum however it is very true! Employers will generally give the job to someone they can see themselves working with.

Interview Advice:

Go through your basic theories of design - and base your revision on the job description - there is a technical side to the assessment centre

Graduate Design Engineer, Structural Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be commercially aware of Skanska and know about our core values, especially the 5 zeros. Understand what makes us different to competition and the sectors we work in. Show enthusiasm and a desire to work in the industry/Skanska.

Interview Advice:

Try to back up answers with examples from previous work experience (even if non construction related).
Demonstrate how you may have turned something negative into positive, or learned from a previous mistake.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Utilities at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for demanding job and to be very busy very early on
land on the ground running

Graduate Construction Supervisor, CAR at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Sell yourself in a good light, try and state all relevant experience you have previously had.

Comment on all your skills and qualities that relate from your degree to real world work.

Examples of your weaknesses that you have made a significant effort to improve.

Put your application in early, do not wait for the deadline to approach.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, open and friendly. Your personality will be greatly assessed, as this job is all about dealing with suppliers, internal customers and building relationships.

Be clear when talking.

Try to research as much into the company as possible, and understand their values and projects etc.

Look presentable.

Procurement Graduate, Startegic Sourcing at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to be flexible and to have to travel a bit. For example I am based in Doncaster but for my site placement I am in Glasgow all week and going home each weekend. You will do a long stint on site so think about whether you want to do this. There is a lot of change in the graduate program which some people like and some people don't, so think about what you want.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for the presentation and the interview. The test is simple. Relax and be yourself, the assessment day can be quite enjoyable!

Graduate Engineer, Cementation at Skanska
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Application Advice:

The process is difficult but rewarding.

Interview Advice:

Prepare before, stay calm and be yourself

Graduate Buyer, Procurement at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Being able to think like an engineer is the most important thing.

Interview Advice:

Stay calm - they are looking for reasons to employ you, more than reasons not to employ you.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Highways (construction) at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, and gain confidence in the field beforehand if possible e.g undergraduate schemes

Interview Advice:

Be honest with yourself, and this should help you find the right job

Graduate Engineering Surveyor, BDU at Skanska
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Application Advice:

You need to have a lot of stamina to keep up the enthusiasm and quality of work.

Interview Advice:

Being technically proficient can become a big part of your role. However, it is interacting with people that governs an even greater part of your day. The interviewees will have an understanding of your academic skills from your CV, so on the day, be sure to show that you are able to listen and respond is a reasoned way. The people you work with within construction are varied in cultural & ethnic background, academic achievement and financial standing. They will be looking for a team player who is able to contribute to this environment.

Site Engineer, Contracting – Site at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Before you begin the applications for the jobs you really want, fill out a couple of others to get your head around the process and refine your answers to your questions, that way if you are successful in these jobs it is great but you are not risking losing out on your dream company because you hadn't had enough practice at the application process.

Interview Advice:

The interviewers are looking at you as a person and how you will fit into their team, do not worry too much about your competency level but ask them questions throughout and try and start conversations to show that you are someone the can have good rapport with.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Cementation at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Know the history of the company, and understand the emphasis Skanska places on green development.

Graduate Bridge Engineer, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Try and make sure you have some work experience, it really benefits going to university and being sponsored by the company

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed and talk to them as though it is a conversation and not an interegation

Graduate Quanitity Surveyor, London & South East at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Have experience in the sector
make the CV specific to the company

Interview Advice:

Know projects the company are currently involved in

Quantity Surveyor, at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be proactive.

At recruitment events network with the HR staff and make a positive lasting impression, they may recognise your name among the CVs. Arrange site visits and gain practical experience beyond your degree course.

Its not all academic

Include extra-curricular activities. Employers want to see people who can work in different teams and can adapt to different environments.

Interview Advice:

Do your research.

Find out about the company, the directors, sectors, current projects etc. and find something that interests you amongst this and work it into your answers.

Be yourself.

Consider your answers but give your own opinion, not what you think an interviewer wants to hear. At the end of the day they want to employee the person presented at the interview and if you're not really that person it will become apparent quickly when you start working.

Graduate Engineer, Design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be honest about who you are and what you can do. Show energy and enthusiasm for your subject and an interest in people. Don't be overly competitive as it gives the impression you will not work well in a team. There is a wonderful working environment at Skanska because generally the people who get in to the company are friendly, accepting and driven to the right degree.

Interview Advice:

Draw on all the experience you have as it counts for a lot. Don't be afraid to say you don't know the answer to a question, but think it through and see if you can come to a solution; your thought process is often more telling than your answer.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Engineering Department at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Having work experience really helps, as does a Masters degree.

Graduate Civil / Structural Design Engineer, Technical Services at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Try doing a placement whilst at university. This will allow you to try the job and will also help if you apply and are interviewed.

Interview Advice:

Don't worry about knowing the exact answer to questions asked. If you don't know the answer, try to make an educated guess explaining your reasoning.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Oxfordshire Highways at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Research what we do and the direction of the company to check it is in line with your goals. The company operates on a set of values and also is keen to develop its people therefore candidates should be have similar values and want to develop themselves and the way the business operates.

Graduate Engineer, Foundations at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Although qualifications are important having the right personality, drive and enthusiasm are equally important.

Interview Advice:

Be calm and answer all the questions honestly. The interviewers were friendly and understand you will be nervous.

Graduate Engineer, Geotechnical Engineering at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Research the company and its strategic direction, this varies between operating units.

Analyse if you are a fit for Skanska, is Health and Safety, The Enviroment etc. topics you can relate to and feel strongly about?

Interview Advice:

- Know your main weaknese's and strengths as a person.

- Know what it is you wish to achieve within the company.

- Be prepared to present what it is you can offer to Skanska.

Graduate Engineer, Utilities at Skanska
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Interview Advice:

Do thorough research on the business unit you are applying for and the company. Dress smart and be yourself.

Graduate Engineer, Design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Make sure you are a team player - it will help you on the assessment day and in the role as a site engineer as well.

Revise basic engineering principles - i.e. bending moments, basic structural principles, they will help in critically understanding day to day work.

Interview Advice:

Be prompt, courteous and quietly confident! Ideally, prepare some answers beforehand to typical interview questions (i.e. What makes you suitable for this role? Provide a scenario where you realised you were wrong and had to correct the problem?)

Graduate Engineer, Civils at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Any relevant experience from previous employers helps.

Interview Advice:

The interview takes a day and consists of:
a presentation
construction related exam
interview with 2 Skanska staff
team working assessment

Graduate Construction Supervisor, Bristol – Operations at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Read about the values and culture of the company especially 5 zeros. They are important to everyone in the company.

Read up on jobs in the operating unit you are applying for,

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic get involved and simply get across why you want the job, if you look like you don't really want the job then you won't get it.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Skanska
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Application Advice:

You need to be prepared to be flexible about your lifestyle - at least until you charter.
You should enjoy being outdoors.
You should be able/prepared to learn how to communicate with a variety of people.
You can't be lazy.

Interview Advice:

Focus on the ability to perform as a team player.
Some engineering orientated questions are also likely to be asked.

Graduate Engineer, at Skanska
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Interview Advice:

Interviews held in their UK head office and it is a full day assessment.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Skanska
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Application Advice:

1.You need to make sure your answers are relevant and sell you as the candidate.
2. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and try to sell on your strengths and show that your are willing to learn and improve on those weaknesses.
3. Your answers should be concise yet get the point across in simple terms. Avoid any complications.

Interview Advice:

1.Make sure you have done your research about the company and know their financial and commercial position within the industry. In other words, you need to be commercialy aware and be aware of the company's competitors.
2.Ensure you know your CV inside out and be prepared to answer any questions.
3.To gain great confidence set yourself typical interview questions and rehearse the answers. You should not however sound rehearsed during the interview and being spontaneous is always good.
4. Make sure you have some relevant questions to ask the interviewers.

Graduate Engineer, Design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Take the time to research the company and get a good understanding of its different operating units as well as it's ethos and values.

Interview Advice:

Use different examples of work experience, try to give a practical understanding/ demonstrate theory in practice. Do not to rely on academic abilities alone.

Environmental Advisor, Utilities at Skanska
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Application Advice:

Do research on the company and business unit you are applying for.

Graduate Design Engineer, Design at Skanska
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Application Advice:

1.0 Make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop those areas of weakness.
2.0 Do your research of the company thoroughly to ensure you have not left out any necessary information.
3.0 Find out the commercial and financial position of the company within the industry and gain some commercial awarness

Interview Advice:

1.0 ensure you have done you research about the company and understand it's position compared to its competitors.
2.0 I f you want to succed in an interview, I would definitely recemmond to write down typical interview questions and rehearse them to gain confidence and know what it is you want to say. You should not sound rehearsed during the interview however. Such questions could be:
-Why you would want to work for us?
-What can you bring to our company?
-How would you go about explaining a complex problem in simple terms?what would be your approach?
-If someone is not contributing to a team work how would you fix this issue?
3.0 You must know every detail about your CV and be prepared to answer any questions asked.
4.0 Ensure you have some relevant questions to ask about the company

Graduate Engineer, Design at Skanska
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Best:

ethics

Graduate – Planner, Building at Skanska
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Best:

Ethical company, with transparency throughout its hierarchy

Graduate Civil Engineer, London and South East – Building at Skanska
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Best:

Has an excellent reputation and excellent benefits package.

Worst:

Collaboration across different departments could be improved.

Quantity Surveyor, Infrastructure Services at Skanska
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Best:

learning and development

Worst:

none

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Utilities at Skanska
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Best:

They go the extra mile to make sure everyone working for them throughout any level at the company feel involved and part of the Skanska family, it goes a long way and really shows as everyone I have met in the company hasn't said a bad word about them.

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Best:

Ethics, Sustainability, Training Opportunities

Worst:

Paperwork

Graduate Civil Engineer, Utilities at Skanska
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Best:

Culture, work/life balance

Worst:

Inflexible working

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Skanska
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Best:

Technical training offered

Worst:

Middle management staff

Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, Cementation at Skanska
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Best:

The career opportunities.

Worst:

Long Working hours

Graduate Engineering Surveyor, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Best:

Very good benefits and pay, the people are very accommodating and help you a lot.

Worst:

No training before you start the job. you may find yourself sitting around a lot in the first few weeks whilst figuring out what you're supposed to be doing.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Utilities at Skanska
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Best:

people around me along with the job in hand

Worst:

I find that when I need new software or computing gear, their are a lot of blockers.

Graduate BIM & Digital Engineering Specialist, Utilities at Skanska
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Best:

Excellent place to start a career path. Helpful people and enjoyable place to work.

Worst:

Cannot see any yet

Assistant Planner, Planning at Skanska
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Best:

People company

Worst:

Salary increase for the ones who hard

Grad Civil Engineer, at Skanska
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Best:

Ethics

Worst:

Ethics - no acceptance of gifts!

Graduate Construction Supervisor, Design at Skanska
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Best:

Amazing culture.

Worst:

The culture has some trouble spreading to remoter regions.

Graduate Planner, Planning/Procurement at Skanska
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Best:

Cementation (an operating unit of Skanska) is very friendly, everyone is very helpful and knowledge is shared extensively.

Worst:

The company as a whole (Skanska) is divided into operating units and these all seem to be very separate from each other.

Graduate Engineer, Cementation at Skanska
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Best:

They look after their employees well both with benefits package and in the work place

Worst:

Due to the size of the company it can take a while for things to get put through HR, also being a principle contractor a lot of the work is sub-contractor management meaning as a site engineer you don't get to do much of the practical work yourself

Site Engineer, Civils at Skanska
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Best:

Support and training to help with career progression and opportunity to try new things within different areas of the business

Site Engineer, IS Projects at Skanska
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Best:

There is a drive to be as green and sustainable as possible. Health and safety is at the forefront of everyone's minds from the get go.

Graduate Engineer, Piling Subcontractor at Skanska
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Best:

The support and training provided.

Worst:

N/A

Site Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Best:

Great investment in their employees

Graduate Civil Engineer, Engineering at Skanska
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Best:

Culture

HR Graduate, Human Resources at Skanska
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Best:

They offer a good amount of training and are supportive of professional accreditations and progression, furthermore being a global company they allow you to work international and also switch roles internally.

Worst:

I have found many of my graduate friends in the same industry/role got paid more. Money isn't the only draw to a company however, it does play a factor.

Quantity Surveying, Civils at Skanska
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Best:

Support from HR and line manager

Graduate Planner, at Skanska
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Best:

Amazing acknowledgement from the organisation, they really appreciate their employees.

Worst:

Sometimes there is no support for the professional qualifications. there is no guidelines.

Graduate Quantity Surveyor, at Skanska
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Best:

Incredibly welcoming, really friendly and approachable on all levels from my line manager to HR and IT.

Worst:

Can be a little on the disorganised side.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Best:

They value you, they offer you all the opportunities to exceed, they operate in an ethical manner and are industry leaders in green and H&S.

Worst:

As a site based employee, my working week is well over the 40 hours I am contracted to.

Graduate Engineer, Civil Engineering at Skanska
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Best:

The opportunities provided, and benefits wise you are well cared for.

Worst:

Lots of different people coming and going on projects.

Graduate Construction Supervisor, Build at Skanska
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Best:

Care about its employees (Personal and profesionally)

Worst:

None

Graduate Construction Supervisor, at Skanska
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Best:

Culture

Worst:

None

Site Engineer, Fit Out at Skanska
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Best:

Skanska is a very caring and ethical company, and I think works hard to look after employees. It puts a big focus on diversity and inclusion. Skanska is one of the biggest UK contractors, and is leading the way in improving the environmental sustainability of the construction industry.

Worst:

Skanska doesn't pay lodge allowance to graduates.

Site Engineering, Highways – Structures at Skanska
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Best:

Large international presence, great values, opportunities to work in various sectors

Worst:

Can be hard to move to an office abroad

Civil Design Engineer, Skanska Technical Services at Skanska
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