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3.1/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
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Compensation & Benefits:
3.1/5
 
Company Culture:
3.3/5
 
Career Progression:
2.9/5
 
Colleagues:
3.8/5
 
Training:
3.1/5
 
Enjoyment:
1.9/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.1/5
 

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Application Advice:

Focus on making the application unique to Ashurst: why do you want to work here rather than at another firm?

Make sure you have enough work experience to evidence an interest in law.

Make sure there are no silly mistakes in your application.

Interview Advice:

Interviews vary hugely depending on the partners running them. Make sure you are up-to-date on current affairs and that your commercial awareness is up to scratch.

An excellent way to gain commercial awareness is by reading 'Everything You Need To Know About The City' by Christopher Stoakes. It is also very useful to read the Economist, City AM and/or the FT.

Finally, in the interview itself, stay calm. It is very easy to panic and say things simply to fill the silence. Consider carefully what you have been asked and try to make a considered response.

Trainee Solicitor, City at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research and be yourself. The most convincing applications show who a person is, which will provide both you and the firm with an idea of whether a career at Ashurst LLP is a good match.

Interview Advice:

Before you enter your interview make sure you know why you want a career in Law and why you want a career at Ashurst LLP specifically. Even if you are not directly asked these questions, this will come across throughout your interview.

Trainee Solicior, Real Estate at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Do as much research as you can on the firm you are applying to.

Interview Advice:

Enthusiasm and preparation are key.

, Corporate Projects at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Attention to detail, commercial sense, personality and knowledge of the firm.

Interview Advice:

Read the legal press, understand the legal world as a business and how it makes profit, commercial acumen, think about why you are applying, think about why you are/are not applying to magic circle law firms.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate/Energy at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm well and be genuine at interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Prepare your application with Ashurst in mind - do not make it generic.

Interview Advice:

Do not panic - you may be asked questions which make you flustered, just go with it.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Have an excellent record on paper/academically, but also demonstrate your team skills and personal interests.

Interview Advice:

I was asked about my understanding of law firms as a business - i.e., the unit of sale is essentially lawyers' time or "billable hours".

Trainee Solicitor, Disputes-Corporate-Finance at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Get a lot of experience in team roles and also some experience in the Banking sector as well as legal experience - this helps you to understand the clients and their commercial needs.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and well prepared!
Have an understanding of the market - both legal and the economic climate.

Trainee, Banking at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

The Ashurst application involves a cover letter as opposed to set questions. Make the most of this, talk about the things that are different about you rather than just repeating the same bits of information that other application forms ask for.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and avoid cliches. As with the cover letter application form Ashurst want to find out who you are, there is no box-ticking exercise, so it is best to let your personality come through.

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Application Advice:

Do your research on the firm and tailor your application accordingly.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and not who you think the firm would like you to be.

, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Research into Ashurst before applying.

Interview Advice:

Know your application inside out and be able to develop the information originally given in your application.

, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself at interview and don't be afraid to express some personality.

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Application Advice:

Really focus on researching the firm and think about their culture and the skills they value, such as being able to work in a team. Use examples from your experience to show how you can fit into this.

Interview Advice:

My interview was fairly relaxed and friendly. A case study was used where I was asked to think about a potential transaction from the point of view of one of the parties. I was asked broadly about examples of when I had showed the skills Ashurst values.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Projects at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Be specific and do not rush what you write on an application form. You need to think about what the question is really asking of you and what you can demonstrate when answering it. It sounds obvious but be as natural as possible and don't be afraid to demonstrate you have other interests if appropriate.

Interview Advice:

Relax.

Trainee Solicitor, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Show your commitment and interest in an international environment.

Be specific and always give examples in applications.

Interview Advice:

Maintain a good balance between being relaxed and showing your passion.

Think of a question to ask at the end.

Read the City A.M. or Financial Times for at least a week before the interview.

, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

If there is a question about why you want to be a lawyer or why you want to work at a particular firm, avoid giving generic answers which could apply to any profession or any firm (e.g. you want to work in a team or a firm is very client focused). You might want to discuss the strenghts of particular firms, particular clients or things you have read about, or aspects of the legal profession that you wouldn't find in the accountacy or consultancy professions, for instance.

Otherwise check and re-check your application for consistency, typos and make sure you answer the questions directly - there are so many applicants to compete with and you do not want to give the reader an easy excuse to throw your application in the bin.

Interview Advice:

Read up on partnerships and how they compare to other business forms. This will help you to understand how a law firm works and the drivers behind firm decisions.

If you find out who will be interviewing you, read the interviewer's profile online (areas of expertise, recent deals etc).

Solicitor, Corporate Projects at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you understand exactly what the firm does and the type of work you will be doing at your level.

Interview Advice:

Know why you are applying for a job at Ashurst over and above other law firms and be up to date with the current market.

Solicitor, Corporate at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Enthusiasm for the firm is really important, as is knowing why you want to work at Ashurst over any other firm. You can demonstrate this by really knowing the business, our main work streams and clients, where you see the firm going in the short to long term future, etc. Commercial awareness (a phrase which is probably banded around too much) is also essential. Everyone applying to Ashurst has a solid academic background; you'll stand out if you can show common sense and an understanding of the business context.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself in the interview, you'll get to see how the firm reacts and whether you will in fact fit into that environment. This is both good for you, your career and the firm.

Interview Advice:

Prepare. I always bring a folder with notes, a spare CV/copy of my application and background research to an interview. I even offer the spare copy of my CV to my interviewers "in case they would like a hard-copy". This immediately shows the interviewer you are organised, prepared and go that little bit further.

Trainee Solicitor, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Be excellent, be yourself, and know how a law firm works as a business.

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Finance at Ashurst LLP
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Interview Advice:

Don't be put out by "left-field" lines of questioning - try and take everything in your stride.

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

This firm will value you for what you are; if you bring something different to the table than others, do not be afraid to show it.

Interview Advice:

Let your personality shine through. Demonstrate not only legal knowledge but an awareness of the wider commercial context in which legal transactions take place.

, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Fully research the firm before applying - know what you are signing up for!

Interview Advice:

Relax, be yourself, and trust that your preparation and intelligence will prove itself.

Solicitor, Banking at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - a fantastic academic record is a given but Ashurst hires based on personality rather than CV

Interview Advice:

Be confident talking about current affairs from commercial perspective. Make sure you can talk about and back up anything that is written on your CV.

Trainee, Corporate at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Ensure you explain why you want to apply to Ashurst in particular rather than just 'a city law firm'.

Interview Advice:

Likely to be some form of mini case study - e.g. the interviewers might give you a business scenario and you will have to explain where and why solicitors will be involved. Prepare to be challenged.

Trainee Solicitor, at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research. Look up the firm in the legal press, the website and find out what is happening.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Apply early and don't copy answers from other application forms however similar they may seem.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you're up to date on what has been going on in the news and the legal market in general.

Trainee Solicitor, General Commercial at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Ashurst

Interview Advice:

Questions I was asked included:
1. my strengths and weaknesses;
2. why I wanted to join Ashurst;
3. my hobby/interest; and
4. why I became interested in law/becoming a lawyer

trainee, Securities and Derivatives at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - Ashurst has a great culture and that's down to hiring interesting and unique personalities

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have been reading the FT and have a good idea of what is going on in the world!

Trainee Solicitor, Transport at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Come and meet us and see how the culture is for yourself. Don't just apply "because of the culture".

Interview Advice:

Be yourself to see if you do fit into the culture. Also remember an interview is a two way process - a conversation and dialogue not an interrogation.

Trainee, Finance/SDG at Ashurst LLP
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Application Advice:

Emphasise your strengths. Also be specific to the job and company you're applying for. Don't generalise and copy and paste each application you make. Make it specific.

Interview Advice:

Be honest. As a graduate you aren't expected to know everything, so you don't need to try and prove you do. Be confident and show a willingness to learn, but don't beg!
Do research on the company and the kind of projects they work on. Being able to relate things to what you know to what the company does will reflect well.

Graduate Planner, Planning and Regeneration at URS
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Application Advice:

Emphasise your strong points and be specific. Don't just copy and paste applications from one similar grad job to another, take the time and be specific to the role/company you are applying to.
I can't emphasise enough that being specific with your application and doing some background research will go a long way. It's easy to fall into the trap of scattergunning applications for various jobs with the same words, try not to fall into it!

Interview Advice:

Be honest. As a graduate you are not expected to know everything so you don't have to prove that you do. Show confidence but also a willingness to learn.
Being able to make connections between your experience and relevant work the company does will also go a long way.

Graduate Planner, Planning and Regeneration at URS
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Application Advice:

Try and gain some experience in a consultancy first as it may not be what you expect. Also research the sector well and be prepared to get stuck in to meet deadlines.

Interview Advice:

Research the area well
Draw on examples of previous experience
Show that you are enthusiatic about the sector you are applying for
Give examples that show committment and determination

Graduate Commercial Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability at URS
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Application Advice:

In addition to applying through Graduate portal try sending CV and cover letter to HR department directly.

Interview Advice:

They have a list of general questions that they ask everyone Eg. Why did you apply to URS, what were your favourite subjects in Uni, what are your hobbies, what is your greatest strength and weakness, where do you see yourself in 5 years, etc.

Graduate Civil/Structural Engineer, Rail at URS
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Application Advice:

Try to get some experience in the construction industry during the holidays.

Interview Advice:

What made you decide to become an engineer?
Talk about an engineering project of interest.
Be confident and relaxed.

Assistant Structural Engineer, Structures at URS
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Application Advice:

Research the role you want to apply for thoroughly, as URS has a large project base so make sure what you are applying for is what you wish to work in.

Be yourself, interviews are primarily focused upon how you as a person will fit into the team.

Interview Advice:

Be up to date with current affairs, projects that inviolve URS and the latest economic issues that may impact upon a business similar to URS.

Ensure that you have a sound engineering base for the technical questions, dont be afraid if the technical questions relate to engineering sectors you are unfamilair with, use your knowledge base and adapt it to the relevant project.

Graduate – Infrastructure, Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

It would be beneficial to have some previous working experience in UK industry

Graduate Flood Risk Engineer, Water Team/ Flood Management at URS
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Application Advice:

Some relevant work experience is very useful.

Interview Advice:

Show an attention to detail and awareness of licensing and copyright issues, and also evidence of the ability to efficiently work under pressure.

Graduate Geographic Information Technician, Geographic Information Systems at URS
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Application Advice:

Need to be very technically capable - solid understanding of engineering science.
Demonstrate good organisational / time management ability.

Process Engineer, at URS
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Application Advice:

Read the Companies SUCCESS factors, Key/Core Competancies and the specific job description and tailor your CV and Covering letter accordingly.

Apply far and wide. I had to relocate 250 miles but it was worth it.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and honest. Read and revise interview questions and answers prior to interviews. Plan answers to questions which are likely to come up. Always answer questions explaining what you can do for them. Not what they can do for you. Althiough that is also important.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure and the Environment at URS
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Application Advice:

I would have a serious think about Ground Investigation, and if this type of work is for you. There seems to be little progression and the work type doesn't change frequently enough to help with chartership and development. If you are looking for a more technical role as a Eng Geo or Geotch, then another team is most likely best.

For those who enjoy site work within the rail sector, this is a good job to be in, it provides an indepth view of rail working and how GI works are delivered within this sector.

Interview Advice:

Ask specific questions about how your role will develop and if you will be able to gain access to other areas of the consultancy to broaden your experience and horizons and ultimately your value to the company and future employers.

Graduate Engineering Geologist, GI at URS
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Application Advice:

I was employed through an interview only, I would just say be yourself, they will either like you or not. However, now the employment process is through an assessment day which I have no experience of. Bring a big lunch if it is not provided, it is a long day.

Interview Advice:

I don't really think that my experience will help, however the people who did my interview were very kind and helped by expanding questions so that I fully understood what they were asking.

Graduate Engineer, Transportation at URS
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Application Advice:

Gain as much experience as possible, think clearly about why you want to be part of the team (interests etc).

Interview Advice:

A few generic technical quesitons asked, otherwise talk about youself outside of work, interests, hobbies. Be prepared to talk about this a lot, the interviewers want to know who they'll be working with - they know everything technical from your application.

Assistant Structural Engineer, Structures at URS
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Application Advice:

Try to answer the questions to the best of your knowledge and be prepared to spend some time on the application.

Interview Advice:

Be honest with your qualifications and experience and bring along a small portfolio of relevant design work that you have completed at university to demonstrate your capabilities.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Transportation at URS
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Application Advice:

Be willing to move to other offices, it is unlikely you will be able to get into the exact office you want, but if you are willing to move you stand a good chance of getting to interview with the required qulifications.

Interview Advice:

Try to show yourself as being open and willing and keen, they expect the need to train you but work ethic and energy can't be trained.

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

Get as much voluntary experience/work experience as possible - join local groups and get yourself known by attending events.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic, make your experience relevent and be clear on steps for your own development. Make it clear that you are flexible, easy to get on with and willing to work unsociable hours

Ecologist, Ecology at URS
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Application Advice:

Simple online application form.

Interview Advice:

Follow advice given in URS candidate pack for questions to be asked.

Graduate Highway Engineer, Major Highways Team at URS
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Application Advice:

Talk to someone in the company - I got my job through having a summer placement with them previously

Interview Advice:

Don't be nervous

Graduate Structural Engineer, Buildings and Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

Go in with a good idea of the area you want to work in, otherwise it may be difficult to change if you don't like where you end up.

Interview Advice:

Questions are based around key skills, e.g. demonstrate a time when you led a team to a success outcome and explain how you acheived this.
Prepare basic background technical knowledge e.g. advantages and disadvantages of a signalised roundabout.

Graduate Highways Engineer, Highways at URS
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate tasks that relate to the relevant civil engineering field.

Interview Advice:

General interview questions, competency based questions on past experience.

Senior Assistant, Rail at URS
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Application Advice:

Use any work experience in interviews/ application processes to demonstrate comptencies in a working environment

Interview Advice:

Ask questions regarding the nature of day to day tasks/ responsibilities, what will be expected of you in a years time.

Graduate Engineer, Strategic Transportation Consultancy, Transport Asset Management at URS
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Application Advice:

Understand the role you are applying for and be flexible in your expectations.

Interview Advice:

Be honest come prepared with an understanding of the business and the role you are applying for.

Acoustics Consultant, Acoustics at URS
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Application Advice:

Relevant work experiance within similar sector

Interview Advice:

URS look for the right kind of person they can develop, not necessarily just the most experienced or technical. Show that you are a good communicator, problem solver and have the right attitude to working on projects where your technical knowledge will be tested eg seeking help from others.

Mechanical Engineer, Asset Management South at URS
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Application Advice:

Go for it, it is a specialised field and there are not that many people doing it. There is always a demand those who have the experience.

Interview Advice:

Do some research about the role and express your interest.

Mechanical Design Engineer, Overhead Line Electrification at URS
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you are keen to be in highways and have an understanding of what skills are required to make a good designer.

Interview Advice:

My interview was a skills based one ...'can you tell me a time when you were; a leader, able to communicate effectively, expected to do something beyond your job spec' etc. I would google standard 'skills' interview questions and make sure you have some, go to scenarios for questions they are likely to ask.

Major Roads Designer, Major Roads at URS
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Application Advice:

Support your application with vocational skills / work experience where possible.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you know the role of an environmental consultant and what you might be required to do on a day to day basis.

Environmental Scientist, at URS
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Application Advice:

Be careful when using URS job application website. The website does not allow the use of formating which makes it quite hard to format your CV and stop it from looking like a jumbled up mass.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to explain the skills you listed in your CV and have examples of your work to back them up.

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railway Electrification at URS
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Application Advice:

Apply only if your area of study and experience suits to the job role.

Interview Advice:

Very friendly atmosphere. Questions mainly based on your CV.

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Swindon at URS
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Application Advice:

Make sure you taylor your application around the companies core values, which are listed on the website. Make yourself familiar with what the company does and possibly mention some of their previous projects to show you have really taken an interest into the company, not just in engineering. Mention something you have done at University that relates to the post you are applying for, and any awards/prizes you have to make you stand out. Companies also want to hear about your life away from work, so make sure you include hobbies as this is always a good talking point should you get an interview.

Interview Advice:

Have set examples for a number of competency questions. These tend to be standard questions every employer asks; 'tell me about a time when....' Having an example for each question you can be asked ready will ensure you dont get tongue-tied with nothing to say.

Graduate Engineer, Bridges at URS
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Application Advice:

Answer the questions they ask.
At the assessment centre be yourself, in the group exercise don't speak over everyone yet make sure you speak. Try not to speak without reason though, e.g. try and make a valid point.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. I felt I was hired on who I was as a person and whether I would fit in with the ethos of the company as opposed to the engineering experience I had (which was practically none). For instance they were very interested in the bar work that I had done, specifically how I had risen from bar staff to a leadership role as this showed I was capable of managing people, time and stock, many of the non-technical skills that are required for my current role.
I was asked general interview questions and a lot of questions about work that I had done at University. As a new graduate they don't expect you to be an expert technically, so examples of work done at University is sufficient.

Graduate Civil/Structural Engineer, Rail/Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

Apply early and do your research on what projects the company is part of.

Interview Advice:

Do not be intimidated and have confidence in yourself.

Graduate Geologist, Geotechnical at URS
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Application Advice:

Keep applying for jobs in the company even if you dont get the first.

Interview Advice:

Learn about the company and study the pre-interview pack you are sent.

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and driven to want to work for a big company, the opportunities are endless.

Interview Advice:

Disscuss a time when you failed at something and how you overcame that failure.

Graduate Tunneling Engineer, at URS
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Application Advice:

Don't be intimidated or think that expectations will be really high for you. They will teach you everything you need to know and provide you with a lot of support. If you like a mix of the office and being on site and you're not sure which area of engineering you want to go into then I would recommend this company and my job. You get a wide variety of experience and the people are great.

Interview Advice:

Just relax and be yourself. Show enthusiasm and passion but be honest. Say what you like and what you don't. Show ambition, open-mindedness and that you are hard working. Prepare a few answers to the usual competency questions but mainly just try and answer honestly.

Graduate Engineer, Highways at URS
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Application Advice:

Include all relevant voluntary work experience and personal development that show your knowledge of what the job involves and your willingness to do it.

Interview Advice:

Be open and honest, if you have got to interview stage your qualifications are not in question, enthusiasm and appearing to be someone that will fit well in to the team are important at this stage.

Ecologist, at URS
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Application Advice:

If they really want to work in this company, don't just think of applying to one office. There are 10's of offices each with differing expertise and all are good to work in. There is also scope for moving offices and even sometimes specialisms. There are a lot of candidates who want positions here and in my experience if at first you don't succeed try and try again...it worked for me.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and yourself.
Don't be afraid to say i don't know, they don't expect you to know to be able to quote legislation.
Typical interview asking about previous experience and dealing with certain situations e.g. project delays.

Assistant Environmental Consultant, Environment and Planning at URS
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Application Advice:

It is a great company to work for and good experience can be gained.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you prepare correctly and research who will be interviewing you and the role in which you are applying for.

Ask about what they expect you to work on and when was the last time they hired a graduate.

Civil Engineer, Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

Show them you are enthusastic about URS not just about Engineering.

Interview Advice:

Practise numerical and verbal reasoning questions for the assessment day.
Practise simplified portal frame design (basics like span/depth rules to get approximate sizing).
Be enthusastic and friendly.

Graduate Structural Engineer, Structural Engineer at URS
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Application Advice:

Get any experience that you can, volunteering, interning etc.

Interview Advice:

Know exactly why you want the role and to work for the company.

Sustainability Consultant, Stakeholder engagement, strategic sustainability at URS
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Application Advice:

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Interview Advice:

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Graduate Transport Planner, Transport Planning at URS
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to sacrifice a lot of your time for the job, regardless of how dissatisfying the work actually is, and don't expect to be encouraged to push yourself for career development and to carry out extra-curricular activities.

Interview Advice:

Be certain of what it is you want from the role, and exactly what the job is that you are being offered. Don't leave the interview with unanswered questions.

Graduate Engineering Geologist, Ground Investigation at URS
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Application Advice:

Be proactive and enthusiastic

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic, detail relevant experience, outline areas of interest and goal in respect to those interests

Assistant Planning Consultant, Planning at URS
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for continuous professional development

Interview Advice:

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Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Overhead Line Equipment, swindon at URS
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Application Advice:

Enthusaim and keen for the role are paramount.

Environmental Consultant, Environmental Assessment at URS
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Application Advice:

Contacts within the industry are important.

It is much easier to get a job directly through a contact than through the website.

Interview Advice:

Talked through CV.
Asked a technical project specific question.
Asked personal questions and hobbies etc.

Assistant Environmental Consultant, Environmental Assessment at URS
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Application Advice:

I would say only apply for this role if you are passionate about what you do. Everyone is here to do a good job, and they care about the company, their reputation and their profession. If you do not want any responsibility, this is job is not for you.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to show when you have dealt with difficult situations. The most important thing in this particular team is that the personality fits, so for the most part, be yourself. Being enthusiastic and passionate is important, so that you are willing to go the extra mile when required to.

Graduate Highways Engineer, Roads and Infrastructure at URS
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Application Advice:

Bypass the HR team.

Interview Advice:

Know lots.

Assistant Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer at URS
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