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Redrow Homes

Graduate Role, Construction at Redrow Homes

Application Advice: I would recommend that you read the graduate blog as this provides insight to what a graduate gets up to. I would also recommend looking at both the corporate website ( https://www.redrowplc.co.uk/ ) as well as the consumer website ( https://www.redrow.co.uk/ ). Key areas to look at include: - Customer Service - Quality - House Types - The Redrow Story

Interview Advice: The best thing about the Redrow interview is you can be yourself. They actually want to know what you are like as a person and if you will be a good fit in terms of being able to work in a team and as an individual. Being able to deal with customers is becoming a core skill within the business.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Redrow Homes

Graduate Role, Land Department at Redrow Homes

Application Advice: Don't stress too much about the online tests, it will only hinder.

Interview Advice: Learn details about the company.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Redrow Homes

Graduate Role, Commercial at Redrow Homes

Application Advice: Relationships are key. Whilst it is always important that you have performed academically and have secured relevant sector work experience; the corporate/business world is built on people. You must be able to demonstrate your ability to get along with colleagues and make good first impressions.

Interview Advice: Do your homework on the company. Search for any recent press publications/announcements. Have a broad understanding of the different sectors the business is involved in. Look through LinkedIn at the people currently working for the company to gauge if you are a similar mould of person. At the interview, just go for it. Really put everything on the line and let your enthusiasm/personality shine through.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Network Rail

Surveyor (Anglia), Property at Network Rail

Application Advice: Stick with the application process as there are lots of stages. When you get called to the assessment centre stage be sure to read up on the company and make sure it is culturally the right fit for you.

Interview Advice: Don't just focus on technical skills but also have examples prepared of soft skills - when you have worked well in a team etc.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Berkeley Group

Graduate Development Manager, Land at Berkeley Group

Application Advice: Do you homework on Berkeley; culture, products and office life.

Interview Advice: Talk through constraints on site. Have an opinion on the design of buildings. Do your homework!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Amey

Management Graduate, Bidding at Amey

Application Advice: Be open minded and enthusiastic. Research Amey.

Interview Advice: Understand what Amey is about and how you can fit. What areas are your weaknesses in?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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CBRE

Graduate Surveyor, at CBRE

Application Advice: Apply as soon as you can, don't leave it to the last minute.

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness is key.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bidwells

Graduate Rural Surveyor, Rural West at Bidwells

Application Advice: Be honest throughout in your answers on the application form. Don't cut any corners and if you make it to the video interview stage, dress as if it was a real interview.

Interview Advice: Preparation is key. I was required to undertake a ten minute presentation on a property related matter to two senior partners. I learnt the presentation word for word and presented in front of family and friends on numerous occasions beforehand. Also, at the questioning stage, do not be afraid to say you don't know. Alternatively, you can ask to go back to the question at the end if your mind has gone blank.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Savills (UK) Limited

, Development at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Only the truth!

Interview Advice: Demonstrating self-awareness and industry interest / knowledge are key.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Surveyor, Commercial at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Be open minded to the various areas within the business. On a graduate scheme you will invariably be rotating through different departments, and make sure you treat each one as though you were working towards the role in each team.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bidwells

Graduate Rural Surveyor, Rural Surveying at Bidwells

Application Advice: Bidwells is a great firm to join at the start of your career as the firm covers all aspects of property consultancy and surveying so there are a lot of opportunities to gain a wide range of experience. The firm is incredibly friendly and inclusive.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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CBRE

Graduate Surveyor, Retail at CBRE

Application Advice: Research the company and industry and have something interesting to say about both!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bidwells

Rural Graduate Surveyor, Rural at Bidwells

Application Advice: Show that you are sociable and can converse with a variety of different people.

Interview Advice: Show past experience.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Gerald Eve LLP

Assistant Surveyor, Alternative Markets at Gerald Eve LLP

Application Advice: Show great attention to due diligence and an ability to be patient and look at the bigger picture.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, what creates such a great atmosphere within the office is the ability to communicate with like minded individuals, being natural and friendly allows for greater cohesion.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Taylor Wimpey

Graduate Management Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Taylor Wimpey

Interview Advice: Thoroughly research the company, know the industry and know the competitors. Be prepared for questions on the industry and have an opinion on how the housing industry is being addressed within the current political climate.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bidwells

Graduate Building Surveyor, Building Surveying at Bidwells

Application Advice: Be honest and don't think you can accomplish everything quickly.

Interview Advice: Be honest and give plenty of examples of any experience and show enthusiasm. Also wear a suit or be smartly dressed!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Savills (UK) Limited

Surveyor, Investment at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Make sure you get as much work experience as possible.

Interview Advice: Be very prepared and make sure you are well up in tune with the current real estate market.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Rural surveyor, Rural, Energy and Projects at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Gain relevant work experience.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Cushman & Wakefield

Graduate Surveyor, Development Consultancy at Cushman & Wakefield

Application Advice: 1) Know what is happening in the market and know what the companies competitors are doing. 2) Make sure you have relevant work experience that you can talk about. 3) Talk about any interesting hobbies that you may have. 4) Make sure you know how the company is performing (look at the company's annual reports, it will give you the best insight into the company). 5) Most importantly- Have a good reason why you want to join the firm and have a good idea of what service line you want to go into and why.

Interview Advice: 1) Be smartly dressed. 2) Arrive early. 3) Make sure you can back up your claims with good explanations or stories. 4) Understand what is happening within the property world and politically (factors that may affect the property industry). 5) If you have said you read Property Week, make sure you have read the latest issue before the interview.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Knight Frank

Graduate, Investment at Knight Frank

Application Advice: Be personable. Be polite. Know your figures. Prepare to be grilled.

Interview Advice: Relax. Don't try to be someone you're not. Focus on your strengths. Have a USP.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Galliford Try

Land Graduate, Land Acquisition at Galliford Try

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

Interview Advice: It's all about your personality...

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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JLL

Surveyor, Valuation at JLL

Application Advice: Talk about extracurricular interests, not solely academic.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Strutt & Parker

Graduate Surveyor, Land Management at Strutt & Parker

Application Advice: Gain work experience before applying for any job, preferably within the firm to show your strengths and your ambition/ability.

Interview Advice: - Be honest but always seek a positive from a negative. - Be prepared for questions on your character and hobbies, they are looking for rounded people. - Think about what you can bring to the team/new perspective.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Barratt Developments

Land Buyer, Land at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Make your application stand out by showing real passion for the industry , include any extracurricular activities you may have done.

Interview Advice: BE YOURSELF ……….Don't pretend to be someone your not and try to enjoy it. (if that's possible) Research the company but also try and have a holistic understanding of the industry and show the interviewer that you understand what challenges the business faces and that you have your own ideas about how to mitigate against them.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Galliford Try

Land Graduate, Linden Homes Eastern at Galliford Try

Application Advice: Go for it. Make sure your CV highlights your best features.

Interview Advice: Show them that you are hungry to do the job.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Barratt Developments

Land Buyer, Development at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: It does not necessarily matter if you don't have a relevant degree.

Interview Advice: The company assess on 5 key indicators. These are clearly shown on the website. Have examples for each of these indicators as you will be asked to show evidence at telephone interview and assessment centre.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Galliford Try

Land Graduate, Linden Homes at Galliford Try

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

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

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bouygues UK

Design Coordinator, CLSE at Bouygues UK

Application Advice: To research the company beforehand and to be extremely motivated and dynamic.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bouygues UK

Assisting site manager, Science Block University of Hertfordshire Hatfield at Bouygues UK

Application Advice: Motivation and like to learn.

Interview Advice: Show your motivation.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Laing O'Rourke

Business Analyst, at Laing O’Rourke

Application Advice: Show good academic perfomance as well as interest in the industry

Interview Advice: Show that you are ready to make a commitment and to work autonomously very quickly.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Kier

Assistant Engineer, Design Management at Kier

Application Advice: Show a keen interest in the built environment in general and have a focus on the design side as well as construction. Experience is always useful and having construction site knowledge definitely makes the role easier as does experience in management outside of construction. The role involves having broad construction knowledge and the ability to organise activities and the design team to create a building that satsfies the client's brief.

Interview Advice: Always have a question or a few to mind to ask your interviewer, it shows interest in the company/role and that you have been thinking about the career options. It is good to use your CV to give a flavour of yourself and not just your career to date as this is where alot of the interviewer's questions will come from. If you have a particular interest be sure to bring it up as this can get the interviewer thinking about a gap in their current business you can fill (e.g. BIM)

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Tamdown Group

Estimator, Estimating at Tamdown Group

Application Advice: Be open minded & willing to try things Have the attitude to learn!

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Tamdown Group

Assistant Estimator, Estimating at Tamdown Group

Application Advice: Tamdown are looking for your best interest helping you develop your professional career, as well as helping you develop your character outside of work. As long as you are a driven individual and are able to get out of your comfort zone you will get on really well here.

Interview Advice: They are more interested in you as a person to see if you will fit in. Just be yourself and make sure you research the company before hand.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Capita

Bid Coordinator, Bid Team at Capita

Application Advice: be yourself

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Galliford Try

Graduate, at Galliford Try

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

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

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Barratt Developments

Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Do your homework. It is easy to read the company website and a few news articles. Set yourself apart by visiting a sales centre, or by speaking with someone (via facebook, twitter etc). There are people readily available to answer any questions you may have so use it, it’s a really useful resource. Also, really try and think about how you can apply any prior experience to the qualities we’re looking for, it doesn’t have to just come from previous work roles.

Interview Advice: This is a graduate role so we won’t necessarily be looking just for prior experience, it’s more about the ‘right fit’ as an individual so just be yourself, do lots of research about us (and our competition), what we do, and our principles. The assessment day is quite intensive but shouldn’t be daunting, none of the exercises are not meant to catch you out, they’re meant to see how you conduct yourself in certain circumstances so just be yourself on the day.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Amey

Performance Manager, Management Graduate Programme at Amey

Application Advice: It's all about your attitude - the programme requires you to make things happen for yourself. To self-motivate and go the extra mile on your own determination. You just have to be self-motivated and driven to succeed.

Interview Advice: Standard stuff. Assessment centre consisted of roleplay, interview, presentation, group work. However a lot of information was given to you throughout the day and lots of information chnage so you had to show you could adapt and be spontaneous on the fly.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Bouygues UK

Bid Coordinator, Luxury Residential at Bouygues UK

Application Advice: Be ready to be thrown into the deep end. You will either sink or swim.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Croudace Homes

Trainee Architect, Design Department at Croudace Homes

Application Advice: Be willing to be flexible and enthusiastic to all tasks asked of you. There is a constant stream of work of all variations, which is expected to be carried out on time and to a good degree of accuracy. Questions amongst the department are encouraged in the learning process. Once confidence and experience was gained, I was given my own small developments to masterplan, design and coordinate through the planning process, from pre app/outline, dealing with planners and the public to obtaining reserved matters/full detailed planning applications. Although supervised by senior members of the Design Department, the responsibility of designing each house, complying with planning policies and liaising with planning officers and consulting with the public were all left in my hands.

Interview Advice: Genuine interest in residential architecture, basic knowledge of construction methods, AutoCAD/Adobe/Sketchup etc. proficiency

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Croudace Homes

Assistant Site Manager, Building Department at Croudace Homes

Application Advice: You have to be flexible and willing to travel. I would advise candidates to try and find work experience in the sector first, allowing you to fully understand the demands of the role.

Interview Advice: Research Croudace - draw upon recent accolades the company has recieved. Stress the importance of health & safety and quality and your willingness to take on a challenge.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Croudace Homes

Land Negotiator, Land Department at Croudace Homes

Application Advice: To research the company, have previous work experience, make sure your CV and covering letter are grammatically correct, speak clearly and confidently and look presentable.

Interview Advice: Questions: Why did you choose your degree? Why do you want to work for Croudace? What previous work have you done? What do you like to do in your free time? Why have you chosen this role?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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BAE Systems

Commercial Graduate, Commercial at BAE Systems

Application Advice: Think about your past experiences and relate them to the company's core values. It's important to do your research and know the products that this company produces around the world and be able to appeal to their core values. You also need to stand out so anything that sets you aside from the crowd is worth mentioning.

Interview Advice: Asked to provide a lot of examples of situations when...Worked in team, resolved a team conflict, solved a problem, could be trusted etc.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Kier

Assistant Framework Manager, Construction at Kier

Application Advice: Research the company; the type of works we are involved in, our values and the many different roles available to see which would suit your skill set best.

Interview Advice: Research as best as possible, think short, mid and long term, what can you offer the company and what do you want.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Carter Jonas

London Country Assistant, Residential property at Carter Jonas

Application Advice: It is important to consider yourself in the role that you are applying for - this will ensure that firstly you understand the role properly and secondly, you consider what you will bring to it. It is also very important to keep up to date and be commercially aware of issues that will affect the business that you are looking to go into. Employers are looking to find someone who will cope with the shift from university to employment as easily as possible.

Interview Advice: In an interview be honest and yourself - no one is expecting perfection and it is really important that your personaility comes across as primarily employers are looking for someone who that they like and would want to work with everyday!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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Barratt Developments

Land Buyer, House Building Land Department at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: It is very important for any possible applicants to understand the company and its history, as this will provide a view on what the business is all about. This is likely to involve more than just reading the website - Barratt is a National house builder with Barratt and David Wilson sites in a wide range of location, I would strongly recommend that applicants make the effort to go out and see some sites (of both brands). If considering a Land role, it would also benefit to get out and see pieces of land that Barratt has submitted planning applications for before it is developed. This will give a good view on what type of land is favoured and also the areas that are valued. I would also suggest that applicants try and understand the targets of the business and what it is aiming for strategically. This will then lead to a view being generated which will be important to discuss during any application process.

Interview Advice: It is important in an interview to express what you have found out about the organisation as well as where you have been/what you have seen. If the opportunity arises, it may be appropriate to ask a few questions of the interviewer. This might be about how they find working at Barratt or how they find the house building industry.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Bid Management

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