JOB SEARCH AND APPLICATIONSearching for a job
You can search for opportunities based on keywords, job categories and location. Once you’ve found a role that’s a good fit for your skills and experience, you’ll be asked to set up an account or log into the account you’ve already created. Be sure to provide an email address you use regularly, because that’s how we’ll keep in touch with you about your application.
If you cannot find a suitable role, we recommend that you set up a Search Agent to alert you when roles come up or submit your resume/CV so that our recruiters can match you to future jobs.
We’ll ask you to upload a resume/CV. If you don’t have one or are having difficulties uploading it, you can create one on-line.
During the application process you’ll be asked a series of questions that you can answer on-line. Some of these are to ensure you have the right qualifications and abilities for the role. Others help us to make certain we meet all relevant legal requirements and comply with our business policies.
Once you’ve finished completing the resume/CV and the questions, we’ll send you an email to confirm that we’ve received your details. Within 48 hours we’ll be in touch to let you know whether you have met the minimum requirements for the role.
It may take us up to six weeks to review your application. At BP, we don’t rush this step. It’s important that we make sure we select candidates who are right for our organisation and right for a particular role. If you’re invited to continue to the next stage, we’ll ask you to attend either a face-to-face or telephone interview. If you’re not selected, we’ll keep your details in our system for future opportunuties.
Interview hints and tips
If your application to BP is successful, you’ll be invited to an interview. We use competency-based interviews to identify people who have the knowledge and abilities we need to succeed.
The competency-based interview
Your interviews will focus on how you’ve used your skills and knowledge in particular work settings. The questions are designed to elicit information about competencies that are linked to the essential aspects of the role for which you’re applying. We want to see if your abilities are a good match for the demands of the job. For each question, the interviewers will ask you to provide specific examples about a situation or task. You might also be asked to clarify your answers with more information about your actions, or the final outcomes you achieved.
The interview also gives us a chance to find out more about your skills. For example, we’ll look for communication skills as well as your ability to influence and network. A face-to-face interview helps us identify candidates who are likely to be high performers.
If you are asked to participate in two interviews, one of these is likely to concentrate on the technical aspects of the role. The other will concentrate on behavioral competencies and how you go about your job.
One of the best ways you can prepare for your interview is to analyze how you’ve performed in your current and past roles against the competencies attached to the job description. Take some time to think about examples from your work experience that are relevant to those competencies. You’ll find it easier to answer the interview questions and illustrate your strengths and experience if you plan your answers in advance. Ask yourself:
- What were the challenges involved in a particular experience?
- How did I address those challenges?
- What was the result of my actions and decisions?
- If I faced the same challenge what would I do differently?
An interview is an opportunity to demonstrate how you work and what you’ve achieved.
Relax and answer questions honestly. If you don’t understand a question, simply ask the interviewer to repeat it. Don’t rush your answers. Take time to think and use plenty of examples from your experience in the workplace.
It’s also an opportunity for you to learn more about the role. Think about what aspects of the role you’d like to know more about and prepare some questions for your interviewers. This will help you decide if the role is right for you.