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Application Process & FAQs

The Application Process

Pre-Screening Questions/Application

The application form asks questions on your education, work, social and voluntary experiences. The questions are based around information you may have on a CV.

Ability Tests & Questionnaire

Depending on the role you will be asked to complete a set of ability tests and a questionnaire. Practice exercises will be provided alongside further instructions of when and how to complete.

Telephone Interview

If you are successfully shortlisted we will invite you to book yourself in for a telephone interview. This interview will last approximately 30 minutes. You will be asked a set of questions around your motivation for the company and department as well as a selection of competency questions. Our core competencies are; Commercial Awareness, Team Work & Relationship Building, Planning & Organising, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Communication and Customer Service. During the interview we are looking for you to expand on previous experiences and for you to tell us about what you have done in specific situations and how you overcame any challenges.

Assessment Centre

If you are successful following the telephone interview, we will invite you to attend an assessment centre. Our assessment centres will run from October through to March dependent on the programme you have applied for.

Our assessment centres consist of networking sessions and several assessment activities which may include an interview, group exercise, presentation exercise, practical exercises and re-evaluation of the ability tests. The assessment centre exercises will vary depending on the programme you have applied for.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the structure of the Graduate Programme?

The graduate programme is 18 months long which consists of 3 six month placements with the exception of the Finance Graduate programme which is 3 years long (consisting of 3 twelve month placements). Throughout these placements, you undertake various training modules, from hands on technical training to personal development/soft skills training. You have the opportunity to influence where your placements are and importantly get treated like a full time employee rather than ‘just a graduate’. This means you have real responsibilities and projects to work on. The graduate scheme provides the perfect start to your career. During the scheme you are supported by not only a dedicated New Talent Team who show the upmost care for each graduate but also managers and colleagues. Once you have completed the graduate scheme, you will be given the opportunity to move into a full time role within National Grid and continue your development and career.

+ What are the qualification/degree requirements for the roles?

The requirements vary depending on which programme you have applied for. Please see the individual adverts on the website for the specific degree requirements. 

+ When does the Graduate Programme Start?

The expected start date for the graduate programme is the 25th September 2017, however this may be subject to change.

+ When does the Industrial Placement start?

The expected start date for the 12 month industrial placement is the 10th July 2017, however this may be subject to change.

+ When does the Summer Internship start?

The expected start date for the 12 week Summer Internship is the 19th June 2017, however this may be subject to change.

+ Who can apply for the undergraduate programme?

You must be in your penultimate year of university.

+ I have an international degree. Can I still apply?

Yes as long as the qualification is equivalent to those required for the role.

+ If my degree does not meet the scheme’s minimum criteria, should I apply for the role?

We are looking for students who meet the minimum criteria. We have lots of roles on offer so check our Careers website for other opportunities that may better match your qualifications. 

+ Can I apply if I don’t have a permit to work in the UK or I am on a student visa?

National Grid is a registered sponsor under Tier 2 of the Points Based System (PBS). We are only able to consider offering sponsorship to applications that meet the Home Office’s requirements under Tier 2 (General) of the PBS.

All candidates are encouraged to apply for our available roles. We consider all applications in accordance with our recruitment process irrespective of nationality.  At an appropriate stage however, and after an assessment based on skills and experience, we will consider an applicant’s immigration status together with any working restrictions which may apply where relevant in the context of the role for which they have applied.

+ Do I have to be a recent graduate to apply for the graduate programme?

We accept applications from all candidates as long as you are eligible to start the graduate programme in September 2017 and have the right qualifications for the role you are applying for.

+ Can I apply if I have a disability?

We accept applications from all candidates as long as you are eligible to start when the programmes begin and have the right qualifications for the programme you are applying for. We recommend you contact our Resourcing Team to discuss any mitigating circumstances or disabilities so we can make any reasonal adjustments if you are shortlisted for interview/assessment.

+ Can I apply if I have applied to National Grid before?

We accept applications from all candidates even if you have applied in previous years.

+ Can I apply for more than one programme?

You are allowed to apply for more than one programme as long as you meet the minimum requirements for each programme you apply for. 

+ How will I know if I have been successful at each stage?

We will be in contact with you at each stage by email.

+ How can I check the status of my application?

We will be in contact with you at each stage of the recruitment process. Alternatively, you can check your application status by logging into "My Account". The link can be found at the top of the careers website.

+ How do I contact the graduate recruitment team for more information?

Please contact us via our Facebook careers page.


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+ When is the closing date of applications?

The closing date for applications is shown on the individual adverts on the website.

+ What is the salary for the graduate programmes?

£27,500 for a Bachelor's degree.

£28,500 for a Master's degree.

+ What is the salary for the undergraduate programmes?

£16,500 p.a. (pro rata for the 12 week Summer Internship).

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