I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (More than 10 years)
construction technology to be learn during the tendering
heavy analysis on the alternative methodlogy
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bouygues UK (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.
I attended an assessment day at the office in Waterloo. The atmosphere was very stiff and unrelaxed although they were clearly trying to appear friendly and inviting. The staff were nice enough and the other graduates were friendly, but it just did not feel very welcoming. During the day, I was placed within a designated group and worked with them on two different team challenges. I also had a personal interview.
The challenges were designed as an opportunity for the assessors to determine how you work in a team, whereas the interview was supposed to be a chance to determine your individual strengths. The team challenges were good, allowing ample opportunity to show how you work with others and the tasks were interesting and fun. However, the interview questions were not role specific (which was fine) but more importantly the interviewers were clearly not open minded (possibly a tenant of the organisational culture), as there was clearly a predisposition toward answers to which they were already familiar and that conformed to the status quo of the organisation.
Also, they seemed unconcerned at the underlying contradictory nature of certain types of responses, i.e. preferring to hear answers that would illicit positive emotional responses e.g. I got into construction because my father/uncle was an architect (given to me by them as an example of what they usually hear), rather than those that were logical, rational and based on clear objective decision-making e.g. I chose construction (quantity surveying) because there are lots of jobs available and it was the best choice at the time based on a number of different factors - feasibility, accessibility, career prospects... so on - even though somebody who makes decisions based on how they feel is clearly a poor choice for a job where logic and rationale are by far and large the more important underlying characteristics.
Therefore, my advice is to tell them what you think they want to hear. It may not be true, but if your honesty is not in line with their way of thinking then you will probably not get an offer. Now, this is probably true of most organisations, nevertheless it felt a lot more so with this one.
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