There are many possible areas of entry into the world of BP. There are around 300 places available on the various BP graduate schemes and many different professional positions offered on a rolling basis. There are also about 100 BP internship positions available throughout the year. Here we describe the BP hiring process for the graduate scheme and internships as they are the most extensive.
If you are applying for a professional role, you will have to complete the BP online application, and if you are successful you will be invited to either a telephone or face-to-face interview.
There are three different graduate programs in which you can expect a highly rigorous level of competition for every single place. The different programs are in Business and Trading, Engineering, and Science. Each of these broad programs has multiple areas of interest. In line with this, there is also an internship program available in the same key areas as in the graduate programs.
In addition, there is the Future Leaders Programme, or FLP, which requires applicants to have a postgraduate degree as well as three years’ professional experience.
Aside from these positions, BP also offers school leavers a three year A-level program based in Canary Wharf where you gain real experience in trading floor activities.
BP puts a focus on the following five values as a company. Throughout the application process, make sure to reference these values as much as possible.
To increase your chances, you should also read through the job description very carefully and try to integrate the mentioned qualities in your answers.
The BP online application form contains standard application details for you to complete, as well as information about your personal work experience. There is also a section on the BP values if you are applying for a BP graduate scheme. If you are applying for a professional position you will be asked to answer job specific questions in order to find out if you have the correct knowledge required for the position you have applied for. When answering these questions, it is very important to be able to stress your motivation for working for BP. Use the STAR method for answering your questions in order to give a full impression of yourself. Moreover, you should tailor your answers to not only be completely truthful but also to have the right motivations and skills behind them.
The BP online aptitude tests are provided by the Saville Consulting group and are known as analysis aptitude tests. There are 3 tests included: numerical, verbal, and abstract/diagrammatic reasoning. You will probably only take one or two of these tests, depending on the scheme you are applying to. You have 6 minutes to complete each section of the test.
In this section you are presented with a variety of different source materials in the form of tables and graphs. You are given a verbal question based on this information. From the information given in the question you have to extract the correct, relevant numerical information and use it along with the information in the tables and graphs to answer the question. There are five different answer options and you have to select the correct one. You are expected to know how to use a calculator in order to answer the questions correctly. The questions often centre around the setup of different sections of a company.
This section of the BP online test assesses different abilities in various ways, including the ability to understand word meanings, comprehend text, and make verbal inferences. You are given a paragraph of information which you have to understand and analyse and afterwards answer a number of questions relating to the passage.
Some candidates may be asked to take a diagrammatic test. In this test you are presented with a sequence of different images or matrices that have a particular relationship. You have to find the pattern and use it to discern the next step in the sequence. There are a number of different possibilities to choose from and you have to click on the one you think follows the pattern. There are a number of different rules that govern these tests and learning what they are and how they are manifested in the tests help you to increase your performance level. This section can be difficult and it’s a good idea to practice it beforehand.
If you successfully pass the online tests, there are two interviews that you can expect from BP, the BP telephone interview and the BP technical interview. Each of these assesses a different skill set needed for the job. Some candidates have both and some have one, depending on the role.
The BP telephone interview is a motivational interview which focuses on your personal attributes and experiences. The interview is scheduled at your convenience so be sure to pick a quiet place and time. The assessors want to know exactly what attracted you to apply for this position and your answers should reflect the key values of BP. In addition, you will be asked a few competency questions to help the company get a full picture of you. Before the interview, think about the BP key values and examples of when you have exemplified each. A great way to structure your answers is by thinking about the situation, task, action and result, or STAR method.
In addition to the telephone interview you may be invited to a BP technical interview which takes place in one of the BP offices.
The technical interview is about an hour and a half long. It is conducted by two BP employees, one of whom is a manager of the relevant division you are applying for. You will be asked many different questions relating to the relevant position and you will have to show your knowledge of the subject. As some of the questions require calculations, you are given time to think about your answers during the interview. Remember to review the BP key values beforehand. If you really want to impress the assessors, you need to wow them with your skills.
If you pass this stage of the recruitment process successfully as well, you will be invited to attend the next stage: the BP Assessment Centre.
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