Graduates - How to Apply

Applications are now closed for our 2021 Graduate Programme

Application Details

Before you apply for our Graduate Development Programme, make sure you’ve read what we expect from our people.

You’ll need:

  • Communication skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Resilience
  • A 2:1 degree by the time the programme starts
  • To be eligible to work in the UK without restriction and be able to take up permanent employment
  • A full UK driving license where required by the role


Application Stage

As part of your application we ask that you provide your CV and answers to a set of competency questions. If we do not receive both your CV and answers to each of the questions, you will not pass the initial screening criteria.

Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for the application process. You will have the ability to save your application as you work through it.



A few hints & tips...

Ensure you apply with plenty of time before the application closes.

Have your CV ready - ensure you have proof read it, checked spelling, grammar and the presentation - this is your chance to make a first impression. (Make it count!)

Use the STAR approach to assist you when answering the questions:

  • S - Situation; what was the situation, when did it take place?
  • T - Task; what task was it, what was the objective?
  • - Action; what action did you take to achieve this?
  • R - Result; what happened as a result of your action?


The following questions are designed to assess your motivation for a career with Veolia as well as some of the areas we have identified as being particularly important to success within Veolia. You can use examples from your academic, extracurricular or work experience when answering these questions.


1. Please provide details of any positions of responsibility, leadership, gap years taken or extra curricular activities you have held since leaving school (300 word max).

Please ensure that you outline your personal involvement, what steps you took and what the outcome was.


2. We're interested in your motivation for Veolia and our Graduate Development Programme. Please tell us why you want to apply to Veolia and be part of our Graduate Development Programme (300 words max).

  • What attracted you to apply to Veolia?
  • Why do you believe you are a good fit for the graduate programme at Veolia?
  • What do you know about our operations in the water, waste and energy sectors? GRAD2


3. We need to Deliver on our promises in order to progress to new projects and grow our business. If we don't, our business will stagnate and this will compromise our future sustainability (300 words max).

Please tell us about a time you needed to deliver an important project or task.

  • Why was the project so important?
  • What did you do to ensure that you delivered this on time?
  • How did you overcome any challenges or obstacles when delivering this project/task?
  • What results did you achieve?


4. Teamwork requires us to bring together diverse views, skills and expertise to ensure success. Without teamwork, we can’t leverage the great diversity of our people and this will undermine our chances to succeed and innovate.

Please tell us about a time you have had to work with a wide range of people on a group project/task.

  • How did you ensure that everyone in the group contributed?
  • What was your personal contribution on this task?
  • What did you do to build a relationship with the team?
  • What results did you achieve?
  • What did you learn from this experience?

Online Testing

If successful at application stage, you will be asked to complete online numerical and verbal reasoning testing.


A few hints & tips...

Treat the online testing as you would an exam. You can prepare for these by doing practice papers on the internet.

Please allow yourself plenty of time, arrange to be someone quiet with no distractions.

Ensure you have some rough paper and a pen to make notes as you go through.


Should you require support with this or have any special requirements, please get in touch with us.

Telephone Interview

Those who are successful at online testing, will pass through to telephone interviewing.

A time will be arranged for a member of our team to contact you for a 30 minute telephone interview.

The telephone interview is an opportunity for you to share with us your motivation for joining Veolia, our Graduate Development Programme and for the specific position you have applied for.


A few hints & tips...

Ensure you are in a quiet and comfortable location with phone signal and available for the full length of the interview with no distractions.

Do your research before hand. Ensure you know why you want to work for Veolia, and know what you can bring to Veolia.

Have some notes to hand of key projects you have been involved in that you can reference during the call.

Assessment Centre

The final stage will be an assessment centre. This may involve:

  • an interview
  • a group exercise
  • individual exercises

The various elements will be focused on assessing the competencies and behaviours that enable our graduates to succeed at Veolia.

Please note that assessment centres will take place virtually unless otherwise communicated.


A few hints & tips...

Understandably this is the most nerve wracking day of the process. We will do all we can to reduce those nerves. There are some things you can do to help yourself too!

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare! Ensure you are fully up to date on Veolia, Have we been in the news recently? Have we won any new contracts? What have we been up to?

Be yourself - the assessors will be looking at your background but also your behaviours on across the exercises. What is your approach to solving a problem? How do you communicate?

Treat each task as an individual part. If you feel you have not done well in one area, don’t let it bring you down. Keep going and shine in the other areas. We will be looking at you as a whole and if successful will work with you on any areas that are not a strength.