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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click on any question for answers to the most common queries about the recruitment and selection process at HS2.

We don’t accept late applications under any circumstances. This is because we’re working to strict timelines.

Applications received after 23:59hrs on the closing date are not accepted.

Closed roles are automatically removed from our website shortly after this time.

You’ll get an email confirming receipt as soon as you submit your online application.

If you don’t receive this confirmation, please check to make sure that our email hasn’t gone to your junk mail.

If you still can’t find our confirmation email after checking, please email to let us know on HS2jobs@hs2.org.uk.

Yes, we only accept applications using the forms on the recruitment website.

This is so we have a consistent process and are fair to everyone. We won’t consider applications in other formats.

You can apply if you have an up-to-date work permit or visa that lets you work in the UK.

Your work permit or visa must be valid for the duration of the contract for the role.

If you’re applying for a permanent position, you’ll need a work permit or visa, or permanent residency in the UK.

Candidates are measured against the essential criteria required for the role.

These can be found under the role descriptions in the 'Jobs' section of the recruitment website.

Those who demonstrate their knowledge, skills and expertise against these criteria will be invited to interview. 

We’re looking for examples of how you meet the criteria - in work, education or social areas of your life.

During the recruitment process, your application may be considered for a number of roles with us. You may be added to our talent pool for consideration, if appropriate.

If we haven’t contacted you about your interest in a specific role, keep monitoring the website and applying for roles in the usual way.

We can’t always provide alternative interview dates because of time constraints, but we’ll be as flexible as possible.

All our interviews are in panel format, are competency-based, and tend to last approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

If you’re invited for an interview, we’ll send you details about what time the interview will take place and where, how long it will take, and whether there will be any testing or any preparation you need to do.

It depends on the panel, how many days the interviews are spread over, and how many candidates are seen - as well as their quality.

Our general approach is to offer the role to the preferred candidate before standing anyone down. Sometimes this can delay the process, and it means you may be informed of the outcome later than you expect. 

We can’t give feedback to people who don’t reach interview stage, because of the high numbers of applications.

If you’ve been interviewed, you can request feedback by emailing: HS2Jobs@hs2.org.uk. In the subject field, please put ‘interview feedback request’ and the role you were interviewed for.

It could take us some time to get back to you, because of the numbers of roles we’re interviewing for and the timelines we’re working to – but we haven’t forgotten you.

We ask all candidates to fill out our diversity monitoring form, to help us create a consistent process that’s fair to everyone. Completing the form helps us to check that our recruitment campaigns attract a diverse pool of candidates.

If you’re uncomfortable about filling in the form, you can select the ‘prefer not to complete’ option.

The information you provide in the diversity monitoring form is kept separately - it’s not treated as part of your application.

Your diversity monitoring information is confidential and it’s only used for statistical purposes.

We advertise all our vacancies internally and externally, to ensure we attract the most appropriate and diverse talent.

Our application process is robust and consistent. It’s designed to provide all candidates with an equal opportunity to make the case for how well their skills fit the role.

Candidates are assessed against the key requirements for the role and the core competencies it calls for. The most suitable candidate will be offered the role, whether they are an internal or external candidate.

For information about HS2 Ltd and the work we do, please visit our 'About HS2' pages or www.gov.uk/hs2

All roles will be advertised here on our website. You can also register for job alerts.

Yes. We know your skills are always developing and our requirements can change. We’ll be happy for you to apply for any role your skills fit, even if you’ve applied before.

Generally, we’re relaxed and operate a smart casual dress policy. A formal dress code is only required for external meetings.

We’re keen to support your personal and professional development.

So on top of the mandatory training you have to complete, you can get access to a wide range of learning opportunities to enhance your capability within our organisation.

We’re committed to providing every opportunity for our people to grow their careers. We advertise all our vacancies on our internal job board and we’re already experiencing many internal moves.

We also discuss career plans as part of our regular employee performance reviews, to support our people’s career ambitions.

Depending on the role, you may be expected to travel to other HS2 Ltd offices, to suppliers’ sites, or along the line of route.

We’ll be able to discuss this in more detail during the recruitment process.