FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click on any question for answers to the most common queries about the recruitment and selection process at HS2.
Is the closing date flexible?Link will expand the content
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.
How do I know that you've received my application?Link will expand the content
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.
Do you only accept applications using the forms on the recruitment website?Link will expand the content
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.
I am not a British or European national. Can I still apply?Link will expand the content
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.
Can you explain the shortlisting process?Link will expand the content
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.
What are you looking for in my application to match the criteria?Link will expand the content
We’re looking for examples of how you meet the criteria - in work, education or social areas of your life.
If I apply and I'm not selected, will my details be held and considered for other roles?Link will expand the content
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.
I can’t attend my interview on the date given. Can I request a different date?Link will expand the content
We can’t always provide alternative interview dates because of time constraints, but we’ll be as flexible as possible.
Can you cover my interview travel expenses?Link will expand the content
We don’t reimburse travel expenses.
If I'm invited for interview, what should I expect?Link will expand the content
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.
How soon after the interview will I know the outcome?Link will expand the content
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.
Can I get feedback on my application?Link will expand the content
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.
Do I have to complete your diversity monitoring form?Link will expand the content
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.
How do you decide which roles you put out to external candidates and which ones you do not?Link will expand the content
We advertise all our vacancies internally and externally, to ensure we attract the most appropriate and diverse talent.
If there are internal candidates applying for the role, is it worth my applying?Link will expand the content
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.
Where can I research HS2 Ltd, its role and background?Link will expand the content
How can I stay up to date on the latest roles with HS2 Ltd?Link will expand the content
All roles will be advertised here on our website. You can also register for job alerts.
If I’ve applied before, can I apply again?Link will expand the content
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.
Do you offer relocation?Link will expand the content
No, we don’t offer relocation.
What’s the dress code at HS2 Ltd?Link will expand the content
Generally, we’re relaxed and operate a smart casual dress policy. A formal dress code is only required for external meetings.
What kind of training can I expect?Link will expand the content
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.
What are the opportunities for career development?Link will expand the content
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.
Will I need to travel much?Link will expand the content
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.