Employer of the month – December 2014 – HP

Information in this article is from HP:

“We’re a multi-faceted company. Join one of our graduate, intern or apprentice schemes and you’ll see them all. You could get to grips with the cloud technology, play a part in business strategy or even come up with the solutions that could fire the future of our business. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll see us for what we are – a global organisation with far-reaching opportunities for bright-minded and resilient self-starters.

Graduate Programmes

Our graduate schemes put you in control of your career. Join us in consulting, Project/Programme management, IT, Business or Sales and you’ll have the opportunity to explore your interests and build solid foundations for the future. What’s more, all our schemes come with a generous and competitive remuneration package – find out more about the rewards and benefits on offer.

Apply to the programme that’s best suited to your degree and your interests. From there, you’ll join the available graduate roles we have in each area. Please note that although many of our roles are Bracknell based, specific positions could take you to any one of our sites in the UK, so you’ll need to be prepared to relocate. The location of the role will be specified at interview stage.

Learning and development

Graduate programme

When you join HP, you’ll start with our on-boarding training, where you’ll learn about the company, the business and your role – giving you an understanding of where you fit in our organisation.

After that, our role is to make sure you have all the skills you need to build a long-term, international career. We concentrate on both ‘soft’ and technical skills, and place a heavy emphasis on ‘on the job’ learning, as well as formal instruction. Your training will vary, depending upon your role but could include coaching from mentors and managers, tutorials, specialised programmes and ‘off-site’ day or residential courses.

At all times, you’ll be the driving force of your development – working with us to identify your needs and goals, and discussing how we can help you to build the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

To find out more about the specific training and development on offer for our roles, go to our programmes page.

Intern programme

Over 13 months, you’ll get an insight into our global organisation, and you’ll benefit from a structured development plan that will enhance the skills you have and help you build a host of new ones.

Throughout the year you’ll undertake regular training and have one-to-one meetings with your manager, all to aid your personal and professional development. With our open-plan offices and dynamic working culture, you’ll also be able to network with senior managers who can help to drive your career forward.

To find out more about the specific training and development on offer for our roles, go to our programmes page.

Rewards and benefits

Graduate programme

Join our graduate scheme and you can look forward to a starting salary of £25,000, plus £3,000 signing on bonus to welcome you on board. You’ll also have access to our Flexible Benefits Programme, which gives HP employees the option of choosing the benefits they want. And if there’s a benefit you don’t want, in most cases we’ll buy it back and give you the cash instead!

    Some of these benefits include:

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days paid holiday
  • Sports and social clubs
  • Medical plan
  • Dental cover
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounted retail vouchers
  • HP products employee purchase scheme

At many of our UK offices we also provide a subsidised restaurant, along with banking, shopping facilities as well as general reduced rates for a range of leisure activities including national attractions, theatre shows and gym membership (part of the HP sports and Social Club). On the social side, there’s loads of graduate networking functions, sporting teams to get involved in and a dedicated social club offering everything from discounted weekends away, to theatre and theme park trips.

Internships

As an intern, you’ll have all the benefits of a graduate and a salary of £14,000 plus a £1000 sign-on bonus.

Work life Navigation

We fully recognise that each individual has different needs when it comes to the demands of work and home. To help you find the best way of working for you and our business, we fully support an open dialogue between employees and managers, and provide a range of solutions. These include e-tools, home working and job-sharing.

How to apply:

Graduate programme

Minimum requirements
The exact qualifications you need will depend on the programme you apply for. But here’s what we usually look for:

  • Good GCSE grades (mainly A-C)
  • 2.1 honours degree in Business or IT Technical discipline, others may also be accepted depending on role.
  • Relevant experiences/transferable skills

Application form
If you want to join the HP Graduate Programme, visit our application area and submit your online application in English for your chosen career track. For more information, go to our application advice section.

If your qualifications match our requirements, we’ll let you know your application has been successful. You’ll then progress to the following selection process:

CV submission
In general, we’re much more interested in the kind of person you are – your work experience, extra-curricular activities and the things you’re naturally good at – than your degree. So make sure your CV reflects who you are and highlights your abilities. As you’d expect, we also ask that you have some minimum qualifications, so be sure to check the requirements for each role when you apply. For more information, go to our CV advice section.

Telephone interview
Once we’ve checked your application we’ll invite you to a telephone interview – to get a deeper understanding of your background and ensure you are familiar with the role you’re applying for. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Face-to-face interview
This is to help us get to know you better, so try and relax and be yourself. Depending on the role, we’ll interview you or you’ll need to come along to an assessment centre day – taking part in activities like a case study, presentation, group exercise, as well as an interview. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Intern programme

Minimum requirements
The exact qualifications you need will depend on the programme you apply for. But here’s what we usually look for:

  • Good GCSE grades (mainly A-C)
  • A predicted 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant experiences/transferable skills

Application form
If you want to join the HP Intern Programme, visit our application area and submit your online application in English for either our Business, IT, Marketing or Sales track. For more information, go to our application advice section, or to find out more about the roles within these tracks, visit our programmes page.

If your qualifications match our requirements, we’ll let you know your application has been successful. You’ll then progress to the following selection process:

CV submission
In general, we’re much more interested in the kind of person you are – your work experience, extra-curricular activities and the things you’re naturally good at – than your degree. So make sure your CV reflects who you are and highlights your abilities. As you’d expect, we also ask that you have some minimum qualifications, so be sure to check the requirements for each role when you apply. For more information, go to our CV advice section.

Telephone interview
Once we’ve checked your application we’ll invite you to a telephone interview – to get a deeper understanding of your background and ensure you are familiar with the role you’re applying for. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Face-to-face interview
This is to help us get to know you better, so try and relax and be yourself. Depending on the role, we’ll interview you or you’ll need to come along to an assessment centre day – taking part in activities like a case study, presentation, group exercise, as well as an interview. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Application advice

Take the time to read the form thoroughly to understand each question. Draft your answers carefully before submitting them.

Make a list of the key skills and competencies you think are essential for being successful in your chosen career.

Be clear about why you have chosen us and why you see your future here.

Be interesting and engaging. Your personality, passions and interest will help you stand out.

Attention to detail and clarity of thought are essential. Remember to check and double check all spelling and grammar. Express yourself concisely and clearly – and don’t use jargon.

Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. That’s what this process is all about. Demonstrate how your interests and experience are relevant to the role and why they make you our ideal candidate.

Include examples of any work placements or experience you feel are relevant. So long as you can demonstrate that they are, we will want to know about it. Pay particular attention to activities that show you have commercial awareness and excellent communication skills.

CV

Your CV is the key to us getting to know you a bit better. It gives us a snapshot of you before your interview and guides what questions we’ll ask you. Be sure it reflects the qualifications and experience needed for the job you’re interested in. You should also include a covering letter which brings to life your academic and career highlights and explains why you think you’re perfect for our graduate development programme.

Interview

Whether conducted over the phone or face-to-face, your HP interview could alter the course of your career. We take your career development seriously, and we know you do too. So here’s a little peek into our heads—what we’re looking for and how you can present it to us.

First, take the time for some self-reflection. How do you see yourself helping to simplify technology experiences for our customers? Do you think you would thrive in an ambitious global culture? What do you want to do? What kind of new challenges are you looking for? Where do you want to work? What makes you unique? Are you willing to re-locate if it’s required? Having these answers will help a lot in your interview.

Some other tips:

Get to know us—what we do and who we are. Know which positions interest you most and why. Use the job search tool to view jobs that best match your interests and experience.
Come prepared. Bring any supporting application information that might be relevant: your CV, thesis, diploma results or any recommendations.

Focus on the details. Proofread, proofread and proofread. (Also, proofread.)

Let the interviewer know what work areas you are most passionate about. Be prepared to talk about yourself and your technical experience or projects. Think about what drives you.

Interview us. Because the interview is also a good opportunity for you to identify whether HP is where you want to be.

Differentiate yourself. Why are you the best person for the job? Communicate your strengths.

Be yourself. After all, we’re a team here. We want to be sure we click.”

Information in this article is from HP.

 

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