Process And Timelines - Wates


  • The closing date for all applications is midday on the 21st November 2023. However, depending on the volume of applications that we receive, we may decide to close the application window early or extend beyond this date. We recommend that you complete your application as soon as you can.

    As part of the application process you’ll answer a number of questions related to your educational background and will also answer multiple-choice questions as part of the Situational Application Questionnaire. Once you submit your application, you’ll receive acknowledgement that we have received your application safely and that your application is under consideration. Please do check your junk/spam folders if you do not receive this email within a few hours.

    We’re only able to accept the first application that we receive, any additional applications will be automatically withdrawn. We would therefore recommend checking our role descriptions in detail to make sure that you meet the requirements of the role and to ensure that it’s the best fit for you.

    Everyone will receive an update regarding their application towards the end of November/early December.

  • If you’ve been successful at the application and Situational Application Questionnaire stage, you will then be invited to the next stage of the application process – a recorded Video Interview.

    The Video Interview will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete, and you’ll be able to do so in an environment that you find comfortable, and at a time that works best for you. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer.

    There will be a practise question where you can familiarise yourself with the set up. This will then be followed by three sets of questions, with set thinking time and response time.

    We will give you lots of hints and tips when you get to this stage to help you prepare.

    You can expect to receive an outcome mid-January.

  • The next stage of the process will require attendance at a Virtual Assessment Centre, which will run from mid-January to the end of March.

    We often only have one assessment day per role, with the day starting at 9am and finishing around approximately 3pm.

    On the day you will get an opportunity to meet with some of our Senior Managers and also our current Trainees, so please have a think about any questions you might like to ask them. You’ll then take part in three exercises:

    • Group Exercise
    • Case-Study and Presentation (individual exercise)
    • Behavioural Interview (individual exercise)

    In advance of the day, you’ll be provided with lots of hints and tips to help you prepare. We also offer feedback from the day to everyone that attends.

  • You can expect to receive an outcome from your Virtual Assessment Centre within 7 days.

    If you’ve been successful in receiving an offer from us, then we’ll initially notify you over the phone. During this call we’ll confirm some details of your verbal conditional offer and provide you with guidance on next steps.

    There will be some documents that we’ll need to request from you, including proof of your Right to Work in the UK. For a small number of roles, you may be working on a project which may require you to undergo advanced security clearance.

    Once you’ve received your contract we’ll continue to be in regular contact with you, ensuring you have all of the support and information that you need to join us and your Early Careers peers in September 2024.


We recognise that some candidates may need us to make a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process due to a disability to ensure that they are treated fairly and consistently, and that they are given an opportunity to perform to their full potential.

You will be able to let us know if you require reasonable adjustments during the application process.