Application Process & Interviews at WSP Australia

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

Simple Graduate application process via LinkedIn.
Graduate, Sydney
Met someone at a networking event. Had an interview a few days later. Started a few days after that.
Graduate, Sydney
I had two interviews, one interview was in Christchurch and the other was in Melbourne, where I was living. The manager happened to be working in Melbourne at the time so we had an informal interview over dinner.
Graduate, Christchurch
I enjoyed the process although it is not for everyone. I had to submit a selfie which represented me, answer in 70 words why I wanted to be an engineer and in another 70 words explain the sustainable alteration I would make to an engineering masterpiece. I was accepted and the interview process for myself and the seven others was a speed dating type scenario where there were eight interviewers, one for each applicant, they asked a question, you had 90 seconds to answer, a bell would ring and you would move on. there were 16 questions in total and I think it was much more comfortable talking one on one rather than to a panel. After I progressed I had a more casual chat to two of the team leaders where I was asked more personal questions to see if I would fit into the company. All applicants who made it to this stage got a job.
Graduate, Melbourne
Was quick and largely pain-free
Graduate, Sydney
The interview was a simple process where I met with the section head and the lead engineer I would be working with and they asked a series of questions. There was no assessment. My understanding is that this isn’t the typical graduate recruitment process however it was still formal and thorough.
Graduate, Brisbane
Hired through internship
Graduate, Adelaide
Basic face to face interview
Graduate, Brisbane
One hour discussion on whether WSP and I would be the right fit.
Graduate, Auckland
Very casual. Call back to check post interview.
Midlevel, Melbourne
Very relaxed, I was a recommended hire.
Graduate, Melbourne
LOVED creating my 2 steps ahead video. The traditional resume and cover letter approach is so outdated. The 2 steps ahead video enabled me to show my true character.
Graduate, Melbourne
I was required to create a 30second video; then attend an interview.
Graduate, Brisbane
Fast, relax and welcoming
Graduate, Sydney
I began as an intern and my interview was informal however actually getting the job took time (approx. 3 months) before I heard back.
Graduate, Sydney
They were very simple but effective in terms of what questions were asked of you applying for a position.
Graduate, Sydney
Applied through linkedin Attended graduate open night Created video about myself and submitted with resume Interview
Graduate, Brisbane
Short interview with manager at the time.
Graduate, Melbourne
Straightforward interview process, friendly and approachable hiring staff.
Graduate, Brisbane
Interview for a grad role was fairly standard. Particular focus on personal skills (fit with the team). Technical abilities a secondary factor (as grads come in with a lot to learn).
Graduate, Brisbane
when I was interviewed it was apart of the small business (when windward structures just got bought out by WSP/PB. So I was good friends with a senior work colleague, so he set up an interview with the directors of the company (structures), and so got in that way. many people were hired around my time.
Graduate, Melbourne
I had one interview (approx. 1 hour long) with my team manager and another senior person of my team, after a brief phone call from recruitment staff. My referees were called soon after.
Graduate, Melbourne
The HR ladies that were in contact with me to organise the interview and looking at my resume were wonderful, my interview was relaxed and my now manager was friendly and professional during the interview.
Graduate, Newcastle
I applied for a graduate role in a different area and when I followed up with the recruiter he put me in touch with my future manager. I got a face-to-face interview and was hired soon after.
Graduate, Canberra
Submit resume, interview with seniors in team, employee selected
Graduate, Sydney
Interviewed by phone and was pleased to be accepted
Graduate, Auckland
Sat down with state lead and had a chat,
Graduate, Melbourne
No detailed assessment - phone call with generic questions then an informal face to face with senior people in my team. However, my experience would not be typical for most coming on as grads due to my previous experience
Midlevel, Brisbane
Phone interview, personal interview, reference check and appointment letter
Midlevel, Melbourne
Discussion process. Question about company, my own experience, capabilities, interest. Connection between employer and interviewee.
Graduate, Brisbane
pretty intensive interviews. Very multi-dimensional assessment.
Midlevel, Sydney

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

Questions about previous experiences and roles in University societies.
Graduate, Sydney
Previous experience. Skills. Hobbies.
Graduate, Melbourne
Standard work history and what I want to do.
Graduate, Adelaide
goals, past experience etc.
Graduate, Sydney
Tell me about yourself Tell me about your Master's thesis Why should we hire you
Graduate, Christchurch
Mainly around teamwork
Graduate, Melbourne
I was asked about: -My background -My previous experience -What I learnt at University and how it could be applicable to the company -What I can bring to the company
Graduate, Brisbane
What is a good leader, how do you interact with this person. Lots of team based emotional intelligence questions.
Graduate, Adelaide
Why i wanted to leave my current job, my aspirations as a professional, my past work history.
Graduate, Auckland
Previous work/ projects
Graduate, Melbourne
I was asked questions such as: - What are my hobbies? - Why do I want to join WSP? - How many first class tickets are there? (This was a strategy based question which tested my reasoning/rationalizing capability)
Graduate, Melbourne
Why engineering? Why WSP? Scenario based questions, questions about my hobbies.
Graduate, Brisbane
Tell us about yourself What university subjects do you think help with your career progression? What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
Graduate, Sydney
Experience Passion outside of work Leadership skills Past experience Past employment Past projects
Midlevel, Melbourne
I do not remember them all however one question was: "If you retired tomorrow what would you want to be known for"
Graduate, Sydney
Why do you want to work for us? What experiences do you have? Do you have any questions for us?
Graduate, Sydney
Mainly about my resume and past experiences
Graduate, Brisbane
What experiences I had, why I wanted to work at the company and what did I know about working on government style contracts
Graduate, Melbourne
I was asked about my knowledge, my experience and what value I can bring to the company.
Graduate, Newcastle
Knowledge of company, previous work experience, previous life experience, personal interests, career goals.
Graduate, Brisbane
Who am I? What are my hobbies / goals?
Graduate, Brisbane
What can you bring to the company. how would you describe yourself. more about personality, than technical know how, just as long as a passion and ethic to learn is there.
Graduate, Melbourne
What is my 5 year career plan? What does innovation mean to me? What does teamwork mean to me? What's my experience as related to my potential role?
Graduate, Sydney
Details of my previous experience and about my location / getting to the office.
Graduate, Canberra
Experience, safety, willingness to travel
Graduate, Auckland
Why was I interested? My studies.
Graduate, Melbourne
Mostly just about my work interest, what I've worked on in the past, my thoughts on how I would perform in consulting etc.
Midlevel, Brisbane
General questions like ethics and values of the company. Importance of the safety and team related questions. and Few academical questions.
Midlevel, Melbourne
What do I know about the company? Where do I see myself in 5 years? What are your strengths/weaknesses? Tell us about your major project. What made you interested about our company?
Graduate, Brisbane
Prior to being employed, I was asked about my experiences at Uni and any work experience I had undertaken
Graduate, Adelaide
Some technical questions, what's my education background, why do I choose to apply for this position?
Midlevel, Sydney
Thoughts on uni study, time management, etc
Graduate, Adelaide
About whether i knew the general process of design for major projects and some personality questions
Graduate, Melbourne

Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?

Know someone inside
Graduate, Melbourne
Develop your LinkedIn profile
Graduate, Sydney
Learn about what your day to day role will be and how you will be able to apply yourself in that exact position.
Graduate, Adelaide
Be honest and open and always be willing to learn new things
Graduate, Canberra
Be interested in the work and passionate about building stuff.
Graduate, Sydney
Do research on the company, understand the values but don't recite them, just try to show that you value them as well. Don't try and remember anything because if you forget, you will get frazzled and nervous. Just try and be the best version of yourself and answer questions truthfully and anecdotally with a life experience that relates to show your understanding of the question, help make a personal connection and show that you exhibit what they are looking for in your life, whether that be sport, through assignments or anything else which you think fits.
Graduate, Melbourne
Be yourself, that is what is encouraged at the company. Know what projects we are working on and have an up to date LinkedIn
Graduate, Sydney
Have a good understanding of the history of the company. Who we are and what we do. Where are we located. Who is the CEO. What does the section you're applying for do and what have they done in the past?
Graduate, Brisbane
Talking to graduates
Graduate, Adelaide
Act natural and be more curious about WSP and the team apply they applied for.
Graduate, Auckland
Be honest. Do not overplay skills. Most important is a strong desire to learn and the demonstrating ability to do this effectively and smoothly.
Midlevel, Melbourne
For a graduate position, my interviewers were more interested in whether my personality would fit into the team rather than technical skill.
Graduate, Brisbane
Practice interview questions in different forms Ensure that there are examples to back your claim
Graduate, Sydney
Be yourself and don’t do all the cliche things. Talk about what you have done and how you were good at it and want the challenge.
Midlevel, Melbourne
To be natural and focus on culture and atmosphere as to get to the interview it is assumed you are competent in engineer. Have passion and drive to create the impossible!
Graduate, Sydney
Bring examples of your past work/reports from university that you think would assist you in getting a position. This is key!
Graduate, Sydney
Have as many experiences as you can, do volunteer work, any extra curricular activities
Graduate, Brisbane
Research current projects and how you can help out the team. Be open to work on anything.
Graduate, Melbourne
Understand the company, the market it operates in, make sure to be a well-rounded person with a healthy work-life balance, have a can-do attitude and show initiative.
Graduate, Newcastle
Apply early and develop a unique resume and cover letter specific to the company and job. Network and connect with others in the industry and within the company.
Graduate, Brisbane
Find a way to get yourself noticed. Get a foot in the door, once you get to an interview, you've passed the hardest part.
Graduate, Brisbane
Know the company locally and create a talking point in an interview. have good body language and just be clear. Don't need to rush the answer, take a second to think, and act natural, just like your speaking to someone in a shop.
Graduate, Melbourne
Try and pitch yourself as somebody someone would want to work with. The most technically skilled person may not be able to work with others or approach a problem creatively, and therefore won't be as much of an asset to the company as someone who is more collaborative and open with their ideas.
Graduate, Sydney
Have some background knowledge of day-to-day processes within the company and an understanding of some current/past major jobs completed by the company. Practise behavioural questions and brush up on some technical specifics
Graduate, Melbourne
I dealt with real people - remembered names, spoke to people and was treated the same way. Find out about the company and if this looks like the place for you, make it happen.
Graduate, Canberra
Be passionate about what you do, and show you are a keen learner
Graduate, Sydney
Be aware of the role you are applying for
Graduate, Auckland
Read a little bit on the company and think about why you want to work here/in the discipline.
Graduate, Melbourne
Knowledge and interest in building services prior to interview
Graduate, Sydney
Have a good idea on your strengths and weaknesses and what skills/attitude/knowledge you could bring to the team - and what you want to learn
Midlevel, Brisbane
Know the Value. Learn about the safety and prepare to confirm what you have stated in your resume.
Midlevel, Melbourne
Check companies Website and learn what they are about. Think about your own abilities and think about how you can improve them. Think of new ideas that interest you and apply to the position.
Graduate, Brisbane
Approach your application with an open mind and be prepared to discuss a range of different topics with your interviewer
Graduate, Adelaide
Do some research to understand your job responsibilities, and the value of the firm etc.
Midlevel, Sydney