Application Form Advice

Before starting your application, you should thoroughly research our graduate programmes. Make sure you're clear about the kind of career we're offering and the kind of candidate we're looking for.


The online application process for our graduate programmes has 5 stages:
 
Step 1 – Choose a programme and register
Step 2 – Your education
Step 3 – Your employment history and work experience
Step 4 – More about you
Step 5 – Additional details

When you register with us for the first time, you'll get an email confirming your user name and password. Keep these details, you'll need them to log back in as a registered user.

Once you've started an online application, you can save it and return to it at any time. There is a "save" button on every page. Make sure you save your form before closing your browser, or your changes might be lost.

You'll automatically be logged out after an hour's inactivity, so save your changes before you take a break.

Completing the form

The application form is your chance to impress us so please take your time. What you write in this form will be the only information we have about you. It is the information on which we base our decision to invite you for an interview or not.
 
Make sure that you spell-check the entire form and that you fully answer all the questions before submitting it. (Remember it's Capgemini not Cap Gemini.)
 
Save regularly. If your computer is slow or tends to freeze, it may be a good idea to save your long answers in Microsoft Word and paste them into the application form. After an hour of inactivity, you will be logged out of the application form and any changes since your last save will be lost. 

Don't forget to answer all the open-ended questions (especially those in the "About you" section). It’s these answers in particular that distinguish you from other applicants.

Application form tips

Spelling and grammar: spell check or a get a friend to proof read. Over 20% of applications (up to 40%) get rejected because of basic errors.
 
Reasons for applying: demonstrate that you have researched the company and relate that to why you've applied.
 
Previous work experience: You may have worked for a competitor company but we also want to see transferable skills such as teamwork, communications, customer service, and IT (especially MS Office).

Do 

Use positive language: don't mention something that didn't work out in the end: "despite my best efforts we lost the deal." 

Show evidence of ongoing learning: this is a graduate training or development role you're applying for. Companies want people willing to learn from them; demonstrate experience and practice as well as your theory.

Balance 'we' and 'I'. Focus on how you helped your team succeed. Lone operators will not pass most selection processes.

Be innovative, think creatively and solve problems: most recruiters are looking for a fresh pair of eyes and an extra pair of hands.

Show tenacity/resilience: most roles talk about being challenged, so demonstrate that you can meet this head on.

Create your own unique selling point and stand out from the crowd: all applicants will have worked hard to get a good degree. We've all had that underperforming team member on a project. And if we had a pound for every 'team captain'…
 
Remember, it's not what you did but how you did it, and most importantly why you did it!
 

And don't 

Assume we're familiar with the situation and omit key details. Always describe the situation first, e.g. "during one of my many team meetings…"  What team? Football? Society?  What meeting? Project meeting? Weekly meeting? Who was there? When was it held?

Refer to existing skills without actually demonstrating them. Don't refer to what you haven't yet demonstrated. "Using my excellent communications skills..." "Drawing on my excellent entrepreneurial skills..." The example should be used to describe or demonstrate the skills rather than simply refer to them.

Briefly mention many different things you've done rather than talking in detail about one thing and telling us more how and why you did it. Listing many titles and awards as bullet points isn't as impressive as it may seem.

Use buzzwords or jargon, we appreciate plain English.