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7 top tips from SKY
We have a core set of behaviours that unite us and describe how we work together. Throughout the selection process, we’ll be looking for evidence of how you demonstrate each of them. They are:
Clear direction – We know what we’re doing and why – clear direction comes from the top but it’s important that in every team, everyone knows what they’re doing and why. Understanding our business and our products is essential in ensuring we all move in the right direction together.
Change & improvement – Our imagination and creativity help us exceed expectations where it matters most. So we always look for better ways of doing things and run with the changes that brings.
Feedback & development – Continuous improvement is as important for us as individuals as it is for the business itself. Learning from our experiences and being able to use feedback to improve our performance is key.
Collaboration & teamwork – Good team-working skills are essential at Sky, so we can support and inform colleagues, as well as get help in return. It all comes down to working together so we can achieve more.
Empowerment – To make Sky a great place to work, we trust each other to do our very best. We support and encourage people to push themselves to do better every day – being open and honest and valuing others is important.
Do the right thing – Acting with integrity is vital in keeping the trust and respect of our customers and colleagues. We are looking for people who are willing to stand up for what’s right and always consider how their actions impact the business and the wider community.
When you apply for a role with us, you’ll go through a structured process, which will vary depending on what programme you’re applying to. As you’d expect, your first step is to complete the online application form and submit your CV. But what happens then? Here we’ve put together a short guide detailing exactly how each process works – plus a few tips on how to prepare for each one.
The most important thing to remember in every application is that we want you to be yourself. Let your personality come through whenever you’re talking to us; try and be as relaxed and comfortable as possible. This is your chance to find out about us and our chance to find out about you.
See the sections below for the application process that relates to you.
This is the timeline for a successful application to our Graduate Programmes:
This is the timeline for a successful application to our Apprenticeship Programmes:
This is the timeline for a successful application to one of our Placements:
This is the timeline for a successful application to our Work Experience opportunities:
Writing your application
This is how we first get to know you. Be clear on why you want to join Sky and specifically the role you’re applying for. Take your time and don’t rush – we want to see that you’ve done your research, and really understand Sky and what makes us tick. Use this as an opportunity to show how you’ll deliver brilliantly if you’re successful.
We'll also ask you some questions relating to our behaviours, so try to think of some good examples to help us understand more about you.
Make your application stand out – there’s a limited word count, so you’ll need to focus on your own impact, not the achievements of a group.
As soon as you send us your application, you’ll receive an automatic acknowledgement. Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything for a while after that, as the process can take up to a few months. We promise we’ll be in touch as soon as possible after weighing up each application.
If you’re successful, you may be invited to talk to a member of the team in a telephone interview.
Double-check you’ve given us the right phone number and you’re ready for our call. Don’t forget you’ll need your application, CV, any questions and a notepad and pen to jot things down. Listen carefully to your interviewer, but don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Be confident. If there’s quiet on the other end of the line, don’t worry. The interviewer is just making notes.
Remember, we’ve already seen your application form and decided that we’re interested. This is your chance to build on that positive start. We’re keen to find out why you want to work at Sky and on this particular programme. We’ll be looking for instances of where you’ve displayed specific Sky behaviours. It’s best to prepare these in advance. A useful technique to use is STAR: explain the Situation, the Task involved, Actions you took and the Results.
Of course we know that it may not always have been plain sailing to get to where you are today. Everyone learns from their mistakes and you never know where taking a risk may get you. Even for Sky, the very idea of satellite TV in the UK was a massive gamble 25 years ago. We’ll be looking to hear examples from different areas of your life, both at work and outside, where you demonstrated problem-solving skills.
The Assessment Centre
After your interview, we'll be in touch to let you know if we’d like you to come to our offices and take part in an assessment centre. This shouldn’t be daunting for you – we’re a friendly bunch and simply want to see if you’d thrive with us. And it’s your chance to see if you’d like to work here. Just remember to be yourself, and if you’re thinking about what to wear, our advice is to be smart but comfortable. We don’t expect you to wear a suit, but think twice about wearing shorts and flip-flops.
The format of your day with us will vary, depending on what you’ve applied for. But don’t worry, we’ll let you know what you need to prepare in plenty of time. The day could include some or all of the following:
Group discussion exercise
At Sky, it’s all about being in it together, so we want to see how you interact with others and if you perform well in a team. This means that you’ll need to make sure you contribute. The aim is to gauge whether you can be proactive without being domineering and if you can listen as well as contribute. Most of all, we want to see you shine and be yourself. There'll be assessors in the room watching the exercise but try to forget that they're there.
This will be in a similar format to the telephone interview, so you may find the STAR guidance above useful.
Programme/business specific exercise
This is your chance to show us not only your passion for Sky and your chosen business area, but also what you can bring to Sky. You’ll be provided with all the information you need to complete this task on the day. This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the type of work you will be involved in if you are successful.
If you come to a Sky assessment centre, we’ll always give you feedback on your performance and let you know when you can expect to hear back. We try to make a decision as soon as possible.
Good luck with your application. We look forward to hearing from you.
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