More than 60% of candidates get rejected solely on the basis of their performance in online aptitude tests. Don’t be one of them – read the following article now to make your application stand out.

Arup, officially known as Arup Group Limited, is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. Arup has over 14,00 staff based in 92 offices across 40 countries, and is present in Africa, the America, Australasia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Competition for Arup’s professional and graduate job’s is very fierce and so you need to make sure that you perform your best at every stage of the recruitment process –this is why we prepared this article: to provide you with a step-by-step overview of the best tips to successfully pass the Arup assessment process. If you plan to apply to Arup for graduate scheme, summer internship or placement, this text is for you.

These are the 4 steps of the Arup assessment process:

  1. Arup Online application
  2. Arup Interview
  3. Arup Assessment centre
  4. Arup Final interview


Arup Online Application

The online application form will be used for any future reference relating to your career experiences, main achievements and education. Make sure to fill in all the personal details accurately and always double check.

Based on the area you apply to, you might also be asked to answer a few motivational questions.

Tip: Always start by doing a lot of research about the company’s: current deals, structural changes it might be going through, and any exceptional awards it has received. Refer to these to show your interest in the company.

Tip: Apply as early as possible, as some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case Arup’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.

You may also be given a chance to attach your cover letter, so use this opportunity if it’s applicable. Search through examples of successful cover letters online and think how you can persuade Arup’s recruiters that you would be an ideal candidate for this job. Outline your strengths and show your determination, and directly say why you think they would benefit from having you on a team.


Arup Interview

After the application deadline, if you have been reviewed positively, you will be invited to a one-on-one interview with a HR professional from Arup. This interview will most likely take a form of a telephone interview and will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest, as well as the potential skills that make you suitable for the particular role that you applied to.

This interview will be competency based (CBI) and will be focused around your CV and personal motivations, so review your CV and prepare examples of situations where you demonstrated key skills of ideal candidates. Some examples of these are: teamwork, determination, creativity, initiative, resistance, leadership, etc.

Examples of Arup interview questions you might be asked:

  • Why did you apply for this particular role?
  • Tell us about a team project you worked on where you had to deal with a difficult team member, and how you solved this issue.
  • Tell us about the hardest challenge you have been faced with and what you learned from it.
  • What are, in your opinion, the three core skills a successful employee at Arup should have?
  • Tell us about a time when you had an idea and took measures to implement it into your work.
  • What key skills could you bring to Arup?
  • Why do you wish to work at Arup?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Learn more about the most common types of interview questions.

Arup telephone interview tip: Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Leave a note in your sight to be reminded about the acronym STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer a question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.

Prepare a list of the projects you have previously worked on – whether they are from your professional experiences, education, passions, sports or personal experiences. Use STAR to describe what you have done in each of them, and write it down.

Curious to know what questions could come up in your interview? Check out GF’s proprietary tool: Question Identifier Tool (QIT)


Arup Assessment Centre

Depending on your position and line of business, you might be invited to an Arup assessment centre where you might be asked to complete a number of tasks. Here are the most common task types:

  • Group exercise

This exercise will examine your ability to work as part of a team. Throughout this task, various employees will observe you on your ability to solve problems when required to work with others under time pressured conditions.

It is important that you are confident enough to share and argument your ideas, but also be ready to contribute to somebody else’s input. Most importantly: speak clearly and never interrupt anyone!

Tip: Try to persuade others towards your ideas and also ask critical though-provoking questions, but only do so when it feels natural. You need to appreciate that other people are just as important on the team.

Learn more about the Group Exercise And tips to successfully pass  it

  • Written exercise

This task will ask you to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem, which will be provided in the candidate brief given to you.

Tip: Start by skimming through all of the information in the candidate brief and then plan your response quickly. You should not start to answer before you form a clear idea of your response. Always check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.

Learn more about the Written Exercise and tips to successfully pass it 

  • Role play

In this task you will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing Arup. In this task, you will need to display your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

Learn more about role play and tips to successfully pass it

Have a look at other examples of assessment centre exercises by clicking on this link


Arup Final interview

This will be a one-on-one final round interview with an experienced senior person at Arup. It might involve a mixture of competency-based, as well as technical-based, questions. By this point of the recruitment process, you need to have understood: the bigger picture of the industry Arup operates in, its competitors, the company structure and corporate culture, as well as any recent developments that could be affecting the business.

Tip: Prepare and write down a couple of projects or initiatives that you did exceptionally well in. The interviewer will be interested in understanding: how you approached the problem, any analysis you did, the data gathered, any insights and actions taken, the results achieved, and what your role was.

Tip: The final interview will be also a chance for you to ask questions and see what working at Arup might look like. At the end of the interview you are likely to be given time to ask questions – you must definitely use this opportunity. Ask some though-provoking questions and engage in a conversation with the senior member that interviewed you. This way you can prove that you are interested and motivated to work for the company, and get further insight into whether this job is right for you.

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