Application Process

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Hints & tips

We’re keen for you to succeed with your Apprenticeship Programme applications, wherever you apply, so we hope this helps!

General Hints & Tips

  • Do ask questions!
  • The recruitment team are here to support you through the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or call 01344 471370

Application forms

First, you’ll be asked to fill out an application form.

It’s been carefully formulated to highlight your most important skills and qualities, so as long as you answer truthfully in detail, you can be sure you’ll be considered equally against other applicants (Plus, you won’t need to worry about writing a CV!).

  • In the work experience section you can include any experience – from a week’s unpaid work, weekend jobs, holiday work, voluntary activities or any full time roles you may have had
  • Remember that we want to get to know you, so be sure to include information on other experiences you’ve had, such as sports teams, coaching or clubs.
  • Don’t rely on automated grammar and spelling checks
  • Ask someone to proofread your application before you submit

You need to take the time to consider why you want a particular role

Pre-test call

After your application has been submitted, you’ll receive a call from a member of our recruitment team.

At this stage, it’s an informal call, where you’ll be able to ask questions and get a better understanding of what an apprenticeship with us is all about. They’ll also take the time to talk you through our online verbal and deductive reasoning tests, and share advice on how best to present yourself.

We’ll talk you through the next steps

Online tests

Our online deductive and verbal reasoning tests will determine your ability to think logically and communicate fluently.

If you’re having difficulty accessing or submitting your tests, don’t panic! Just get in touch and we’ll be able to find a solution for you. There are plenty of online practice tests you can take – so we strongly recommend brushing up on your knowledge and getting familiar with the exam process before the real thing.

Hints & Tips

  • Find a quiet place to sit the tests and make sure you will not be disturbed
  • Take the tests at a time when you are well rested and not too anxious
  • Do take the practice tests first (the team will advise you of where to locate them)
  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection to avoid technical difficulties

Read each question thoroughly, and be as accurate as possible

Telephone interview

If you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to a formal telephone interview.

We’ll focus on your strengths, so it’s a good idea to take a look through our apprenticeship pages, and think about how you suit what we’re looking for.

Hints & Tips

  • The interview will be prescheduled, so make sure that the time suits you
  • Find a quiet place to conduct the interview
  • Prepare as you would do a face to face interview – conduct research into Atos and think about why you are applying for the apprenticeship
  • Have examples to back up any statements you make. If you say you’re a good team player, be prepared to tell us why, how and when
  • As with the application form, remember that we want to get to know you, so be sure to talk about your school / college / work experience or any sports teams/ coaching/ clubs or volunteering activities that you have been involved with
  • Prepare your own questions to ask. It will show us that you have done some research into the company
  • Understand the role that you are applying for
  • Be confident

Try and construct your answers well and speak slowly enough that you can be heard

Assessment centres

Our assessment centre is your chance to really shine in front of our recruitment experts.

You’ll have a couple of sit-down chats with our managers, where you’ll be able to learn more about us while we learn about you. The day includes a fun team exercise, but don’t worry, you don’t need to prepare anything for it, we’ll give you full guidance on the day. You won’t be expected to take any written tests on the day, and more than anything, the day aims to be engaging, challenging and fun. So relax and focus on being yourself and you’re sure to do well!

Hints & Tips

  • Make sure you know where you’re going and allow plenty of time to get there
  • Prepare the necessary documents that you are required to bring beforehand
  • Listen to instructions and ask questions if you are unsure
  • If you feel that one exercise didn’t go as well as you had hoped, don’t let it affect your overall performance, just focus on doing well in the next exercise
  • The day is about understanding how you go about doing things. Approach each exercise in the way you would normally face that type of situation, don’t try and second-guess what we’re looking for!
  • This is also your opportunity to learn more about Atos – there will be plenty of information at the event and different people to talk to.

Be prepared to go into detail about your education and motivations

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Further reading


Apprenticeship programmes 2017

Our Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeship Brochure

Further Information

The application process

How to succeed with your application

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Frequently asked questions

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Contact Atos Apprentices recruitment: Telephone 01344 471370