BBC application/interview

17 April 2008 - 1:34am

I was just hoping to get advice regarding a position I have recently applied for with the BBC.
It is a Production Trainee Scheme and there are 19 places in total. I have completed and submitted the online application and the closing date was 6th April.
What I really wanted to know is has anyone else applied for one of these schemes before?
How long do the BBC generally take to contact you for interview and do they contact you if you weren't successful?
And any information about what I can expect from the interview process (if I get one!!!:eek:)

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  • 23 July 2012 - 12:00pm
    • swingdots


    I recently went through the BBC process and used these forums and others to try and get my head around it all, so figured I would offer some input now that I'm out the other side.

    I applied at the start of June (around the 1st - fairly close to the deadline). I heard back from them about 10 days later saying that I had been successful and was now to do the online tests (verbal/numerical). The verbal I was fairly confident on but I had to work on the difference between 'false' and 'cannot say'. The numerical was much tougher. I spent two days getting my technique right. In essence, it's not difficult maths, it's just long and repetitive, and the answers all have distractors in them. So you do the first part of the sum and that answer is one offered (and usually that's not correct). You need to get someone who is good at maths to talk you through the steps of an answer and then practice over and over and over again until you're hitting a good pass rate.

    So I sat those and about 3-5 days later learned I was successful and was offered an interview and assessment day. There were two interviews at this and a group task where about 10 of us were watched for 45 mins.

    About another week, maybe 10 days, I received another email saying I was successful and that somebody would be in touch about my final interview. Someone rang and told me I would have two more 30 minute interviews, which I did. About 3/4 days later I had a phone call telling me I was successful.

    I hope this helps! Good luck.

  • 17 June 2012 - 3:33pm
    • princess12

    Hey Dammy, did you get through the assessment centre? I've got a telephone interview for the same role.

    Can you help with some great tips? Any tip will be much appreciated. Thank you!!!!

    Hey DingDong, did you get through to the telephone interview stage?

  • 17 March 2012 - 8:47am
    • PitcherPerfect

    Hi Maria,

    I have applied for numerous positions at the BBC - all rejected before interview - and depending on the role usually hear back within one week to two months. It's typically under two weeks.

    However yesterday I found out that I have an interview/assessment for a position that's deadline was the 5th March. So that was 11 days.

    Best of luck with your job search.

    PP x

  • 20 January 2012 - 3:11pm
    • mariagomez

    Hi all,

    Do you know how long I shall wait to hear back from the BBC after applying? 12 days have passed now since the application deadline and I am starting to get a bit nevous! It's a possition at BBC Worldwide (non trainee or workexperience). Thanks!

  • 29 July 2011 - 9:13pm
    • tv66

    I have to say I think this whole process is a bit of a lottery now.

    There must be in excess of 70,000 people who have registered their interest at BBC North. Even with only a percentage "passing" the online assessment, there must be at least 40,000 in the "talent pool"

    I am quite staggered that the BBC Jobs website is stll accepting applications

    I completed the assessment in June 2010 and like probably 85% or more have not been mapped to any role or been invited to an interview

    I have seen a few externally advertised roles - applied - but been rejected

    I can't really see there being many opportunities and the whole process seems to have put a lot of people within the false impression they are going to at least get an interview

    When the BBC North website initially went live there was no mention that candidates, who "passed" the online assessment wouldn't get at least one interview - that was quickly updated when I guess they realised the huge amount of talent that were passing the assessment - maybe they should have made it harder!

    Anyway, to be honest, I've given up on ever being called, via this process

    I will continue to monitor the BBC external jobs website - apply as appropriate - and continue my networking

    Best of Luck everyone

  • 21 June 2011 - 9:42pm
    • bullgooseloon

    Hi everyone,

    Talk about being one of the last through the door - I have only just done the Journalism Assessment today and, like most people, couldn't say it was easy. so many of the answers were so nuanced, especially choosing the least beneficial action from the videos etc.

    Anyway, how do you know if you get into the 'journalism pool'?

    And also, from reading the board I gather that your CV is vital and that keywords in your CV are essential to progress or be chosen for interview etc - But what are the KEY words?

    Thanks for any advice, tips and a word to the wise on what to expect.

    Cheers, nick

  • 23 May 2011 - 1:50am
    • Dammy

    Hello Guys,
    I have been invited to the BBC Human resource Graduate Trainee Assessment Center, and i have been told that there would be a Group exercise, a Case study and an interview, what do you expect that i would face?

  • 12 May 2012 - 1:34pm
    • dingdong

    Hi just a quick message to Danny,

    I am currently applying for the same role for this year and wondered if you could shed any light on the process you went through? Hoping you were successful!


  • 11 April 2011 - 8:33pm
    • bodger

    Hi everyone,

    I've started a new topic just for PTS 2011, as this one originally started in 2008 but there's a lot of recent discussion, so thought it might be better off in one new place!

  • 11 April 2011 - 3:12pm
    • dss502

    Hey guys, how is everyone feeling about the pitches? I am so nervous about it and it's only day 1 of waiting...anyone have any idea when we will hear the outcome?

  • 6 April 2011 - 5:48pm
    • ladyluck

    Well it does seem to be quite a mixture of universities so I guess everyone who didn't get through just has to persevere and do anything that will prove that they are passionate and who has gained experience in any way they can. In all honesty the competition is fierce. Good luck to all those who got through and see all the rest of you in next year's application with lots more expereience under our belts. :-)

  • 6 April 2011 - 5:39pm
    • ENichols

    I also had a months work experience with the BBC in the summer and I didn't know anyone else there, I did that on my own. With these schemes I really don't think it is a 'who you know' thing...not even the Uni you went/go to.
    Im currently at Bournemouth University which, for some reason, has a fantastic reputation within the TV industry, there are companies who look for graduates specifically from Bournemouth Uni. Even with that reputation, I know 5 people from my year who were I do think it is all down to how you sell yourself in your application and your success in the VRT.

  • 5 April 2011 - 4:56pm
    • Immortal38

    I reckon they got rid of over 75% of applicants. Imagine 5000 people applied (I reckon more applied) they have 1250 one minute pitches to get through, with note taking etc, it would take such a long time. I have a feeling that under 1000 are left.

  • 5 April 2011 - 4:45pm
    • Immortal38

    I got through, I went to Glasgow University. I thought I fucked my verbal reasoning test, I guessed about 10. I have however had a radio show for 3 years at uni and was a part of making short films. I think how you put your passion of your experiences across and the verbal reasoning test must have been weighted evenly.

  • 5 April 2011 - 2:12pm
    • Kaz2121

    To Ladyluck... maybe some of the work experience placements are given on a 'who you know' basis, but I got a month's work experience last year completely on my own. I didn't know anyone at the BBC. Around two months after submitting my application I received a call asking me when I'd like to start. I later found out there had been 53 other applications. So my point is do not give up!

    Also, I phoned the HR about the Production Trainee Scheme and they said they can't tell us how many people got through to the video pitch stage. I got the impression it was a lot though.

  • 5 April 2011 - 1:49pm
    • ladyluck

    Thanks for your input. I don't really think the verbal reasoning made any difference. I am sure everybody who fills the application out correctly gets put through to this. Then they really start looking at the applications. I wonder what the criteria is.
    Is it a case of which course you are/ have studied or is it more a case of having a great portfolio.
    I am not sure I believe it is either.
    I know that there was a stink about conservatives at a function, bidding for BBC traineeships for their children. I am pretty much convinced it is a matter of who you know. You only get on work experience if you know the right people or have the right name or go to the right university. And the work experience is what gets you through.

    I am giving up now.

  • 5 April 2011 - 12:48pm
    • ENichols

    I got my rejection through yesterday, and I go to Bournemouth University. I know 3 other people from my Uni who didn't get through and 1 person who did. There was also a 2nd year who got through, which seems a little pointless.

    I completely agree that the verbal test wasn't a fair way to assess, I applied for the PMA vision pool and that was a numerical test which was stupidly difficult, like harder than A level.

  • 5 April 2011 - 1:51pm
    • ladyluck

    A 2nd year student - Is he/she a superstar with a fantastic portfolio. What is theplan then. Giving up Uni for 18 months.

  • 4 April 2011 - 11:19pm
    • ladyluck

    Thanks for answering. It will be interesting to see which universities are gearing their students up best for BBC. I graduated from Stirling last year. The verbal reasoning was hard I admit but I didn't think I had done badly. It seemed to be geared towards business graduates though. Or maybe there is a mixture and its just the luck of the draw.

  • 4 April 2011 - 11:02pm
    • Dennislaw

    Manchester Uni. Pretty sure the Verbal Reasoning was my downfall. I think it's such a useless way to assess people, seems to have absolutely no reflection on real life.

  • 4 April 2011 - 10:35pm
    • ladyluck

    Join the club.

    Calling all results. As a matter of interest what university did you go to. Would like to do a survey. So anyone who got an acceptance or rejection I would love to know their uni.

  • 4 April 2011 - 5:48pm
    • Dennislaw

    Shit, just got a rejection!

  • 3 April 2011 - 8:09pm
    • Rigby

    @Immortal38: Good on you. Good luck with the video.

    But... Has anyone got a a rejection yet? I suppose I'll join the club as well since I haven't heard anything but, you know, still hoping and all that.

  • 2 April 2011 - 5:51pm
    • ladyluck

    No idea how many got through but I didn't get an e mail so I guess I am in the rejection club.

  • 2 April 2011 - 5:48pm
    • ladyluck

    No idea how many got through, but I didn't get an e mail so it looks like I am a rejection.

  • 1 April 2011 - 7:38pm
    • Kaz2121

    Does anyone know how many people applied this year? Also does anyone know how many people got through to the video stage?

  • 1 April 2011 - 6:20pm
    • Immortal38

    I got an email saying:

    Further to your recent application, we are pleased to inform you that you have been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment process.

    The results are out.


  • 1 April 2011 - 6:06pm
    • InfernO189

    Thanks for the update on twitter, have checked out their page and it just said now that emails will start to come through from 5.30pm.
    Still haven't heard anything!!!

  • 1 April 2011 - 5:29pm
    • Dennislaw

    I phoned and she said if we haven't got a rejection today, they haven't finished the shortlist. She said they'll send the yes and the no emails together... still hope! Anyone had a yes email?

  • 1 April 2011 - 4:36pm
    • ladyluck

    if we don't here today it looks like it will be a rejection e mail next week. YUK

  • 1 April 2011 - 4:34pm
    • ladyluck

    Everything crossed

  • 1 April 2011 - 3:48pm
    • AL_1986

    BBC Trainees has just tweeted "UPDATE: To add extra tension.. the successful emails won't be going out until the end of the day. Fingers crossed!"

    Looks like we have a little longer to wait...

  • 1 April 2011 - 3:15pm
    • InfernO189

    Has anyone received an email yet notifying them that they are through to the next stage of making a audio/video pitch? Its now the afternoon and I still haven't heard anything. I hope they let us know if we haven't been successful.

  • 1 April 2011 - 1:45pm
    • Dennislaw

    Yeah i'm waiting. I phoned up BBC this morning and they said they hadn't released the shortlist yet. They said either this afternoon or early next week. Seems to contradict what they told Purn- also, how come you've got an interview without doing the video pitch?

  • 1 April 2011 - 2:35pm
    • ladyluck

    I don't have an interview. I have only done the verbal reasoning and not heard anything since

  • 31 March 2011 - 5:16pm
    • AL_1986

    I applied for the 2011 BBC Production Trainee Scheme and on 16th March I was invited to complete the online verbal reasoning test - I assumed all applicants were invited to do so?

    It says on the website if you are successful they will email you on 1st April (tomorrow) to upload a video/audio pitch. So fingers crossed for that email tomorrow! Any one else waiting?

  • 1 April 2011 - 12:15pm
    • ladyluck

    Got to do the verbal reasoning test too. Not heard anything else yet.. I think as long as you did the application form correctly with no spelling and grammar mistakes and put in your word count then you got through to the verbal reasoning. Has anyone heard anything since. Maybe today !!!

  • 29 March 2011 - 8:22am
    • ladyluck

    Congrtulations and thanks for the info., You must be really pleased. If they don't contact me today I will also call them up.

    On the production site it said there were stages to progress through: -
    application - then verbal reasoning - then a one minute video - then assessment - then an interview.

    Are they not doing all thse things. I haven't done anything apart from the application. Maybe the rejection e mail will come today..

  • 25 March 2011 - 8:17pm
    • ladyluck

    The production trainee scheme for 2011. Anybody heard anything. Anyone from last year able to give advice about the waiting.

  • 29 March 2011 - 12:58am
    • purn

    I rang BBC recruitment today after applying last month. They've finished short listing. I made it through! She told me on the phone so I've not had an email as of yet but said i should get one in the next few days! I'm terrified about the interview, truly terrified. Good luck lady luck!

  • 3 August 2010 - 9:51am
    • neilisme

    I'm a quite patient person but the amount of time I've had to wait for a response from the BBC has been painstaking. It's been six weeks since I applied for the BBC Audio & Music Production Talent Pool, and they said that the assessment centres would be taking place at the end of July/start of August.

    The thing is, they always, and I mean always, get back to you within three weeks, even if it's only in the shape of an automated rejection, but this time I've heard nothing either way so far.

    I'm applying for other jobs alongside this one, but seeing as the BBC is now virtually the only place you can get work in radio if you're not a presenter, there's a lot relying on this as the circle of opportunities to get a foot in the door is ever decreasing.

  • 13 July 2010 - 7:15pm
    • plinkyponks

    How long did it take between doing the assessment and getting the results of your assessment?

  • 8 July 2010 - 11:14am
    • neilisme

    Hello all,

    Seeing as this thread is on similar lines - did anyone else decide to apply for the BBC Audio & Music Production Talent Pool? The closing date was the 24th June and they said assessment centres will be taking place at the end of July or the start of August?

    Does anyone one know how long does it take for the BBC to reply?

  • 8 July 2010 - 10:39am
    • DS2104

    Anyone else heard about interviews yet?

  • 21 June 2010 - 3:42pm
    • jacob

    4000 people applied for the scheme. They were expecting 2-3000 which is why there was a delay in people finding out if they'd got through to the next stage.

    Of the 4000 people that applied, 100 people got through to the asessment stage and of that, around 25-30 people will be interviewed in London in July.

  • 14 June 2010 - 9:14pm
    • DS2104


  • 11 June 2010 - 8:02am
    • DS2104

    How did people find the Manchester assessment centre?

  • 10 June 2010 - 5:57pm
    • Tomo778

    Anyone going to be at the Glasgow assessment?

  • 10 June 2010 - 5:23pm
    • starkers

    Ooh, also - does anyone know how many assessment days there are and how many people got through? x

  • 10 June 2010 - 5:23pm
    • starkers

    Hey, managed to get through to the London assessment next week - bit terrified. Anyone know what they're expecting or have any advice? Good luck to everyone!