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Application & general advice

How to apply? How to apply?

Minimum requirements
The exact qualifications you need will depend on the programme you apply for. But here’s what we usually look for:

  • Good GCSE grades (mainly A-C)
  • 2.1 honours degree in Business or IT Technical discipline, others may also be accepted depending on role.
  • Relevant experiences/transferable skills
Application form
If you want to join the HP Graduate Programme, visit our application area and submit your online application in English for your chosen career track. For more information, go to our application advice section.

If your qualifications match our requirements, we’ll let you know your application has been successful. You’ll then progress to the following selection process:

CV submission
In general, we’re much more interested in the kind of person you are – your work experience, extra-curricular activities and the things you’re naturally good at – than your degree. So make sure your CV reflects who you are and highlights your abilities. As you’d expect, we also ask that you have some minimum qualifications, so be sure to check the requirements for each role when you apply. For more information, go to our CV advice section.

Telephone interview
Once we’ve checked your application we’ll invite you to a telephone interview – to get a deeper understanding of your background and ensure you are familiar with the role you’re applying for. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Face-to-face interview
This is to help us get to know you better, so try and relax and be yourself. Depending on the role, we’ll interview you or you’ll need to come along to an assessment centre day – taking part in activities like a case study, presentation, group exercise, as well as an interview. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Intern programme Intern programme

Minimum requirements
The exact qualifications you need will depend on the programme you apply for. But here’s what we usually look for:

  • Good GCSE grades (mainly A-C)
  • A predicted 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant experiences/transferable skills
Application form
If you want to join the HP Intern Programme, visit our application area and submit your online application in English for either our Business, IT, Marketing or Sales track. For more information, go to our application advice section, or to find out more about the roles within these tracks, visit our programmes page.

If your qualifications match our requirements, we’ll let you know your application has been successful. You’ll then progress to the following selection process:

CV submission
In general, we’re much more interested in the kind of person you are – your work experience, extra-curricular activities and the things you’re naturally good at – than your degree. So make sure your CV reflects who you are and highlights your abilities. As you’d expect, we also ask that you have some minimum qualifications, so be sure to check the requirements for each role when you apply. For more information, go to our CV advice section.

Telephone interview
Once we’ve checked your application we’ll invite you to a telephone interview – to get a deeper understanding of your background and ensure you are familiar with the role you’re applying for. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Face-to-face interview
This is to help us get to know you better, so try and relax and be yourself. Depending on the role, we’ll interview you or you’ll need to come along to an assessment centre day – taking part in activities like a case study, presentation, group exercise, as well as an interview. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Apprenticeship programme Apprenticeship programme

Minimum requirements
The exact qualifications you need will depend on the programme you apply for. But here’s what we usually look for:

  • At least 5 GCSEs (mainly A-C), including Maths, English, Science and ICT
  • Relevant experiences/transferable skills
Application form
To join the HP IT apprenticeship programme, visit our application area and submit your online application in English. For more information, go to our application advice section or to find out more about an IT apprenticeship at HP, go to our programmes page.

If your qualifications match our requirements, we’ll let you know your application has been successful. You’ll then progress to the following selection process:

CV submission
In general, we’re much more interested in the kind of person you are – your work experience, extra-curricular activities and the things you’re naturally good at – than your degree. So make sure your CV reflects who you are and highlights your abilities. As you’d expect, we also ask that you have some minimum qualifications, so be sure to check the requirements for each role when you apply. For more information, go to our CV advice section.

Telephone interview
Once we’ve checked your application we’ll invite you to a telephone interview – to get a deeper understanding of your background and ensure you are familiar with the role you’re applying for. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Face-to-face interview
This is to help us get to know you better, so try and relax and be yourself. Depending on the role, we’ll interview you or you’ll need to come along to an assessment centre day – taking part in activities like a case study, presentation, group exercise, as well as an interview. For more information, go to our interview advice section.

Advice Application Advice Application

Take the time to read the form thoroughly to understand each question. Draft your answers carefully before submitting them.

Make a list of the key skills and competencies you think are essential for being successful in your chosen career.

Be clear about why you have chosen us and why you see your future here.

Be interesting and engaging. Your personality, passions and interest will help you stand out.

Attention to detail and clarity of thought are essential. Remember to check and double check all spelling and grammar. Express yourself concisely and clearly - and don’t use jargon.

Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. That’s what this process is all about. Demonstrate how your interests and experience are relevant to the role and why they make you our ideal candidate.

Include examples of any work placements or experience you feel are relevant. So long as you can demonstrate that they are, we will want to know about it. Pay particular attention to activities that show you have commercial awareness and excellent communication skills.

CV CV

Your CV is the key to us getting to know you a bit better. It gives us a snapshot of you before your interview and guides what questions we’ll ask you. Be sure it reflects the qualifications and experience needed for the job you’re interested in. You should also include a covering letter which brings to life your academic and career highlights and explains why you think you’re perfect for our graduate development programme.

Interview Interview

Whether conducted over the phone or face-to-face, your HP interview could alter the course of your career. We take your career development seriously, and we know you do too. So here’s a little peek into our heads—what we’re looking for and how you can present it to us.

First, take the time for some self-reflection. How do you see yourself helping to simplify technology experiences for our customers? Do you think you would thrive in an ambitious global culture? What do you want to do? What kind of new challenges are you looking for? Where do you want to work? What makes you unique? Are you willing to re-locate if it’s required? Having these answers will help a lot in your interview.

Some other tips:

Get to know us—what we do and who we are. Know which positions interest you most and why. Use the job search tool to view jobs that best match your interests and experience.
Come prepared. Bring any supporting application information that might be relevant: your CV, thesis, diploma results or any recommendations.

Focus on the details. Proofread, proofread and proofread. (Also, proofread.)

Let the interviewer know what work areas you are most passionate about. Be prepared to talk about yourself and your technical experience or projects. Think about what drives you.

Interview us. Because the interview is also a good opportunity for you to identify whether HP is where you want to be.

Differentiate yourself. Why are you the best person for the job? Communicate your strengths.

Be yourself. After all, we’re a team here. We want to be sure we click.