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Graduate Programme FAQs

Thinking about applying for one of our graduate programmes? Got questions? This page is for you. We hope you find the answers you’re looking for here.

Before the scheme

What graduate programmes are available in my country?

Hi. Please check out our open roles page to see what schemes are currently open.

Can I apply for more than one programme?

We like open minds at Diageo, but confident decision-making is just as important. If you know the role and the business area you want to work in, that really oils the wheels. So doing your research up front is important. However, we know that sometimes, you need more information to make the right choice, so we’re comfortable if you need to apply to more than one programme. Getting the right people in the right roles where they can shine is the name of the game after all.

Can I re-apply in the same year if I’m not successful?

If you apply and you’re not successful, you’ll need to wait 12 months before applying again. This means waiting for applications to open for next year.

We’re really big on feedback here at Diageo and all unsuccessful applicants will receive some. Please give yourself time to act on it as this will make any future applications much stronger.

How long does the assessment process take?

We’re not a one-size-fits-all kind of organisation, so the answer is that it depends on the programme you’ve applied to. But what we can be specific about is communication – we’ll keep in touch with you throughout the process and update you on your progress.

Is there a deadline on submitting an application?

This varies depending on your country and the programme you’ve have applied for. We do however recruit on a rolling basis for our Global Graduate Programme meaning that we view applications as they come in. So we highly recommend that you apply as soon as possible. 

Can special adjustments be made for my assessment activities?

Our assessment activities are designed with one main goal in mind: helping you show the very best of yourself. So, if you have a condition such as dyslexia, which entitles you to additional time, we’ll make reasonable adjustments so you won’t be at a disadvantage when completing the various stages. We’ll ask you up front if you need additional support in any way, so please make sure you let us know.

What does the video interview stage involve?

This stage is a HireVue video interview, where we can learn more about you through a series of questions that appear on screen. Your answers will be recorded and sent to us as part of the assessment process.

How can I prepare for the video interview stage?

The thing to keep front-of-mind in your video interview is treat it like a face-to-face interview. With that in mind, dress smartly and make sure you’re in a quiet, distraction-free environment well before you start.

On the technical side, log in early to run the system set-up and check your camera, connection and microphone. When the interview kicks off, look at the camera, not at the screen. Looking at your webcam while speaking gives the feeling of eye contact to the assessor.

And, finally, go through the practice questions. These will help you get comfortable with the style and pace of a video interview. These are not real questions from your interview set, so they won’t be assessed.

What advice can you give me for the final assessment day?

Make the most of it! The final selection day is designed to give us the clearest possible picture of you and your abilities – to find out exactly what makes you tick. We’re looking for creatively restless, energetic, team-spirited people who follow their instincts, take educated risks and look to champion, influence and inspire at every turn.  The day will also give you an insight into the way we work and give you the opportunity to meet some of our senior leaders as well as our current graduates.

Here are a few pointers on how to approach the day:

  1. Speak up. During the sessions, it may be difficult to voice your opinion with other candidates trying to do the same thing, but make sure you get your point across and provide your input. If you don’t contribute to the team meeting and say nothing, we won’t have any evidence to evaluate you for that exercise.
  2. Build up an understanding of the business and the business area you’re interested in - in advance. While this is an important part of the recruitment process, try not to be too stressed about it, and don't forget to smile!
  3. Ask your own questions. This selection process is two-way, so feel free to ask any questions at any stage.

When will the assessment centres take place?

We’ll email you with some provisional dates. Please note these are subject to change. If you successfully reach the assessment centre stage, you’ll be given at least five working days’ notice. If you can’t make a particular date, please let us know as soon as possible.

When will I hear about my application?

You’ll receive several notifications as you progress through the process including: confirmation that your application was received and notifications to inform you if you’ve been selected at each stage. We’ll get in touch at every point using the email address you provided when you made your application.

After the final interview, when will I hear if I'm being offered the position?

You'll be told if you are successful within 2 weeks of the Assessment Centre. When a position has been offered to another candidate, we’ll notify the remaining candidates that they have not been successful on this occasion.

During the scheme

Is there an opportunity to take on an international placement?

We want you to grow - plain and simple. We want you to develop professionally and personally, and become the best you can be. So we’ll place you in locations that will give you the best opportunity to do just that. All we ask is that if an opportunity arises to work abroad, that you’re ready and raring to go. 

What support can I expect while on the scheme?

This is a programme full of diverse business experiences and excellent development opportunities. We’ll give you access to advanced tools and learning opportunities allowing you to boost your functional skills and expertise, while crystallising your own personal leadership style.

There’ll be a varied network of people invested in your development over the course of the programme:

  • Your line manager will provide 1-2-1 coaching and opportunities that stretch you – all feeding into your development plan and helping you perform at your best
  • You’ll have a local buddy who’ll support you as you join the business and then help you spread your wings. You can also ask for an international buddy to help broaden your network and share best practice beyond your team
  • We’ll allocate you a business mentor who’ll be an invaluable career guide throughout your time on the programme
  • Our Human Resource teams will manage your rotations and ensure you have access to the functional and leadership development resources that will equip you for your current role and future moves.

What training can I expect while on the scheme?

We believe in real roles with real results. This is the best way we all learn. So the majority of your progress will be on-the-job, learning from and with your team as you develop impressive expertise. Your leadership skills will flourish and evolve through the same process. But, on top of this, you can look forward to global learning interventions throughout each year.

These will be a combination of on-demand self-learning, virtual discussion groups with peers and senior business leaders, and global, cross-functional projects.  Taking full advantage of these will allow you to expand your thinking on what’s possible. We really look forward to seeing the impact you make.

After the scheme

What can I expect after the scheme finishes?

We see this programme as the first chapter in your exciting career story. Perform to the best of your ability and spend quality time dedicated to your development, and great things are on the horizon. You’ll come face-to-face with new and stretching experiences. We obviously expect you to own your career development but we’ll be there to ensure you have the right network and framework to fly.

Want to know more?