Frequently asked questions



Are all your jobs posted on your website or should I check press publications and other job sites as well?
You will find all current vacancies on our job search page. 

I cannot find a suitable job in the job search page. What should I do?

We recommend that you create a job alert to receive email notifications when vacancies arise in your area of interest.

Our recruiters regularly search the database for suitable candidates. To be considered, create a profile and check the box "release your candidate profile to enable recruiters to access your data" on the "Send application" page. 


How do I get alerts about suitable vacancies?

Create a profile and go to the Job Agents section on the Overview page. Enter details of the job(s) you are looking for and we will automatically e-mail you relevant vacancies as they arise, at your chosen frequency.


Can I apply for a job in another country?

You are welcome to apply for jobs in any country. However, often candidates are only considered if they offer unique skills or experience not found in the hiring country. Speaking the local language could be an advantage but is not mandatory, unless specified in the job listing.

Where applications are successful, employees from other countries will receive a local remuneration package.


What are your criteria for recruitment?

Decisions are based on the candidate's job skills, experience, competencies and potential. In the case of two or more candidates who are equally suitable, hiring teams consider a number of factors including overall cultural fit within the organization.


How do you make sure your recruitment process is fair?

Being fair and operating to the highest ethical standards is critical to the way we do business. We use valid, reliable processes and tools, focusing only on job-related skills, experience, competencies and potential.

All other factors, including but not limited to: gender, age, faith, political beliefs, nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities, race and cultural heritage, are irrelevant.

In some of the countries where we operate, government may require positive discrimination in favor of segments of society that are underrepresented in the workplace. ABB supports these initiatives. 


What information is required for a successful application, and what types of questions will I be asked?

For a successful application, you may need to provide the following information: 

  • CV / resume in Word or PDF format
  • Email address and contact details
  • Education and work experience
  • Language skills
  • Cover letter

Additionally, you may need to answer the following: 

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) related questions, for all positions based in the United States
  • Additional job-specific questions that support the screening process

How long does it take to complete the online application process?

Applications take 10 to 15 minutes, though this may depend on Internet speeds and the browser you use. The registration process and your first job application may take a bit longer. We suggest creating a profile and saving your details for faster applications in the future, meaning that you would only need to upload a customized cover letter, and answer any additional questions that may be required for the screening and evaluation process.


What are the channels through which an application can be submitted?

All of our jobs are published on the Careers section of our corporate website, and this is the primary channel for application. Alternatively, you may search and apply through social media platforms and various job boards. You may also meet us at various job fairs and professional events, or find our ads in print media – where application instructions will be provided.


What kind of questions do you ask in interviews?
Questions vary depending on the job you are being interviewed for; however, to find out more about how to prepare, read our interview hints section. 

Do you ask candidates’ permission before checking references?

Yes, we always obtain explicit permission from the candidate before contacting references.


What is your policy on employing members of the same family?

We welcome applications from members of the same family. However to ensure fairness and to avoid bias, we make sure that no employees are involved in any way in the recruitment of family members. In addition, no employees may have a reporting relationship (direct or indirect) to another family member. In practice, this means that family members do not work in the same department. 


Do you use third-party recruitment agencies?

We recruit the majority of our people directly; however, we may occasionally use recruitment agencies, largely depending on local practice.


Do you check medical records?

We do not request medical records. However, where necessary or required by law, medical clearance is obtained before an offer is finalized.
ABB will pay any and all associated costs. 
We do not carry out genetic tests.


How long does it take to hear back from ABB after applying?

After submitting your application, you will receive an immediate automated response confirming receipt. We strive to move candidates through the recruitment process in a timely manner. However, as we receive a large number of applications for each job, it may take from two weeks to two months before you are contacted with regard to next steps.


What is the timeframe of the overall recruitment process?

It takes around two to three months to complete the recruitment process. However, the timing may be impacted by various factors, including volatility of the business and market conditions.


If I am not successful, will I receive feedback?

In some countries, this is not possible for legal reasons. Elsewhere, when requested, we give direct and honest feedback to candidates who have been interviewed. It covers strengths, as well as reasons why they were unsuccessful.


Has anyone ever sent out fraudulent job offers in ABB's name?

Some people have received what appeared to be genuine offers of employment from ABB via e-mail, which turned out to be fraudulent. 

"Phishing", as this type of fraud is known, is an e-mail scam targeting many businesses and individuals worldwide. The senders are generally trying to obtain personal and/or bank information. They may also be trying to extract money for processing job applications or costs related to "work permits" or "visa working papers".

In other cases, candidates have been asked for payment to secure interviews or guarantee a job.

These e-mails may look authentic, with a company logo or convincing personal details taken from social networking pages. However, they have no connection with ABB and we never use these methods as part of our recruitment process.

For more information read the Recruitment fraud warning.

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How do I reset my password?

Click on "Forgot your password?" on the log in page. Enter the e-mail address used to register and click on "Request Password". You will be sent an e-mail with your username and a new password. We recommend that you copy and paste the new password to avoid making any mistakes. Please wait five minutes for the email to arrive, and check your junk mail folder before resubmitting your request.


What do I do if my account is locked?

You will need a new password to unlock your profile. Click on "Forgot your password?" on the Log in page. Enter the e-mail address used to register and click on "Request Password". Your profile will be unlocked and a new password will be sent to the e-mail address provided. We recommend that you copy and paste the new password to avoid making any mistakes.


Why can I not upload my CV or other attachments when applying?

A maximum of 10 files can be uploaded (including CV, education certificates, references, etc.), and the size of each file should not exceed 1 MB. If you have not exceeded either of these limits, then try to upload the documents again, using an alternative browser.

If files exceed the limit, upload the most important document – i.e., your CV – and forward the rest directly to the recruitment team once you have been contacted.


I am unable to log in due to a technical error.

First, delete cookies in your browser, then restart your browser and try again. Using an alternative browser such as Chrome or Firefox may also resolve the issue. 

If you see the error message “HTTP Request Failed”, please contact technical_recruitment@abb.com.


I am unable to access my profile due to an incorrect log in or too many failed attempts.

Ensure that the correct password has been entered. Alternatively, if the account is locked after several failed attempts, it can be unlocked by requesting a new password. Click on the "Forgot your password?" link on the Log in page, enter the e-mail address used to register and click on "Request Password". The system will unlock your profile and send a new password. We recommend that you copy and paste the new password to avoid making any mistakes.


When I try to register, it says my e-mail address is reserved and cannot be used.

Your email address has already been registered in our system. Try to log in instead. If you do not know your password, click on "Forgot your password?" on the Log in page, enter the e-mail address and click on "Request Password". An e-mail will be sent with a new password. We recommend that you copy and paste the new password to avoid making any mistakes.


Where can I find the unique ID of the position I am applying for?

Each position has a unique Publication ID, displayed on the job listing, which the recruiter and candidates can use to identify a specific position. Click on the job title and scroll to display the Publication ID. These codes are a combination of letters (referencing the country) and numbers. They will look something like this: AU67379936_I1.


My application was not acknowledged. Did you receive it?

Once an application is submitted successfully, you will receive a confirmation email, and the application status shown in your profile will change from "Draft" to "In process". If your application is still marked "Draft", and you did not receive an email, there may have been a technical issue during submission. Please open the application and resubmit.


How can I get an update on my application?

Our recruitment team will contact you in due course with further details about the progress of your application. You can also monitor changes to your application status, shown in your profile.


I would like to cancel my application. How do I proceed?

Once an application has been submitted, you can withdraw it but not cancel it. To do this: 

  • Go to your profile.
  • Under Applications, find the relevant application.
  • Click on "X” (withdraw) on the right.

I am trying to submit an application but receive a notification that the "Publication is not released".
This may occur when a job posting is no longer active. 

My application status reads "Unsuccessful". Was my application received?

If the application status is marked "Unsuccessful", the application was received. However you have unfortunately not been selected for the position on this occasion. 


What is the difference between a locked and unlocked candidate profile?

An unlocked (or “released”) profile means that your CV is retained in our talent pool, and our recruitment team may contact you with opportunities relevant to your experience. If your profile is locked, it is only visible to the recruiter who is processing that specific vacancy to which you have applied. You can change the status of your profile at any time: 

  • Log in to your profile.
  • Go to the Settings page.
  • Scroll down to the Profile Status section.

Click on one of the options:

  1. I would like to allow recruiters to access my profile in order to be considered also for other jobs that match my interests (unlocked profile).
  2. I would like to be considered only for the job(s) I applied for (locked profile).
 

How do I receive career opportunities via e-mail?

To receive vacancies that match your area of expertise, you can set up a job alert on the Overview page of your profile, stating what you are looking for and how often you wish to be emailed. 


How do I change the e-mail address on my account?
  • Log in to your profile.
  • Go to the Profile page.
  • Replace the old e-mail address with the new one.

How do I change my password?
  • Log in to your profile.
  • Go to the Settings page.
  • Under "Do you want to change your password", enter both your old and new passwords.
  • The new password will be effective when you next log in.
 

How do I set up job alerts?
  • Log in to your profile.
  • From the Overview page, go to Job alerts.
  • Click on "Add Job Alert" and follow the instructions.

How can I delete my profile?

  • Log in to your profile.
  • Go to the Settings page.
  • Go to "Delete profile" and confirm your decision.

When I click on another page, the site returns to the Login page. What should I do?

Please clear your Internet browser cache (cookies) or try another browser. You may also try switching from mobile device to PC.


When I click "Submit", nothing happens or a blank page loads. What can I do?

Please clear your Internet browser cache (cookies) or try another browser. You may also try switching from mobile device to PC.


Logging in with LinkedIn does not work for me. What can I do?

Please clear your Internet browser cache (cookies) or try another browser. You may also try switching from mobile device to PC. 

For Internet Explorer, please follow advice from LinkedIn Help


If I create a profile on mobile, will I be able to access it via desktop as well?
Yes, you can switch between mobile and desktop devices and see all the data you have entered. 

When logging in with my ABB e-mail, I get an error “User name and e-mail address do not match”.

ABB email addresses are not accepted on external Career pages. If you are an ABB employee, please apply via the HRGT portal. If you are an ABB contractor, please register with a non-ABB email address when applying for jobs via the ABB Careers Portal.


I have not found an answer to my question above. What should I do?
Please send us an e-mail (technical_recruitment@abb.com) with a clear description of the issue, and we will respond ASAP. 

What are the opportunities for short and long-term international assignments?

We are active in more than 100 countries and are a truly global company. Global mobility is essential to support business strategies, allow for the exchange of expertise and provide career development. 

We have implemented a progressive framework that supports both short-term assignments lasting a few months and long-term assignments that may last for several years. 


How do you support women working at ABB?

We recognize that a diverse and talented workforce is a key competitive advantage and we create a supportive environment that enables all our employees to succeed.

In each country, we offer a variety of options and policies to support women in the workplace. Typically these include flexible work practices and parental leave. We also ensure female talent is supported and provided with performance and development opportunities.

Since 2012, we have facilitated a company-wide inclusiveness network, aimed primarily at finding and highlighting female talent in various regions and businesses. We also take part in international initiatives and forums to connect our female talent with industry, and raise the profile of women in technology


What rewards and benefits do you offer?

The rewards and benefits we offer are a critical part of how we compete for new talent, and support and retain our current employees. Our commitment is to be competitive externally while ensuring we are consistent and equitable throughout the organization.

Compensation is typically guided by what the market pays for similar jobs, as well as an individual's technical expertise, work experience and record of performance.


Is there much travel involved in working at ABB?

Wherever you work, you will have colleagues and customers all over the world. We routinely utilize technology to connect and facilitate virtual meetings.
Business travel and frequency will depend on the nature of the position and business requirements. For roles where considerable travel is required, this will be highlighted in the job listing and during the recruitment process.


What is your position on diversity and inclusion?

At ABB, we are committed to solving some of the biggest global challenges of our time. This is only possible by leveraging our exceptional people who work, every day, for a better future. Building a culture of diversity and inclusion is critical to our success and makes each of us stronger. Our is a culture where individual differences are welcomed and we all unite to write the future together.


What learning and development opportunities do you offer?

We believe that every employee at ABB is a leader, and they are all encouraged to lead their own development. Personal and professional development is available to all employees, at every level of the organization. 

As a pioneering technology leader that is writing a future of industrial digitalization, we work on some of the biggest challenges facing business and society today, so we ensure that our people are equipped and motivated for their roles. We offer a range of general and specialist programs for our employees at every stage of their careers. This, combined with the stimulating environment that we create with our world-class technology, provides our employees with considerable learning and development opportunities.

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