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The recruitment process

Rigorous, fair, transparent

For each position, we look for candidates with the right competencies who show strong potential.


Our recruitment process is rigorous and we always focus only on job-related skills and experience to ensure the selection is fair and transparent for all candidates.

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1. Specify position and advertise

Line managers specify requirements for a particular position, including job-specific responsibilities, competencies and academic qualifications, as well as any other relevant information.

Candidates apply online, and we confirm receipt of applications by e-mail.

2. Initial selection

HR evaluates applications and reviews candidates who have registered with ABB previously. Profiles matching the requirements of the advertised position are chosen for the next step.

3. First interview

Candidates participate in an initial interview, either in a video conference, or on the phone, or face to face. We are also trying out new technologies so we can interview people all over the world as easily as possible.

In addition to discussing your experience and qualifications during the first interview, an HR representative assesses competencies required for the job and checks for an overall cultural fit with the organization.

We thoroughly train our recruiters and all employees involved in recruitment to select candidates objectively and in line with our recruitment principles.

4. Second interview

Short-listed candidates are called in for a more in-depth discussion, during which the hiring manager assesses technical competencies required for the job.

The second interview is typically more in-depth and we may ask applicants to do a presentation or attend an assessment centre, for example.

5. Job offer

When making an offer, we follow these steps:
  • The hiring manager and HR agree on the terms and conditions of employment.
  • Academic and professional qualifications are verified.
  • Compliance checks are carried out for candidates where necessary.
  • After the candidate's explicit permission is obtained, references are checked with current and previous employers.
  • Where a work visa is necessary to work in the UK, we check work-permit and/or right-to-work status requirements.
  • We will ask you to complete a medical questionnaire, and we may ask you to take a drug test if applicable to the role.

6. Hiring and onboarding

Before starting work new employees must sign and return their contract of employment and the ABB Group Code of Conduct.

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