How to apply

Everything you need to know about applying for a role at the BBC

Step 1: Build your career profile

The first step in applying for a role is to build your career profile in the BBC Careers Hub. This is where you showcase your skills and experience, search and apply for vacancies, and track your application progress.

The BBC Careers Hub lets you:

  • create a profile from scratch or use your CV, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter profile
  • upload multiple CVs to highlight different skills and experience
  • add examples of your work

You can edit your profile, and search and apply for roles from your smartphone. But don't forget to read our applications top tips before submitting your application.

Step 2: Online assessment

As part of your application, you may be asked to complete a brief online assessment, depending on the role you're applying for. 

We've compiled advice and tips on our assessments to help you prepare.

Once you've submitted your application and assessment, we'll send an email to confirm we've received it. Our recruitment team will then compare your application and assessment against the criteria for the role, and will be in touch with any next steps.

Step 3: Interviews

The next stage involves interviews with the line manager and members of the team you have applied to join. We’ve created some tips to help you prepare for an interview at the BBC. 

Depending on the role you've applied for there may be a range of technical, professional or psychometric tests used to assess your knowledge, skills and experience.

We’ll let you know by phone if you're successful at this stage. If you haven't been successful, we'll let you know by phone or email and you'll get the opportunity to receive feedback.

An update on Covid-19

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and services, as of 18 March 2020 it will not be possible for external visitors to access BBC buildings unless they are essential to our broadcast output. 

Until further notice, all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. Please click here for some advice on assessments and interviews during this time.

Support with your application

We are proud to be a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply or interview for a role with the BBC, please do contact us on resourcing@bbc.co.uk with the job reference in the subject. We’d be happy to have a conversation in confidence to discuss how we can support you through the process, as there are a number of different ways we can accept an application and/or adapt our selection processes. Whether your selection process is virtual or face to face, we can make adjustments such as subtitles over zoom, providing you with extra time or adapting our questions – whatever is the appropriate adjustment for your needs.

We can provide communication support for in person and online interviews. For example, we can provide British Sign Language and subtitling for Zoom interviews when requested through the reasonable adjustment process.

Whatever is the appropriate adjustment for your needs, the BBC has a dedicated Access & Disability Service that provides a range of expertise related to disability, accessibility, adjustments, neurodiversity, mental health and long term health conditions.

The service provides a provision of support to our disabled colleagues along with supporting managers, HR, the D&I team, and various other departments through advice, funding management and general guidance.

The BBC Access & Disability Service provide workplace assessments which examine work or disability-related barriers that individuals might have, and then facilitate the necessary reasonable adjustments with the individual and their manager. The service is available to individuals during the recruitment stage, onboarding or at any time during their career at the BBC.

Many of our roles are now a combination of office and remote (hybrid) working, and we are happy to discuss flexible working patterns either as part of the recruitment process or once you are with us.

We often use a range of specialist jobs boards, (including Evenbreak) to help source disabled candidates.

  • Disability ConfidentThe BBC is committed to ensuring that our careers are accessible to all. We are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and have committed to continually reviewing our processes. Find out more about the government's scheme here.
  • We recommend you create a profile in the Careers Hub– which the BBC Recruitment Team searches to find potential candidates for vacancies.
  • You can upload your CV and Careers Hub will extract information it recognises as relevant and populate your profile. 
  • When registering via social media you will be asked to give Careers Hub access to your account so it can retrieve details such as your name, address and phone number. But please note, creating your career profile this way does not give the BBC access to your social media account or private information.

At the heart of our BBC recruitment process is your careers profile. Your careers profile is a bit like an online CV and is similar to your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) and includes details of your skills, experiences, work history and contact details.

You can update your careers profile any time you like to show new skills you have developed, courses you have attended or projects you have worked on. You can even upload examples of your work to your careers profile.

On occasion we advertise these roles, however the majority of acting and presenting roles are recruited through agencies. We recommend you contact your local agency if you are interested in discussing opportunities in this area.

If you have a disability and require any reasonable adjustments or have particular access needs we would be happy to discuss these with you. Please email Resourcing@bbc.co.uk or call our BBC HR Service Centre on 0370 024 3477.

  • You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract or a worker contract and you have worked continuously for six months. 
  • If you have worked for less than six months continuously or have a break of three weeks or more between engagements, you must have Divisional HR approval to apply for an internal role. If you’re unsure which contract you are on, please speak to your Line Manager.
  • Next, you'll need to register with your BBC email address in the BBC Careers Hub to access internal vacancies.
  • Only internal staff are eligible to apply for an attachment. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract. You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and not have been on an attachment in the last 12 months. You will also need permission from your line manager.

There are several possible reasons why an application has been rejected:

1. Applicant does not meet the minimum criteria for the role

Each application we receive is measured against the minimum criteria required to fulfil that particular role. If your application or CV does not demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role you are applying for, it will not progress pass the initial short listing review. 

2. Applicant has been made redundant from the BBC in the last 12 months

An individual cannot be re-hired into the BBC on an employment contract (fixed-term or continuing) for 12 months following a redundancy / settlement agreement. Or in the case of temporary and short-term roles, for a three month period following a redundancy / settlement agreement.

3. Applicant is not willing to travel/relocate

Some of our roles may require travel or successful candidates to relocate to another location. If the option ‘No’ was selected to this question in the application process it will automatically reject an application as it will not meet the minimum criteria required to perform the role.

4. Applicant unable to attend the interview / assessment centre

Due to business requirements, some of our roles have specific interview / assessment date(s) outlined in the application process. If an applicant selects that they are unavailable to attend these dates then unfortunately the application will automatically be rejected.

5. Work Experience: Applicant has been on a work experience placement with the BBC within the last 12 months

Due to the level of interest in the Work Experience schemes, applicants can only undertake one placement within a 12 month period.

6. Work Experience: Applicant has worked for the BBC within the last 12 months

If you have been employed by the BBC within the last 12 months, we are unable to progress your application, as the purpose of BBC Work Experience is to introduce people to the BBC and its various jobs. Instead, take a look at our current vacancies.

For any technical issues or queries that you cannot find the answer to online, please contact our resourcing and talent team at resourcing@bbc.co.uk.


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