How it works
We welcome applications from all universities and are proud to be an inclusive employer.
For all global positions, applications are received online via CV and covering letter, then reviewed and responded to by a member of the Early Careers team. At the point there’s a video interview and, for engineers, a coding test.
This is followed by a Discovery Day, featuring a group exercise, and culture and technical interviews. The Discovery Day is your chance to meet us, ask any questions and help us explore your interests and experiences.
Stage one: the application
Applications are read by real humans! A member of the Early Careers squad will review your application, looking at your answers and CV.
If we like what we see, we’ll be in touch to arrange an interview. If you’re applying for an Engineering role you’ll be asked to complete a coding test prior to being invited to interview.
- The application
- Remember to answer all the application questions fully – this is your chance to stand out. We ask the questions because we want to discover more about you than perhaps what your CV might tell us.
- Your CV (make sure you highlight your achievements):
- Keep it short and clear
- Match your skills and experience with the job description
- If you are a recent graduate or have limited work experience, include school-related projects or coursework that demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge
Stage two: the interview
If you are successful at the first stage, we’ll invite you to a 30 minute video interview. It’s all done over Zoom, the online video conferencing software we use.
- Find a quiet spot with good WiFi or 4G connection
- Be prepared for behavioural, hypothetical or case-based questions that cover your role-related knowledge
- Questions will be open-ended. Make sure you answer the question being asked and if you need clarification, just ask
The Discovery Day is your chance to meet us, ask any questions and help us explore your interests and experiences.
It will feature a group exercise, a culture and technical interview as well as a networking lunch and a chance to meet some of our current graduates.
See more tips below
At our Discovery Days, there are no right or wrong answers. We want to hear your ideas, how you approach tasks and your thought process to get to outcomes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at any point – it’s encouraged!
And remember feel free to interview us, too. Ask questions – about the work, about the team, about the culture – that will help you decide whether the job will be right for you.
Stage three: the decision
After the interviews are done our team will meet to review and discuss each candidate at each interview stage. This is overseen by the Early Careers squad to ensure there is consistency across the process.
Once a decision has been made, a member of the Early Careers squad will be in touch. We will provide feedback to all candidates at this stage.
If you’re successful, a member of the Early Careers squad will contact you directly to let you know. Next we’ll get your contract ready and send it out asap.
We’ll continue to keep in touch until your first day in the office and if you’ve any questions, let us know.
Our top tips for the interviews
- Predict: You can guess a lot of the questions you’ll be asked, like “Why do you want this job?” and “What’s a tough problem you’ve solved?” If you can’t think of any, Google “most common interview questions.”
- Explain: We want to understand how you think, so explain your thought process and decision making throughout the interview. Remember we’re not only evaluating your technical ability, but also how you approach problems and try to solve them. Explicitly state and check assumptions with your interviewer to ensure they are reasonable.
- Clarify: Many of the questions will be deliberately open-ended to provide insight into what categories and information you value within the technological puzzle. We’re looking to see how you engage with the problem and your primary method for solving it. Be sure to talk through your thought process and feel free to ask specific questions if you need clarification.
- Improve: Think about ways to improve the solution you present. It’s worthwhile to think out loud about your initial thoughts to a question. In many cases, your first answer may need refining and further explanation. If necessary, start with the brute force solution and improve on it – just let the interviewer know that’s what you’re doing and why.
FAQs on Discovery Days
- What does the group interview involve?
- You will be split into groups of 4. You will be given a typical scenario that our staff may have to deal with here at Skyscanner. You will then work through the exercise with your group and present your ideas and solutions to your peers in a 5-10 minute presentation including a Q&A.
- What does the business specific interview involve?
- You will be given a typical problem that our staff at Skyscanner might face. You’ll then work through the problem with your interviewer, using the whiteboard, talking them through your thought process to get to a solution.
- What is a culture interview?
- This is a chance for us to get to know more about who you are. It’s a bit like your initial Zoom interview but this time we’ll dig a little deeper into your answers. It’s also a chance for you to learn a bit more about the culture here at Skyscanner.
- What do I need to bring with me?
- All you need is your passport and, if applicable, proof of right to work documents. We will take copies of these on arrival.
- Is there anything I need to prepare?
- There is no advance preparation required. Your interviewer will talk you though the group exercise and interview exercise. If there’s anything you are unsure about, just ask!
- What should I wear?
- Whatever you like! We’ve a very relaxed culture at Skyscanner and our dress code is casual. Please come to your interview in something you feel comfortable wearing.