Graduate FAQ

Below are answers to a range of frequently asked questions related to year-out placements with JN Bentley:

1. What does JN Bentley look for in a graduate?

2. How many offices does JN Bentley have?

3. What graduate roles does JN Bentley offer?

4. How many graduate positions do you offer for each role?

5. What type of recruitment process does JN Bentley run?

6. How do I apply and when can I send my application?

7. What is the closing date for applications?

8. If I secure an interview, where will it be held?

9. How long will it be until JN Bentley gets back to me?

10. Can I claim back my travel expenses?

11. If I secure a position, where will I work?

12. If I am successful, when can I start?

13. What will be my working hours?

14. How much holiday will I receive?


1. What does JN Bentley look for in a graduate student?

JN Bentley is an innovative, forward-thinking company with various opportunities for graduates.  We look for applicants who have a keen interest in construction, use  their initiative and thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment.

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2. How many offices does JN Bentley have?

JN Bentley has a number of offices across their operating regions throughout the UK, with the head office based in Skipton (North Yorkshire). Other offices are located in Durham, Skelmersdale (North West), Blackburn (North West), Shifnal (Shropshire), Leeds, Peterborough and Wales.  Further details can be found here.

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3. What graduate roles does JN Bentley offer?

JN Bentley offers graduate roles in:

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4. How many graduate positions do you offer for each role?

This depends on each operating region throughout the business and can change year on year, whilst roles may also become available in busy periods.

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5. What type of recruitment process does JN Bentley run?

Depending on the role you're applying for, you may be asked to attend either an assessment centre or an interview.

The assessment centre can vary in style but will generally include a group activity, a specific task relating to the role and an individual interview. Don't worry though, we try our best to keep the day fun and relaxed to make sure we get the best out of our applicants.

JN Bentley keeps its interview informal in style. The process consists of a series of questions; none of them trick ones, you'll be glad to know. The only 'formal' part of the interview will be when we ask you to talk about yourself.  Here we prefer you to just speak rather than produce a fancy PowerPoint presentation.

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6. How do I apply and when can I send my application?

As soon as you see JN Bentley's graduate roles advertised on the website; you can apply online.

Alternatively, you can send your CV and a covering letter with the graduate job title and location(s) you want to apply for, to careers@jnbentley.co.uk or post to our HR Department, JN Bentley Ltd, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QR.

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7. What is the closing date for applications?

The closing date for graduate roles is displayed on each role description.

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8. If I secure an interview, where will it be held?

Nine times out of ten your interview will be where your position is advertised to be.  However, on some occasions the interview may be at a different office location - if you live nearer to one of our offices rather than where the role is, for instance.

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9. How long will it be until JN Bentley gets back to me?

Your application will be acknowledged upon receipt - we will then process your application as soon as possible.

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10. Can I claim back my travel expenses?

JN Bentley is more than happy to reimburse any reasonable travel costs associated with attending a graduate interview. 

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11. If I secure a graduate role, where will I work?

You will work at the location where your role has been advertised. If there are more than one location, this will be discussed within the interview. Full details can be found on each graduate role description.

12. If I am successful, when can I start?

A choice of start dates will be sent to you with your offer letter.  We are very flexible on start dates, with many graduates opting to start their role within the summer period.

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13. What will be my working hours?

JN Bentley's standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week, with general working hours between 8:30am and 5pm - with an hour for lunch.  This might vary depending on the role you are doing and the responsibilities you've been given.  Sometimes you might be asked to start work early or finish later depending on the demands of the job.

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14. How much holiday will I receive?

All of our employees receive 26 days holiday plus all statutory and bank holidays too.  

5 days have to be used at Christmas when the whole business closes for the week.  Our holiday runs from the beginning of March until the end of February. 

If you choose not to use all of your holiday entitlement, you will forfeit the surplus days you don't take - this is as we aim to encourage our employees to have a break once in a while.

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