Check out our answers to some of the questions frequently asked by applicants/potential applicants.

We have also included a section covering FAQs by UK graduates.

If you can't find the information you need, please contact us.


Recruitment FAQs

How can I be kept informed of job vacancies at Ricardo

This website is the best source of information about our current global vacancies. Please check back here to view what's available.

Alternatively, you can complete a speculative application form to register your interest for particular types of role that may arise in the future. 

How do I apply for a vacancy?

You will need to complete the online application form for the position you wish to apply for and upload your CV and a covering letter. Specific details will be provided for each vacancy.

We’d encourage you to apply online, but if you require an alternative means of applying, please email us at stcrecruiting@ricardo.com.

I’d like to speak to someone about my application / I have a technical support question

If you have any questions, please email us at stcrecruiting@ricardo.com.

Alternatively, please call the office where the vacancy you are applying for is based. Details of our offices can be found on our website:

Global locations

Will Ricardo apply for a work permit for me?

Unfortunately we cannot offer candidates support with work permit applications. You’ll need to have the right to work in the location in which your position is based, or have a valid work permit, to be considered for a role.

Will I be informed if my application is unsuccessful?

Yes. We will contact you to advise you of the outcome of your application.

I have been unsuccessful - can I request feedback?

Yes. You can request receive feedback on your application. This can be requested by emailing stcrecruitment@ricardo.com. You will normally receive a response within two weeks.

After I have submitted an application, what is the next stage of the process?

You’ll receive an email to confirm that we’ve received your application. We will then shortlist candidates for further assessment.

The assessment depends on the role you are applying for, but you may be asked to participate in some of the following in addition to a first-stage interview:

  • A competency-based interview
  • Psychometric testing

For some roles, there may be a second stage interview.


UK graduates FAQs

What is your graduate recruitment process?

We accept applications from a number of sources, including applications made directly to us (via email, post or online), via university careers fairs and presentations, and through university careers services. All applications are carefully reviewed and we will write to you as soon as we can concerning the status of your application. If we are unable to take your application further, we will let you know as soon as possible.

If you are successful, we will invite you to attend one of our Assessment Centres. We aim to make our decision as soon as we can and to advise you of this as soon as possible. Our decision at this stage will fall into one of three categories:

  • We intend to make you an offer
  • We have other candidates to review and we will put you on ‘hold’ but let you have a definite decision as soon as we can
  • You were not successful on this occasion

What sort of people are you looking for?

There is no ideal candidate because everyone is different and has different skills to offer. As a minimum, you will have or be expecting to graduate with a minimum of a 2:1 BEng/MEng. It would also be an advantage if you have had relevant work experience and/or if you have a second European language.

Where can I find out more about Ricardo?

You can find out more about us by visiting our web site at www.ricardo.com We have close links with a number of universities and you can talk to your tutors and career advisors to find out more about us from a graduate perspective.

Which university do you recruit from the most?

We have links with a number of key UK and European universities but ultimately we aim to recruit the right graduates for Ricardo.

What is expected of me at an Assessment Centre?

We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed while you are with us. We know and appreciate that you may be nervous, so we try to put you at ease in order to assess you in your best light. You will be asked to give a short technical presentation (you can choose from a list of subjects). There will also be a technical interview designed to show your strengths and skills. However, we also want to give you an idea of what it would be like to work with us, so you will be able to meet our managers, engineers and recent graduates on an informal basis.

Why should I work for Ricardo?

Well, with our great technology, locations, people, social aspects and career opportunities... perhaps the question should be, "why shouldn't I?".

Will I get any support?

When you join Ricardo, we will provide you with a dedicated mentor, who will look after you during your initial employment with us. He/she will be a Chartered Mechanical or Electrical engineer and will meet with you regularly to discuss your progress and achievements with the company, signing off your accredited training programme on a quarterly basis.

Tell me about your accredited training schemes

We have accredited training schemes with both the IET and the IMechE and you will be provided with a dedicated mentor from your profession. Your mentor and your manager will work with you to develop an individual training plan to help you work towards achieving your Chartered Engineer status and to develop your long-term career with Ricardo.

Is there much opportunity for me to travel abroad?

Opportunities do arise, but it is dependant on work load, your availability, client requirements, your desire to travel etc. Although we are recruiting specifically for our UK division, our success means that there will be greater opportunities to work abroad in the future, e.g. at Ricardo Inc. in the USA or in China, France or Italy.

What about the social side?

Ricardo is a very sociable company. We have a number of sports clubs including, football, golf, sailing and scuba diving. And, as you may imagine, we have very active motor clubs at both our Midlands and Shoreham Technical Centres.

Click here to view more information about our Graduate Academy.