A helping hand with your job application

We are glad you are thinking of applying for a role at DS Smith. And because we want the very best people to join us, we’ve made the application process quick and simple and put together this brief guide to help you through it.

As we’re a global business, with opportunities all over Europe and North America, the exact application process may vary a little from country to country. However, the preparation you need to do, to give yourself the best chance of getting the job, will be the same wherever you are.  

Step-by-step guide to our application process

Step 1. Apply for a job vacancy 

If you've spotted a vacancy on our website that matches your ambitions and skills, then simply hit the ‘apply’ button and follow the next steps to submit your application. Applications will be reviewed for relevant skills, experience, qualifications, and the best fit for the role and business. To increase your chances of being selected for an interview, your application should show how you match the job specification, demonstrate enthusiasm and be clear and concise. If you are planning to apply for more than one role it is worth considering creating an account with us so you can keep everything in one place. Please ensure you check the job description for specific visa and right to work requirements and provide evidence with your application if applicable. 

Step 2. Prepare for your interview

It is important to make time to prepare for your interview as it will help you to feel more confident. To ensure that you are well prepared for the interview, follow these steps: 

  • Read the job description thoroughly to understand the skills and experience we are looking for 
  • Research our company website, in particular the specific part of the business you’re applying to join.   
  • Read up on our competitors. 
  • Review your CV or application form and try to anticipate the questions that the interviewer might ask you. Practice your answers. 
  • Prepare some examples from your past experiences that you can refer to during the interview. 

Step 3. During the interview

We know interviews can be nerve wracking and we want to meet the ‘real’ you. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re ready, relaxed and your true personality shines through: 

  • Whether your interview is over the phone, virtual or face to face, make sure you arrive or are set up for it in plenty of time. 
  • For phone and virtual interviews, choose a place where noise or items in the background won’t distract you or your interviewer. 
  • Remember to listen carefully to the questions you’re asked and, if you need to, ask to hear them again. 
  • Take a moment to pause and think about your answers as those few seconds can really help to gather your thoughts and provide a great response.  
  • To enhance your chances of impressing the interviewer with your skills and experience, it's suggested that you employ the STAR approach (Situation, Task, Action, Result). This entails sharing a specific situation from your past that is relevant to the position you are applying for. You should clarify the task you were accountable for in relation to the situation, detail the action you took to address it, and finally, explain the positive outcome of your actions. This structured method can assist you in conveying your abilities more effectively. 
  • Finally, always answer truthfully. We know everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and what we’re always looking for is potential; people who acknowledge their areas of development and are willing to learn and grow, just like we are.  

Step 4. At the end of the interview

Our interviews end with an opportunity for you to ask us questions. Think about these beforehand as they could spark a conversation that makes you stand out. Maybe you’re interested in the latest projects we’re working on, who you’d be working with or even what the person interviewing you enjoys most about their job. 

The way you finish your interview is an opportunity to make sure we remember you. Try to show the same levels of energy and enthusiasm as you did when the interview started and always leave the room or end your call on a positive note!