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Q: Will I be told how well I performed in the online tests?

A: Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide you with feedback until the interview stage of the process.

Q: Will I be able to highlight any extenuating circumstances in relation to my application?

A: If you want us to consider something that might affect your application, please make sure you highlight this in the relevant section on the online application form or email us in advance an we'll talk through your requirements individually.

Q: How flexible are you with regards to academic requirements?

A: We don’t generally make exceptions to our academic requirements. However, there may be some flexibility in extenuating circumstances.

Q: Will you reimburse my travel expenses?

A: Yes – we’ll make sure you’re not out of pocket. We’ll reimburse up to £100 for travel expenses to an interview or assessment centre.

Q: Can I send my CV to Smith & Williamson

A: Unfortunately, we don’t accept CV applications. To apply for a trainee role, visit our ‘Apply’ page to see current opportunities and complete an online application form.

Q: How can I find out about available opportunities with Smith & Williamson?

A: Have a look at the Apply page of our trainee website, where we list all our available vacancies. .

Q: How will I know if you’ve received my application?

A: You will receive an automated email as soon as we receive your application form.

Q: What are the timescales for the recruitment process?

A: Upon submitting your application you will receive an email inviting you to complete online tests. After completion of these tests we will aim to give you an outcome on your application form within 15 working days, however please bear with us between September and January as this is a very busy time. If successful at this stage you will be invited to an assessment centre.

Q: I am part/fully ACA/ACCA qualified, can I still apply?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t accept applications from candidates who are part or fully qualified for our trainee roles. However, we recommend you refer to our Experienced Hire website for any suitable roles by clicking here.

Unfortunately, we don’t accept applications from candidates who are part or fully qualified for our trainee roles. However, we recommend you refer to our Experienced Hire website for any suitable roles by clicking here.

Q: Do you offer work experience?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t offer work experience. However, we have a formal summer internship programme for penultimate-year university students. This is a great way of getting a taste of life at Smith & Williamson. For more details, check out our ‘Summer Internships’ page.

You can also join our five-year Higher Apprenticeship programme in either Assurance and Business Services, Private Client Tax Services or Business Tax. This combines practical work experience with internal training and technical studies, leading to a professional qualification. 

Q: What happens if I change my mind about the area that I want to work in after I submit my application?

If you do change your mind, please contact our graduate and trainee recruitment team ongraduates@smith.williamson.co.uk.

Q: Can I make two different applications for two different areas?

A: You can only submit one application for one business area within a 12 month period.

Q: Do I need to have relevant work experience?

A: You don’t need to have work experience that is directly relevant to the role you have applied for. However, we recommend that you detail any other work experience on your application form.

Q: Do I need to have a business degree?

A: We welcome applications from candidates with any degree discipline.

Q: Can I make more than one application per year?

A: You can only submit one application for one business area within a 12 month period.

Q: Do you accept applications from candidates who require a work permit? to Q: Do you accept applications from people who require a work permit?

A: We accept applications from candidates who require a work permit for graduate roles only.

Q: Can I receive feedback on my application?

A: Unfortunately, as we receive a high number of applications each year, we are unable to provide you with feedback until the interview stage of the process.

Q: What are the key deadline dates?

A: Most of our programmes offer opportunities on a rolling basis, so you should apply as soon as possible.