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FAQs

What BHP stands for

  • What is it like to work at BHP?
    Our purpose is to bring people and resources together to build a better world.

    At the core of what we stand for as an organisation is a commitment to put health and safety first, be environmentally responsible and support the local communities where we operate. We are energised by the work we do, how well we do it and the difference we make by creating social value. We aim to build pride and loyalty in our workforce and always work and behave in a way that is ethical and consistent with Our Charter values of Sustainability, Integrity, Respect, Performance, Simplicity and Accountability. As part of the BHP team, you will work with highly skilled, functional experts who share these values. 

    View our candidate guide here.

    Vea nuestra guía para candidatos aquí.

Applying for a job

  • How do I apply for a job with BHP?
    The best way is to submit your resume (or CV) online in response to one of our advertised positions. When you have completed the online application process, one of our Talent Acquisition Specialists will review your application. Make sure you enter all your details correctly so we can contact you.
  • How long does the recruitment process usually take from the time I apply?
    We try to work through your recruitment as quickly as we can. Our team reviews all applications manually and for some roles, this can take some time so please be patient. You can keep updated on your application by checking your candidate profile online here.
  • As an applicant, what can I expect from the selection process?

    Our candidate experience may include any of the following:

    • online application (submission of resume);
    • abilities testing;
    • virtual assessment (HireVue);
    • engagement centre (either face to face or virtual);
    • telephone interview;
    • behavioural based interviews;
    • due diligence, background, criminal, COVID-19 vaccination status (in Australia) and reference checks;
    • medical assessments (for select roles).
  • Where can I find out more about the recruitment process?

    For further information on our recruitment process please view our candidate toolkits, which explain each step in more detail:

  • In Australia, am I required to have a COVID-19 vaccination to work for BHP? 

    Yes. COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of entry to BHP workplaces in Australia as of 31 January 2022. You will need to be fully vaccinated (both doses) to access BHP workplaces beyond these dates. The requirement will come into effect on earlier dates where needed due to Government public health orders (e.g. Victoria and WA) or because of other risk factors such as status of any local COVID-19 outbreaks and State Government re-opening plans, such as NSW. 

    Alternative effective dates for vaccination:

    • WA: The effective vaccination dates for WA aligned with State Government public health orders: 
      • Exposed port / vessel / vessel contact workers were required to have their first vaccination dose by 15 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 12 November 2021. 
      • All other workers are required to have their first vaccination dose by 1 December 2021, and to be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. 
    • NSW: Considering the current COVID-19 outbreak in NSW and the State Government plan to ease restrictions, workers and visitors to BHP workplaces in NSW were required to have their first vaccination dose by 10 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022. 
    • Victoria: The Melbourne office was closed for a period of time, and is now beginning to reopen. For limited authorised workers who had access during the closed period, the State Government required these workers to have their first vaccination dose by 15 October 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021. Further announcements will be made once a decision is made to re-open the Melbourne office. 
  • Why has BHP made the COVID-19 vaccination a condition of entry to its workplaces in Australia?
    Safety is our number one priority.  

    Vaccination will help prevent serious illness or death from COVID-19 transmission in a BHP workplace and therefore we are acting on this basis. Recent data indicates that unvaccinated people are 17 times more likely to be hospitalised due to COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

    BHP has to keep its workforce safe. This condition on entry to our workplaces is to keep our people safe.

    You can hear more about our position from Edgar Basto, President Minerals Australia. 
  • What kind of support and feedback does BHP offer throughout the recruitment process?
    If you progress to our Virtual Assessment with HireVue, you will be provided feedback detailing how you performed in the assessment.

    If you progress to an interview or engagement centre, you will receive phone and/or email updates relating to our process and outcome. 

    You can always keep up to date on your applications by logging in and checking your candidate profile on our careers site, which can be found here.
  • If I'm unsuccessful this time, can I re-apply?

    Yes. Not everyone who works at BHP was successful on their first application. It can take time to get the right role that fits your skill set.

    As you have applied online, your details will remain on our system for up to 12 months. Our Talent Acquisition team may consider you for other opportunities across BHP relevant to your experience, and if suitable may reach out to contact you via phone or email.

  • Can I apply for a job in a country other than my own?

    BHP offers a broad range of career opportunities around the globe. However, BHP does not have a policy of automatically sponsoring candidates who are not authorised to work in a specific country. If you have the required skills and experience for the position, we suggest you make an application.

  • Can I email my application directly to the Talent Acquisition Team?

    No. All applications must be made online, via our careers page, so we can easily track your application and assess your skills and experience against the opportunities we have.

  • Do I need to include a cover letter with my application?

    Your resume will suffice at this stage, however our Talent Acquisition team will contact you if further documentation is required.

  • Can I apply for more than one job at a time?

    Absolutely. You are welcome to apply for any of our job postings that you believe match your skill-set and career aspirations.

  • Who can submit an application?
    Our job postings are designed to attract people who are interested in joining BHP. They are not intended for recruitment suppliers. We will not accept responsibility for any fees related to unsolicited applications from recruitment suppliers.
  • What is Job Alert?

    A Job Alert will automatically send you an email when new jobs are published to our website. You can create a Job Alert to tell us your preferences and matched jobs will be emailed to you for consideration on a weekly or monthly basis. You can create job alerts once logged into your candidate profile from the options menu in the top right corner.

  • Does BHP have a Graduate or Internship Program for students?

    We have both an internship and graduate program. For more information on these programs please click here.

    Please note that depending on your location these positions are only available at certain times during the year and are offered to local students or those with valid work visas. You can also sign up for job alerts to be notified when the program opens in your location.

Recruitment process

  • What tests and pre-screening activities will I have to do?

    We might ask you to do a video interview and some abilities testing online. To get you ready for this, we’ll send you an email with instructions and practice tests. Make sure you read all this information carefully and always do the practice video questions and tests so you know what to expect and have the best chance of success.


  • What if I'm working on site and cant do the assessment on time?

    Our advice is to do the pre-screening activities or online assessments as soon as you can, however we understand that people have rosters and other commitments that might delay this process.

    You can contact us to let us know about any delays or issues you may be having in completing these assessments.

  • I've never done a video interview before and am feeling a little nervous. What should I be worried about?

    It is totally understandable you may feel a bit nervous. Please try not to worry, and consider these steps to help set yourself up and be prepared for your video interview.

    • Check what your camera is going to see,
    • Test your microphone and sound
    • Allow yourself plenty of time,
    • Relax as much as possible and remember you are just talking about yourself and your experience.

    It’s in our best interest for you to do well so we will be helping you succeed as much as we can.

  • Is it possible to work at BHP if I have a disability or am neuro-diverse?

    Yes. We encourage applications from people of all abilities. As every person and their situation is unique, we look at this on an individual basis. We actively encourage you to apply for roles that suit your background and skillset. 

    You can email us here (inclusion@bhp.com) for further information and to find out how we can work with you to ensure our recruitment process is equitable.

    BHP also partners with a number of service providers across the globe to ensure that we can work with successful candidates to suit their accessibility needs.

  • What accommodations do BHP offer in their recruitment process? Who do I contact to request any further accommodations? 

    BHP is committed to an inclusive culture, including providing a recruitment process is fair, equitable and accessible for all. If you have a disability and/or are neuro-diverse, we know that it may be helpful for us to adjust our process to make it fair and accessible for your individual situation.

    Please contact us here (inclusion@bhp.com) so we can work with you on this. Please know that in disclosing your personal situation or circumstances you will not be disadvantaged in our process.

  • I identify as Transgender or I am currently affirming my gender, do I need to share this information in the recruitment process?

    This is entirely up to you, however if you disclose this throughout the recruitment process please know that this will not disadvantage you in our process.

     

    At BHP, we want our people to feel safe and comfortable to bring their whole selves to work. We firmly believe that no employee or candidate should feel pressured to hide who they are – be it their gender identity, sex or sexual orientation. 

     

    We are committed to mitigating bias in our recruitment processes to ensure LGBT+ people are respected, valued and free from discrimination. For further support information please view our Applicant Information Guide for Transgender, Gender Diverse (TGD) and Non-Binary Candidates.

  • Why do you ask personal questions that would identify a person’s gender, ethnicity or disability and how is this data used?
    Understanding these aspects of diversity allows us to take an intersectional approach to inclusion and diversity, recognising that different aspects of diversity can overlap to compound disadvantage and discrimination. We use this information to ensure our recruitment practices are fair and equitable for everyone.
  • I’m experiencing accessibility issues on the site. What should I do?
    We're aware of some accessibility issues that can occur on our careers site, particularly for screen reader users. If you are having issues with our website when applying for a role or during our recruitment process, please email us here (inclusion@bhp.com) so we can work with you to improve your experience.
  • What technology will I need to get set up and what happens if I can’t connect or drop out half-way?

    A fully charged phone, smart device or computer is all you need to get started. Earphones with a microphone are often better for sound quality. We know that sometimes technology can let us down. If that happens, don’t worry, we will work on either switching to a different method or rescheduling.

  • What should I wear to a virtual interview or engagement centre?

    Wear the same attire you would for a face-to-face interview. Smart-casual is fine with us.

  • What questions should I be prepared for?

    We’d like to know why you’ve applied for a particular role. At BHP, our values and our purpose are extremely important to us. These can be found on our website, and we recommend you think about how these resonate with how you like to work and be treated before you meet us.

  • When is the best time to discuss salary?

    At BHP we pay competitively and equitably for the occupations, industries and locations in which we operate – to help ensure we can attract and retain the best people.

    Of course, salary is only one element of Reward at BHP and is complimented by our broader Remuneration offering, including Variable Pay & Incentives, Pension, Leave, Employee Share Scheme schemes and Employee Benefits. 

    We can provide an indicative salary range for a role at any point in the recruitment process, though a salary offer would be confirmed only at the completion of the recruitment process as part of the employment offer.

    You can find out information on our broader Remuneration & Benefit offering from our Talent Acquisition team, throughout the recruitment process.

Flexibility and work-life balance at BHP

  • At what stage of the application process is it appropriate to discuss flexible options?

    Right from the start. You can note on your application and also let us know when we interview you. You will not be disadvantaged in the recruitment process for asking about flexible work options.

  • Does working for BHP mean I have to work a Fly-In-Fly Out (FIFO) roster?

    The majority of our roles are based on our operational sites and we try to advertise all the travelling options available on our job adverts. However there are many different ways to reach them, with FIFO being just one option, and this can be discussed in your interview.

Career opportunities at BHP

  • Does BHP promote from within the organisation?

    Yes. We value developing our people and promoting from within and always seek strong internal candidates for any available roles. However, we also welcome external applicants who can add diversity and different perspectives to our workforce.


  • Are there opportunities to develop a career at BHP?

    There are many opportunities to develop your career and make a difference within our Company. As one of the world's largest resources companies, we seek people with outstanding skills and who share our values, to work in our business and across commodities, markets and geographies. We develop the skills and capabilities of our workforce through regular performance reviews combined with training and development. Our training and development programs are designed and implemented at the operational level to support local requirements.

  • If I work outside the mining and resources sector, can I still have a career with BHP?

    Yes. BHP hires candidates from a large range of backgrounds, many of which have no previous resources experience. BHP values diversity of thought and fresh perspectives which someone from outside the sector, with different skills, can bring to our business. Once inside BHP, there are many diverse career pathways you can take that may not have imagined before.

Diversity and inclusion at BHP

  • How do you represent the communities in which you operate?

    Employing directly from our local communities allows us to be an active part of those communities. This allows for an influx of local knowledge and deepens our understanding of local community issues. All our businesses are also required to develop and implement diversity plans which are appropriate to their needs and are driven through an inclusive working environment.


  • Why is a diverse and inclusive workforce important to BHP?
    We recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. - every individual brings unique skills, experience and perspectives to the workplace.  We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect, and has the opportunity to maximise their potential. In our experience, inclusive and diverse teams promote safety, productivity and wellbeing within BHP and underpins our ability to attract new employees.  

    We are an Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.
  • How does BHP manage a fair and equitable recruitment process?

    At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women, people with a disability, and Indigenous people. If you require an adjustment to equitably participate in the recruitment process please note this on your application form or email us here. You will not be disadvantaged in our process – we just want to know to make sure it’s equitable and fair for all.

Technical queries

  • What if I have applied for a job and forgotten my username and password?

    The first time you apply for a position you will be asked to create an account through BHP’s Careers site. 

    When you return to BHP Careers page to log in, you will be asked for your email address and password. Should you forget your password, please click on the "Forgot Password?" link. You will then be emailed a new link to reset your password.


  • I am encountering a problem accessing and using this site. What should I do?

    First, determine whether you are able to access any other internet sites. If you are certain that the issue is specifically related to the BHP Jobs site, please contact us.

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