Questions and answers

The following section contains answers to frequently asked questions about the application process. Our Application Management department is ready to assist you if you require more specific information.

If you have a question concerning a specific position, please contact the responsible human resources manager, whose name is listed at the end of the job description.

When will I receive an initial response to my application?

If you apply via our online system, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application immediately after you submit it. You can then be sure that we have received all of your documents and will soon begin examining them.

In the case of an application submitted by e-mail, you can expect to receive confirmation within approximately three working days. The entire HOCHTIEF application process is carried out digitally.

I would like to apply for more than one position. Is it enough if I only send one application?

You will need to make the applications individually using the online application form. This does not take up much time, however. Alternatively, you can also send your cover letter for a further position via e-mail to as your data have already been stored in the application management system within the framework of the previously submitted application.

Can I submit an unsolicited application?

We would be happy to receive an unsolicited online application from you if you can’t find a suitable position on our Job Search pages. The following link will take you to our Online Unsolicited Application site.

What can I do if I have sent a faulty online application?

If you sent a faulty application we recommend to apply once again, complete with all documents. Please drop a line in your cover letter about the changes. Then we will replace your faulty application by the corrected documents.

Is it possible to erase my profile or to cancel my application?

If you want to cancel an already sent application, please send an e-mail to our Application Management. The contact details are included in our confirmation of receipt which you receive after sending your documents.

What happens to all my data on the Job Search site and how long are they saved?

We only need your details for the application. At the conclusion of the application process—e.g. in case of a rejection—your personal data will be saved for six months and erased afterwards, in line with the data protection agreement. If you prefer that we not keep your file or that your data not be erased after six months because, for example, you want to apply for another position, please contact Application Management (a class="ht-internal-link" href="">

Can I reapply if my application is rejected?

If you find another interesting job listing later on that you feel you’re qualified for, we will be happy to accept another application from you.

When should I apply for an apprentice position?

We generally list apprentice positions for the upcoming year after the summer holidays, at which time you are free to submit an application to HOCHTIEF. Applications submitted after that time may also be successful, provided apprenticeships are still available. You can find all open apprenticeships at

Can I do an internship between my bachelor’s and master’s courses of study?

Yes, that is possible. If you’d like to get some practical experience after completing your bachelor’s degree and before starting your master’s course of study, apply for one of our listed internship positions. If you don’t see a suitable position, you are also welcome to send an unsolicited application using our online application form.

Is it possible to do an internship after I complete my studies?

That depends on the type of degree you have. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree can generally do an internship at HOCHTIEF if they plan to pursue a master’s degree. We are, however, unable to offer internships to graduates with a master’s degree, our participation in the Fair Company initiative prohibits us from offering entry-level positions as internships or staffing them with interns.

Is it possible to do a four-week internship?

When you join us for an internship, we try to get you involved in projects and normal daily assignments as much as possible. You therefore should plan to spend at least four weeks with us to ensure you’ll become familiar with specific tasks.

Please keep in mind that gaining practical experience while you study will help you develop a better perspective regarding your future career. Prospective employers often also value an internship more than rapid completion of your degree.

Is an English online application required for an internship abroad?

Yes, please be sure to submit all your application documents for an internship abroad in English. This will allow our people at the location in question to gain an initial impression of your background and abilities, and it will also give us an idea of how good your English is.

Do I need to conduct an internship at home before applying for one abroad?

Our recommendation is that you gather practical experience at home before conducting an internship abroad. The internship at home doesn’t necessarily have to be at HOCHTIEF—but that’s usually the direct path to a subsequent assignment abroad.

Will I be paid for my internship?

As a member of the Fair Company initiative, HOCHTIEF offers appropriate compensation for internships. Payment varies in line with the number of years of study you’ve already completed, how long the internship lasts and if it is voluntary or mandatory. A work experience internship obligatory for school pupils is not remunerated by HOCHTIEF.

Am I entitled to vacation time during my internship?

We offer vacation time in accordance with German law. You’ll get five days of vacation in a three-month internship. You will also be given unpaid time off during the internship for college-related obligations such as exams.

As a college graduate, would I join HOCHTIEF as a trainee or as an entry-level employee?

That depends on the position you’re applying for—and certainly also on your interests and experience. In general, our job postings clearly state whether the position in question is for a trainee or an entry-level employee.

If I’m a college graduate, can I also apply for positions targeted at candidates with work experience?

Your application may still be successful in this case if the position you’re applying for is listed under “Job offers for graduates.” In certain situations, we will also consider relevant practical experience while in college as equal to initial work experience.

Are there specific deadlines for applying to HOCHTIEF as a college graduate?

We list positions throughout the year for entry-level employees and trainees. If you would like to apply to HOCHTIEF on your own initiative, simply send us your application documents via our online application form three months before the earliest date you can start. That will give us enough time to examine your application as thoroughly as possible.

Who should I speak to about travel expense reimbursements?

If you receive an invitation for an interview via our Application Management department, it will also contain a travel expense form. You should fill out this form and send it with original travel documents (we also accept screenshots in the case of mobile phone tickets) to the Application Management department. You will find the department’s address either on the form or in the “Contact” section.

Whom should I talk to if I have any questions?

Questions regarding a specific position should be addressed to the contact person whose name appears at the end of the job listing. For questions about the application process (e.g. the current status of your application), please call the Application Management hotline (Tel. +49 201 824-1500). Please understand that any calls you make to us will have no effect on our decision.


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