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  • Research Scientist

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    Interview process

    My initial telephone interview was with a member of the graduate recruitment team, and it lasted 45minutes. After having a brief chat about what the interview would involve, he started asking questions. It was standard competency based interview asking me to describe a moment in my life that applied to the question and how I dealt with the situation. I was also asked about my CV and relevant qualifications as well as why I felt I was suited to a job within the MOD and DSTL.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a situation where you were working with a group of people from a variety of different backgrounds, and got into difficulty having to use the different skill sets of each person to solve the situation.

    Interview tips

    Make sure you chase up the company if you feel it has been an unusually long time since you last heard anything, it doesn't hurt to be overly enthusiastic.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    I passed the telephone interview stage and was told I would be contacted shortly regarding an assessment centre date. However I didn't hear anything until over a month later when I got an email saying that all the assessment centre dates at the moment were full and I'd get an email soon notifying me of an alternate date. I then didn't hear anything back until 6MONTHS LATER, with a short email essentially saying that they'd forgotten about me and there was no longer a vacancy but they'd keep my CV on file.

    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group exercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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