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  • 15 month placement undergraduate placement

    4.8571/5 | Interview date: February 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was fairly intense. It lasted for one hour and consisted of 8 questions. The first question was the hardest which I have written down below. However, this question was tailored to the sector my interviewer was from in the company so they are all different. Overall a good experience. My advice would be:
    Be yourself
    Enjoy it
    Smile!
    Be nice
    Don't be too serious

    Most difficult question

    You are working for JLR. You are designing a software system for one of the jaguars, who is your customer?
    Clue.. Not the purchaser of the car.

    Interview tips

    Be yourself! Don't go crazy on bigging yourself up in the interview,, after all its only words.. They want examples of what you have done that makes you a motivated person. In the group exercise, don't act like Billy big cock,, they will see right through it.. Listen to other people's opinions, have a good discussion and not be too quiet.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was a very relaxed but intense day. There were 2 groups of 12, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, I was afternoon. The centre consisted first of all of a group exercise. We were sat round a table in a group of six with 4 assessors sat in the corner making notes. We had to discuss which radio would be best for a new car. This lasted one hour and in my opinion was the hardest part of the day.
    The second part was the interview as discussed above.
    The third part was an 'in tray exercise' : multiple choice, we had to reply to emails with the correct response. In between these assessments we relaxed in a room with free coffee.. I just chatted to the other candidates. Overall I enjoyed the day

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Engineering Graduate Placement

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: March 2016 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Rather than an interview with someone, there was a set of 8 questions and you had to record a reply video.
    For each, there were 30 seconds to prepare about 1 or 2 minutes video recording that would start automatically.
    Internet cconnection, webcam and audio level set up/adjustment was done beforehand.

    Most difficult question

    Explain the physics behind an ocean wave. (2 minutes answer)

    Interview tips

    Be yourself and look at the webcam.
    There is the tendency to look at the video recording of yourself but this looks bad in camera. You have to look directly at the webcam just like if you were having an interview with a person

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    not applicable

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Graduate Process Engineer

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 100.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The initial telephone interview was conducted by a Recruiter which lasted approximately 20 minutes. He first asked me questions regarding my current status in my degree course and I was asked general questions relating to my engineering experiences in my degree course.
    I was then asked a few basic competency questions and he was happy with my answers so forwarded my CV to the company. The company were also pleased so I was invited to an onsite interview; the interview was surprisingly really friendly and more towards being informal - nothing seriously difficult to catch you out. I was then given a tour of the site which lasted approximately 1hr30mins!!
    The day after I got a call from the recruiter through which the company do all the correspondence saying I passed the interview; the next stage was a few questions which I have been email by the company, which I am complete correctly then the job would be secured.

    Most difficult question

    It was just really simple and basic questions they asked so there was nothing difficult in all honesty. But just to choose 1, maybe 'Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?' is one which can maybe hit some people.

    Interview tips

    For an interview at CPL Industries, the best advice I would give would be to just be yourself and not feel nervous about anything. They treat the interview more as a basic friendly chat and I feel are more interested in how you feel when you are at the site and if you look interested to actually work at CPL.
    Also feel free to ask whatever questions you want, even as much as if you have slight problems with the start date - as although I haven't been offered the job yet (since I need to complete the questions I have been sent, and send them back), I made them aware of slight problems with the start date and they are really flexible in trying to adjust to what you say as they have done with myself - they were wishing for the role to begin in July and as I am not free until after mid-August they are more than happy for me to start then if I am offered the job subject to me answering the engineering questions I have been sent.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    No Assessment Centre - Just an interview with 2 Senior Engineering Managers and a site tour.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Power Electronics Engineer

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    My initial skype interview was with a representative from a company chosen to undertake the graduate recruitment on behalf of Alstom. This was an initial short interview and it lasted 20 to 30 minutes. I was asked about my background (degree, grade, projects etc) and there were some more general questions like "Describe your strengths". I was also given a 2 minute time to explain why I am suitable for this job. This video was recorded and sent to the company to assess.
    After I successfully passed this stage I was invited to the company for a face to face interview which lasted one hour and a half. I was also asked to do a 10 minute presentation on a topic that I was given after the skype interview.

    Most difficult question

    Being a perfectionist, how do you cope with strict deadlines when there is not adequate time to make everything perfect?
    Part of the job requires making reports and generally paper work. How do you cope with this part of the job that is generally the most boring?

    Interview tips

    It is important to do your best in the tests (numerical etc) because they are part of the assessment. The interviews are of course very important but if there are many applicants, it is important to be successful in this step as well.
    The interviewers were relaxed and friendly and they wanted to know about my background to see if I would be a good fit for the company. So there is no reason to stress about the interview because it is mostly a casual conversation even though there are certain questions that you are required to answer.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There was not an assessment center. During the second interview with the company I was asked to make a presentation on a topic that I was given prior to the interview.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Engineering graduate scheme

    5.0/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interviews comprised of a short phone interview, this was to gain an understanding of the applicant and the employer and was quite refreshingly informal. was a perfectly friendly conversation about the candidate and the employer. It was a 30 minute conversation about my cv and about the company. Once this was completed the company was very prompt in giving an invitation to the graduate assessment day, prior to the assessment day candidates were required to do a short online test to get a view of basic numeracy/logic/visual/memory skills.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a situation where you have been faced with great difficulty and overcome it.

    Interview tips

    Do your research on the company, its that simple. the company is very forthcoming with its core values and principles, if you feel you match the company then just be yourself. the interview process is very informal and actually enjoyable which helps with any potential nerves.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment day itself was very informal and very entertaining, a couple of group projects and a face to face interview with breaks in between for networking. Final interview to come, information was again provided very promptly.

    Split into three groups, rotating between a CSR task, a management task and a face to face interview. there were no right or wrong answers in the two assessments. more looking at how you function as a team.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Engineering Higher Apprentice

    5.0/5 | Interview date: May 2015 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Standard interview questions. Why Engineering? Explain a time where you have demonstrated willingness to learn ect...

    Interview is based on the JLR competencies.

    12 questions in 45 mins. 3 competencies where tested, 4 per competency.

    Ive gone into more detail about what the day entailed further down in the review. The whole day was quite relaxed not as stressful as I first anticipated. The staff are enthusiastic as should you be.

    Most difficult question

    No difficult questions.

    Interview tips

    The interview is the main thing that you can prepare for. Recap on work/projects that you have completed, try and find areas in you work that fit within the JLR competencies framework (because this is what the interview is based on) and know the company, it's markets, products ect. There was ample time to have a conversation with my interviewer about the company. Having done the research I was able to contribute and show my enthusiasm for the company.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    2 groups of 12. One was the morning group and another (the group I was in) was the afternoon group. First course of action was an introductory presentation and general administrative stuff.
    Next was a light lunch where we were able to talk to some of the current apprentices.
    After lunch, straight into the interviews. Assessors introduced themselves before taking us off for a 1-on-1 interview. Standard interview, nothing to catch you out. Do your research have something to talk about both you and the company prepared.
    Next, Fact finding mission. Given a document which details a problem. Based on information provided, I was tasked on asking a number of questions to determine the fault of a product. Immediately proceeding this the assessor asks me questions about what I've found out.
    After that was a group exercise, They're looking at how you communicate with others ect.
    Finally a practical assessment. I assumed the role of a test engineer, testing a procedure. As well as carry out the procedure I had to highlight any shortcomings in the document.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Development Engineer

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: April 2015 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 20.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview structure was 30 minutes test based upon a civil engineering highways problem regarding a new road planning application. this was then followed by a 15 minutes presentation based upon your findings. This was then followed by a 30 minutes interview regarding the candidate. This was more about what you bring to the team.

    This was the only stage in the recruitment process. They advised me that from the initial assessment they wanted to know my about my basic understanding about highways and if I could interpret a CAD drawing. There were several deliberate mistakes made on the drawing which were very basic such as no dimension. There was also a test on your understanding of how a road structure is made. There was codes provided with adequate information on them such as concrete specification. This was all to be presented to the panel of judges after 30 minutes.

    resources provided were:
    scaled ruler, pen, pencil and calculator, 2 A4 sheets of relevant codes and a A3 drawing of the proposed planning application.

    Most difficult question

    Name a time that you lead a difficult situation? (this was to test what I call a difficult)
    Recall a time when a situation was negative and you turned it positive?
    what type of team player are you? (leader, person who gives ideas)

    Interview tips

    Keep relaxed. Remember you are as capable of getting the job as anyone else is. Think outside the box. it is your time to show them what you know and what positivity you can offer them.

    This wasn't a graduate scheme but I asked would they offer support in my achieving my charter ship and they said yes. Ensure you ask relevant question to you rather then general questions.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment was one to one followed by a presentation. They were looking for my confidence to shine through in the presentation.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 2/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • TfL - Electrical Engineering Graduate Programme

    3.5714/5 | Interview date: April 2015 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Online tests before the phone interview. Phone interview had standard competency questions lasting about 25-30mins.

    In face to face, 2 interviewers were present; one from the HR asking competency questions and the other a Senior Engineering Manager asking more engineering related questions.

    Questions by the HR were pretty basic standard questions such as "Why do you want to work at TfL and why this role?", "Tell me a time when you done 'xyz', what was the situation etc etc?".

    Questions by the Senior Engineer were more of situational questions which engineering related problems which are pretty straight forward in all honesty as long as you know your stuff. Format was pretty much, the HR and Senior Engineer took turns to ask a question and asked maybe about 5 each.

    There was a presentation at the Assessment Centre which you get given a brief a week before to prepare (I only got mine a day before as they had first sent a brief a week before and got an email saying ignore that one we'll send a new one. With the weekend in between I waited but never got it so emailed them 3/4 days before, no reply. So I rang 2 days before and they sent it a day before the actual assessment day - others had got a week to prepare! They did say that they'll note it down and let others know so they can assess me accordingly, however when I was being asked questions in the Presentation by the Senior Manager I later found out that he wasn't told that I only had a day and not a week since when he asked very deep into detail questions I mentioned having just a day and not a week like others and he was like "Really? I never knew that." and the HR then try to cover up saying "Yes I was told" although the main questions being marked on at the presentation were from the Senior Manager as the presentation was Engineering related.)

    Group exercise was fairly straightforward which at the end you have to write a report individually which is an email replying back to your manager based on the things discussed in the group meeting.

    There was a exercise called 'fast-track' which is a problem solving exercise with 5 problems and 30mins to complete - I don't think anyone on the day managed to complete all 5 so it's quite difficult to complete within the time (they send you an example a week before, however it way too simple compared to the actual one, can complete that 1 problem in like 30seconds!)

    Most difficult question

    For a given situation in the presentation I was asked; "Which technologies would you use to solve these problems?" (which was pretty easy to answer!)... then they follow up asking "How does this technology actually work? What goes on inside the system so it works how you want it to?" (Quite difficult)

    Interview tips

    For the presentation, make sure you are given the full week - if not then contact them straight away and tell them to send it!! As many people that had a full week still found the time they had way too less to prepare! In the 'Fast' Track' don't complete the problems in the order they are in, as at the start you think that all problems have the same number of cards with information, but the ones near the end have less cards with less information and therefore are easier to complete correctly! For the interview, make sure you are aware between the differences of electronic and electrical engineering and also make your mind up as to which role you would want to do! Electrical consists on working on the underground transport, electronic consists of ITS Technologies and the overground transport such as buses of TfL, DLRs, as well as helping traffic flow of other transports such as cars and bicycles!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Presentation which you get a week to prepare for (well you should anyway!) and you present on the day - 10mins presenting, about 15/20mins questions.

    Interview which last about 30/45mins with HR and Senior Engineering Manager.

    Group task which you get 30 mins for, followed by individual report which you get 20/30mins for.

    'Fast Track' problem solving exercise which you have 30mins to complete (maybe the hardest thing on the day!).

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 2/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Design and Analysis Engineer

    4.8571/5 | Interview date: October 2014 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview started of with 2 senior engineers asking me about my personal interests and why I choose the course.
    Then it was about the company and what the role was about and its challenges. Then I gave a presentation about a topic in my case a connecting rod. I was informed about this when HR contacted me to give me details about the interview.

    After the presentation the engineers tested my knowledge about this product. This was followed by an in depth technical interview about connecting rods. I was shown some parts and asked about what I would do to improve the design. I was shown some failed parts and asked what's the cause.

    After this lengthy interview I was introduced to a junior engineer who showed me the office and the factory.

    Most difficult question

    The most challenging question was about a new part and I was asked what can be done to optimize the design. Since it was new and not a failed part it was difficult to say what exactly was the problem in the first place without any knowledge about its design.

    Interview tips

    Get the basics right and don't just focus on the role. Getting the fundamentals of engineering brushed up will help a lot as it will be tested not just software and IT skills.

    For Engineering related roles you will have to give a presentation on a topic related to some engine part. Focus on it and learn everything you can about it. Then the systems surrounding it or support systems which depend on it. Simple questions which we think won't be asked will be asked. Like hand calculations- Free body diagrams, bending moments will be asked. So focus on real engineering skills like 2D engineering design on paper.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Presentation, personality or situational judgement test and technical questions

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Junior Process Engineer

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: June 2014 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Engineering

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The 1st stage interview consisted of 4 assessments, a spacial awareness test, pattern recognition test, mechanical test and numerical test. Successful completion of these got me onto the 2nd stage interview.

    The 2nd stage was a practical mechanical test, where i had 15mins to resemble what was built in front of me. It was more fiddly then difficult. After that i had the interview with the Engineering Manager and HR.

    The interview was pretty straight forward asking me about my previous experience and why I should be chosen for this position etc. Nothing too complicated.

    Most difficult question

    "why should we choose you for this role?"

    Interview tips

    Do some background work. Know about the company and what they do because they will ask. Having some relative previous experience would also benefit you as they asked me about my previous experience and work.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    4 test and a practical mechanical test.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5

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