DSTL - Graduate Scientist Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Graduate Scientist

    4.8571/5 | Interview date: December 2015 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Science & Technology

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I was invited to the venue near Fareham to arrive at 8:15am where I was provided with a security badge for the day. After a presentation from the graduate team about working for DSTL we performed a group exercise in which (there were 7 candidates) we had 45 minutes to choose a solution to a worldwide problem, world hunger. We were given a set of solutions and we had to come to an agreement on one of them. Half of us then went off for a break whilst the other half had their interviews. We then switched over (after a security check) and I went for my interview. It lasted just under an hour for which the first ten minutes I was asked to give a short prepared presentation on my final year project. After this I was asked questions on my presentation and then general questions related to the role and my skills and development through university. After the interview was finished I was invited to ask the two interviewers questions that I had and then I was taken back into the main room for sandwiches and refreshments with the other candidates

    Most difficult question

    I was asked simply how I felt if changed as a person throughout university, which was a great question but very difficult to answer.

    Interview tips

    Don't worry too much. The assessment centre only involves a few other candidates and isn't as high pressure as it can be for other places. The interviewers were very friendly and although I was nervous they did put me at ease very quickly. However if you are interviewing at the portsdown west campus do not walk there from the train station! You run out of footpath and before you know it you're walking up a muddy hill on the side of the road wishing you'd booked a taxi.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was mostly the group excercise as described earlier, although we did have to complete a verbal and numerical reasoning test before the interview was held

    Interview steps


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


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


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

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