GSK GlaxoSmithKline - Chemical Engineering Graduate Programme Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Chemical Engineering Graduate Programme

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: August 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Interview process

    This is one of the most difficult telephone interviews that I have had. However this was my second time in 3 years having a telephone interview with them. The first was for an industrial placement, whilst this was for a graduate programme. From this I can confidently tell you that they do not change the questions.

    First off there is the application form as normal. They took over 2 months to get back to me until the telephone interview, but thats only because I continually emailed them asking for updates. Therefore keep emailing them until they get back to you, because sometimes they can be a bit slow.

    The telephone interview starts off as normal with the interviewer explaining the process and asking basic information to confirm it's you. Then the competency questions begin. There were 3 competency questions in total:

    - Tell me about your greatest challenge.
    - Tell me about a time you worked with someone difficult.
    - Tell me about something innovative you have done.

    This was then followed by a set of 10 true or false technical questions. Below are what I managed to write down:

    - If the pipe diameter is halved the flowrate doubles
    - U^2 is directly proportional to delta P
    - If the velocity of a substance is doubled its thermal conductivity doubles
    - Flooding can be reduced by lowering the gas velocity
    - Something to do with minimum bubbling point
    - On a VLE curve, the curve for the azeotrope lies below the equilibrium curve

    Following this there were 2 more technical questions:
    - Describe the procedure for a risk assessment
    - GSK has been manufacturing a tablet and it is showing signs that the dissolution rate may be decreasing. What are the possible reasons that this is occuring and what actions would you take to rectify the situation.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question I found to be was the final question regarding the dissolution rate:
    - GSK has been manufacturing a tablet and it is showing signs that the dissolution rate may be decreasing. What are the possible reasons that this is occuring and what actions would you take to rectify the situation.

    Interview tips

    Remember to use the STAR approach. If you do not know the answer to a technical question, tell them you don't know rather than making something up.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Didn't make it through to the assessment centre, although I was placed on their waiting list for it.

    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

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