Mott MacDonald Interview Questions & Answers
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Mott Macdonald - 2013 UK Environment Graduate Scheme
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Interview processAfter applying for the graduate scheme, I received a phone call from a recruitment administrator asking if I would mind working in one of their Norwich offices and if I would like to attend an interview. After agreeing, I was given an interview date and told I would be asked a variety of questions covering my education, career aspirations, knowledge of Mott MacDonald and my competencies.
My interview was with two employers of the company that are managers of the project I would do if given the job.
It was a really informal, relaxed interview which I didn't expect at all. The beginning part was just general chatter about what the job would involve, training I would do and what the company does. I added in what I knew about the company to show I had done my research on them.
Having two interviewers meant the atmosphere was more chilled than just a one to one interview as both the interviewers were contributing to the interview as well as talking to each other.
The interview wasn't structured with set questions but more like just a chat where the questions asked were related to the answers I had given so that they could gain more information about me and the reasons why I had made choices in my life for instance why I decided to do my degree.
The interview was quite focused on my university studies and the modules I studied and what I like about them. I was also then asked to look at a printed version of the job description and say which things I think I would be able to do and things that I think I would struggle with and maybe need additional training for.
I was asked to describe a time where I have shown various skills such as problem solving and when I have had to make a difficult decision, but there was only a few of these questions.
Overall it didn't feel like an interview as there wasn't straight forward structured questions but more of just a discussion. The interviewers told me a lot about themselves and what their jobs entail which was nice to find out about them as I didnt feel like all the questions were just on me.
Most difficult questionI struggled with questions relating to the company. For instance, 'What are the challenges that face this industry?' and 'What are MottMacdonald's main competitors and what makes us more successful than them?'
Interview tipsMake sure you have the basic information covered.
-Know about your degree, the modules studied and why you have chosen your degree and are passionate about it.
-know about the job position and why you are applying for it
-know about the company and up to date information about what are the challenges the company faces and its main competitors as if you are asked this you don't want to be caught out without an answer.
-don't worry about having structured answers to questions, just be able to chat and get your skills across.
-I prepared specific answers I thought I would be asked but wasn't asked on any of them so I tried to incorporate them into other answers.
-have a few questions to ask them as it makes you look genuninely interested for instance, what training do you offer for your graduates?
Experiences at the assessment centreI only had one interview
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group excercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions
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The final interview took place at the end of a gruelling four month application process. It began wi
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