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Interview: Tips & Advice

2014

"Research the company, not in great detail but just know a few things you can mention. See what has happened with the company recently (check twitter to see for recent awards they have won, etc.). For the presentation, look at the topic and find recent builds similar and talk about them (for instance if they ask about a bridge, mention Millennium Bridge and the difficulties/solutions that were involved in building it) don't keep your answers all theory-based, relate them back to real life projects."
Apprentice, Croydon
"Be confident in yourself, know your presentation so you can answer any questions on it and give the best impression of yourself to the people who could be your future employers."
Apprentice, Sheffield
"Brush up on your knowledge of engineering and the types of tasks engineers carry out on a day-to-day basis."
Apprentice, Croydon
"Do background research on Mott MacDonald, read into projects they've been involved in, both within the UK and around the world. Present yourself with confidence."
Apprentice, Newcastle
"Go over your CV and think of potential discussions that may come up, that way you can talk about and justify why you have a strength or skill as it says in your CV. If there is a presentation to do, plan all aspects of it prior to going in and if it is a project run through it from start to finish. If you forget what you are saying just move onto the next aspect of design or construction of the project."
Apprentice, York
"Be prepared to talk about your reason for wanting to enter the sector, any future plans you have and how the apprenticeship may help you to achieve those. Be prepared to mention engineering topics you know something about or have shown interest in. Even if you can't talk about it in great detail, showing awareness and eagerness to learn is important."
Apprentice, London
"Do your research; learning about the current industry and what's going on within it is key to succeeding - try and be seemingly over-prepared because you can never be too knowledgeable in your potential career."
Apprentice, Glasgow
"When preparing for the interview, ensure you know a lot about the company. This can be what they do, who they tend to work with, what projects they have done. This will stand you in good stead when they ask you what you know about the company."
Apprentice, London
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