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Interview Questions

2017

"There were technical questions based around the nuclear industry, try to think outside the box! They are usually looking for an example of when you struggled to do something but managed to complete the task in the end, as this shows an ability to learn and adapt to a challenging situation."
Graduate, I have worked in many places during my graduate scheme including Cumbria, Lancaster and Australia.
"The assessment centre is made up of a number of different interviews. Prepare for a technical- and competency-based interview. There will also be group challenges."
Graduate, Whitehaven, Cumbria
"I suggest reviewing basic principles from your degree as they will ask you questions on these topics. For example, I was pushed on subjects such as stress failures, manufacturing methods and thermodynamic principles because I was an engineer."
Graduate, Birchwood, Warrington
"I had competency-based questions and there was a technical interview as well as group exercises and a role play."
Graduate, Liverpool

2016

"I was asked to describe my degree subject as if to a five year old. Also, how my degree subject would aid in the production of a Mars bar."
Graduate, Liverpool
"Where do you see yourself in five years? What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
Graduate, Bristol
"I had a video interview where I was asked outside-the-box questions. Explain your degree to a five year old. How does your degree relate to Mars bar production? At the assessment centre there was a behavioural interview that asked standard behavioural competency questions."
Graduate, varied
"Various types of interview. The assessment centre includes technical interviews, behavioural interviews, role play and team exercises."
Graduate, Heysham
"The most memorable questions included: 'what makes you world class?', 'Describe the hardest bit of your degree to a five year old in three minutes' and 'what has a Mars bar got to do with your degree?'."
Graduate, Various
"Be prepared to be pushed out of your comfort zone. Adaptability and flexibility are key. Know how to approach solving problems and don't be afraid to take the lead when appropriate. Spend a good amount of time on your technical preparation and try to enjoy it."
Graduate, Manchester
"They asked some technical questions about my degree. What did I know about the nuclear industry? How would I explain a complicated technical concept to a non-technical person? They also like asking unexpected questions to see how you think on your feet."
Graduate, Manchester
"'Can you give me an example of a time when...' This is how most of the questions started and they revolved around things like: teamwork, adaptability, leadership, problem solving – that sort of thing."
Graduate, Reading

2014

"I was asked: how does your degree contribute to Mars bar production? Explain the hardest part of your degree to a five year old."
Graduate, Derby
"Interview questions asked included: why did you choose to be an engineer? What do you consider to be your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness? Can you explain about this object? You are shown an image of something technical relating to your degree like a jet engine, PWR reactor, geology profile etc., and you then need to explain as much about it as you can to industry professionals."
Graduate, Glasgow
"I was asked several behavioural/competency questions, and technical questions relating to my specific discipline."
Graduate, Whitehaven
"I was asked to perform a series of role plays, with two technical and one competency based interview."
Graduate, Liverpool
"They asked me how comfortable I was moving around with work, what experience I had with competencies such as teamwork and leadership, and several technical questions assessing my engineering knowledge."
Graduate, Bristol
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