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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Study the nuclear industry, understand what is going on and what the main challenges are. Look at the different sponsors and understand what they do. Think about why you want to work in the nuclear industry and how you would convey this."
Graduate, Whitehaven
"The initial step is an application form followed by a video interview with written questions, as opposed to an interview with a person. If you are successful through this, the next stage is a two-day assessment centre. It's very tough but you have to get stuck into all the activities and give it your best shot."
Graduate, Liverpool
"Online interview: you should have usual interview questions in mind such as your biggest challenges, teams you've worked in etc. Assessment centre: this takes place over two days. As well as a normal panel-style interview, there is role play, technical challenges, and questions about the nuclear industry including defence."
Graduate, Plymouth
"There is an online application process followed by a video interview and then an assessment centre. There is some technical content to the interview process but it generally seems to focus more on your working relationships with other people. There are team exercises during the assessment centres for you to demonstrate this."
Graduate, Drigg
"Application form: get this in as early as possible as assessment centres begin quite soon after applications open. Video interview: have examples of when you have displayed competencies such as teamwork, communication etc fresh in your mind. Psychometric tests: similar to other graduate scheme application forms. Have a decent calculator available. Don't cheat, you get re-tested at a later date. Assessment centre: make sure everyone is included in the team tasks. Have an input into all of the tasks (make sure it's a useful and well thought out addition, don't add things just to be heard) but don't interrupt others."
Graduate, North West
"There are three stages: an online form, a video interview and a two-day assessment centre. Just be honest and be yourself. If you are keen and knowledgeable about the nuclear industry, show it. If you don't know much but you're keen to learn then that's fine too. You won't be at a disadvantage."
Graduate, Various
"Focus on yourself! Take your time with the initial stages and show yourself as a well prepared and thorough candidate. When it comes to the assessment centre, you aren't necessarily in competition with everyone so work on presenting yourself well and being as social as possible. You are always being interviewed... even when you are not."
Graduate, Manchester
"They are looking for people with both technical strengths and leadership skills. Think about how you have shown leadership (even in small ways). Think about how your work or your interests relate to the wider world. Adaptability and flexibility is also very important."
Graduate, Manchester

2014

"Personality is very important, so show a willingness to take part in unusual exercises and have fun! Prepare in the usual way for the standard interview and prepare a really good presentation to impress, as you have plenty of time to prepare it."
Graduate, Liverpool
"Research the nuclear industry and the companies, and research reactors. Be yourself and make friends with the other candidates at your assessment centre."
Graduate, Derby
"In my opinion, I don't think that you can really prepare because every assessment centre is different. You just need to be yourself, be confident in your abilities, and know the right and wrong times to take charge of a situation. Take time to read/listen to the question and compose your response."
Graduate, Glasgow
"Thoroughly research the sponsor company, as well as the nuclear industry in general, as it is a good way to make your application stand out, and to convey your interest in the role. Make use of your university careers service for interview and assessment centre practise."
Graduate,
"Be confident, be prepared and be yourself. Understand the nuclear industry, and its positives and its negatives. Be willing to show that you are able to go out of your comfort zone to benefit others as well as yourself."
Graduate, Workington
"Research into the UK nuclear industry and recent news. Make a good technical presentation for your assessment centre as it can give you a great opportunity to show off your technical powers."
Graduate, Oxford
"Prepare thoroughly for the technical presentation and choose a topic that you are interested in. Prepare examples for the behavioural interview using the STAR technique."
Graduate, Whitehaven
"Remember that first impressions count, for example, with the video interview it is still an interview and therefore a suit is appropriate for example."
Graduate, Oxfordshire
"Be prepared for the standard, as well as unusual, interview questions. Be ready to answer anything - you need to be flexible so it is best to say you're willing to live anywhere in the country."
Graduate, North West

2013

"Don't pretend to be someone you're not, over the two day assessment centre the assessors will see who you are and it would look worse on you if you are not being yourself."
Graduate,
"Learn the basics. Know about the challenges facing the industry and try to give your opinion and be passionate about why you want to be a part of it. Learn about current reactors, (AGRs of EDF and the solitary Magnox reactor). I think it also helps to know which aspect of the industry you're most interested in, (although you get the chance to experience it all on this scheme)."
Graduate, Warrington
"Do your research on the nuclear industry and sponsoring companies!"
Graduate, Gloucester
"Expect to be worked hard. Aside from this I would advise that you understand that they are testing you, if you can learn to enjoy it, you will get a lot out of the assessment centre and interviews. As far as preparation is concerned, make sure that you have a brief understanding of the nuclear industry, it could just help. Other than that make sure that you are ready for one of the most interesting experiences in recruitment."
Graduate, Derby
"Be relaxed, some of your interviewers will be graduates currently on the scheme. They want to get to know you and your personality."
Graduate, Derby
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