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Interview: Tips & Advice

2019

"Research the role that you are applying for and apply early. Research what is done at the site you are applying for as we do a lot more than aircraft."
Graduate, Havant
"The technical questions were easy and it's more about having the hard skills as background to strong social skills and teamworking ability."
Graduate, Portsmouth
"The interview is simple and no nonsense. There's a written application, a phone interview and an assessment day. Understand what the company actually does on the site. It's a large company so make sure what you are talking about is relevant."
Graduate, Ampthill
"Take it easy and don't over stress as the interviewers want to know who you are and they can't do this speaking to a person who is not acting like their usual self."
Graduate, Havant
"The process I undertook was attending an assessment centre involving group activities and an interview. Passing this, I was then offered a position on the graduate scheme. To best prepare for this, I would recommend some intermediate research on the company and its products/services/interests. Also, have a comprehensive base knowledge of your field and the role you are applying to so you can relate the skills to the role you will be aiming for."
Graduate, Havant

2018

"The application process involved submitting a CV and application, a telephone interview and an assessment day."
Graduate, Ampthill
"I would recommend reading about the company and projects currently going on. Try to think about how your experiences could be framed into workplace skills such as development, leadership, communication and observation etc."
Graduate, Bedford
"You apply through the website with a CV and a covering letter. For the interview and assessment centre, be yourself! We want to see how you'll act in a team and whether you will be able to uphold the Lockheed values. Be prepared to talk about everything on your CV."
Graduate, Havant
"Show off what you have done throughout your studies. Academia is important, but so are the skills and interests you pick up along the way. Enjoy the assessment day and use teamworking skills and communication to engage with other members of the cohort."
Graduate, Ampthill
"The interviewers are interested in you as a person as well as your experience and qualifications. Know as much as you can about the company before an interview and be yourself."
Graduate, Ampthill

2017

"Know the company and what we do. Know the role you're applying for and what is traditionally expected within that role. Welcome change and show adaptability."
Graduate, Gloucester
"Be aware that both programmes are reaching the latter stage of their life cycles and work is predominantly verification and validation. There's the chance to be involved in integration and testing so a willingness to be hands-on will look good. There's currently a demand for system engineers so, if you have gained experience through university, tell them! Areas of the assessment day, other than the interview, will consist of a group task and a short presentation. For the presentation, they are focusing on how you present the material, justify yourself and answer the question rather than the actual technical content."
Graduate, Ampthill - Bedfordshire
"Learn about the company values and culture, learn about the business it does and ask questions in the interview."
Graduate, Whiteley
"The application process consists of sending the company your CV and then, if the applicant is successful, they will go on to an assessment day."
Graduate, Ampthill
"There was a very straightforward interview and group exercise that gave us the chance to have a tour around the site. We were asked a mix of technical and personal questions so I'd advise candidates to prepare basic responses."
Graduate, Havant
"Know who you are applying for. As simple as it sounds, candidates must take the time to research the programmes conducted at the applicant's chosen site (at least those that are publically accessible on the internet). As the company is large and deals with a number of contracts, only having knowledge of programmes that take place internationally may not be sufficient."
Graduate, Ampthill
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