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"There were a few technical questions as well as some basic questions about how I had displayed teamwork and how I felt about the role. The question that stuck with me was: if you were to be advising Donald Trump, how would you convince him that climate change is real?"
Graduate, Southampton
"A town is looking into building a bypass of a major road going through it. What factors would you have to consider? What do you think your main weaknesses are?"
Graduate, Cardiff
"There were the usual questions about experience and how I would deal with certain situations. I also had some other questions about health and safety."
Graduate, Glasgow
"It was mainly a discussion about ongoing work and what I wanted to work on rather than discrete questions."
Graduate, Cambridge
"I was asked open and challenging questions to test my thinking process and also to see my personality."
Experienced, Croydon
"There were general questions about myself and my goals as well as some technical knowledge questions and a quick essay to make sure I could write well."
Environment, Entry level, London
"I was given basic structural design problems to demonstrate my understanding of structural systems. There were also questions on my appreciation of environmental issues and design consequences around these."
Graduate, Bristol
"I was asked a mixture of standard competency questions and technical questions. The technical questions did not require me to know too much about the job beforehand but provided an opportunity to think about scenarios and current situations within the job."
Mid level, Southampton
"What do you know about the company? Why have you applied to this job? How would you calculate a pump? What would you do if you received a call from a client saying that something was broken?"
Graduate, Newport
"I gave a presentation, was asked about my previous experiences and was asked to describe the HazOp process (it's something that was specific to my role as a chemical engineer)."
Graduate, Croydon


"There were a lot of questions based on my personal life, personal goals, experience and what my career goals were."
Graduate, Glasgow
"The questions were about my experience and I was asked to give example of when I'd shown leadership qualities or worked in a team etc."
Graduate, Croydon
"I was mostly asked competancy and technical questions and for examples of how I applied my engineering judgement on various projects."
Graduate, Altrincham
"I had some fairly standard questions about my experience as well as some technical questions that tested my understanding of the type of work I would be doing if I got the job."
Graduate, Cambridge
"I had some technical questions that were relevant to the department and based on a scenario given during the interview. I was also asked to give some examples of previous technical reports (it might be handy to bring hard copies of some to the interview)."
Graduate, Bristol
"I was asked things ranging from competency-based questions about generic skills to my education background and a few general question on technical aspects of my sector."
Graduate, Cambridge
"Most questions revolved around both soft skills and the PRIDE values of Mott MacDonald. I would recommend ensuring you have examples for when you have shown these values. Again, the interview aims to understand your personality as opposed to showcasing your previous accomplishments."
Graduate, London


"I was asked to talk through my experiences in my CV and was asked to provide further detail of all the technical process and software I used in each project."
Graduate, Manchester
"I was asked what my passions were, what I would bring to the company, and what interested me about engineering."
Graduate, Brighton
"Questions included: What kind of engineering would you like to get into? Where do you see yourself in five years? I was also asked how I would solve certain problems and about my experience at university/summer jobs."
Graduate, Lerwick
"I was asked about my previous work experiences, my ability level with IT and software, how I see myself progressing, and my interest in working overseas."
Midlevel, Reading
"I was asked about my previous experience, my degree, if I knew anything about Mott MacDonald and why I wanted to become a consultant."
Graduate, Bristol
"What made you choose engineering? Why Mott MacDonald? Where do you see yourself in five years? A couple of technical questions regarding the railways industry e.g. Why would you expect exhaust systems to be located where they are, why might passenger doors be located at the ends of carriages for inter-city trains rather than in-board."
Graduate, Derby
"I was asked about what I was interested in, what attracted me to the company, which projects I was currently working on, and how I demonstrate leadership and teamwork in these projects."
Graduate, London
"Most of the interview questions are aimed at what you've done, the interviewers really want to know about you and how you will fit into the company. There are also a handful of technical questions just to see how you react and check your problem solving skills."
Entry level, London
"I was asked about my experience, my career goals and aspirations, my hobbies, interests, how I would handle certain project situations, what I looked for in an employer and how I would benefit the company and how I thought the company would benefit me."
Graduate, Croydon
"The interview focused on my previous experience and university modules and projects. Additional questions were asked about my interests outside of work and some brief technical questions were asked. Finally a short essay had to be completed after the interviewers left."
Graduate, Southampton
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