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Interview: Tips & Advice


"The application process consisted of an application form, CV and cover letter. After that there was an online assessment followed by a final interview with two senior members of the department. With regard to tips, talk about something other than the standard replies in your application form. It is also key that you show your technical knowledge as well as your passion for engineering in the interview."
Graduate, Croydon
"I would recommend ensuring you have a full knowledge of the ground investigation process from desk study to the construction of a structure along with having a strong understanding of the company's structure and ethos."
Graduate, Croydon
"Learn about what the company does and understand what you can offer in the role you are interviewing for."
Graduate, Cambridge
"The best advice I can give is to try and get an internship or some work experience alongside your application. You can show so much more skill, potential and personality during even just a few weeks of actual work than you can in an interview. I think the short work experience I gained was invaluable as it gave me a chance to test-drive the company."
Graduate, Cambridge
"Applications are done through a centralised graduate scheme. For niche work, such as contaminated land/hydrogeology, I would be very clear that this is your specialism in your application. In terms of preparing for the interview, research both the company and the people interviewing you so you understand what sort of work they undertake."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Read over your application and the job description and try to find some projects we have been working on recently. My interview was relaxed and was largely about getting to know me and the type of person I was as well as my awareness of the company and the sector I was applying to."
Experienced, Leeds
"Show off your skills and experience. Don't be afraid to show your personality as well as that is what will differentiate you from the other candidates. Hobbies are good."
Graduate, Bristol
"Read the role description carefully and craft your CV to provide good examples that are relevant to the job description requirements. Rehearse competence-based questions and relax for the interview, you will perform better."
Graduate, Croydon
"Make sure you provide in-depth answers to the competency questions on the application form. Ensure that you are clear on your experience and desires. I would also practise the online tests (numerical, verbal and diagrammatic). Make sure you research the divisions you applied for."
Graduate, Croydon
"There's an application form, an online test and a single interview with your potential line manager and a couple of other engineers from the team. My advice would be just to show enthusiasm and motivation; it's not necessary to be an expert as you will need to learn a lot of things."
Graduate, Newport


"I would recommend reading up on the organisation, knowing the specifics of the role you're applying for and have some questions to open up a discussion with the interviewers."
Graduate, Leeds
"I would make your application personal to yourself and to the company. Read up about Mott MacDonald before the interview, understand its values (PRIDE) and associate how you share them. Be yourself and ask questions!"
Graduate, Edinburgh
"There's a simple and short application process with a very quick turnaround from applying to the final job offer when compared to a lot of other companies. Know your CV and relate it to various difficulties or challenges you may have faced. Understand the specific sector you're applying for."
Graduate, Blackburn
"The application process included an online form with motivational questions as well as verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests. This was followed by a competency-based interview at the office with some specific sector-related questions. It would be helpful to read up on transport-related news and consider how you would, for example, reduce congestion."
Graduate, Manchester
"Do your research, particularly into the sector that you've applied for. I work in the utilities sector so it was good to know about what was happening in that particular industry. Also, review your experience (it doesn't necessarily need to be engineering-related) and have a think about what you've learned from it and how it may help you in the job."
Graduate, Cardiff
"After filling in the online application form and completing the online evaluation (consisting of a language, logic, and mathematics test), I was invited to an interview and then offered a job. The company is very selective for the first stage of the application. To prepare, read about the projects on the company website. Show you're interested and make sure you present yourself well (this is a consultant role after all)."
Graduate, Cardiff
"Read up on the company as Mott MacDonald's values are key to how the company works. Mention any relevant projects you did at university and use examples when explaining your skills."
Graduate, Southampton


"Read up about Mott MacDonald on the website, be honest about your intentions and make sure you're going for a role in a division you are interested in."
Graduate, Reading
"Be honest about your aims, ambitions and working style. You don't want to end up in an unsuitable job but there are a huge range of jobs in the company. You know you, they know the job, it's only by getting to know you that they can match you to the right job."
Graduate, Croydon
"Research the company, know where you want to be and have a flexible plan as to how you want to get there. Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Interviewers see hundreds of people like you a year; you want to stand out to those that hire you, especially if you're interview with a Technical Lead or Divisional Head."
Graduate, Cambridge
"Know what you are talking about and what you have applied for. If you have to give a presentation make sure you have done everything to prepare correctly. Don't be too scared to ask the interviewer questions as it will show them that you are inquisitive and interested in the job."
Entry level, London
"Enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the role you are applying for are essential. My interview was more like a general chat between me and couple of senior engineers so; there is no need to be too nervous. Brush up on the commercial aspects of the company, in particular projects they are working on and their values, etc."
Graduate, Derby
"Only apply for a position you are enthusiastic about as it will be easier to discuss in the interview. Look up details on large scale projects the company have completed and check how it could apply to your past experience in education."
Graduate, Altrincham
"The main piece of advice I'd give to potential employees is to research the company and find out what sort of projects are being undertaken the sector you're interviewing for. Being able to reference this information will make you stand out within an interview because you've taken the time to do proper research on the jobs and have a good understanding of the type of work that's being carried out and why it's necessary."
Graduate, Glasgow
"Research the company and projects which the company is involved in. Look into the role you are applying for and include relevant information in your application/during discussion at the interview."
Graduate, Aberdeen
"Demonstrate in your application and in person that you can adapt to many, often challenging, situations. Don't make the classic mistakes when working with a group (e.g. overpowering and dominating group work)."
Graduate, London
"Learn about the company and ensure you mention any relevant work experience which you have. Also think about what you gained from your previous experience and what you want to gain from your employment with the company."
Graduate, Manchester
"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's not a interrogation, it's a discussion. Do your homework by understanding the services the company provides and their culture. Be honest."
Graduate, Brighton
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