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"The application process for nucleargraduates was quite in depth, but this is the best way to screen out the best candidates. It starts with an application form and is followed by several online tests, a video interview and then a two-day assessment centre. My advice would be to research the nuclear industry well, not just the nucleargraduates scheme. It is important that you think about what competencies you can bring to the scheme and how you will be able to apply them in your day-to-day role."
Graduate, Oldbury-on-Severn
"I would recommend applicants look at companies in the industry and look at the core values of Energus. Having good examples of when you have demonstrated general behaviours will help you. You should be able to hold yourself well in group situations and present with confidence."
Graduate, Liverpool
"The process involves a written application followed by a video interview and then a two-day assessment centre. The scheme is all about developing future leaders in the nuclear sector so, while technical skills are important, it is really important that you show you have good soft skills."
Graduate, Warrington
"There's a video interview followed by a two-day assessment centre. If you haven't done a video interview before, try and practise as it's quite jarring talking to a screen. The assessment centre focuses more on role-play scenarios that assess teamwork/leadership/communication competencies rather than technical ability. Try to relax and enjoy it."
Graduate, Bristol
"The hiring team is extremely good at picking out the kind of candidate they want. It's not about your depth of technical knowledge or your specific passion. It's more to do with your ability to get on with a team, bond quickly and effectively with new people and be a contributing, valued member from the start."
Graduate, Variable
"I filled out an application, did some psychometric tests and was then invited to a video interview. Following this, I was invited to an assessment centre."
Graduate, At the moment, near Bristol
"The application process is like any other grad scheme with multiple stages and a two-day assessment centre. My best advice is to be yourself and be honest. If relocating that often sounds like a lot of work to you now, then it probably is. The scheme is great for those who want a challenge and are prepared to put in the effort for it."
Graduate, Derbyshire, Vienna and now London.


"You will apply to the scheme online and, depending on your success, you will be invited to complete an online video interview and attend a two-day assessment centre. The assessment centre is challenging and encompasses multiple role-playing situations, presentations and question sessions as well as technical interviews (depending on your discipline)."
Graduate, .
"It was lengthy and very challenging with a real mixture of technical challenges and team challenges. Over the course of the application I completed numerous online tests, a video interview and a two-day assessment centre including a presentation, interview, technical challenge and two teamwork-based role-play scenarios."
Graduate, Derby/London
"There are quite a few steps in the application process including an online application form, online tests, a video interview and a two-day assessment centre. My best advice is to practise doing mock interviews."
Graduate, Manchester
"The assessment centre was daunting but just be yourself and let your personality shine through."
Graduate, London
"Do your background research on the nuclear industry and understand why you want to join it. Also, be honest. The people doing the interviews are highly experienced engineers and they will know more than you, so admit when you reach the limit of your knowledge. It is a long two days but make sure you enjoy it and are up to the intense environment."
Graduate, bristol
"Be honest and open and show your personality. This is just as important as your technical ability."
Graduate, Whitehaven


"Keep an open mind during the interview. Be sure to know your own strengths and weaknesses and be conscious of them. The interview is an opportunity to sell yourself, not just as an individual but as a team player. I cannot emphasise enough how important the teamwork aspects are in setting yourself apart from the other candidates."
Graduate, Somerset
"It's a really rigorous application process, the most thorough of any job I have applied for. My advice would be to read up on all the sponsors and the status of the UK nuclear sector etc. Also, prepare answers to the basic competency questions that you get asked in most interviews."
Graduate, Whitehaven, Cumbria
"There's no doubt that the application process for this scheme is tough. Stages include: CV submission, psychometric testing, video interviews and then a two-day assessment centre. My only advice is to be yourself throughout the whole process. Try to relax as much as possible and let your personality show."
Graduate, Birchwood, Warrington
"When I applied there were a number of stages including an online application, aptitude tests, video interviews and then a two-day assessment centre. The assessment centre involved a presentation as well as group and individual exercises. I would recommend preparing the presentation in advance and taking notes of what is said on the website and during all stages of the application. If you can relate your skills to what they are asking for you should do well."
Graduate, Nationwide - Currently Derby based
"There is an initial application form followed by several online tests, a video interview and, finally, an assessment centre. The assessment centre is two days long. You need to prepare well for answering competency questions. There will also be group and individual role plays along with individual interviews and a presentation. Don't worry if you don't have prior nuclear knowledge, you should be fine if you do a little research beforehand."
Graduate, London currently. As part of the scheme you move around the country on different secondments, so your location changes (you have a say in your secondments and therefore your location).


"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


"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."
"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


"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."
"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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