Mechanical Engineering Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Mechanical Engineering

Application Advice: Be passionate about TfL ("every journey matters") as well as for the detail of rail engineering itself. TfL assesses people on different competencies such as valuing the customer, making safety a priority, personal development, team focus, thinking commercially etc. Your application will only be decided by engineers in the assessment centre (final) phase, the first steps are more character-focussed.
Interview Advice: Be very clear and direct. Consciously mention factors such as safety, cost, customer-benefit even when answering technical questions (for example, if asked about challenges of automating the underground, go into great technical detail but also consider strike action and customer safety etc.)
Graduate engineer, London Underground at Transport for London
Application Advice: Aside from generic application material research with competing transport companies e.g. MRT or MTR who are currently providing better services than TfL. Highlight some of the differences and then highlight areas which TfL is superior (mostly customer service) to show an in-depth knowledge of the sector. Don't be generic!
Interview Advice: Information on what the job involves day-to-day and a genuine interest in helping people. Also phrases like "keep london moving" and "trains per hour" always help.
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Integrated Stations Program at Transport for London
Application Advice: - Have a good understanding of track/ rolling stock mechanics - Research station based problems - Research the Company, government, Mayor of London
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, at Transport for London
Application Advice: Apply early, spots fill up very quickly.
Interview Advice: You will be sent through an email before the assessment centre detailing what your presentation will be on. You will not be asked anything too specific to the railway, but make sure you understand the basics.
Rolling Stock Engineer, Asset & Operational Suport at Transport for London
Application Advice: Ensure that you have sufficient experience in engineering as this is vital for the role and applications process.
Mechnical Engineering Graduate, M&E Tunnels Fit Out Team at Costain
Application Advice: The assessment process is similar to other companies. Try to be calm and most importantly be yourself.
Graduate Engineer, Group product management and development at Spirax Sarco
Application Advice: The application is simple and straight forward but apply as early as possible.
Interview Advice: Be relaxed and show your knowledge about the company.
GraduateTrack Engineer, Infrastructure project at Network Rail
Application Advice: Make sure you read up on some of the projects and programmes network rail is involved in. Other then that, the company really hires you if your academically able and have good people skills; and the will and enthusiasm to continue learning and developing.
Interview Advice: First and foremost be yourself. Like most interviews, be confident but not arrogant, and relaxed but not laid back. The interviewer will realise you're under a lot of pressure in the assessment centre, but he is not trying to test you but rather get to know your character.
Track Graduate Engineer, Wessex Route at Network Rail
Application Advice: Company research and business behaviour examples.
Interview Advice: Have relevant examples (preferably from industry) do not rush answers.
Development Engineer, Chassis at Jaguar Land Rover
Application Advice: Look up the values and principles of the company, show leadership skills.
Process Engineer, Manchester at Procter & Gamble