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Responsibility:
3.5/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.9/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.1/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.9/5
 
Company Culture:
3.9/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
4.1/5
 
Training:
3.5/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.9/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Interview Advice:

Be prepared to interpret a range of spectra and data from solid state analysis e.g. DSC, TGA, VT-XRPD.

Scientist, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Make sure you thoroughly research the role, try to make contact with someone at the company or the HR team to help you work out if it is right for you

Interview Advice:

Be open and honest about your experience, if there's some part of the job criteria which you don't meet, that's not the end of the world - just be open about it, and enthusiastic about learning to make up for it

Biocatalysis at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

I would advise that you demonstrate a good degree of technical knowledge, be it in chemical engineering or in your field of work (for me it was Supply Chain), and show a deep interest in working in a manufacturing background. I would also suggest gaining prior work experience in the manufacturing sector, and it would be highly beneficial if you could show some sort of continuous improvement project work (be it in your degree or in a previous place of work).

Interview Advice:

Be prepared for some questions which might seem inapplicable to your position as a recent graduate - I was asked if how a project I had completed at university had contributed to a company's bottom line (!) Also be prepared for quite a rigorous interview process which may seem daunting - I had 4 managers in the room asking me questions for what seemed like hours!

Production Demand and Planning Support, Supply Chain at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Attach a cover letter and answer to the lengthy questionnaires even though there are quite a lot.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared on the main tasks in the company/division you applied for.

Research Chemist, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Come prepared for a technical interview as well as a general one. Dress smartly and arrive on time. Everyone is friendly so don't be scared!

Interview Advice:

Be confident with your answers!

Scientist, Fine Chemicals at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Prepare for the interview.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Research Chemist, Fine chemical at Johnson Matthey
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Interview Advice:

Do your research on the company - financial results, targets, check the news, what are the industry trends etc, don't just recite a summary from their website.

Interview consisted of technical questions with some troubleshooting problems along with a group challenge to test team working and interpersonal skills.

Process Engineer, Engineering at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be genuine and honest with your application - stretching the truth won't help in the long run!

Interview Advice:

Your education and work experience can be found in your CV. Make sure you use the assessment centre and interviews to show something else - your personality and passion. Make sure you know why you want the job and let people know about it!

Precious Metals Products Commercial Graduate Trainee, Marketing at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

The application process is fairly comparative to other processes. It is important to demonstrate skills through examples and relate these examples to relevant work experience. Think about the key skills the role requires and work your answers around this.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre is challenging, however, it is important to stay confident and talkative. It is important that the candidate is viewed as a leader and it is essential that this comes across during the assessment centre, by demonstrating superior communicative skills and confidence. The interview process will push candidates and it is important for them to stay calm and think on their feet, as well as show that they are capable of persuading and influencing other people.

Commercial Graduate, Sales and marketing/ product development at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

JM are looking for people who are:

- Driven/self-motivated.
- Able to communicate and work with people on all levels of the organisation (from shop floor to board level).
- Unafraid of challenging/confronting people.

Interview Advice:

- Prepare well, know recent developments/news about JM.
- Prepare some well thought out questions to ask interviewers - this really helped in my interview to show that I was switched on and interested in the company.

PMPD Graduate, Refining & Chemicals – Smelting at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Understand what the company does, particularly whichever division you are applying for.

Interview Advice:

Be friendly and polite.
Have an understanding of where you would like to go in the future, understand it's not always about upwards growth but broadening your experience in order to develop in your career.

HR Assistant, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Most of all just be yourself! You need to be able to work as part of a team, interact through presentations and sometimes the job requires you to work under pressure, but that's the same in any job. They will look at your education (either BSc, Master or PhD!), but also previous experience and hobbies.

Interview Advice:

Listen to the question and answer the question. In the interview they will help you and prompt you until they are statisfied with your answer. You will also have an assessment centre prior to the interview - just be yourself there! Good luck!

Senior New Product Introduction (NPI) Chemist, Technology New Product Introduction at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Try and make your CV stand out

Interview Advice:

Scrub up on situational type questions

Product development chemist, Product Development at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Johnson Matthey tends to hire people who would fit in with the work force, not necessarily the cleverest person in the room. Make sure that you are able to display that you can work effectively in a team (which you don't necessarily have to be leading).

Interview Advice:

Most interviews for ECT are competency based so make sure you have good examples of the various competencies prepared.

Development Chemist, ECT Gasoline at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Check for spelling mistakes and grammar. Also try and match your skill set to the position you are applying for.

Interview Advice:

Don't focus to hard on trying to impress the interviewer be yourself. Another tip when going for an interview if asked would you like a drink, don't be shy at least ask for a glass of water, so that if you do get a dry throat while in the interview you have a drink to help calm your nerves and carry on.

Application Engineer, Heavy Duty Diesel at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

For the process technologies (PT) PEDP (Process Engineering Development Programme) as part of the syngas and refineries branch, the advice is to read up on what JM as a wider company does as well as what PT actually does. You would be joining a business which has its main revenue stream coming from selling catalyst into hydrogen generation flowsheets by reforming of natural gas, as well as providing methanol and ammonia synthesis catalysts. Be honest, use the CAR (Contect, your specific Action, Results) technique in online questions.

Interview Advice:

The interviews (several over a two day assessment centre) focus on technical and competency strengths. The competency bit is about interpersonal skill, leadership, communication, drive, integrity, conviction and wit. The technical side looks at how you present a technical project you have experience with, as well as technical interview which is focussed on a broad range of process engineering concepts. The technical interview looks to see how you think as well as what you know.

Graduate Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

My application was a simple CV and cover letter, and was made whilst I was still at university. Focus not only on academic achievements as the company tend to hire well rounded individuals.

Interview Advice:

Assessment centre consisted of competency interview, technical interview, presentation and group exercise as well as a dinner the night before. Just be yourself and hopefully you will click with your interviewers - that'll make it easier for them to see if you will be a good fit with the company.

Process Engineer, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Pay attention to bringing soft skills and capabilities through. Technical skills and competence is important but competence and personality will ensure you fit the organisational culture.

Interview Advice:

Be specific.
Ask clarification questions if unsure.
Try to build rapport.

HR Graduate, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, don't look too much at the other interviewees.

Interview Advice:

Assessment centre, consisting of: presentation, group discussion, personal - and technical interview

Project Manager, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Try to put across the attributes that make you a good person to work with.

Interview Advice:

The company tends to hire on personality rather than knowledge, because once you get to the interview, everyone is of similar intellectual ability. Sell yourself.

Graduate Scientist, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Produce a clear CV, get work experience.

Interview Advice:

Presentation on technical topic, group exercise, behavioural interview, management interview, technical interview, and online tests.

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Personality is key. Your education will get you to interview stages however from there you have to be a self motivated person who is willing to be thrown in at the deep end and try to swim. The aim of this graduate program is not to necessarily have a fully complete and working project at the end, but to have experienced real business in 1 year rotations.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, the questions will be tough and get you thinking but they don't focus on technical ability. Rather the questions will focus on how you deal with particular scenarios and people.

Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Spend time researching the company prior to applying. Make sure you tailor your CV focusing on the things you have learnt during past jobs/experiences rather than simply focusing on what you did.

Interview Advice:

The interviews were aimed at helping the interviewers to get to know me. Interviews were mainly competency based, even the "technical" interview. I was asked about why I was interested in working for the company as a whole, but not about why I was particularly interested in this role.

I would advise just being yourself as then you and the interviewers will quickly be able to assess whether your personality is a good fit for the company.

Engineering Graduate, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and don't lie. They will ask you things from your application.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be confident. The questions they ask aren't to trick you it's to see how you work things out.

Graduate research scientist, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and try to demonstrate the experience that you have had through other things e.g. part-time jobs or work experience, even if it is completely unrelated to chemistry.

Interview Advice:

The interviews with management can actually be quite fun if you relax and just be yourself, they are looking to find out more about you as a person. Read a bit of information from the website to make sure that you understand what the company actually does! And for the technical interview, it doesn't matter too much if you don't know the answer straight away, they are looking more at how you deal with a problem, although better to read up on some of the basics first (fundamental chemistry and basic catalysis).

Graduate Scientist, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

The process is an online application and logical/numerical reasoning tests (online), followed by an assessment centre at the Billingham site. The assessment centre is small compared to some companies (approximately 4 candidates per day) and consists of a tour, technical interview, management (competency based) interview and a BAI (behaviour analysis interview).

Interview Advice:

The great thing is you are interviewed by engineers as well as HR – if you know your subject you stand a good chance.

Learn a little about the role and business you are applying to. Johnson Matthey (JM) is a technology company and hence has five main business divisions (at the moment!), if you are applying to the PEDP – focus your learning on the Process Technologies catalysts arm (the JM website is pretty good).

PEDP – Process Engineering Development Programme Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

You must be flexible about where you will live and able to move around without any major issues.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Consider whether you would get along with the people involved in the interview process as they are likely to be your colleagues. If you think you would get along with them, you will fit into the company well.

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be honest - there are a range of roles within the scheme so they are looking for a range of people with different competencies and types of personality.

PEDP Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Make sure that the CV you submit is strong and relevant to the job.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself at the interview and be honest. Revise the basics of chemical engineering and make sure you know them well.

Process Engineer, Customer Technical Support at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Tailor application to company job description.
Be honest.

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Have strong, solid and varied examples covering competencies. Also make sure you fully understand your CV thoroughly.

Graduate Chemical Engineer, at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Try and get some engineering work experience before leaving university because it makes your CV look better and gives you more to talk about at interview. It helps you to stand out because you aren't another person talking about their design project.

Generally try to make your CV stand out because the recruitment people see a lot of applicants so you need to make sure the way you sell yourself draws attention.

Interview Advice:

Management interview - About how you do or would react in certain situations. No real right answer but think about all options in a given situation.

Technical interview - Know your chemical engineering principles. Heat exchange etc. People can get the job even if they don't get the right answer because the interviewers are looking at how you think. So make sure you explain your thinking and explore all the options. If the interviewer says something pay attention because they might be herding you towards something you have missed or they want you to expand on.

There is also a BEI interwiew which is about a situation you have been in and you have to talk through the situation from start to finish.

Graduates have a team building exercise which can be fun but just make sure you aren't rude to anyone but also that you get involved and get ideas across.

Process Engineer, Revamps Team at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Make sure you get work experience whilst at university, whether it is year placements, summer placements or short work shadowing periods this is what counts most on the application. Make a point of going into some detail on these and show you used your technical knowledge.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre is intensive, but is over quickly so make sure you have worked out a few points to cover in advance. Make use of the people you meet outside of the formal interviews to get an idea of the company and then use plus points in your interviews.

Engineer (Process Engineering Development Programme), Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be positive and honest. Don't think too much about results and focus mainly on your personal skills.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, the company will hire you for your skills and personal morals.

Graduate Trainee, Refining & Chemicals Europe at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Be open minded to north east of England. It is not as bad at all if you are from the south.

Graduate Process Engineer, Engineering Department at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

I work for Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies which is part of the Process Technologies division of Johnson Matthey so I applied to their graduate scheme directly, rather than the overall Johnson Matthey graduate scheme.

Interview Advice:

Technical questions were centrered around my 4th year design project/research project and some questions about vessel design/control. There was also a basic maths/english test.

Junior Process Engineer, Process Department at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Know your design project well and core principles of chemical engineering - nothing too complicated, just laws and basic equations for heat exchange and mass balances etc.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself in the HR interview. Ask lots of questions and seem interested on the assessment centre day. Emphasise that you want to travel with work.

Technical interview will be predominantly based on your design project so make sure you're confident about it.

Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Apply via the GRB as they provide great assistance with your application and indicate the key experiences on your CV that you highlight and expand on further. Normally this is to do with work experience and design project work

Interview Advice:

Read up on the work you did for your design project and safety systems which you would/could use.

Junior Process Engineer, Process Department at JM Davy at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

Show interest in practical and computer based work.

Interview Advice:

N/A it was a very relaxed interview, so relax.

Process Engineer, Process at Johnson Matthey
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Application Advice:

They're looking for people who speak their languages, high achievers, extra curriculum activities, potential leaders.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, they will hire the person they see during the interview. If you pretend to be somebody you're not, you will have a bad time here.

Graduate Trainee, Noble Metals at Johnson Matthey
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