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Responsibility:
3.2/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.8/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.7/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.5/5
 
Company Culture:
3.3/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
3.8/5
 
Training:
3.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.6/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Application Advice:

Don't be put off applying with a 2.2 classification. Prepare for the online assessments and video questions

Interview Advice:

Read up on the company, understand the challenges that DNO's face. Have a basic knowledge and understanding of Electrical Engineering and equipment. Stay calm and confident during the assessment centre.

Tech Sourcing & Standards Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be precise and try to get your thoughts and ideas across in a concise way.

Interview Advice:

Smile and be confident in what you know. Do not try and bluff when it comes to the technical questions. Say what you know. The interviewer will try to help you get to the correct answer so listen to what they are asking you.

Electrical Design Engineer, Capital Programme and Procurement at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Read into the company. Look at the role in depth and think if you can fill that role and what you would bring to the role.

Interview Advice:

Think about what you can bring to the company. What do you like about the company?

Asset Strategy Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Research the company, what they do, how they work, company values etc.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, explain what you know and why you are interested in the role.

Technical Sourcing and Standards Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be really thorough in your application - you never know what will be of interest to the people interviewing you.

Interview Advice:

On the day of the interview, there were >30 people being assessed. Try not to be too shy or nervous - be yourself, but make sure you aren't talked over by other people.

Innovation Engineer, Innovation at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Have work experience which is relatable to the job or in the same industry to help you get noticed.

Interview Advice:

Practice interview questions, with fluid answers and relating it to examples where you may have shown that skill. E.g. why are you a good team leader?

Infrastructure Planning, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Think about what you want from your career.

Engineer, Services at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Learn about electricity distribution network in the UK and of course, learn about UK Power Networks.

Interview Advice:

Have some of your successful examples ready for the interview.

Trainee Project Manager, Connections at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Hard to recall anything specific.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared for the competency based interview - no specific feedback for the assessment centre day. Have an open mind, don't talk over people. Have some general awareness of the regulatory landscape for distribution network operators.

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Application Advice:

Keep it concise, simple and follow the STAR rule! Make sure you understand the company values which are on the website and tailor the answers to them.

Interview Advice:

Engineering Scheme had technical questions on the voltage levels UK Power Networks operates on.

There were a few "knowing the business" type questions - e.g. who are the company's stakeholders. This is not shareholders! - which is also important to know.

Field Engineer, Network Operations at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Do your research into the industry.

Interview Advice:

Don't be afraid to admit "I don't know."

Infrastructure Planning Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be thorough! Respond to each and every point in the application. You don't have to demonstrate that you will change the world! It is not so much about experience or technical know-how, but demonstrating attention to detail, an ability to problem solve and showing willingness to learn and interact with people.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Don't be afraid to admit if you don't know something technical. In a dangerous industry pretending to know things gets people hurt or worse. Demonstrate customer focus and safety awareness.

Distribution Planning Engineer, Distribution Planning at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Take time to complete the application and to fully understand what the company does. Be honest and be yourself. There are many positions and personalities here so you will fit in somewhere. Phone the company and ask to speak to someone who can tell you more about it. You may then pick up on the important issues to the company and some of the key words used in the industry.

Interview Advice:

Be calm and not pushy. If you don't know something say so and then try to take an educated guess.

, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

If you are not very ambitious and you simply want a safe job with an okay increase in salary, go for it. If you are not a high performer may be not.

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Application Advice:

Do as much research into the business/sector as possible prior to completing the application form. Be as honest as possible when answering the questions, and don't be afraid to include something that might make you stand out. It is important not to show off in the application stage, but it must remembered that you are against other candidates so must be able to make yourself stand out from the rest.

Interview Advice:

I personally never tried to be too serious during the interview process. UK Power networks is an organisation that prides itself on diversity which includes different personalities and characters; it is not a business that is looking to recruit robots. Again as with the application process, try to undertake prior research into the business/sector that the business operates within. It is also very important to be confident during the interview process. Having belief in yourself and your ability goes a long way in an interview and shows the interviewer you are able to interact at that level.

Quantity Surveyor, Commercial Services at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Do the correct research and learn about the job role.

Railway Engineering Design Technician Apprentice, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and have a basic understanding of how distribution networks operate.

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Application Advice:

Read up on OFGEM and the future of the Electricity Network and how distributed generation and other innovations will effect UKPN and other DNO's.

Graduate, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Unless you are forceful in trying to find your own work then I would consider applying for another company instead as you need to constantly fight for work. You should also be very clear in what you want to get out of it yourself as it will not be set for you.

, Capital programme and procurement at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Try to think out of the box. The company is recruiting mainly Electrical Engineers but you must prove yourself in a broader way rather than showing your degrees.

Interview Advice:

The final interview was divided into competency and technical questions. Nothing especially difficult, if you do some research about the company, you know what you are looking for and know the basics in your field, you have nothing to worry about.

Graduate Engineer, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Don't send in a generic application. Take your time and be sure that UKPN feels right for you. Then have a think about UKPN and the electricity market as a whole - not just what is on the website.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you prepare and have a solid understanding of who UKPN are and how UKPN fit into the UK electricity market. From an IS perspective, have a think about technology and the electricity/utilities/energy market in the UK.

Information Systems Graduate, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Show a genuine interest in electrical / civil engineering. Research the company and come to the interview prepared with plenty of questions.

Interview Advice:

Interviewers often ask about the journey of electricity from generation to consumers.

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Start applying early and take your time with every step of the application process.
Research the firm and the DNO industry thoroughly (stakeholders, regulator, low carbon technologies, etc.)

Interview Advice:

Know the basics. Not much technical knowledge is required for the engineering programme but you will need to show an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of power systems.
Focus on the company's vision and values.
Be confident!

Graduate Engineering Programme, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Obviously apply early, be yourself and be honest. Identify how you have demonstrated the qualities and values which the company is looking for from past experiences. Look into the challenges of the distribution networks such as decreasing budgets and increasing distributed generation and increasing supply demand.

Interview Advice:

Prepare examples of how you have demonstrated the company values previously. Think about where you want to be in x number of years. What are the challenges in the DNO world.

The interviewers are normally nice and professional so relax and be calm. They want to see how you interact with others and how you make decisions. Use common sense and think before you speak.

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Application Advice:

Put time and research into your application, know about the company and answer the questions with UKPN in mind. When it comes to the assessment centre, be outgoing and positive. Don't worry as much about what you say, at this stage its about how you say it.

Interview Advice:

Don't panic, for the technical questions the interviewers will guide you though and direct you towards the answers they want.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering Design at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Show passion.

Interview Advice:

Learn your stuff (cables, power flow etc)

Infrastructure Planning, Infrastructure Planning North at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

make the most/ state the importance of pervious work experience.

Interview Advice:

make sure you know the basics about distribution networks and have an idea about future challenges to the industry.

Asset Engineer, UKPNS at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and bring many examples of leadership skills and key competency skills.

Interview Advice:

There were 2 or 3 questions on leadership.

In the event of a worker acting unsafely, what would you do? - Always say that you'll challenge them.

Project Engineer, Control Systems & Automation at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Don't make any mistakes!
Show enthusiasm to learn and provide great customer service.
Show an awareness of safety issues - this is potentially a very dangerous industry.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself. The company wants people who can communicate well and learn. Show a commitment to customer service and working safely.

Distribution Planning Engineer, Asset Management / Distribution Planning at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Research company, understand about DNOs

Interview Advice:

There was focus on healthy and safety and customer service as well as engineering questions.

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Interview Advice:

Research the company well before hand, knowledge on the industry is useful!

Graduate Civil Engineer, Capital Programme SPN at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Read everything online and understand the regulatory nature of the business. Demonstrating leadership and team work and all of the other competencies should be pretty simple in an assessment centre setting. It is more important to hone in on aspects of commercial awareness and how you can demonstrate this as I think that is the most challenging competency to demonstrate.

Interview Advice:

It's a pretty standard competency based exercise. Prepare answers to the standard competency based interview questions that you would expect (team work, problem solving, leadership) to be asked and make sure you have a range of situations that these answers can be taken from ie University/internship/clubs and societies/part time jobs. UKPN are big on accountability so make sure you talk in terms of 'I did this, I did that' rather than 'We did this' etc so you are actually putting across your personal skills and the value you have added to projects you have completed.

Business Graduate, Business Graduate at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Know the company and learn company background. Otherwise, nothing much really. The people who interview you or at the assessment centre were very nice and they always put you in ease.

Interview Advice:

If you apply for engineering role then I strongly suggest that you learn something about distribution network, transmission line, electric cables (insulation, conductivity, resistivity and so on) and if possible learn something about substations.

Graduate Engineer, Connections at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Have specific information on the type of procurement you would like to go into. Gain information of what qualifications you could gain in the future. Look into what products the company buys.

Interview Advice:

What are the aims and targets of the company?
Why do you want to join the company?
What area of the company would you like to look into?
Time where you have shown leadership/team work/initiative and safe working.

Category Specialist, Materials Procurement at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

1.Take your time when answering the specific questions on the application form.
2.Prior to applying do plenty of research into the business itself, but also the market/sector UK Power Networks operates within.
3.Make sure you actually answer the questions. Don't simply overload the page with as many facts and figures as you can think of. It is quality not quantity when answering the questions on the application form.

Interview Advice:

1.Be yourself. The recruitment team at UK Power Networks can see straight through candidates that are acting.
2.As with the application, do plenty of research so that when you are answering questions in the interview, you can relate your answers to the business and its operations.
3.Try not to carry on talking unnecessarily. This is easier said than done, but try to be concise and to the point.
4. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The business likes inquisitive people, and by asking questions you have the opportunity to show the interviewer that you have a keen interest in the business and the graduate scheme.

Business Graduate, Commercial Strategy and Services at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Interviewed originally for Graduate Scheme. Interviewers were far more interested in general ability and attitude than technical knowledge.

Interview Advice:

Webcam Interview - Standard company based questions.
Assessment Centre - Problem solving while working in small groups.
Formal Interview - Questions on technical background and attitude.

Electrical Design Engineer, Rail at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

- Demonstrate corporate work experience.
- Demonstrate all rounded interests and responsibilities.
- Be confident in presenting and communicating ideas spontaneously.

Interview Advice:

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Task
Action
Result

Have a good read of electrical theory and consider how changes in the energy markets will affect power networks.

Technology Development Engineer, Network Innovation at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Back up your application with relevant work experience and enthusiasm for the sector.

Interview Advice:

Prepare examples in advance for standard competency based questions. Good examples may cover several of the questions.
Some technical questions will be included for an engineering role.

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Application Advice:

Read up on the electricity distribution industry, Ofgem, and how the industry is regulated prior to the interview.

Interview Advice:

Technical questions include:

'What factors affect the thermal rating of an underground cable?'
'If a fault occurs on an overhead line, what happens to the current?'

Non-technical questions include:

'Describe what makes a good leader?'

Electrical Design Engineer, Engineering Design at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Try and get some interesting and relevant work experience and keep your answers concise and relevant to the chosen role. Read up on the company and draw put something you find particularly interesting.

Interview Advice:

Do your research, its a complex business so don't pretend you know everything. Before hand draw out something you find particularly interesting or appealing about that company/sector in particular and try focus on this.

Ensure you have a genuine answer about why you would like that role at that company try and back this up with relevant experiences.
e.g. What I find particularly appealing is the challenges surrounding .... I found I really enjoyed developing my skills and understanding around this when I...

Business Graduate, Connections at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Past work experience.

Graduate Engineer, Ops at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Try to get as much work experience as possible within any engineering sector whilst you are at university. This will give you a much greater breath of experience into how large companies work and most importantly give you much more pertinent answers to competency/experience based questions when you come to submitting CV's and answering interview questions.

Interview Advice:

Before coming for interview, make sure you know all the basics around how electricity is distributed in the UK, the UK electricity regulator and the types of plant and equipment used in distribution networks.

Having a solid understanding of the technical aspects of electricity distribution will hold you in good stead come your interview, and not leave you floundering at the first question.

Engineering Graduate, UKPN Services at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

It is most important to exhibit the right attitude and to fit in with the company values. Reserach thoroughly and look into the company's relationship with ofgem. What are the future challenges financially and technologically?

Interview Advice:

Be calm and honest. If you do not know the answer to a question say so and try to take an educated guess. Look into the challenges of distributed generation on the networks. Have a look at the safety focus of the company.

Graduate Engineer, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Do your research before applying to the company, do your homework read about the company, their projects, their business which can all be found at the company's website.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, have knowledge about the company as much as you can and company's business. Electrical background is always a bonus.

Graduate Engineer, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Research the company, how it operates, what a DNO is etc.
Have good customer service knowledge.

Interview Advice:

Research the company, how it operates, what a DNO is etc.
Have good customer service knowledge.

Graduate Engineer, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Honest and research about the electricity distribution.

Interview Advice:

Electricity distribution.

Electrical Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Practice numerical and verbal reasoning. Portray relevant industrial/technical work experience either in the form of internships or work roles following graduation.

Interview Advice:

Practice your competency scenarios and portray all round transferable skills.

Graduate Power Engineer, London at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Do background research on the UK electricity industry so that you go into the interview/assessment centre with some idea of what UK Power Networks actually does.

Most of the assessment is on general competency, but it's a good idea to brush up on electrical theory, particularly pertaining to transformers, electrical protection, and so forth.

It's also a good idea to read up on innovation and current developments in the electrical industry (e.g. embedded/distributed generation, flexible plug-and-play, Low Carbon London, electric cars etc).

Interview Advice:

I was asked what happens to current when you have a short circuit on an electrical network.

I was asked what factors effect the amount of current you can run through an underground cable.

Others were asked what causes the voltage phase angle to change when it goes through a transformer.

Graduate Engineer, Electrical Design Team at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Research the company website. What are our vision and values?

Interview Advice:

Understand the challenges and opportunities that UKPN are going to face in the future.

Commercial Graduate, Commercial at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

- Practise for numerical and verbal reasoning tests
- Demonstrate understanding and application of engineering principles
- Show enthusiasm for industry

Interview Advice:

- Prepare for standard competency based questions
- Ensure you have a basic understanding of how the distribution network operates

Graduate Engineer, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Do research about the electricity distribution sector and understand what they actually do.

Commercial Assistant, Commercial at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be yourself! Don't try to dazzle with technical knowledge as that can be learned 'on the job'. What is really important is to show that you are a great communicator, quick to learn and that you can listen and act on instructions whilst maintaining your own opinions and ideas. At the end of the day this is a potentially dangerous industry so a 'safety first' attitude is a must.

Interview Advice:

Preparation is the key to success - do your research into the company and the industry. Be confident without being arrogant. Smile, don't be afraid and try to enjoy yourself. A happy employee is a hard working employee! Don't worry if you don't know an answer, just show that you know how to approach finding a solution - admitting that you don't know something can be hard to do but in a potentially dangerous industry it is a very important quality.

Distribution Planning Technician, System Development at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Only apply if you have a genuine interest/hunger to learn of power distribution networks. You don't have too much knowledge about the industry beforehand, but you should want to learn as otherwise you will not enjoy the graduate programme.

Interview Advice:

For the team activities, always be willing to hear others. Also, I found it easier if you try to create a more conversational atmosphere this helps in helping people feel more comfortable in saying what they think and is conducive to achieving the objective. For the presentations, do not be afraid to pause before answering a question - this often gives you the time to construct a more accurate and relevant answer.

Do your homework on the company's role, and current projects being undertaken for the final interview.

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be honest, it's just as much about you gaining a feel for what the company is like.
You can't really prepare for the assessment center so just be calm and be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Again be honest and come prepared with some examples you can talk about for the competency questions.

Commercial Graduate, Unregulated business – UK Power Network Services at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Reasearch the company well, understand the core principles of what the company does and undertakes.

Interview Advice:

Values of the company

ELECTRICAL DESIGN ENGINEER, at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Be honest and show that you have charisma. It is not just about academic grades and show that there is more to you as a character other than being smart.

Interview Advice:

Leadership questions were asked along with company stakeholders so do your research. Know your basic electrical theory but this won't be very challenging as this is not necessarily a technical interview.

Graduate Engineer, Control at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Lots of preparation.

Interview Advice:

Confidence and ability to admit if you don't know things. No one expects you to know everything because after all you're just a grad.

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

For the assessment day, do not think about what assessors may or may not be expecting from you - just focus on solving the problems that you are given; attitude and team playing it's vital. DO NOT WORRY.

Interview Advice:

Your Reasons behind your choice is a common question - why do you want to work for UKPN?

Graduate, Information System at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Most of the application is more focused on soft-skills and decision / thought processes than technical.

Interview Advice:

There will be several 'competence' questions - have some example stories of things you've done, focused around the key competencies.
Technical part - you won't be asked to do vector calculus, they're more interested in your technical understanding of electricity network issues. Do a bit of homework.

Graduate engineer, Electricity distribution at UK Power Networks
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Application Advice:

Always have understanding of the company you are applying to. Come in with knowledge of what you can offer and what the company can offer you. Understand your areas of interest within the company looking into job roles they may offer in the future and prepare to ask questions about these. Also display your knowledge about how you want to progress in the company and why you should be the one for the job.

Interview Advice:

Find specific knowledge around recent activities within the business and ask about that. Also ask what the interviewer does on a day to day basis to gain an insight into a possible career path.

RIIO ED1 PMO, Strategy and Regulation at UK Power Networks
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Best:

They are striving to be the best DNO in the country.

Worst:

None.

Tech Sourcing & Standards Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Best:

Career progression and support from colleagues.

Worst:

It can be difficult to keep a project moving in the right direction with legislations.

Electrical Design Engineer, Capital Programme and Procurement at UK Power Networks
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Best:

Great career progression.

Worst:

It is not a very well known company as we are only in the news when the power goes off.

Asset Strategy Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Best:

The nature of the work and support available.

Worst:

N/A

Technical Sourcing and Standards Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks
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Best:

Opportunities abound.

Worst:

Everyone is really busy so sometimes it's tough to get a response from people.

Innovation Engineer, Innovation at UK Power Networks
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Best:

Pay, good company structure, good training, good health and safety, good work/life balance.

Worst:

Work load can be a bit slow to start with for new starters.

Infrastructure Planning, at UK Power Networks
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