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The following is a Graduate Review for DSTL.

DSTL scores 3.3/5 based on 346 reviews.

All reviews are based exclusively on results of feedback from employees from DSTL. Employees are asked to rate DSTL on a wide range of work place topics, which is broken down through star ratings on the right hand side.

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What are the Best and Worst things about your job?


The training opportunities on the grad scheme are a serious bonus and give substantial opportunities for travel. The benefits of flexible working can also not be understated.


The pay is lower than could be expected of a similar role in the private sector.

What is the annual salary for this role?

Starting salary: £21,000 - £23,000

Current salary: £25,000 - £27,000

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What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?

Ensure you read the civil service competencies relevant to the role and fine-tune your application to give clear examples of where you have demonstrated such competencies. Try to use a selection of examples which show you to be well rounded with a good mix of both technical and soft skills.

Do you have any interview tips?

The interviews should be enjoyable and should not be viewed with fear. That being said, be sufficiently prepared for technical questions relating to your field of expertise and how your knowledge could be applied to defence applications. A knowledge of the origins and structure of Dstl would also be quite useful as well as some military awareness.

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