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CRODA

Graduate Engineering Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: -

Interview Advice: Be yourself at the assessment centre, know the fundamentals and make sure you communicate well.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Engineer, Site Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: The process is designed to test your skills, but the company also values people and is a sociable company. The assessment event is designed to help you relax and has many opportunities to show who you are and your skills. There are many roles at Croda, from engineering to labs to marketing, so there is no one profile the company looks to recruit.

Interview Advice: Again be relaxed and prepared to answer using the STAR technique for many questions, as well as knowing what attracts you to the company and role.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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3M

Manufacturing Technology Engineer, at 3M

Application Advice: Research the company, pay attention on the plant tour.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Lean Coordinator, Continuous Improvement at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Your softer skills are equally as important as your technical training.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Process Engineer (EDP), Customer Engineering at Air Products

Application Advice: Have interest in the industry and working with cryogenic products.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Project Engineer, Speciality Gases at Air Products

Interview Advice: Understanding a refrigeration cycle and the basics of distillation.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

EDP Graduate, at Air Products

Application Advice: Ensure to supply both a CV and cover letter. The roles are competitive and if no cover letter is supplied you are far less likely to be considered for the next stage. Interest in the company itself looks very good.

Interview Advice: Interviews are by video interview - make sure to smile. I've heard a lot of candidates do not appear as passionate during the video interview. The assessment centre: be friendly and well organised/calculating in your approach to tasks.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Engineering Development Programme, Supply Chain at Air Products

Application Advice: Ensure good communication skills, highlight the experience you have in the engineering industry. Also focus on the subjects that you excel at and that interest you. Understand what the company does and what it offers as part of the graduate program.

Interview Advice: Ensure you are able to work as part of the team, be able to communicate in a friendly manner with everyone throughout the process. Understand what the company does and the processes that are involved, such as the theory of refrigeration. Finally, be able to clearly explain your thought process when being questioned about your technical knowledge.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Enginnering Development Programme, Process Systems at Air Products

Application Advice: Always be genuine and proactive. Keeping your optimism is also very important.

Interview Advice: Prepare for some technical questions. The assessor will not look strictly at the technical answer, they will be mostly interested in your chain of thought and the logic you applied to reach the answer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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WSP

Graduate Process Engineer, at WSP

Application Advice: Take very opportunity you can.

Interview Advice: Be honest, if you want the job say you want if, if your not sure admit it. There is no point wasting your and other peoples time if your not sure it's what you want.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amey

Graduate Engineer, Civil Engineering at Amey

Application Advice: Be clear about what you want to achieve, not just what you want to offer.

Interview Advice: Be honest about your experience, where you want your career to go and how that will help the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Siemens

Siemens

Application Advice: Think carefully.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, think outside the box.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Procter & Gamble

Line Leader, Manufacturing at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: If you want to work for a large multinational company and don't mind working long hours for fast progression then this is the job for you!

Interview Advice: Based on how good a fit you will be for P&G vs. the Purpose, Values and Principles of you and the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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GlaxoSmithKline

Chemical Engineer, Engineering at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Be able to demonstrate your technical and leadership qualities, and use examples to back yourself up. Try to understand the culture and aim of the company!

Interview Advice: Be able to demonstrate your technical and leadership qualities, and use examples to back yourself up. Try to understand the culture and aim of the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Power, Process & Nuclear at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Show enthusiasm for Mott MacDonald and what you could bring to the company. Practice online verbal and numerical reasoning tests if possible.

Interview Advice: Know how to interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), study the principle areas of your degree (eg. thermodynamics, process analysis). Be enthusiastic and have examples of when you've taken the initiative.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Tata Steel

Technical graduate, Cost of Liquid Steel at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Really emphasise the competencies and previous experience and how this can be desirable for Tata Steel, for any role this is invaluable.

Interview Advice: I was asked what characteristics of steel they have to account for in their final product and how much I knew about the process of making steel. I had to do a presentation on something I had done at University or at work, stating what was involved and how any of this could be made beneficial to Tata (knowledge or experience gained).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Tata Steel

Graduate Trainee, Environment at Tata Steel

Application Advice: The company is huge so think about which area you want to be started with and what technical experience you want to gain, whether it is at one process unit on site level or looking at several different sites.- there are opportunities to move later on but the biggest opportunity will be at the interview stage.

Interview Advice: The questions were not designed to trip you up and were more about the role you will play in the department and the challenges of the company etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

RAMS Engineer, Assurance at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Know about the company and what successful projects they have. Have an interest in the sector that you are applying to.

Interview Advice: Why do you want to work for us? Various technical questions. 10 minute presentation on a set subject.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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3M

Optimised Operations Engineer, Manufacturing Technology at 3M

Application Advice: Try to stand out from the crowd with your experiences and strengths.

Interview Advice: Practice your presentation before you arrive. Get involved in the group activity.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Process Engineer, Engineering at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mars

Engineering Development Programme, Project engineering at Mars

Application Advice: Be yourself at interview, it's a unique culture that may not be right for you.

Interview Advice: They do not interview from a list of questions, quite difficult to prepare for like some other companies.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Nucleargraduates Programme Member, Nucleargraduates at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Be honest as you may have to explain in more detail come the interview. Show a keen interest in the industry.

Interview Advice: Research thoroughly on the sponsor companies/ the industry and the scheme. Research about assessment centre etiquette, be yourself and show you work well in a team. Have examples of behavioural competencies that are not from University.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Program Member, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Research the nuclear industry and how your specific discipline relates.

Interview Advice: The assessment centre will include both technical assessment and roleplays that are designed to see how you react under pressure, there are also competency based questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Process Engineer, Technical Engineering Hull at CRODA

Application Advice: Do your best filling in the form and use a variety of experiences.

Interview Advice: Previous work that you have done (university or job related).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Shipping Analyst, Materials Planning and Logistics at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Answer to the point.

Interview Advice: Competency based.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Process Engineer, at Sellafield Ltd

Interview Advice: Research into the nuclear fuel cycle as a whole, where Sellafield Ltd fits in and what the future of the company may be.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Morgan Sindall

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure / Utility Services at Morgan Sindall

Application Advice: Ensure that you state how your skills gained will be effective within projects Morgan Sindall are currently carrying out. Any experience you have gained should be stated, this is heavily weighted in the application process - especially surrounding safety.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have done your research on Morgan Sindall and understand the companies working philosophies. Understand the current situation within the industry and projects Morgan Sindall are working on within your area of application.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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AkzoNobel

Supply Chain Graduate, Quality at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Be genuine and show an aspect of your personality not only your academic background.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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AkzoNobel

, at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Focus on your actual experiences and link them to the company's values.

Interview Advice: Be prepared by having reviewed your experiences that you would like to talk about. This way you won't just be blabbering but will be communicating your message clearly and effectively

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduate, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Read up about the industry before you apply. This shows a bit of initiative, and it also helps to see what sort of companies operate in the industry and where you may want to work.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Process design engineer, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Research the nuclear industry and how the "nuclear" part of this affects the design.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

System Engineer, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: It doesn't differ from a normal job interview, just be interested in the nuclear industry.

Interview Advice: Show enthusiasm.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

EDP, Asset management at Air Products

Application Advice: Be flexible, improve communication skills and ability to influence others, be able to handle variating workload, have good data manipulation and analysis skills, have a zeal to learn and be proactive.

Interview Advice: Use STAR to answer your questions- for situational questions. Have good teamwork skills- prepare yourself to be able to work in a team for group assessment. Be wary and up to date on your technical knowledge - prepare to explain your thought process.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee – Engineering, at CRODA

Interview Advice: Make sure you prepare in advance. Research the company. Link your skills and qualities to what the company look for.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Engineering Development Programme, at Air Products

Application Advice: Always be proactive and determined. Before asking a question try to find the answer yourself.

Interview Advice: I enjoyed the fact that it is one of the companies that has a technical interview. Be prepared for questions from your university degree and the industrial gas field.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Equipment Engineer, Integrated Gases at Air Products

Application Advice: Don't be afraid to get stuck in. You will be doing a number of assignments in various departments. Chances are you might not get your first choice assignment but all of the roles will have something that you will be able to use in you chartership application. Don't be afraid to take assignments outside of the main office. You learn more out in the field and are given more responsibility.

Interview Advice: Relax and be yourself. You will be interacting with recent graduates at various stages through the process; don't be afraid to ask them questions. They will give you honest answers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee – Engineering, at CRODA

Application Advice: Preparation is key.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate, Safety at CRODA

Application Advice: Know who you are.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and relax.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Process Engineer, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology at Air Products

Application Advice: Just be yourself, research and watch one or two investor presentations.

Interview Advice: Ask questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

PhD CDP, Industrial Gases at Air Products

Application Advice: Be honest and straight forward. I applied for the PhD programme and they were most interested in my way of thinking rather than my actual PhD area.

Interview Advice: The group exercise is fun but remember to work together. The interviews are with friendly people so just relax and get your information across.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Emissions Aftertreatment Engineer, Powertrain at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Although the application looks overly simple make sure you utilise all the word count and be concise as possible. Do not just copy and paste in your CV but think about how your skills can be implemented in the offered role.

Interview Advice: Examples of questions were: What do you know about the automotive industry? What are the future challenges of the automotive industry? What do you know about JLR as a company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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3M

Optimised Operations Engineer, at 3M

Application Advice: Check and tailor your CV to the company.

Interview Advice: Know the company. Don't worry about specific engineering knowledge it's about how you solve the problem.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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3M

Optimised Operations Engineer, Operations at 3M

Application Advice: Learn about what the company manufactures in the UK. It is quite a relaxed interview process - no need to stress!

Interview Advice: The technical section of the interview relies on your thought process not your engineering knowledge.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Hybrid Systems Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Regardless of Engineering background, send in an application and see what happens.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself, don't big yourself up to be more than you are - honesty is everything.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Process Engineer, Natural Resources at Costain

Application Advice: Costain are investing in you as a person, not just your grades! Make sure to include information about your extra curricular activities and what you are like as a person.

Interview Advice: Relax! The assessment centre, although daunting, is a fairly relaxed day. Costain are wanting to see how you get on with people and aren't trying to catch you out!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Process Engineer, Power, Process and Nuclear at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Have a genuine interest for the area of work you're applying for!

Interview Advice: Study the basics of your course prior to interview and be prepared to talk about areas that really interest you. Stay relaxed and open (be a person someone could imagine working with).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Research Analyst, at Morgan Advanced Materials

Interview Advice: Prepare an 8 minute presentation on two topics : (1) commercial issue, and (2) technical issue, which you hypothetically encounter at work. How do you go about overcoming these problems? 40 minute group based task, with four other applicants, to determine what to do with a windfall at a local community centre, ending with a presentation to the stakeholders. All tasks are supposed to stretch you and observe how you act under pressure when things might not be going well. Don't give up half way through. Soldier on.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Chemical Engineer, at CRODA

Application Advice: Dedicate time and effort to answer the questions and tailor them towards CRODA as much as possible.

Interview Advice: As everyone says, you should be yourself to find out if you and CRODA really are a good fit for each other. Graduates in Croda’s graduate scheme all have very different personalities and working styles, so there is no a model to follow other than your own. The assessment centre takes 2.5 days. It includes many exercises/interviews: technical, presentation, personal, writing, group discussions, etc. Do not give up or get down if any of these exercises do not go as well as you want. Just be enthusiastic, get involved and enjoy it as much as you can.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Graduate Engineer in Research and Development, Research and Development at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Be honest and focus on your attributes outside of academic achievements as much as degree classification and awards. The company want you for your personality and the way you conduct yourself, as much as they want your technical knowledge and ideas.

Interview Advice: Stay calm, don't be afraid to ask the person to repeat the question to you (it's natural to get a little flustered from time to time and need it repeating again). Do your company research, especially markets that our products are for.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Process Engineer, Operations & Offshore Projects at Petrofac

Application Advice: - Keep written content clear and concise. - Try to link past experience to the Petrofac values. - Make sure each written answer has 3 sections: 1) an explanation of the scenario 2) what you did 3) what was the end result.

Interview Advice: - Stay Confident - Don't lie, if you don't know the answer just tell the interviewer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Process Engineer, Operations at Petrofac

Application Advice: Answer the questions directly, focusing on what YOU did, rather than what your team etc. did Practice psychometric tests beforehand Aim to secure industrial placements (whether industry-specific or not) during your course to augment your application responses and show your quality Don't be afraid to sell yourself

Interview Advice: Know your stuff from a technical standpoint (a technical interview is likely; focus on bread-and-butter topics from your discipline) Be comfortable in delivering presentations to a crowd When working on group challenges, demonstrate your leadership potential while being inclusive of your fellow candidates and show consideration for others' opinions. Don't fade into the background but don't speak out for the sake of hearing your own voice.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Put down any experiences gained and include information on design projects and research projects

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Process Engineer, at Petrofac

Application Advice: Take an interest in the Oil & Gas industry, in particular how your role fits into the bigger picture. Read up on how equipment works, the fundamentals behind its operation and the challenges that may be faced. In addition to this, read about the challenges facing the oil & gas industry at present, in particular in the North Sea.

Interview Advice: As mentioned above, gain some technical knowledge of the various processes associated with a typical oil and gas platform.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Be yourself in the interview - the interviewers are looking for people they can imagine working with for years into the future!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Process Engineer, at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Gain site experience

Interview Advice: Focus on team work.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Understand role of EPC in design from early project phases through to construction.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Chemical Engineer, Process Development at BP

Application Advice: Make it personal, include anecdotes and relevant stories. Avoid packing the application with generic buzzwords; HR reps can see right through that.

Interview Advice: Be confident and really drill in the company's values a couple of weeks before any interviews. It should feel second nature to behave in ways which reflect those values. That way you should have a few things less to worry about and can excel in your interviews by being the best version of yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Process Engineer, Operations at Petrofac

Application Advice: Pay attention to the 6 Petrofac values and write down some ongoing projects; make it look as though you have done your research and know a bit about the company and how they operate.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't try too hard. Don't try to come across as too much of a leader/"know it all", however try and make a positive impact.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: I would highly recommend it as a company to work for.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Production Support Engineer, Offshore Engineering Support at BP

Application Advice: As with any application - sell yourself!

Interview Advice: Brush up on your first principles.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Graduate Process Engineer, at BP

Application Advice: Do it early and research the different roles and the company's aims and philosophies.

Interview Advice: Try to have solid examples that demonstrate all the key skills (communication, organisation, initiative etc), and try to make these different from others. For the technical interview make sure you are comfortable with all fundamental chemical engineering principles.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Get work experience while still at uni.

Interview Advice: Find out what active listening is, make sure you use it. During group tasks, it's ok to be on the losing team as long as you're working together and the other lot aren't!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Relevant experience is extremely useful though doesn't have to be in the oil and gas sector. Technical knowledge is important but interpersonal skills are just as important as there is lots of work with others.

Interview Advice: Sound knowledge of basic engineering principles is required for technical interviews. Life experience outside of acedemia from which you can discuss the benefits is beneficial for HR interviews.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Ensure you have a robust cv, in terms of engineering work experience and other work experiences. It sets you apart from the crowd. Amec Foster Wheeler has it's own unique core values which it uses to delivers it's projects and win new jobs. You as a candidate need to understand what these core values are and how you will position yourself to contribute to the Amec Foster Wheeler team. Know what competencies your role demands and prepare to answer questions on how your past experiences dispay examples of those competencies in action. e.g Analytical, problem solving competencies or organisational competencies.

Interview Advice: The technical interview involved thinking through a general process flow involving a 3 phase separator, some piping, control valves and process vessels. I was required to think through the process flow and explain what might happen to the products depending on changing certain process conditions. The trick here is to have a sound knowledge of how pressure and temperature affects process flows and to understand basic things like the stratification of a 3 phase mixture of gas-oil-water.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Our project execution is heavily revolved around working collaboratively as a team, which often spans continents and time zones. So if you can demonstrate that you work well as part of a team with good examples you will fit right into Amec Foster Wheeler way of doing things.

Interview Advice: During the assessment centre make sure that you engage with all aspects of the day as you will be continually assessed.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Design Safety Engineer, THSE at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Put Safety first.

Interview Advice: Focus on safety

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process Department at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: When applying for roles in an engineering contract ensure you know what you are signing up for. The job will be office based only and though companies may offer travel as a perk it is likely travel will be limited during your graduate scheme and only open up once you have more experience. There are some exceptions to this but not many.

Interview Advice: For interviews ensure you have studied the more practical side of the chemical engineering curriculum. Pumps and NPSH are very common questions, the effects of changing pressure and temperatures of systems is also another favourite.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Process Engineer, Offshore Projects and Operations at Petrofac

Application Advice: Research the difference between a service company and an operator before the interview process.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and remember to draw links between yourself and Petrofac's core values.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Put a big focus on your teamworking skills as you will use this everyday when working here

Interview Advice: During the group exercise don't push your ideas forward too much and be the one that lets everyone in the group have their say

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Process Engineer, at Petrofac

Application Advice: Be clear and concise.

Interview Advice: During interviews you will be asked questions to test your technical knowledge and likely be asked a set of competency based questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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GlaxoSmithKline

Chemical Engineering Associate, Technical GMS at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Take the Video interview seriously - lock your room, suit/dress up and treat it as a real interview.

Interview Advice: Mix of technical and behavioural questions - focus on what they have taught you that would benefit GSK.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Project Engineer, Projects at BP

Application Advice: Consider if you would like to work in Aberdeen for the foreseeable future.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Process Engineer, Chemicals manufacture at BP

Application Advice: Lots of competition, but prove your competency as well as technical skills to get noticed.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Process Engineer, Operations at BP

Application Advice: It is important that you ensure your application aligns with the company values (One Team, Excellence, Respect, Safety and Courage).

Interview Advice: Ensure you have gone over the key chemical engineering concepts (e.g. heat transfer) prior to the technical interview. A decent understanding of the oil and gas value chain is potentially important.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Engineer, Process Engineer at CRODA

Application Advice: Just the same old application form that you will copy and paste your answers from all the other application forms you do. If you want to know how to do a good application form in general, I think it is all about saying how you have developed through the experiences and achievements you have had, not about stating how wonderful a human being you are.

Interview Advice: Now this is probably the 'best' bit about Croda. If you approach it in the right way, the assessment centre can be a joy. It's a 2 day, 2 night, event which you will see, first hand, the variety of personalities and people at Croda. Embrace the venue, the assessors, the hr people and especially the candidates. As getting along with the candidates and working well together just might mean you all get a job.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Supply Chain at CRODA

Application Advice: Croda hires graduates based on academic and technical competence but also, very importantly, on how YOU are as a person. It's a company that has a 'family run' feel to it (in a good way!) and is looking for graduates that fit into its ethos.

Interview Advice: Genuinely, seriously, honestly: just be yourself and enjoy the experience. Also, brush up on your knowledge of pumps.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduates programme member, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Really think about which company you would like to be sponsored by and research them properly. Don't worry if you don't know much about the industry, there are plenty of opportunities to learn, you just need to show a passion for work. You need to be (and give evidence that you are) flexible and willing to learn and look for opportunities to develop continuously.

Interview Advice: They ask typical interview questions like "tell me about a time when you used this skill..." - make sure that you cover the Situation, Task, Action, Result & Review (what would you do differently next time). The assessment centre tests different skills and how you work in a team, prepare well for your individual task/presentation, but you can't really prepare for the rest (just make sure you get a good nights sleep beforehand and look presentable!).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

CRODA

Application Advice: As it is a rotation scheme, give every placement a go by working in different departments, even if it's not your area of knowledge or interest. I regret being in the same department in almost my three rotations, and reckon if I could go back in time, I'd rather try or give a go to others like QA or SHE.

Interview Advice: The assessment centre is a very good way to get to know potential candidates a bit more personally, as sometimes the first impression is not the best, so being yourself is essential for it and reflect your prospects and what your interests are, as when you are selected your next two years will depend very much on the company's perception of these interests

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Process Engineer, Natural Resources Division at Costain

Application Advice: I can only offer the generic job search advice of being clear on what the role involves and why you want to work here.

Interview Advice: Brush up on technical aspects relevant to the oil and gas industry, particularly distillation.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Find out, in depth, what type of work the company does. Examples of projects, clients etc.

Interview Advice: Show enthusiasm. Brush up on basic engineering principles. Show you are a people person and describe any experience you have working with clients.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Process Engineer, Nuclear Decommissioning at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: The company offers year in industry and summer placements; these are a great way to get a feel for what it's like to work at Sellafield, and whether it's the right place for you.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have read up on the company and it's operations beforehand; if there's anything you don't understand or would like to know more about, ask at the end of the interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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AkzoNobel

Project Engineer, at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Go for it, use your broader experiences, try not to apply the same way you are applying everywhere else but be innovative

Interview Advice: Standard questions which you can easily answer based on the S.T.A.R. approach (look it up!). A lot of competition at the final assessment center. Beware of other candidates - they WILL try to undermine you if it increases their chances. Do not do the same (can be seen negatively) but be ready to defend yourself and fight for your chance.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Waste Management Consultant, Waste Management at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Make sure you are aware of the specific role you are taking for the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Wood Group

Process Engineer, Wood Group Kenny at Wood Group

Application Advice: Know the core values of the company, and know that they are significant to how we operate.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Process Engineer, Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: Check the company is right for you. The company at the time I applied wanted people who are confident, innovative and are genuine team players. Use a variety of situations to demonstrate your competencies. If you speak an European language, say so, if you are willing to learn for the sake of the job or for another reason, say so.

Interview Advice: The interview is usually the easiest part of the assessment. I had the longest dynamic interview, I think the primary interviewer went off planned script to see if I were for real too but just give examples of how you've used your competencies from a wide range of situations and show that you will do the job.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, SHE at CRODA

Application Advice: Spend time ensuring you are happy with your answers and that they are tailored for the company.

Interview Advice: Try and relax and be yourself. Make sure you prepare well for it regarding your skills, knowledge about the company and your engineering knowledge as they will all be tested at the interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Process Engineer, Operations at CRODA

Application Advice: Do your research on the company Don't forget to include your extra-curricular activities

Interview Advice: Be yourself: there are many different types of people in Croda Enjoy it and Be friendly: Croda has a fun friendly atmosphere.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Process Engineer, at CRODA

Application Advice: No specific advice, but do try and research the company you are actually applying for.

Interview Advice: Brush up on your technical knowledge.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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GlaxoSmithKline

, at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Read the website and focus on the GSK's values when answering questions

Interview Advice: Ensure you focus on both your technical abilities and your soft skills approaches

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Subject Matter Expert, Operations Support at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Must be adaptable, able to learn things quickly and take responsibility for actions which have extremely large consequences if things go wrong.

Interview Advice: Know the 4 C's of nuclear safety: Containment, Cooling, Chemistry and Criticality. Controling these four factors is critical in any nuclear facility. Be confident in your answers and take time if you need to before answering.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Process Engineer, Natural Resources at Costain

Application Advice: It is a great place to work. The application process is very simple; Send in a CV along with answers to a few question. Next step is straight to assessment center. Applicant should focus on demonstrating abilities in design works.

Interview Advice: Assessment center includes competency interview and two technical interviews. There is group task and a presentation as well.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Costain

Application Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Process Engineer, Aberdeen at Costain

Application Advice: Don't be afraid to blow your own trumpet, you are selling yourself at the end of the day.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - you want to work for an organisation where you can be yourself!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Process Engineer, Natural Resources at Costain

Application Advice: Simple things make the difference on applications as most of them will be quite similar. Focus on things which you have done which are relevant to our work and don't spend a lot of time waffling on things which aren't relevant. Never say that in your spare time you like keeping up with current affairs. No-one believes you!

Interview Advice: The interviewers are current engineers at the company, when they ask you if you have any questions if you don't have anything about the interview itself then ask about their work. it shows interest in what we do as a company. Keep animated and interested you will be fine.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Process Engineer, Reprocessing, Technical at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Know a bit about the industry

Interview Advice: Think about competencies and how they can be demonstrated

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

System Engineer, Spent Fuel Management at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Teamwork and leadership qualities are key as they are looking for applicants who can progress through the company to management level.

Interview Advice: Do research into nuclear specific topics and aspects of engineering before applying as they will be covered in a technical interview. Look particularly into the moving of fluids without traditional pumps (steam ejectors, RFDs etc) and be prepared to think outside the box.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Trainee, Decommissiong Research and Development at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest and use lots of different examples for compentencies not just university if you can help it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and make sure that your personality comes across throughout the day. It is not all about academic results.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Process Engineer, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Apply early as security clearance and application process can take a while to process. The application process consists of 3 stages: Online screening, video interview and assessment centre.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Focus on your personal skills and competencies. Learn about the company, nuclear industry and current affairs. Research some technical information such as the processes used.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Due to the potential dangers of the nuclear industry there is a huge priority on safety. Make sure you understand how your role would fit in with the overall goal of Risk and Hazard reduction.

Interview Advice: The hardest part of the application process was the assessment centre which consisted of a standard competency based interview, a technical interview and a short presentation about yourself. There was also a group activity which required the team to split into roles and prioritise each of our time accordingly.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Systems Engineer, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest, and be yourself. Make sure to link competencies to experiences and talk about I (as in your individual contribution) and not we. Make sure to do research on the company, it's standing in the nuclear industry, as well as the nuclear industry as a whole.

Interview Advice: The compentency interview was very good, it felt as if they were trying to get the most from you. Just remember to talk about what you personally did, and link it to HR keywords/buzzwords!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Process Design Engineering, Design Engineering at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Consider whether an office environment is for you - there is opportunity for a role on site too which has more plant based experience. But due to the split location of Sellafield, this is limited for design engineers to a 6 month secondment at site. If you want more time on plant, apply for a site based role.

Interview Advice: Apply if you are keen to learn about nuclear. The job means using key Chemical Engineering understanding and applying in a unique environment.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Oil & Gas at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Research and learn a bit about the company, who the CEO is, what our main business aims and working sectors are, our Core Values and how you demonstrate them in your own experiences. Familiar yourself with basic Chemical Engineering principles (for Process Engineer role)

Interview Advice: HR interview and technical interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Garduate Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: -I would highly recommend the graduate scheme to all engineers - you get a broad range of experiences -assignment opportunities -very good foundation for your future career

Interview Advice: #NAME?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Make sure you know what the industry is about and make sure you actually want to work for an EPC company rather than an operator or a consultancy.

Interview Advice: technical interview - nothing difficult. It is just an opportunity to see how you think and work through problems. HR interview - a chance for the interviewer to see if you are committed to this industry and to see if you are a good fit to the company. Group exercise - be yourself, the company isn't looking for you to be a "dynamic leader" and boss people around.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Centrica

Production Engineer, Reservoir Performance Team at Centrica

Application Advice: Give examples of when you have shown certain skills, without evidence there is less power to your claim.

Interview Advice: Number one tip would be yourself. I think the company is more interested in your interpersonal skills once you get to the assessment stage as they know you are technically capable from your degree. Be a team player and don't be or come across as overpowering.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Engineer, at CRODA

Application Advice: Dedicate time and effort to answer the questions and tailor them towards CRODA as much as possible.

Interview Advice: As everyone says, you should be yourself to find out if you and CRODA really are a good fit for each other. Graduates in Croda’s graduate scheme all have very different personalities and working styles, so there is no a model to follow other than your own. The assessment centre takes 2.5 days. It includes many exercises/interviews: technical, presentation, personal, writing, group discussions, etc. Do not give up or get down if any of these exercises do not go as well as you want. Just be enthusiastic, get involved and enjoy it as much as you can.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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British Sugar

Operations Graduate, Operations at British Sugar

Application Advice: Don't just focus on your course but also extra curricular activities as British Sugar hire well rounded individuals. Understand that the operations schemes start with 6 months of shift. The shift manager scheme continues shift for a number of years. This means that weekends off are few and far between.

Interview Advice: Have a range of topics/scenarios in mind that you would like to talk about when asked the standard 'where have you displayed this certain characteristic..' questions but don't learn set answers. This means that you can adapt to the exact question being asked and it comes across a lot more natural.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Chemical Engineer, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest, consise and try to cover all your strenghts. A bit of a cliche but in my opinion all HR application processes are that they are a bit of a lottery!

Interview Advice: The most important advice I would give is show your personality. Everyone knows the name of the game is to prepare all the usual answers to the usual competency questions you will undoubtedly be asked and for the technical side know the basics of your degree, however what will give you the edge is showing just a little bit of you, a bit of humility, integrity, honesty and decency. Don’t try to be too smart, show that you will be a good person to work and get along with! Do not get overly worried about the technical questions....try to think of the fundamentals from university and what the company does and remember some key aspects that will cover those. You'll find you know more than you realise and enough to get you through!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Rolls-Royce

Graduate engineer, Thermofluids at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Fill in the form correctly, read some of the company's releases in the press to see what they are keen on.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Nestle

Process Engineer, Engineering at Nestle

Application Advice: Just be yourself and show your personality and skills. Study hard for the online tests as they tend to be the difficult parts.

Interview Advice: It's all about showing your strengths and weaknesses. There are no right or wrong answers as it is all linked to you. Make sure you provide examples for each question asked, so expand your answers. They are looking for people with varied skills and experiences.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Process Safety Engineer, Deepwater Angola Projects – Global Project Orgainisation at BP

Application Advice: Take the time to complete the application form well and show off what you have to offer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Process Engineer, Discipline Engineer at BP

Application Advice: Consider your application form carefully and try and use examples from a range of activities rather than focused in one area.

Interview Advice: Prepare by reviewing core chemical engineering principles

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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British Sugar

Operations Graduate, Newark at British Sugar

Application Advice: Only apply if serious about the job, and take the time to fill in the application form. Probably wont get far if fill it in half-heartedly.

Interview Advice: Having some practical experience of what equipment looks like is a bonus.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Process Engineer, Offshore Projects at Petrofac

Application Advice: Be honest

Interview Advice: Get to know a bit about the company

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Process Engineer, Hull Research and Technology Centre at BP

Application Advice: Apply early. The application process was the best of the companies I applied for. This process wil however l be for jobs in Sunbury, Pangbourne, Hull and Aberdeen. You do have some say over which location you will work at, but some graduates ended up going to places they wouldn't have picked.

Interview Advice: Competency questions are a pain, but just take their advice and try and think of some good examples. The phone interview and technical interview were both very informal and quite enjoyable. The assessment centre was less so, being run by HR rather than engineers. The technical interview and assessment centre were both held in Sunbury which is awkward to get to...

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Process Engineer, Offshore Operations at BP

Application Advice: Be patient - it is a long form to fill in. Structure all competency answers fully and give clear, well thought out examples (and try not to repeat any of them).

Interview Advice: There were two interviews (face to face) - a competency based one and a technical one. the competency one was more of a guided conversation about the comments you put in your form or CV rather than direct questions like I had seen elsewhere. the technical one was quite simple, and was clearly aiming to show that you can use engineering judgement and awareness of the subject to apply to various industry problems, rather than just recite equations. There was also an assessment centre, which had numerous group-based tasks such as presentations, negotiations, interviews etc all based on a case study.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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BP

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Process Development, European Acetyls at BP

Application Advice: Consider when you have demonstrated the company values as these will form the basis of application and interview questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

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

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).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

PEDP Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Process Engineer, Operations at Petrofac

Application Advice: - Don't lie in your application - Try give each answer a structure i.e. what the problem was, who was there, how you overcome it and what the outcome was.

Interview Advice: - Be confident in your answers - Know your CV inside out and make sure you have evidence that your CV is factual.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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National Grid

Graduate Chemical/Process Engineer, Grain LNG at National Grid

Application Advice: Apply as soon as possible and ensure that you fill the application in thoroughly, using the full word limit on each of the text boxes. I would also recommend that for the assessment centre that you just need to relax and be yourself and make sure that you take the time to talk to the volunteers helping out as well as the other candidates. It is also good to highlight any volunteering or charity work that you have done as National Grid enjoys partaking in these causes. In my own experience of the application process, I would recommend you remain patient, I applied in October and had completed all stages of the application bar one, prior to December and I didn't hear back until May that I was being put forward for an assessment centre.

Interview Advice: Be calm and be yourself, if you aren't sure of any answers to the questions take a minute or two to think rather than starting to talk until you have figured out the answer. You need to have a basic understanding of what National Grid does, so it is worth knowing about both the electricity and the gas side of the business.

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Petrofac

Graduate Instrument Engineer, Instruments at Petrofac

Application Advice: Centre your CV and application on the Petrofac values

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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GlaxoSmithKline

Biopharmaceutical Engineering Associate, Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Enquire well about the industry and be yourself

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Process Engineer, Customer Technical Support at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Tailor application to company job description. Be honest.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Chemical Engineer, at Johnson Matthey

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Process Engineer, Revamps Team at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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British Sugar

Shift Operations Manager, Operations at British Sugar

Application Advice: Only apply if you're happy to be relocated around Norfolk and don't mind getting your hands dirty.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

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

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Trainee, Refining & Chemicals Europe at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Process Engineer, Natural Resources at Costain

Application Advice: Research the process areas in which Costain operates - look at process capability. Demonstrate an appreciation for future engineering challenges facing the UK. Make it clear why you are applying for the specific role.

Interview Advice: Remember that those who interview you to assess your technical and competency skills may also work alongside you should you be successful.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Process Engineer, Engineering Department at Johnson Matthey

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Junior Process Engineer, Process Department at Johnson Matthey

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.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Johnson Matthey

Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Johnson Matthey

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.

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Johnson Matthey

Junior Process Engineer, Process Department at JM Davy at Johnson Matthey

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.

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Johnson Matthey

Process Engineer, Process at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Show interest in practical and computer based work.

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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GlaxoSmithKline

Biopharmaceutical Engineer, Global Manufacturing and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Application should be of the highest quality. Research and knowledge of the company and products should be demonstrated. People/leadership skills are important along with technical skills.

Interview Advice: Be professional at all times but also try and be yourself. Think of good questions which help demonstrate a genuine interest in the job and the company.

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British Sugar

Shift Operations Manager, Operations at British Sugar

Application Advice: There is lots of information about the manufacturing process and the grad scheme on the website so have a good read through and make sure you are clear on why the scheme is for you. You have to be able to work within a team so highlight examples of team-work and leadership you may have experienced, not just within University. Make the most of the interview stages and ask questions of current graduates and the managers that are available to speak to on these days.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for some problem solving style questioning as this is a core skill used in operations. Some basic knowledge of the process would be an advantage. Also, have an awareness of current affairs that may be affecting the business. Most importantly, be yourself.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Business Improvement Engineer, Manufacturing at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Be yourself. Study up on the company. Have a desire to work in the pharma industry and understand the past mistakes and appreciate the targets that regulators and companies are striving towards.

Interview Advice: Same as above. Appreciate the wide implications of the health industry including the past mistakes and recent progress. Learn examples of failings and of best practice.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Process Engineer, at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Don't just focus on technical ability! Through the rotations you will have roles which will be technical and others more managerial so they are looking for people with personality as well as brains.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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URS

Process Engineer, at URS

Application Advice: Need to be very technically capable - solid understanding of engineering science. Demonstrate good organisational / time management ability.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Trainee, Operations Support at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Consider what type of work you want to carry out. If you want a job that varies from day to day and presents new challenges which you can tackle head on then this is for you.

Interview Advice: Be confident in what you are saying. Make sure you have done research on the company beyond looking at their home page. Look at interviews with directors, news and journal articles and if possible talk to people that work there. Make sure if talking about previous group work that you make your own contribution clear and highlight what you brought to the team.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

PSFP Technical, Decommissioning Strategy and Technical at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest on your application and make sure you fill in all the questions.

Interview Advice: As difficult as is it relax and make sure you ask if you don't understand the question you are being asked. The interviewer isn't there to trip you up.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Process Engineerr, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Consider why nuclear techologies are different, what makes them different? Safety, perceptions of nuclear industry?

Interview Advice: How would you move radioactive water from A to B?

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Be relaxed and enjoy the experience. You will have to do the job, so you are interviewing the company as well.

Interview Advice: Research Oil & Gas operations. Questions normally have a simple answer, the interviewer is more looking at how you work things out.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Research what Sellafield Ltd does as a company, e.g. reprocessing, waste management, decommissioning.

Interview Advice: Basic chemical engineering knowledge is required. Use examples of when you have utilised a particular competency / skill rather than just saying that I am well organised for e.g.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduate, Rolls-Royce Sponsored at nucleargraduates, Rolls-Royce Sponsored at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: For both the application form and interview take time to do research around the industry and get familiar with relevant talking points. Some background on the sponsor companies will help also, they are paying for you to complete the scheme at the end of the day.

Interview Advice: Ask lots of questions, the interview is about you finding out about the job just as much as it is about nucleargraduates finding out about you. You can’t prepare for the majority of it so don’t worry too much. For the technical presentation which you can prepare for, make sure you are well rehearsed and able to describe what you are presenting to someone not familiar with the topic. Communication on of complicated topics on different levels is an important skill for any engineer or scientist.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Process Engineer, Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: Read up about the company before applying.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. It´s not a competition with other interviewees but it is rather a test against the company´s acceptance criteria. As well as technical skills and experience; the company is interested in competencies such as teamwork, leadership, etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Chemical Engineer, Technical Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: Make use of the real life experiences you have had.

Interview Advice: Be confident. Do your research to make as certain as you possibly can, that this is the right company for you. Therefore have insightful questions to ask at the interview. Have above basic knowledge of technical engineering. Pumps especially!!!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Process Engineer, Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: In my opinion, Croda are preferable to self-starters so refer to previous working experience where possible.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, the interview assesses many things over a few days and it is hard to be otherwise.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Graduate Process Engineer, Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: They do like graduates that have some industrial experience whether this be summer or year placements.

Interview Advice: The interview is over two days and they do pay for a hotel to stay in. The interview is intense but done in a relaxed and friendly environment as you get to know other candidates and interviewers. This makes it very easy to ask questions and find out what you need to know about Croda.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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CRODA

Engineer, at CRODA

Application Advice: Be aware that you could be asked to move anywhere within Europe or the UK when you apply.

Interview Advice: Appear enthusiatic

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Process Engineer, Operations at Petrofac

Application Advice: Be yourself but try and intergrate how Petrofacs values relate to you. Have a look at Petrofac's website and see what kind of work is going on/the petrofac vision.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Think about your answers. Take your time.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Process Engineer, Natural Resources at Costain

Application Advice: preparation is key

Interview Advice: Just be yourself

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Costain

Application Advice: Apply for this role if you are studying for a masters in Chemical Engineering and enjoyed your design project and design modules. Emphasise interest in design project in your application.

Interview Advice: Full day assessment centre included: -Group lego tower building exercise (involved working on a budget) -Presentation on your role in your design project (try to make this relevant to company sectors) -HR interview - in this you are mainly told about company benefits and are asked about location suitability and a couple of competency questions. -Technical interview - revise basics of distillation, heat transfer and fluid flow. This interview also involves troubleshooting a PFD. -University interview - mainly questions about modules at university and design project (emphasise how much you enjoyed design project here). -Written exercise - Describe hazop, write a process description based on a given PFD and mark improvements on PFD. Calculate heat transfer area and pressure drop in pipe.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Be honest on your application, and make sure any work experience, whether in the oil and gas sector or not, is included.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Teamwork and communication are key to working in this industry.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate a high level of communication skills

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Background research in the company but also in the contracting field in general. Be sure you are interested in contracting as a career. Work on technical and interpersonal skills.

Interview Advice: Individual first round interview is very relaxed. Try to show of yourself as a whole by being as relaxed as possible. Assessment day structure is quite typical; technical and HR interviews along with a group exercise. Networking/building tours are included.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Control and Instrumentation Engineer, Control and Instrumentation at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Be honest. Some industrial experience will help, but if you don't have any (I didn't) just make some other stuff sound more important than it probably is (extra-curricular work/volunteering/sports teams etc)

Interview Advice: The technical interview is the basic flow, level, pressure and temperature instruments, not too challenging. The HR interview is harder; times in your life when you've had to lead a team/overcome a challenge etc. Get good answers for those types of question and it'll be okay.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Apply early and make sure your CV really reflects your engineering experience that you have had both at University and on placements you may have had.

Interview Advice: Be sharp on your technical knowledge and don't be shy during the more informal aspects of the assessment days.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Masters in engineering at a 2.1 or higher is required. Research what the job entails, people who are sure they want to be in desgin will be taken more seriously.

Interview Advice: Try to be friendly and easy to talk to, the people interviewing are going to be working with you so won't want to work with someone who is rude or arrogant. Make sure you know the basics of what the company does and its core values.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Process Engineer, Process at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Be honest about your abilities.

Interview Advice: Know technical information relating to PFDs

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Be genuine and straightforward about what you expect from the job as this is a strong matching factor - your university results are expected to be good.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and confident - the people consider what you will be like when you are in the office working with them! Technically, you are not expected to know anything in great detail as you'll be provided with on the job training where required.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Graduate Chemical Engineer, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Be sure you are interested in a specific role or company before you apply.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for both behavioural and technical interviews and show what a great team member you are.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Process Engineer, Process design at Air Products

Application Advice: To gain experience doing internships or summer placements

Interview Advice: Don't try to be somebody you aren't

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

EDP, S&OP at Air Products

Interview Advice: Technical preparation, good team work examples, language training certification.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Process Engineer, Water at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: We are mostly looking for enthusiastic and bright individuals, no past experience in Water/Wastewater is necessarily required. Need to be willing to learn and flexible

Interview Advice: If you have a recent project, research work or pilot plant etc expect to talk about this in detail

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Chemical engineer, Industrial gases at Air Products

Application Advice: Your CV should be to-the-point and relevant; a skills-based CV spanning two sides of A4 would be most appropriate. You should touch upon personal compentencies, but these will be discussed in more detail at the interview stage. Given the option, a covering letter should be submitted in conjunction with the CV. It is important to clearly set out who you are, your background, your interests in the company and industry as a whole, why you think your compentencies are in strong alignment with those required at the company, and also give a brief outline of your experiences and achievements.

Interview Advice: Think hard about experiences you've had where you've had to demonstrate teamwork.. as well as positive leadership. Try to sell yourself as someone who is responsible and keen to take on challenges. Also, be honest and up-front about areas in which you think you could improve upon, but show your willingness and commitment to improving yourself. Specific advice would be to research thoroughly what it is the company does; show that you're enthusiastic and that you have the knowledge and ability to bring something to the company. Brush-up on your technical knowledge as well!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Operations Process Control, Operations at Air Products

Application Advice: Be yourself. The interviews are less intensive than others.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

EDP, Merchant Technical Support at Air Products

Interview Advice: Air Products is primarily known for air separation so it's best to research this before any interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

EDP, Cryogenic Process at Air Products

Application Advice: Take your time, think about your answers and what you are trying to convey

Interview Advice: Absolutely be yourself, be a team player, be confident in your abilities.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Business development support, Energy at Air Products

Application Advice: I would encourage people to do their research, and identify what the company wants.

Interview Advice: All of the assessors are hilarious people, so I would suggest not to be shy, and just to enjoy the day/interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Air Products

Process Engineer, Operations at Air Products

Interview Advice: This company deals with cyrogenic technology so brush up your knowledge on refrigeration!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Chemical engineer, NDA at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Be yourself throughout the process, especially at the assessment centre. Also think - can you imagine yourself working in the industry and what motivations do you have to succeed in it - as this is what will keep you going.

Interview Advice: Try to understand the nuclear industry as best you can - but you will learn more at the assessment centre and throughout the programme so don't worry if you haven't studied nuclear much. They like people with the passion to succeed, down-to-earth go-getters and positive thinkers/problem solvers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Wood Group

PROCESS ENGINEER, UK at Wood Group

Application Advice: Apply Early

Interview Advice: General Oil and Gas systems knowledge required.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Wood Group

Graduate Process Engineer, Wood Group PSN at Wood Group

Application Advice: Be aware of the companys core values and what is expected of you as a graduate, i.e. as a professional, training requirements, personal development to achieve Chartership, etc.

Interview Advice: Think about your career in 5/10 years time, what you have learned in earlier education and working experiences with respect to skills/ values learned. Ensure you have information at hand regarding the company, be enthusiastic and expand on answers where necessary.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Wood Group

Process Engineer, UK (Aberdeen) at Wood Group

Application Advice: Think about where you want to be in 10, 15, 20 years time. Wood Group is one of, if not the best, for developing your career.

Interview Advice: Be honest and ambitious. The company should be trying to sell its self to you, not just the other way round.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Wood Group

Process Engineer, Process at Wood Group

Application Advice: Research what the company is looking for in the role and explain how your skills can be adapted directly to this role. Explain how any work experience could be applied to this role. Save a copy of your application so that you can recall what you said as it can be a long time beween application and interview stages.

Interview Advice: Research the type of processes involved in oil and gas engineering. Show confidence in yourself that you are the right person for the job. Don't directly compete with the other applicants, if you try shout over them or talk them down it will appear negatively against you. If you think you know an answer to a question do not keep quiet. The interviewers will not take marks off for a wrong answer and may even be impressed that you were willing to put yourself forward in a stressful environment.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Wood Group

Process Graduate Engineer, Process at Wood Group

Application Advice: To highlight how they would be good for the company, and what skills they can give in line with core values. Also highlight how the company would be good for their development and future. Also if the company values are in line with their own values.

Interview Advice: be yourself. take a good pro active role in team work tasks. take your time answering questions and not rushing them. If you dont know, be honest and say rather than blabber on.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Thermo Fluid Engineer, Rolls-Royce Submarines at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: I would advise any applicants to research the industry and the various sponsor companies before applying.

Interview Advice: Be familiar with the competencies involved in a behavioural interview e.g. "give an example of when you solved a problem."

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduate, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: If you are someone interested in a career in the nuclear industry and willing to push yourself pretty hard then this is the scheme for you.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Manufacturing Engineer Intern, Manufacturing at GE

Application Advice: Consider the GE beliefs and reference times you have demonstrated these skills when you are writing your cover letter and CV.

Interview Advice: In my interview, I was asked to give detail about a situation in which I had made a mistake and what actions I had taken to correct it. I was also asked who my hero was and to describe a time I was proud of a task I had completed.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing at GE

Application Advice: Manufacturing is a forever changing environment, and my role is so diverse. Sometimes I am working at a computer, other times I'm building things (which I had never really done before but now I feel I am more than confident with a hacksaw and drill), and a lot of the time, my job is all about communication. I would advise anyone applying for a manufacturing role to enter with an open mind. Tasks I could be working on one day with high importance could change the next due to quality issues or health and safety issues. You need to be a real people person and have good communication skills for implementing change because from what I have experienced - a lot of people don't like change. Lastly, sometimes you need to think smaller to think bigger. I have learnt not to jump to the hardest most expensive solution. Sometimes, the solution is simple, cheap and easy, but overlooked.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to oversell yourself, no one else is going to do it for you. When talking to my manager about why he hired us, of course he was looking at the perfect fit for the job on a professional level but he was also looking for someone who would fit in personality wise with his team. Manufacturing is all about communication, as I have said, so he was looking for a good level of interaction as well as knowledge.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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Apprentice – Lab Technician, AR&D MPS at 3M

Application Advice: Keep yourself open to new opportunities and remember that any experience is good experience! In my opinion, an apprenticeship is definitely the best route to take to get into the industry and given the commitment, the world is your oyster!

Interview Advice: Be yourself throughout the interview process; it will really shine through! With apprenticeships, in particular, there is a larger focus on the willingness of the candidate to learn than the experience that you already have. That said, a little bit of research into practices that you would be expected to perform goes a long way and will convey your interest to the interview panel.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Chemical Engineer

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