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CRODA

Buyer, Procurement at CRODA

Application Advice: Be yourself, the interviews are straightforward and there shouldn't be anything that will catch you out. Croda like individuals with drive and a passion for science. If you don't have any previous relevant work experience, I wouldn't worry too much, I didn't have any and I got the role!

Interview Advice: Relax and be yourself. The assessment centre consists of a few different tests. The main interviews feel more like an informal chat with a friend. The group exercise will try and get you to show your influencing skills without being too pushy.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Marketing at CRODA

Application Advice: Really show your personality and that you are enthusiastic about the company. Being interested in the social side of things is key as Croda has a big social community which engages in activities over lunch/after work.

Interview Advice: Talked through my CV, a general bit about my hobbies and interests and a small amount of competency questions. The interview was very informal and more of a chat situation. Very comfortable and not much pressure.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Scientist, Explosive detection at DSTL

Application Advice: Think critically about what it is you wish to do within the company, but importantly what Dstl actually do. Job roles are not always specific or clear given the work we conduct but if you have a good broad understanding of the field and how Dstl's work may input into that you will be in a good position for the interview.

Interview Advice: Be open and honest with your answers. If you do not know an answer say so, it is often a test of how good you are at thinking critically. It is perfectly acceptable to not know, but suggest how you would find out the answer, or suggest possible answers based on your current knowledge.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Severn Trent

Graduate Leadership, at Severn Trent

Application Advice: Be yourself. Take time to think before responding to questions in the interview. Be enthusiastic. Know what the company does and any potential opportunities or threats.

Interview Advice: Encouraged to use the STAR approach when answering questions. Ask questions.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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GE

EID Intern, Supply Chain Technical Support at GE

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and read up on the five GE beliefs. Learn about the way GE is working to become a digital industrial company.

Interview Advice: Be clear and precise. Always apply your answers with the STAR approach and speak about GE beliefs.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Severn Trent

Senior Water Quality Advisor, Water Quality at Severn Trent

Application Advice: Ability to step outside of your comfort zone.

Interview Advice: No technical preparation.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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nucleargraduates

Nuclear Graduate technical specialist, Nuclear at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Absolutely, 100% be yourself.

Interview Advice: Breathe. Take your time, monitor the time and just relax as much as possible.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Johnson Matthey

Scientist, at Johnson Matthey

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

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Tata Steel

Graduate Trainee, Environmental Chemistry at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Do an industrial placement year during your degree with the company that you want to work for in the future.

Interview Advice: Research the steel industry and steel making processes.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Scientist, Explosives Detection at DSTL

Application Advice: Show how your degree has a high core Chemistry component and for the competencies questions give examples outside of university and work, try and show you do other activities in your free time.

Interview Advice: Research different analytical technique especially spectroscopy, be aware of current issues and threats to the UK and in general what the wider MOD does, come prepared with knowledge of common explosives and the molecular structure of them, give examples for the competencies questions outside of university and work, try and show you do other activities in your free time.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Johnson Matthey

Scientist, Fine Chemicals at Johnson Matthey

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

Interview Advice: Be confident with your answers!

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Johnson Matthey

Research Chemist, Fine chemical at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Prepare for the interview.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Mars

Global Scientist, Functional research at Mars

Application Advice: Think about your experiences and competencies and the stories you can use to exemplify those.

Interview Advice: As above. Show your enthusiasm and personality.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Sellafield Ltd

Graduate Chemist, Technical at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Don't just concentrate on discipline specific skills.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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GlaxoSmithKline

Integrated Planning Manager, Marketing and sales at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Come with energy, ideas and don't be afraid to challenge what's already in place.

Interview Advice: Use the STAR format. Do something different that makes you memorable. Tart presentations with a BANG/twist.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: You should know whether you want to be based just in a lab (technical scheme) or have a mixture of both lab based and commercial placements (graduate development scheme). Any lab work experience (industrial placement/internship) is an advantage. If successful you should be prepared to move to different locations every 9-12 months during the scheme.

Interview Advice: A 2 day assessment centre with various tests and group exercises so if one does not go that well do not panic. At this stage all candidates will have good academic results and probably all have lab based work experience so you need to show Croda why you would be a good fit for them. Research the different market sectors. Know some basic organic chemistry. Have real life examples of the required competencies.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduate programme member, Analytical services at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Ensure you take credit where credit is due - say I!

Interview Advice: The self-video is a bizarre experience but try not to get in a flap over it. Just think about the questions before you answer them. I put a picture of a face behind my computer screen and pretended I was talking to them. At the assessment centre, speak up and get involved with all the activities. It's hard work and they put you in odd situations but try and keep your cool and it definitely pays off.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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nucleargraduates

, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: The scheme is completely focused around the nuclear industry so research the different areas - new build reactors, radioactive waste treatment and Ministry of Defence. Show an interest in a few areas and explain why; what have you done that makes you suitable to work in these areas - you don't need much technical knowledge.

Interview Advice: Research the different sponsor companies of nucleargraduates. Have in mind a few that you would like to work for and why. Research the industry - a basic knowledge of radiation and nuclear reactor function should help. Keep up to date with the latest news - new reactors being built and the future for treatment of radioactive waste. Be prepared to think outside the box and be confident in your own talents.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduate, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out and be confident in your experience. A lot of people apply for this scheme per head recruited so you need to put across your best self.

Interview Advice: Ensure you have a wealth of reference points for interview purposes and be ready and open to travel. This course can be stressful at times but the value is unparalleled. Worth every minute!

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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AkzoNobel

Team Leader, Product Development Centre at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Good breadth of skills.

Interview Advice: Good situational examples essential, particularly for managerial and technical aspects.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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AkzoNobel

, at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Be flexible and you will get a lot of opportunities.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, R&D at CRODA

Application Advice: Be honest, be yourself and throw yourself at every opportunity that comes your way to develop and improve your skills and ability. Include a wide variety of experiences that you have to show that you are able to adapt to different situations and work with a wide range of people. This will demonstrate your energy and motivation to achieve results and reflect the culture that Croda has in becoming the world´s most innovative chemical company. Most of all, make sure you enjoy what you do! It is important to be happy in your job position so you not only you thrive but this energy rubs off on others around you.

Interview Advice: Prepare, know your CV and practise general questions beforehand, such as Why Croda? Why chemistry? What do you think innovative means?

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: Don't undersell yourself. Take the time to answer all the questions fully (and try to remember what you have written as this may come up in the interview!)

Interview Advice: Read up on the company and basic chemistry before the assessment centre. And try to be yourself, as cheesy as that sounds.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: Croda appreciates flexibility in location - being able to work in multiple locations is a must. Emphasise any languages you speak and your willingness to learn others.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Geotechnologies at CRODA

Application Advice: Be honest about your level of experience. Try and have some relevant work experience, but it's not the end of the world if you don't. Have an interesting job or trip or experience that you can talk about in your interview.

Interview Advice: It sounds cheesy but 'be yourself'. In an interview, the assessors are looking to see that you have a personality and have original thoughts in your head. I didn't have much work experience, compared to other candidates, but I was relaxed and chatty in my interview and felt like I was making friends with my interviewer and it paid off.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Purchasing at CRODA

Application Advice: Be yourself and try not to put on a facade.

Interview Advice: Brush up on presentation skills and technical knowledge. Expect to do a group task.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

applications scientist, Crop care at CRODA

Interview Advice: It's a 3 days assessement so be yourself and don't give up if one of the exercises didn't go so well.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Procter & Gamble

Scientist, Fabric & Home Care R&D at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Internet-based application, including CV details and questionnaire. Initial application is followed by online and in-person assessments, including a reasoning test. Succesful completion of assessments leads to interviews which are the final stage of the application process.

Interview Advice: Draw examples of your capabilities from all aspects of your life, not just from your academic experience. Be ambitious, P&G is competitive and look for people who will strive to grow.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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nucleargraduates

Graduate, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out and talk about outside things you do and leadership roles.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Unilever

Visioning and Prototyping Centre Project Leader, Digital R&D and Product Design at Unilever

Application Advice: Make sure you properly research the company and learn quite how large Unilever is as well as being able to say clearly and concisely why you want to work for Unilever.

Interview Advice: Ensure that you are clear on Unilever's SOLs (explained on the website).

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Unilever

r&d graduate trainee, r&d at Unilever

Application Advice: Standards of leadership for Unilever are very important - try and incorporate these in your application when possible.

Interview Advice: Be confident and calm - do not rant.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Johnson Matthey

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

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

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

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Johnson Matthey

Product development chemist, Product Development at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Try and make your CV stand out

Interview Advice: Scrub up on situational type questions

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Johnson Matthey

Development Chemist, ECT Gasoline at Johnson Matthey

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

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

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Chemist, Applied chemistry and Materials at Amec Foster Wheeler

Interview Advice: Make sure you are aware that AFW operates in a number of different sectors and make sure you KNOW which sector the role you have applied for operates in. (lots of people apply for nuclear sector roles thinking it was oil and gas)

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Scientist, Process Technologies at Johnson Matthey

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

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

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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GlaxoSmithKline

Material Scientist, Material Science at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Ensure you understand the job you are applying for before you apply, this will help you ensure you are applying for the role and not the company. This is something hiring managers look for at interview

Interview Advice: Be prepared and understand the GSK core values and competencies.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Applications Scientist, Product Applications at CRODA

Application Advice: The Croda website gives a lot of information on key product lauches and general information about the company.

Interview Advice: Working together with the other applicants during the 3 day process is important as the company are looking for team players with good comminication skills.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Procurement at CRODA

Application Advice: Just be yourself, if you are friendly and can talk easily with people, then that is a lot of what the company is looking for.

Interview Advice: Many of the usual questions such as 'Tell me about a time when you showed leadership qualities' and strengths and weaknesses. Read up about some of the products and areas that the company is involved with.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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AkzoNobel

Research and development graduate, Global interior walls expertise and research group at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: It is unusual that when applying for graduate schemes you feel if you don't get one, then how will you get any? But it is true that each company is looking for a certain type of person not just what grades or experience you have. For instance 4 R&D graduates were recruited in my year and we all have a very similar approach to structuring our work and dealing with people and teams.

Interview Advice: For the R&D graduate scheme there was a face to face technical interview, which was mainly a discussion about my university masters project and a bit related to paint (but they don't expect you to know everything about paint straight away). A week or so later there was a 2 day assessment centre which was quite exhausting, involving presentations, interviews, group exercises etc.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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AkzoNobel

Graduate Scientist, Product Development at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Be honest. Helps to have a year in industry/ other appropriate work experience

Interview Advice: Research company thoroughly, and if going for a research role, read up on paint ingredients

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Application Scientist at CRODA

Application Advice: Research the company before you apply and be enthuastic about why you think you'd fit in here.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - the assessment centre lasts 3 days so you can't pretend to be somebody else; relax and try to enjoy yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Health Care at CRODA

Application Advice: Be concise in your answers. Do some practice numeracy & literacy tests before applying

Interview Advice: Just be yourself - and learn a bit about the company before you go to the interview. Brushing up on some basic chemistry won't hurt either

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Product Safety Advisor, PSRA at CRODA

Application Advice: Croda require someone who is booksmart (CV and online assessments) but also someone who fits in well (assessment centre). As long as you've proved that you can do the job by doing the tests, you can relax during the assessment centre. Be personable and lively - it goes a long way. Someone who gets 100% on the online assessments won't get the job if they don't fit in well with the other graduates.

Interview Advice: Interviews are generally one-on-one and make up one part of the assessment. You can relax as they are generally an HR representative or a friendly member of staff. They want to know what you're like as a person, and if you'd fit in well within the company.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Forensic Researcher, FEL at DSTL

Interview Advice: You will be asked technical questions. Know your subject.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Forensic Researcher, Forensic Explosives Laboratory at DSTL

Application Advice: Highlight any particular areas of interest and/or skills. With the broad range of work that is done here, it is likely that you will find a role suited to that skill/area of interest.

Interview Advice: Research as much as you can about the area you'll be interviewed for, the interviews can get fairly technical. If you don't know an answer, don't be worried, the interviewers are just trying to grasp where you are on a knowledge base.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Scientist, Physical Sciences at DSTL

Application Advice: Check over your CV, answer truthfully and honestly

Interview Advice: Revise technical knowledge suitable to role, think about/plan answers for behavioural questions such as how you (emphasis on "you") have lead a team, how you have been part of a team etc.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Forensic Reasercher, FEL at DSTL

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic need a passion to work in forensics.

Interview Advice: Be confident in your answers. Take your time to answer the questions

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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nucleargraduates

, Nuclear Chemistry at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Read about the scheme and answer questions honestly relating your answers to the nuclear industry and the different aspects of the scheme.

Interview Advice: Learn about the different sponsoring companies and the opportunities the scheme offers.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Sellafield Ltd

Operations and Technical Support Advisor, at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Make sure you can deal with living in a remote area.

Interview Advice: Learn about the companies current focuses and be prepared with how you would respond to real life scenarios.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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nucleargraduates

, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Focus on yourself during the application process; what skills and abilities you can bring to the nuclear industry, then demonstrate you plan on developing yourself effectively when you get in, and that you are entering the industry with an open mind ready to adapt to a new challenge.

Interview Advice: As above, this is a highly competitive scheme. Focus your application if you want to do this. Be ready for an intense interview, be ready to take charge whilst demonstrating you can also work as part of a team. Be honest and accurate throughout, don't compromise and be prepared to compete.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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nucleargraduates

nuclear graduate, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Do it! This scheme can take you anywhere you want to go. If you're interested in the nuclear industry but don't know exactly why/ where to go/ what it is/ how it works this is the scheme for you. Go in with an open mind and take absolutely every opportunity you get. The best way into the scheme is to show that you are enthusiastic and interested in the industry

Interview Advice: The interview process is a 2-day crash course. It's hard work but good fun. My best bit of advice is be nice and be true to yourself, it's as much a chance for you to show them what you have as it is for nucleargrads to show you what they are.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Sellafield Ltd

Technical Specialist, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Research the company and industry.

Interview Advice: Do plenty of research into the company and the industry. Think of examples of how you have demonstrated a variety of competencies in your studies/work experience. Make sure to smile :) Be punctual and smartly dressed.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Sellafield Ltd

Technical Graduate, Facility Characterisation at Sellafield Ltd

Interview Advice: The initial interview was on web cam where you answered a series of questions. The next stage was an assessment day which contained a technical interview as well as another interview more focused on experiences. You also had team activities and a meal. I actually really enjoyed this day, I think being relaxed and your self is important as well as pre thinking of questions they might ask such as, think of a time when you....

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Schlumberger

Geophysicist, Geosolutions at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Apply for the summer internships, this will give you an idea if this is what you want to do.

Interview Advice: The interviews consisted of an initial interview at my university followed by an assessment day where I had to give a presentation, take part in a non-verbal reasoning test and have a more technical interview. No silly competency questions like the big oil and gas companies do.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Schlumberger

Drilling fluid analyst, at Schlumberger

Application Advice: N/A

Interview Advice: Previous experiences, what did I know about the company

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Applications Scientist, Speciality Chemicals at CRODA

Application Advice: A placement year in industry is highly regarded.

Interview Advice: It is a three day assessment so enjoy the process. Usually there are a number of spaces available so don't be highly competitive and work with the other candidates.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Sellafield Ltd

Analytical Services Graduate Trainee, Technical and Strategy Team-Analytical Services at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: It is a company that can offer you a job for the rest of your life. Moreover, it can cover even the most ambitious person since there are no restrictions or barriers to achieve the highest goals and become a top manager.

Interview Advice: The typical one.... be yourself.... and try not to be stressed (I know it is not easy).

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Imperial Tobacco

Packaging engineer, Print and technology innovation at Imperial Tobacco

Interview Advice: Be yourself. The dinner the night before the assement centre is a great time to relax and get to know your interviewers, and ask them questions. Use it!

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

CRODA

Application Advice: Make sure you are yourself at the interview. Chat to the assessors as much as possible and decide if Croda is the right company for you - it has a particular atmosphere where you need to speak up to get interesting projects and involved in activities and you need to buy in to this.

Interview Advice: There are lots of sections to the assessment centre - you won't be good at all of them! In many cases it's not really the results that matter but how you come across that is important. They know that everyone has achieved academically, thats why you were given an interview. In the assessment centre they are looking to see what type of person you are.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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AkzoNobel

Fixed Cost Accountant, Finance at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Skills you need/will require to develop: Explaining complex things in simple way/presentation skills Excel/VBA Problem Solving/Process Improvement Soft Skills

Interview Advice: Once again be yourself

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Industrial Chemicals at CRODA

Application Advice: Make the application personal to Croda.

Interview Advice: It is quite a long assessment centre, so just relax and be yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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British Sugar

Operations Chemist, Process Laboratory at British Sugar

Application Advice: Ensure applications are made specific to the company you are applying for. Having gone through applications in the past, it is very clear when people have sent a generic CV or application out. With the volume of applicants, this lack of attention to detail can make a clear distinction between some applicants. Be yourself, applications are a window that looks both ways. We require a certain standard of individual, but you should also be thinking about what we can provide for you.

Interview Advice: Interrogate the website, including the process and case studies, but practice simple arithmetic and other basic skills as these are just as important in the role you are applying for as advanced technical knowledge.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Sellafield Ltd

THORP Technical Support, Spent Fuel Management at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be prepared for more of an office based role than a hands-on role. Excellent working conditions.

Interview Advice: Expect technical and competency based interviews, team exercises and individual exercises. Read up about the company and what it does and the history and challenges of the industry before application process and interviews.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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AkzoNobel

Research & Development Graduate, Research & Development at AkzoNobel

Interview Advice: Learn about what the company does, our brands and the scientific background of our products. Have examples of when you have demonstrated various skills e.g. teamwork, problem solving prepared.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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AkzoNobel

CI Process Consultant, Supply Chain at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: If you are interested in learning about Supply Chain as a whole and being part of an international company, this is the place. Be brief about your achievements but concise and prepare for the tests.

Interview Advice: Open and friendly culture, you just need to to be yourself and let your qualifications speak for themselves.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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AkzoNobel

, at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Submit application early.

Interview Advice: Prepare good example/case for team work.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Sellafield Ltd

Numerical Modeller, Decommissioning at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Emphasise your commitment to the industry and that you would be happy working in West Cumbria.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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Sellafield Ltd

Technical Support Advisor, Technical at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Understand what the company does.

Interview Advice: Understand what the company does.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Sellafield Ltd

Operations and Technical Support Advisor, Operations Support at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Anything you've done with respect to safety would be good to mention.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have some sensible comments on which of the companies sites you would like to work at. Also, you will get asked what you know about the company so brush up.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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Sellafield Ltd

Technical Supprot Team Member, Spent Fuel Management at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: If you are a chemist, do not expect to be doing hands-on chemistry in the lab. Technical roles work on predominantly chemical engineering based tasks, however this is an excellent opportunity to broaden your knowledge base and the company will provide all the necessary training.

Interview Advice: Relevant previous work experience is a big bonus and make sure you do lots of research around the company and what they do before the interview stages.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, R&D, QC at CRODA

Application Advice: Be honest and enthusiastic. The graduate assessment centre is 2-3 days long, so your real character will shine through over these days.

Interview Advice: Enjoy the interview and take the opportunity to find out as much about the company as possible to make sure you want to work for them. Participate as much as possible, all the tasks assess multiple skill sets, but are also fun to complete.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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CRODA

Development Scientist, Technical Engineering at CRODA

Application Advice: Research the company and site that you are applying for. Find out what the site produces etc. Be confident when doing tests and interviews.

Interview Advice: Ask sensible questions

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Research Scientist, Detection Department at DSTL

Application Advice: Ensure you do your research on DSTL as an organisation and understand the role which it plays in MOD and wider government. Ensure that you are technically competent - I had a particularly gruelling technical interview so be prepared!

Interview Advice: Be prepared for a long interview which consists of multiple stages. Although I think it has changed format now, when I was interviewed I had a combined competency (HR) interview and a technical interview with no break between them and lasted over 2 and a half hours!

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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DSTL

Forensic Researcher, Forensic Science at DSTL

Application Advice: Be yourself, but stress the importance of science/engineering to you.

Interview Advice: Don't be frightened to ask for clarification on questions.

Industry: Science and R&D, Chemist

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nucleargraduates

Graduate Chemist, Nuclear decommissioning at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Make sure you research the industry and the sponsor company you want to work for, the sponsors offer very different roles and it's important to make the right choice early on.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to answer competency and technical questions and have researched the industry and the sponsors. Think about why you want to join the industry and the sponsoring company in particular.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Chemistry

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