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DSTL

Graduate – Team Member, at DSTL

Application Advice: A good place to gain some experience in a variety of work for a couple years after graduation but not a long term career.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Graduate, System Operator at National Grid

Application Advice: The company sponsored me through university on a now-discontinued scheme which included a position on the graduate scheme, so my knowledge of the application and interview process is somewhat lacking.

Interview Advice: See above. However, I am aware that interviews are not necessarily conducted by staff with knowledge of the job area, so attempts to show off technical knowledge may be entirely pointless.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railways at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Study the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Assistant Electrical Engineer, Railways, Transportation at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Get involved early on and show a willingness to work with other more senior colleagues who are technically very adept and good mentors to learn from in the early stages of the job. Take advantage of as many opportunities that are offered as even the most obscure ones provide invaluable experience going forward.

Interview Advice: Engage with the interviewers - they will want to determine if you are someone they would want to work with, not how much you know (you learn 90% of the stuff on the job, not in university).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Electrical Engineer, Utilities at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Show a willingness to learn, high problem solving capability, ambition and determination, and be actively seeking chartership.

Interview Advice: Have answers to questions like: What do you think we do as a company? What do you know about our companies history? How do we make money? Be prepared to back-up what you say on your CV, technical answers, thought processes, what you learnt, gained. Bring along logbook reports, examples of work, videos. When they ask do you have any questions, have some prepared (an easy one is there opportunity to travel?).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Marine and Technology at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: It's worthwhile working for the chance to work here, research the company and the work done here.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and confident, Babcock will be looking a lot at your personal "soft" skills. You can teach technical skills but you can't teach people to relate to others!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail

Application Advice: Research the company and know what you want.

Interview Advice: Be prepared and do your research.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail

Application Advice: Network Rail is keen to hire many new candidates currently, with many roles available. Safety is not just a process for Network Rail, it is a way of life. It would be useful for candidates to keep this in the forefront of their minds when applying for a role.

Interview Advice: Be honest, admit when you don't know something and want to learn. Think about safety issues in your previous work experience.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Graduate Engineer, at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: Relax in the application process and you will do ok.

Interview Advice: Competent questions were asked, a presentation and also a business game was conducted.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Systems Engineer, CISR at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: There is a big focus on scenario questions, i.e.: - Tell us a time when you had to adapt - Tell us a time when you had to make a decision e.t.c.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Electrical and Electronic Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail

Application Advice: Do your homework! - Research about the company. - TALK (not text) to as many people as you can, which can tell you anything about the company (Google & LinkedIn are excellent platforms, and people will listen to you). Arrange telephone calls or meetings. Don't be afraid to communicate with people. It'll make you stand out ;) Once you think you know enough about the company, then tailor your answers to the skills you possess against the ones they are looking for.

Interview Advice: Do your homework! - Research about the company, - TALK (not text) to as many people as you can, which can tell you anything about the company (Google & LinkedIn are excellent platforms, and people will listen to you). Arrange telephone calls or meetings. Don't be afraid to communicate with people. It'll make you stand out ;) - Rehearse answers to questions that are likely to come up in any interview (tell me about yourself, how do your skills match the role, etc...) - REHEARSE!! I can't stress this enough. Practice answering questions in front of a mirror, with a family member or a friend. The more you practice, the more you will be prepared. This comes back to being able to speak with other people. - Relax. (if you have done your homework, there is no reason you should be stressed out).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail

Application Advice: Expect a variety of different engineering opportunities & challenges.

Interview Advice: Prepare the competency based questions & read up on the company's website.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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GE

Electrical Hardware Intern, Aviation at GE

Application Advice: Practice online reasoning tests and stay calm during the telephone interview.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Study your CV. Make sure you remember details of the academic/professional projects you have been involved in.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Builidng Technologies at Siemens

Application Advice: Come prepared, offer a range of examples when responding to situational questions, expand on why experience is relevant to the job description. Be personable.

Interview Advice: Interview is competency based and will ask you to present examples of your own experience to prove your awareness and key skills. Be prepared to talk about your career aspirations and what research you have done about the company. The questions give you lots of opportunity to elaborate so make sure you can talk about your experiences and how they will help you in the role; make sure you answer the question that was asked without needing prompts.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Graduate Electrical Engineer, E&MT at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: Be honest and have a genuine interest in the business and ongoing projects etc.

Interview Advice: An in depth assessment centre which looks at both your knowledge and your soft skills so make sure you practise and prepare examples of both.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, Software at Siemens

Application Advice: Be honest, keep an open mind and prepare. Do some reading on the company and what they do. Try to write your application to fit the business needs, highlighting how you could help it grow.

Interview Advice: Again, be honest and straightforward. Focus on the things you have done and make sure you always give concrete examples of real situations.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Electrical & Electronics Engineer, Customer Service at Siemens

Application Advice: It is important that you are a sociable person that is willing to travel every now and again to attend graduate programmes around the UK. Although you're only away for a few days at a time it's important that you utilise this time to make the relevant contacts in different businesses as they may be able to help you in the future. It is also rewarding in the sense that you meet new people and make new friendships that you look forward to seeing again at other graduate events. You must also be open to completing placements around the business where you don't necessarily see yourself in the future, this helps to further develop skills that you would not always gain in other companies.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

, at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: Be honest! The whole point of an application is to see if you are a good fit for the company and if the company is the right place for your development. Also, with the engineering roles, your skills and abilities (both technical and non-technical) are more important than your specific academic knowledge and the assessment centre is the perfect place to showcase those abilities.

Interview Advice: Relax! Take a logical and methodical approach to your answers, rather than having rehearsed scripted answers and if you're unsure of something, just admit it! Be sure to emphasise that you're keen to learn and find out more.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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GE

Systems Engineer Intern, Aviation at GE

Application Advice: Be prepared to be proactive and push yourself to work longer hours than you may have to in other internship roles. Always ask questions when you are unsure but try to work autonomously when possible.

Interview Advice: Make sure to have plenty of situational examples (e.g. when you have shown you could make an important decision under pressure). Come across friendly and try to build a rapport with the interviewers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, Digital Factory and Process Drives at Siemens

Application Advice: Apply no matter what your degree discipline.

Interview Advice: Read up on Siemens values and strategies beforehand and see if you can relate any of these to your experience. They may just want to see that you've had a look at them and know what they are, but best to be prepared for a 'describe a situation when you...' question.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Max Fordham

Engineer, at Max Fordham

Application Advice: Be open, honest and positive.

Interview Advice: That would be cheating.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Max Fordham

Engineer, at Max Fordham

Application Advice: Go for it, it's an amazing atmosphere to work in and offers great opportunities to learn from your colleagues and collaborate on a daily basis.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and natural, this is not a place where they'll judge you for your appearance or for gaps in your knowledge. It's about attitude, since theory can be learned but not enthusiasm.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Severn Trent

Graduate Engineer, at Severn Trent

Application Advice: Make sure you fully understand the role.

Interview Advice: Make sure you make it clear what you would like from the job.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Test Engineer, Electrical, Electronic & Software Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Show a wide range of experience demonstrating key transferable skills highlighted in JLR's performance matrix.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate a good logical approach to work and show an understanding of the customer and the ability to learn.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Hardware Engineer, Electrical at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Fully understand the high performance behaviours prior to the assessment centre and make particular effort to demonstrate all of these where possible. The situational judgement test is hard; I found it best to work quickly using your gut instinct answers. There is no opportunity to explain your choices so, be sure your choices align with the high performance behaviours.

Interview Advice: What challenges do you see for Jaguar Land Rover over the next 10 years? Be prepared to give a technical presentation (from your own knowledge) with minimal time to prepare.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Power Supply Systems Graduate Engineer, Powertrain at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be passionate about electric vehicles and even if you didn't study electrical engineering, you will be supported and be able to become an electrical engineer.

Interview Advice: Don't forget investigating the business status, where it is heading and the international impact of the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Industry Systems Integrator, Rail at WSP

Application Advice: Proactive, open minded and think outside the box.

Interview Advice: How my studies could apply to the role? Difference between verification and validation? How I interact in a group?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, MTP at Renishaw

Application Advice: Show both your technical and personal interests. Apply early.

Interview Advice: Be friendly and open. Talk about what interests you. Get to know your interviewer as well as there is a good chance you will be working with them, find out why they are at the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail

Application Advice: In the application focus on some areas of your life outside of work or education, such as hobbies etc.

Interview Advice: There were some basic technical questions about railway engineering, so it helps to do a little research beforehand.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Engineering Graduate, Signalling at Network Rail

Application Advice: Wear your heart on your sleeve. The company requires passion because you're joining a massive family, not just a company. You have to live and breathe your job because you deal with so many people, so many different challenges and most importantly, so many opportunities. More often than not, you'll end up in a job you love, and your job will seem less of a job and more of a hobby because you like it so much.

Interview Advice: Be honest and try pushing yourself, because when you get into a job, regardless of where it is, you're going to have to get used to being out of your comfort zone. For some people that's daunting, that's why preparation comes a joint first in my recommendations. Prior prep prevents poor performance, it's a fact of life, and if you really want to get the job, you need to equip your arsenal as best as possible.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

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

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

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Graduate Electrical Engineer, London Underground at Transport for London

Application Advice: Give yourself enough time to read over your application before submitting it and speak to your Careers centre/tutor. You don't have to be a train-spotter/enthusiast to apply. Just an interest in your discipline and how you think you will fit in to TfL. Read through the various material on the graduate specific website.

Interview Advice: Use the experience you have gained at university, extra-curricular activities, part-time jobs and volunteering to show your passion and how you develop yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Amey

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Power at Amey

Application Advice: Research on company and division.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Electronic Hardware Engineer, Aerospace at Thales

Application Advice: Research all of Thales sectors and look up major contracts which have recently been won.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Electronic Warfare Systems Engineer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at Thales

Application Advice: Know about the sector, current affairs and business, particularly the UK section as well as the global business unit.

Interview Advice: Know about the sector, current affairs and business, particularly the UK section as well as the global business unit.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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MBDA

Graduate Electronic Engineer, Electronic Engineer at MBDA

Application Advice: Put in extra curricular activities you do that can kind of relate to the role you apply for, this may be participated in a society at university.

Interview Advice: Highlight extra curricular activities and how they make you a better employee.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Graduate, Graduate Scheme at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: First off breath and relax, you needn't get stressed out over a job, chances are you'll have one for most of your life so there's plenty of time to learn by experiences, good and bad, what you really enjoy doing. In engineering it's important not to get tied up trying to show off how brilliant you are technically and academically, a lot of engineering is common sense and knowing how to present ideas in a way so that people can actually understand your way of seeing things. Therefore, communications skills are equally as important as knowing your field. In this particular company it is expected that graduates have both, in particular a healthy respect for all of your co-workers and to be able to communicate at all levels to anyone be they the Managing Director or Fabricator or Cleaner and so on.

Interview Advice: For this role there is a good mixture of interview, business games and presentation skills assessment. I'm aware that most people tend to be nervous in interviews so my advice is to understand that the people in that room are just people exactly like you. All they expect is for you to be able to communicate clearly and concisely. I've always thought of interviews as a chance to show off how good you are for the job rather than a test and I've always made it through the interview stage, so think of that what you will. You will be absolutely fine in an interview so long as you don't lie, waffle on about irrelevant things or be too casual/unprofessional.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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SSE plc

Graduate Trainee Engineer, at SSE plc

Application Advice: Carefully consider what part of the company you want to join and try to make sure the resultant role gives plenty of opportunity for growth.

Interview Advice: Unequal contribution on group tasks and how you dealt with this.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

HV Cable Speciualist, HV Cables at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Do your research, try and find out where the business is trying to head.

Interview Advice: Try and have an understanding of the commercial as well as technical aspects of your new role. At a consultancy, you are product that they are trying to sell so emphasis your strengths but also you need to make them aware that you are on top of your weaknesses. The primary role of a consultant is not to make the situation worse so you need to be realistic about your skill set.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Manufacturing Engineer, Marine & Technology at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: Make the most of the questions during the initial application. The aim is to gain as much information relating to the candidate as possible!

Interview Advice: During the interview there will be a lot of 'Tell us about a time when...' questions. Candidates should be prepared for these, having already thought about possible situations from university or work experience - working in a team, resolving conflict etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

, at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Keep looking / ensure you take the roles based in Croydon, there are many more opportunities.

Interview Advice: Research the company and ask about the employee (management) ownership.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Traction Power – Railways at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Must have a masters degree or a first class bachelors. Be prepared to sit a psychometric test.

Interview Advice: Show a bit of a technical mind if you want to be an Engineer because this will come through in the interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Graduate Engineer, Network Planning at National Grid

Application Advice: I would really encourage people to apply for a role within National Grid as it is one of the best companies in terms of personal development and opportunities. Advice: Be as proactive as possible, show your enthusiasm and take advantage of any opportunity that comes along even though the immediate benefits are not always visible.

Interview Advice: Prepare in advance and think what you have demonstrated in terms of behaviours and knowledge through the activities and projects you have done in the past.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Hardware Electronics Engineer, Hardware at Thales

Application Advice: Know what you learned at the university and how you can bring that into practice when it comes to working at Thales.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to answer questions about your project and a few motivational questions on leadership and teamwork.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Graduate Systems Engineer, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance at Thales

Application Advice: Check the business area you're applying for. Thales work across a wide range of technologies. If you don't know, send an email and ask, this will allow you to do some research into the technology specific to the business area you're applying for.

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself, Thales are looking for engineers with leadership skills and charisma as well as technical ability. Smile.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Cundall

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Cundall

Application Advice: Sell your software skills and soft skills (communication, organisation and other interpersonal skills) using real life examples. Let your passion for sustainability reflect in your application.

Interview Advice: Be prepared and be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Electrical/Electronic, ISIS Neutron & Muon Source at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Application is just to upload a CV and covering letter, which makes things a lot less time consuming than with other employers. Make clear your interest in science and engineering and what you've done/been involved with in the past that highlights this. Make sure to complete every step of the assessment process properly.

Interview Advice: Phone interview (in some cases,) followed by standard assessment centre format which includes: - Group Task - Verbal & Numerical Reasoning - Competency Interview - Oral Presentation - Technical Interview Be honest if you don't know the answer to a question but let them know your educated guess, or train of thought if it's a problem you are asked to solve. Use the technical questions you are asked in the phone interview as a basis for what you will be asked in the technical interview at the assessment centre, make sure you know the basics of your subject and the field the job role is within and revise accordingly.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate electrical Engineer, Manchester at Siemens

Application Advice: Research the company know what projects the sector/division your applying for are involved in.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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BT (British Telecom)

Software Engineer, Software development at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Search about British Telecommunication, the services that we provide to our customers, how we work in a team, what our values are and just be yourself.

Interview Advice: Prepare and research on the company well. Go through the yearly financial report where you will find a lot of useful facts about the company. Listen to questions thoroughly and give accurate answers. Do not worry if the answer are very short.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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BT (British Telecom)

Networks Engineer, Customer Premises Equipment at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Keep up to date with the latest happenings in the sector you apply for, Networks in this case. Read whatever you can about BT's involvement in the sector and most importantly, revise all your Networks concepts especially the basics. It is very important to be clear about those concepts.

Interview Advice: Basic networks related questions, analytical exercises, BT's values. Best way to prepare is to know BT as well as you can to see if the company matches your idea of a good company/place you'd like to work at. Then use this to justify why you are keen on joining.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail

Application Advice: Take your time and think of a clear answer.

Interview Advice: For an electrical role be familiar with formulas such as Ohms Law and laws such as KVL and KCL.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Graduate Engineer, at National Grid

Application Advice: Look into Ofgem and National Grid when doing research for your assessment centre.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Practice online aptitude tests and speak to our representatives at career fairs in order to get a flavour of what we do and where you might fit in. This is important because you can only apply for one of our schemes, i.e. design or PD.

Interview Advice: Understand our company values, linking to your personal experiences.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, Rail Automation at Siemens

Application Advice: Best thing to do is research Siemens and if applicable the division you are applying to. The Siemens website offers great background information on all the divisions. Also try to be easy to get along with during the assessment centre. The company like to observe how you get on with people, especially under stressful situations. Also look at the STAR model for interview questions and think of competency situations.

Interview Advice: Tell us a bit about what we do? Tell me a time when you were confronted with an angry person (or client)? Tell me a time when you were under pressure with deadlines and how you coped?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, Building Technologies at Siemens

Application Advice: Research the company well and be able to show how your skills fit. Show that you have the type of personality where you will be able to integrate well into a team and work together with people. Show evidence of being able to manage your own workload and be self motivated.

Interview Advice: Questions were relevant to the job role and weren't designed to trick you, simply to understand your way of thinking ant how well you will fit within the company. Answer honestly and don't overthink answers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Babcock International Group

Graduate Electronic Engineer, Devon at Babcock International Group

Application Advice: Research the company and the work which is carried out.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Cundall

Graduate Engineer, at Cundall

Interview Advice: Questions are aimed to test fundamentals and ability to give good consultant advice/opinion.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Cundall

Graduate Engineer, Electrical Building Services at Cundall

Application Advice: Really think about your application, put time into it, don't rush.

Interview Advice: Be calm throughout, just relax, no-ones out too trip you up.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Trainee, Software and Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be honest when applying to ensure that the company is the right one for you as well as vice versa.

Interview Advice: The top issues in the Automotive industry.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Balfour Beatty

Design Engineer, Power Transmission & Distribution at Balfour Beatty

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

NLI feature owner, Electrical at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Apply early and do your homework before you come to the interview.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do your homework.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Visions Systems Graduate Engineer, ADAS Vision Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: There is a lot more project management and supplier management than engineering design but it can still be interesting. One must still be an expert in the system they are delivering.

Interview Advice: Know the automotive world, JLR's main competitors etc. Understanding of JLR's growth and immediate expansion plans could be useful. If you have a particular interest or specialise in a specific area of automotive, lead a discussion around it.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

ADAS Engineer, ADAS at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Read the company standards of excellence.

Interview Advice: Prepare a presentation.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

CE&I Design Engineer, Decommissioning at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Tell the truth, be honest because the truth will come out. Describe what you have learnt not just the achievement. Take your time with the numerical and verbal reasoning exams.

Interview Advice: Learn about the industry as a whole not just what Sellafield does. Bring more to the table than a Degree Qualification. The company is looking for more than just a mark.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Air Products

Electrical Engineer, Engineering at Air Products

Application Advice: Apply!

Interview Advice: Be yourself and demonstrate that you are capable to learn and listen.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Electronic Engineer, Encoders at Renishaw

Application Advice: - Renishaw is looking for young engineers who have a knack of looking for novel and innovative solutions to problems. - Renishaw is a very friendly employer; it has a relaxed and helpful atmosphere. They are looking for people who will fit in with this.

Interview Advice: - I was given a 2 hour technical interview with a variety of technical questions spanning the main areas of electronic development. - I also took part in a group activity to assess how well I'd respond to a product failure as part of a team.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Water at Costain

Application Advice: #NAME?

Interview Advice: #NAME?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Show confidence and be honest, they put you into the role that they feel you will fit most well into, so genuinely talk about your strengths and interests.

Interview Advice: Typical competency questions and a few technical questions for them to get a better understanding of yourself and your experiences.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Electrical Engineer, at Costain

Application Advice: A very friendly process, keep it as detailed but to the point. Make sure you include all the details about your work experience, extra circular activities and your education.

Interview Advice: During your interview, keep your comments clear and to the point. Showcase all your skills during the group activities.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Engineer, Signalling at Network Rail

Application Advice: Have a 5 year career plan.

Interview Advice: Competency Based Questions. Have you ever worked in a Team? Have you ever led a team of people? Explain a Railway Track Circuit? When have you ever had to deal with a challenging colleague?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Transport for London

Application Advice: Show enthusiasm.

Interview Advice: What would you have done differently in your Final Year Project?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Graduate at Transport for London

Application Advice: Look at the TfL behaviours and consider how you can cover them and think about what the company is doing at the moment. Remember you're applying for a public company - don't expect to be paid amazingly from the offset and remember that what you do is vital to everyday Londoners, everyone will have an opinion!

Interview Advice: Just try and stay calm and be natural, they are looking at you as a person as well as your technical ability. A big part of TfL is an ability to communicate and present so be confident in these.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Transport for London

Application Advice: Be active. Prepare very well for the interview. Search on the internet.

Interview Advice: Be relax and have a positive attitude. Sometimes they are just triying to put some pressure on you but it's just to know how you will react. It doesn't mean you are having a bad interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

System Engineer, Chassis Electronics at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Highlight all of your academic and extra curricular achievements.

Interview Advice: Brush up your knowledge about the company, it's performance, the problems it faces, and the industry and it's challenges etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Imagination Technologies

Graduate Hardware Engineer, PowerVR Graphics at Imagination Technologies

Application Advice: Create your CV based on the job specification and make your best attributes stand out. Be precise and avoid putting knowledge of tasks that you can't feel comfortable enough to explain.

Interview Advice: The interview is very technical, so make sure you know your basics and depending on the role have some more in-depth knowledge. Make sure you are able to describe everything stated on your CV explicitly and with great detail. Be positive and enthusiastic and show motivation and your willingness to learn new things.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Rail at WSP

Application Advice: Be relaxed and open minded, knowledge and new ideas are always appreciated and they will be recognized in this organization.

Interview Advice: When I was interviewed, I was talking about things I had learnt at college.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Engineer, Energy & Industry at WSP

Application Advice: Highlight key projects that you've been involved with and fully explain your input and relationship with your team.

Interview Advice: It's not about knowing all the answers but showing a willingness and enthusiasm to learn and engage.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Graduate Engineer, Power Networks at WSP

Application Advice: The application process involved submitting a CV so make sure that you include information about group projects, relevant work experience and examples of team work and leadership etc.

Interview Advice: During the assessment centre we were required to do psychometric tests (verbal and numerical) as well as a group discussion and presentation. The actual interview consisted of a competency based part and also some technical questions. I would advise that candidates complete lots of practice psychometric tests.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at WSP

Application Advice: Be willing to work hard and ask questions as well as having an interest in the subject area.

Interview Advice: Be engaging and passionate for the field.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Rail at WSP

Application Advice: If you are located in UK and you are an electrical engineer you will not make a mistake applying for this role.

Interview Advice: Ask what will your job be in detail and on what projects the company is working on at the moment.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Electrical Engineer, Nuclear at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Answer honest as you can and spend time on your application. Be articulate with your answers as it shows a thorough interest in working for Mott MacDonald

Interview Advice: Answer honest as you can, the interviewer will be able see whether you are committed or not. Remember that it is just a chat about your experiences and education and don't stress or worry too much for the interview or you will not be able to display your skills, experiences and interests.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Assistant Engineer, Traction Power at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Be yourself. Prepare by reviewing the relevant course notes to the job you are applying for. Review the company on the website and find out a bit of history of the company. Review the sector you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Think about questions you would like to ask. Think about where you want to be in a few years. Be prepared to give examples and answer technical questions as well questions about core skills.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Product Development Graduate Engineer, Product Development – Power Supply Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Apply early (before Christmas), look at the current products and research the automotive news this will allow you to ask relevant questions in the interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Services Division at Renishaw

Interview Advice: Understanding of approach to manufacturing for both high and low volume products.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railways at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Present a good CV and demonstrate a clear personal and professional plan for their future development.

Interview Advice: Give a presentation relative to the job role you are applying for, act professionally and answer questions using the STAR approach! Have a good background knowledge on the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

EDS Engineer, EDS at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Very straightforward, don't hesitate!

Interview Advice: Study the key business behaviours and direct all your answers around these.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Special Vehicle Operations at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Look closely at the High Performance behaviours on the careers website. Don't be anyone but yourself.

Interview Advice: Be personable, don't be robotic with set answers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Battery Management Systems Engineer, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Batteries at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Straight forward application, will not take more than 30mins to complete.

Interview Advice: Thorough procedure. Applicant must remain composed and calm to succeed.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Electrical and Electronic and Software Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Application is straightforward, get it done as early as possible.

Interview Advice: Learn about the company and link the passions you have for wanting to work for the company with your answers. Have clear motivations for wanting to work for the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

ADAS Engineer, ADAS at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Great opportunity.

Interview Advice: Take a look at the company excellence standards.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Team member, Spectrum Assurance at DSTL

Application Advice: Check what they're looking for in the job role and think about how you've done things which might demonstrate what they're looking for. Even if it's not engineering based put it in; it will show you know what you're talking about.

Interview Advice: I was shown a wireless router circuit board and asked to point out where the radio circuit was; now I'd never seen inside a wireless router before and was very nervous. So I asked for a moment to check it over and take a look before calming down and applying what I know about circuits to the problem and correctly identified the appropriate section. Therefore my advice is don't rush into things; take it at your own pace and if asked a question feel free to ask for clarification or time to think it over. Within reason of course.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Building Services Engineer, Building Services at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: It is a great company to work for and you should definitely consider applying. The role is great with many interesting opportunities and the office working environment is so relaxed and social which makes working life even better.

Interview Advice: Prepare well in advance, research into the company and the projects that they have completed, try to find anything that may have come up in the news and really show your enthusiasm for the role.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Team member, Security sciences at DSTL

Application Advice: Have an interest in defence.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Electronic Engineer, Embedded Engineering at Renishaw

Application Advice: Research the role you are applying for and try to cover any criteria desired - the more the better.

Interview Advice: Try to get along with your interviewer, a good working environment is very important at Renishaw. Show a willingness and capability to learn

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate electrical engineer, at Costain

Application Advice: Move around the company and try different sectors.

Interview Advice: The company is all about safety.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Eight2o at Costain

Application Advice: Be confident, and research the company background, Costain is a massive name in the construction industry and has recently passed its 150 year mark, be honest and show enthusiasm.

Interview Advice: The one on one interview was all questions about my experience with - can you name a time you worked in a team, solved a problem, had to settle a disagreement etc. A presentation on a year in industry was requested, if a year in industry had not been completed then it was on final year projects, and a group task was done where a discussion about a problem had to be completed, tips for this is to allow everyone to have there say, listen when people are talking, have an input and try to work together and not against each other.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railways at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Practice verbal and numerical reasoning tests.

Interview Advice: Have prepared answers for the general HR questions (tell us about a time when you worked in a team..etc.) Be prepared to talk about a project/relevant work that you have completed whilst at university.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Renewable Energy Advisor, Solar Team/Renewable Energy at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Prepare wise and structure your CV well.

Interview Advice: The majority of the questions asked were about my previous experience and studies so I would advice to be ready to discuss about your past and know exactly what's mentioned on your CV's.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Mott MacDonald Bentley at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Choose the area you want to work in and investigate the offices that undertake that work.

Interview Advice: Just have an honest chat about what you've done and what you want to do in the future.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Power system analysis engineer, PTD at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: The job is mainly office based. For someone who would like to have more travel involved, this may not be a very ideal role.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate your ability of analysing and the will to learn. more importantly, be confident!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Telecommunications Engineer, Railways Telecoms at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Be honest, focus on pre-interview task (presentation).

Interview Advice: Be relaxed, it was my most enjoyable interview, Focus on presentation, because that took most of my technical interview, make it engaging and interesting. Know your university projects very well.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Microelectronic Engineer, Microelectronic Support Centre at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Don't put stuff on your CV you can't talk about. Keep it brief and preferably checked with a technical member of staff. In your covering letter give relevant examples of projects you're involved in/have been involved in that demonstrate your potential value as a prospective employee.

Interview Advice: The interview consists of SHL tests, a team interview and a technical interview. Don't come unprepared. Practice SHL tests online, review first and second year material relevant to the position you're applying. It's important to show interest, be inquisitive since the interview is also an opportunity to learn more about the environment you might be working in. You're not expected to know much about these things so don't be afraid to ask!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Electronic Engineer, Multiple Teams at Renishaw

Application Advice: Apply early and they'll respond quickly.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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AECOM Ltd

Graduate Engineer, Building Engineering at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Apply as early as possible through the AECOM website.

Interview Advice: Brush up on your technical knowledge and bring your dissertation or thesis with you.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Transport at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: When completing your application be sure to link your education and work expereince to the skills required for the role.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Metering Engineer, Metering at Petrofac

Application Advice: Use past experience to sell yourself and draw parallels between experiences and desired role.

Interview Advice: Why do you want the job What could you bring to the role Hobbies interests Metering knowledge

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Offshore Projects & Operations at Petrofac

Application Advice: Make sure you read the questions on the application carefully, and always try to relate how the skills that you mention in the answers are beneficial to the company.

Interview Advice: The interview featured several activities: One designed to see how you would react under pressure (they give you a task to do without enough time to complete it and see how you chose to use your time effectively). A group activity, designed to see how you can work with the other candidates effectively. Try to make sure you have effective communication, and aren't too domineering. An interview which is split with technical and soft skill questions: - Review some of the theoretical basics before your interveiw, I was asked about induction motors, cable calculations etc. They look for a basic understanding of the general principles we will use in the office day to day, but nothing too technical. - Remember to think about the activities you have done outside your course at university (Society involvement, volunteering etc) and think of how you can demonstrate how these have developed your soft skills.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Research Scientist, Research and Development at Thales

Application Advice: Apply as early as possible (no strict deadlines, applications close as roles are filled).

Interview Advice: Assessment centre has group activity and written test. For this role, some basic maths and physics questions asked (Fourier theory, Ohms Law). You are required to give a presentation on a project you've done; make sure to talk about what you did and how what you learned is relevant to the role you are applying for.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Selex ES

Graduate Microwave Engineer, Electronic Warfare at Selex ES

Application Advice: Research the company and express an interest in our field of engineering.

Interview Advice: Be confident but not arrogant.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate S&T Engineer, Signalling at Network Rail

Application Advice: be innovative

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Selex ES

Graduate Antenna Engineer, Antenna Engineering at Selex ES

Application Advice: If you have a passion for engineering, make sure you express that in your application. The company looks for people who are enthusiatic about what the company do.

Interview Advice: Same for the application advice- if you show you are enthusiatic, intelligent and you have experience working in some form of engineering you will shine through.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

National Grid

Application Advice: Make sure you focus on experiences as well as qualifications: how do you demonstrate the National Grid core values and what will make you a great person to work at National Grid.

Interview Advice: Be honest and be yourself - they will know if you are not being genuine. The interview focuses on you and what you have done so make sure you can recall a lot of different experiences and understand what your real contribution was to these.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Selex ES

Graduate Antenna Engineer, Antenna at Selex ES

Application Advice: Research the company thoroughly. Try and find out what software or equipment they use for the job role that you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Don't panic. The assessment centre was not intimidating so don't panic and just trust in your own abilities.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

, at Petrofac

Application Advice: Industrial experience is important but it doesn't have to be oil and gas. Emphasise any relevant experience on your application.

Interview Advice: Ensure you've done your research on the company and have prepared for technical questions, in particular practical applications rather than theory.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Selex ES

Graduate Engineer, Hardware at Selex ES

Application Advice: Don't apply. Seriously, don't. This is not one of those angry employee reviews, I'm trying to be as objective as possible. But, there's definitely better out there.

Interview Advice: Prepare to be lied to. Also it is not a transnational grad scheme, you will not be working with the Italian branch or travelling to Italy. You may get one phone conference call with them as part of a challenge they set during the end of the first year.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Power Systems Engineer, Transmission Network Strategy at National Grid

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and have a strong focus on your own development.

Interview Advice: Name a time when you lead a team. Name a time when a project you worked on went badly.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail

Application Advice: Research the company well and understand the future challenges as well as some of the current projects being undertaken dont make silly mistakes, such as writing national rail or british rail instead of Network Rail

Interview Advice: Interview questions were a mix of competency based as well as technical questions competency based questions consisted of communication, problem solving skills etc as well as the usual why do you want to work for us technical questions covered basic principles of electrical theory

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Technical Services at Network Rail

Application Advice: Do your research and know where you want to be.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Selex ES

Electronics Engineer – RF and Microwave Engineering, at Selex ES

Application Advice: Learn about what Selex ES develops in Edinburgh before applying

Interview Advice: Have a good understanding of where you wish to specialise in electronics (Firmware, RF, etc)

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Graduate Engineer, Nuclear Decommissioning at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Read up on current nuclear events, see who the sponsor companies are and what you want to do in the industry, the companies and scheme is very flexible

Interview Advice: There is no wrong answer, even if it may be a dumb question, or selfish answer!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Selex ES

Graduate Hardware Engineer, Firmware at Selex ES

Application Advice: Apply for a full time job. Not the grad scheme.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they appreciate honesty and openness. Research the company and the role that you are applying for. You will be asked both technical and skills based questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Network Rail

Graduate Engineer, Graduate Scheme at Network Rail

Application Advice: They are keen for good engineers so some solid examples of the required competencies from previous work experience should get you a long way.

Interview Advice: I had a fairly relaxed interview with some simple electrical questions about an example circuit and questions about fail safe mechanisms.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Power Systems Engineer, System Design at National Grid

Application Advice: research National Grid, the area we work in, RIIO and the electricity industry as a whole

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Electrical Engineer, at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Demonstrate your skills in your CV and cover letter. Mention briefly in cover letter why you want to work for the company and some words about your past experience/voluntary work/project where you worked as a team.

Interview Advice: Research about the company. Be ready to answer some basic questions about engineering (depending on your discipline). If you have past work experience/internship then do some preperation to explain in detail, what you have done and what was your responsibility, otherwise be ready to discuss about your final project/dissertation. Also it's good to ask some questions to interviewer at the end of your interview.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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BP

Electrical Engineer, UEC at BP

Application Advice: Get your application in early as jobs are given on a first come first serve basis.

Interview Advice: Ensure that this is the role you want.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Electrical Engineer, OPO – Maersk at Petrofac

Application Advice: Read about the company, our values and our current projects & contracts.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Assistant Engineer, Railways at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Be honest with yourself, if you don't know anything about designing, the company will teach you from the basics and will support you until you become chartered.

Interview Advice: Read about what the company does and its beliefs and see how you can help the company achieve those objectives.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Imagination Technologies

Graduate Engineer, HW Verification at Imagination Technologies

Application Advice: Research the company and make sure you know what they do. If its a hardware role you're going for, make sure you know your basics (logic gates, building blocks of designs etc)

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Do research on the company in the news, its values and key business behaviours and think of examples you can give where you demonstrated such behaviours.

Interview Advice: See above.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Diagnostic Engineer, Diagnostics at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Apply now! its such a good place to work, and you get a London wage for a Midlands location. Leaminton Spa is a great place to live as a yuppie

Interview Advice: HIGH-PERFORMANCE BEHAVIOURS

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Electrical Distribution Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Know the company and why you want to work for JLR.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Electrical Engineering at Transport for London

Application Advice: Expect varied placements and moving around lots of different departments

Interview Advice: Find out what the TfL behavious are and work towards them as it is primarilly HR team that recruits, not tehnical.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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AECOM Ltd

Electrical Engineer, Building Engineering at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Read and re-read your application so many candidates get rejected as they have either put the wrong company name on the application or because of silly spelling mistakes

Interview Advice: Relax, be yourself and speak up when you feel you have something useful to say. Talking without substance is worse than a short and measured answer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, Tech Support at Siemens

Application Advice: Do your research on the company before you apply, such as what they do and where their technology is applied. Make sure you are extremely enthusiastic and passionate about Engineering as a career and as an industry itself. Ensure you have practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge so you can apply what you have learned and relate directly to their customers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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AECOM Ltd

Building engineer, building engineering at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: make sure to show your competencies straight away on your application, the company has so many applicants that you really want to be noticed at first glance of your C.V, a strong, standing out CV will get you over that first hurdle.

Interview Advice: I was invited to an assessment centre day in a London office. Although I was nervous I tried to come across confident. I was asked to do an assessment to show general mathematic skills for my chosen field, followed by a personality exam and a one to one interview. Best advice is to be yourself, confident in your answers and show what you can offer to the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Transport for London

Application Advice: Be sure to understand the direction Engineering is heading in with regards to interdisciplinary working.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Transport for London

Application Advice: Do you homework

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Electronic Engineer, Electronic Engineering at Renishaw

Application Advice: Apply yourself and show that you have a good way of thinking outside the box. Interesting ideas are well accepted.

Interview Advice: expect technical questions and simulation of working in a team.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Power, Process and Nuclear at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: This role is all about working on project teams sometimes outside of your usual area of expertise. Focus more on your project work and less on your academic success; think about which projects went well or badly and identify why they did so and what you learnt from the experiences.

Interview Advice: Read around the types of projects that occur in Nuclear and gain an understanding of Mott Macdonalds role in them

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Building Services Engineer, Edinburgh at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: focus on the relevant experience/courses and demonstrate passion for working in this industry

Interview Advice: be enthusiastic, ask questions, engage with interviewer, come across as trustworthy and reliable

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railways/Traction Power at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Ensure you spend a significant amount of time writing the answers to the questions. Show who you are and what you can bring to a team environment, as that seems to be a very important factor. The HR departments actually read your application forms, so don't hastily send it off.

Interview Advice: 10 min Presentation: just make sure you prepare well and know some background info on the topic you choose. Interview: just typical competency based q's. Technical q's came with the presentation, but I also linked them to the generic interview. Lasts about an hour. Standard numerical, verbal and logical test which is not too difficult (do practice beforehand though- don't be complacent!).

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railways Division at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Do adequate preparation - know the work that the division you're applying for does and have a good idea of what other teams in the division do as well. The psychometric tests which took place before the interview are not too difficult but require quick thinking and good concentration so be properly refreshed on the day. The presentation you need to give is a choice between a general topic relevant to the division (the given topic for me was 'challenges facing the transport sector') or something personal (I gave mine on my final year project).

Interview Advice: e.g tips, questions you were asked etc There is nothing too difficult. One question I was asked was 'outline the various systems (mechanical, electrical, public safety and fire) which should be present in a railway station in case of an emergency. Another was 'how would you adapt renewable energy sources to be compatible with a railway system'.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Signalling Engineer, Railway Signalling at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Triple check your application, is what you've written relevant? You need to identify your skills.

Interview Advice: Show you've done your research on the industry.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Electrical Design Engineer, Water Division at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: be honest with what you can and can't do, Motts will help you with the things you can't. All experience is good experience

Interview Advice: establish a connection with the interviewers Make them feel like you can fit in the sociably as well as technically

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Systems Engineer, Naval Engineering at Thales

Application Advice: Revise your knowledge of the company. They cover a wide range of markets including Defense, Transportation, E-security and Space. A good knowledge of some of the products/projects for the sector you are applying for would be a good starting point.

Interview Advice: Applying for systems engineering I was asked quite a broad range of engineering questions. This included things like a small amount of control theory, a question on systems integration and another on data sampling. I was also asked about my knowledge of the company.

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Thales

Systems Integration and Test Engineer, SI&T at Thales

Application Advice: Show your exisiting experience in any related industry and show how well you work as part of a team. If you prefer lone working then the jobs won't be for you as Thales is pushing for business aware engineers who excel at working in mixed dicipline groups.

Interview Advice: You will have an intense assessment centre day. This will involve a couple of interviews, team assessment and tests. Do your preperation but try to relx on the day and demonstrate some personable qualities. The interviewers are not expecting you to be an expert but they are expecting you to show your commitment to developing yourself and fitting in as part of the team.

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Thales

Hardware engineer, transport at Thales

Application Advice: Put as much relevant detail as possible. Include extra curricular activities of relevance Spell-check and use correct grammar

Interview Advice: Make sure you understand what the company does and particularly the division you are applying to work in.

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Thales

Electronic Warfare Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering at Thales

Application Advice: Know the company well and make references to it's projects and model.

Interview Advice: Know your stuff technically, the assessment centre was long and tough. Essays, Technical and Compentency Tests, Presentations and Technical Questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

System Engineer, System Engineering and Configuration Management at Thales

Application Advice: -Really think about what the role specification say and what the company wants. You may be a high achiever but if you cannot fulfill the requirements of the role then you probably will be disappointed. -Take time to research the companies core values and

Interview Advice: -Brush up on your presenting skills and practice presenting what you have prepared before your interview. Practice on your friends and have them challenge you with questions. -Make sure you are very comfortable on your presentation material, you will be

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Thales

Defence Systems Engineer, at Thales

Application Advice: Ensure you really enjoy electronics

Interview Advice: Read up about current Thales products and the theory behind such systems (How a RADAR works for example).

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Thales

Graduate Electronics Engineer, Analogue Electronics at Thales

Application Advice: Just make sure to sell yourself. Thales is after innovative and driven graduates but you have to be able to put that across to them!

Interview Advice: The questions seemed fairly competency based, so rather than just saying something like 'I work well in a team', give an example of how you overcame a problem as a team and how you felt you added to the team.

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UK Power Networks

, at UK Power Networks

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

Interview Advice: Prepare examples of how you have demonstrated the company values previously. Think about where you want to be in x number of years. What are the challenges in the DNO world. The interviewers are normally nice and professional so relax and be calm. They want to see how you interact with others and how you make decisions. Use common sense and think before you speak.

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UK Power Networks

Graduate Engineer, Engineering Design at UK Power Networks

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

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

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, Rail Automation at Siemens

Application Advice: Show that you are willing to be in the company and not just willing to get a job.

Interview Advice: Dress formally, feel proud and be yourself. It is more the character that counts than what you have done and achieved so far, as they assume you are starting from scratch.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Engineer, Sensors and Countermeasures at DSTL

Application Advice: Be prepared to learn on the job. Dstl works in a lot of niche areas, so it's unlikely you'll know it all straight out of University. There's an emphasis here on competency, honesty and team-working, so highlight those things in your application.

Interview Advice: Standard interview advice books will help with the more general questions. In terms of technical knowledge, doing some revision in advance would be wise, but it's more the way you think that counts, rather than knowing all the answers. Be sure to tell or show the interviewers what you're thinking.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Team Member, Security Sciences Department at DSTL

Application Advice: Customise your application, specifying why you want to work for DSTL, rather than using a generic CV/answers for all job applications.

Interview Advice: Brush up on all elements your course as they ask a wide range of technical questions, whilst also trying to gauge your depth of knowledge on different areas.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Team Member, Communications Reaserch at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't use generic CV templates. Tailor the application to the company.

Interview Advice: Be natural, be confident Admit when you don't know the answer to a technical question and ask for an explanation of how to get to the answer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Team Member, Security Sciences at DSTL

Application Advice: Read up on the DSTL site to find out what sort of work is done and convey what you have found out through the application questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduate programme member, electrical controls at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Just take your time at the assessment centre and understand each task fully

Interview Advice: You need to be mobile

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Asset Engineer, UKPNS at UK Power Networks

Application Advice: make the most/ state the importance of pervious work experience.

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Automatic Transmission Controls Engineer, Automatic Transmission Controls at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Spend time looking through the Website. There is a lot of info on it and it will help massively when completing your application.

Interview Advice: Try and demonstrate times that you worked as part of a team, hopefully successfully.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Distribution Planning Engineer, Asset Management / Distribution Planning at UK Power Networks

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

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

Systems Engineer, Decommissioning at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Get as much practice as possible applying for other jobs prior to applying at Sellafield Ltd. For example (Competency assessments and online interactive interviews).

Interview Advice: Make sure to do as much research as possible around Sellafield Ltd, giving you a good understanding about what Sellafield are working to achieve and what their biggest challenges are.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

CE&I Engineer, Infrastructure Engineering, Utilities Commissioning at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Show interest in the Nuclear industry/try to link past experince with the industry.

Interview Advice: Do not speak for the sake of being heard during group tasks, ensure inputs are meaningful and considered by all parties.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Morgan Sindall

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Stratford upon Avon at Morgan Sindall

Application Advice: Have a passion for electrical engineering and display confidence in your ability without conveying arrogance.

Interview Advice: Ensure you display your knowledge of the field, give some background as to your hobbies and show an aptitude for public speaking.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

, at UK Power Networks

Application Advice: Research company, understand about DNOs

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Electrical Design Engineer, Rail at UK Power Networks

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

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Standard psychometrics stuff

Interview Advice: Confidence. Be yourself. Don't worry if one part of the interview goes badly, there are several parts and they look for potential in you. Show an interest in cars.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Diagnostic Engineer, Diagnostics at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: You have to be a confident, socially strong person

Interview Advice: Read the 'about us' business brief

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Design engineer, Nuclear engineering at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Expect hard but rewarding work

Interview Advice: Don't worry about it, join in as much as you can and expect it to be tough.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Electrical Systems Engineer, Electrical Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be honest and be yourself first and foremost, do some research about the company and its heritage as that plays a big part in the company culture, show that you are willing to learn and develop both personally and professionally

Interview Advice: Do some background research about the company history and products, try to draw on previous experiences and knowledge when reacting to interview questions, don't be afraid to get involved - don't be shy but don't be overpowering, teamwork and interpersonal skills are just as important as technical knowledge

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Product Development Engineer, EESE at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: Be yourself and demonstrate a proactive approach to tackling tasks

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Sellafield Ltd

CE&I Graduate Engineer, CE&I Engineer at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be interesting, make yourself stand out, just having the grades isn't enough it is what else you do that they look for. Extra curicular activities will aid you in making a good impression.

Interview Advice: Make sure you know about what Sellafield actually does, it is a common that people thing that it is a nuclear power plant however this shut down years ago. All the information that you need is online so you can research at the Sellafield website.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Costain

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Natural Resources at Costain

Application Advice: Be confident. This is for people who actually want to progress and develop their career. Ability to communicate at different levels is key, from delivering presentations to the CEO to talking to a labourer onsite to writing technical papers for an innovation you have been working on.

Interview Advice: Again i would say be confident in your own abilities and make sure you understand the questions being asked. Be yourself as they are looking for people who have a blend of technical capabilities and effective communication.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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AECOM Ltd

Electrical Engineer, at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Insure you understand the role you are going for as this is a Building Engineering firm. Many Electrical & Electronic Engineering students get a shock when they start as the work is not what they expect.

Interview Advice: Show interest & ask questions, this is a consultancy if you are unable to speak up in a small group of your peers you will struggle dealing with design teams and clients.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Electrical Engineer, Buildings & infrastructure at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Apply direct to offices, not through HR.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Schlumberger

Electronics Technician Trainee, Maintenance, Well Services at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Top parts to put in your application: Obviously put who you are, what you're studying etc etc 1)If you're involved in any sort of team whether it be a sports team, a pipe band or any other activity that involves you working with other people of different ages, gender, nationality, put that down in your application. 2)A keen and swift learner who works well on his/her own and within a group is always beneficial. 3)Put in anything that makes you stand out from the rest of the candidates, you don't want to be lost among the hundreds of candidates all applying for the same position with the same type of experiences. 4)Your qualification (HND, Hons. etc)

Interview Advice: Be confident and keen when you're in the interview and during the team building/presentation. Come across keen and enthusiastic when you're in the interview and ask any questions that are not answered by the interviewer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Schlumberger

Electrical Engineer, New Product Development at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Always follow up applications with meeting the representatives at careers fairs.

Interview Advice: Technical questions are quite varied so be ready to talk about your background standard HR questions will be covered too.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Schlumberger

Trainee, REMS at Schlumberger

Application Advice: apply early

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, at DSTL

Application Advice: Refresh on your modules & final year project for interview. Be enthusiastic about your technical area & interests.

Interview Advice: 1/2 day Assessment centre: > Online test beforehand > Competency & technical questions at interview > Usual group exercise to assess team working & communication > Written test - completed on laptops

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Projects at Petrofac

Application Advice: Know your strengths and also your weaknesses, everyone has them and it's good to show how you get around them.

Interview Advice: Research the company thouroughly, the website is really helpful for this. Also bring along personal experiences, even is they are not engineering related they can still show off good transferable skills that will help seperate you from other candidates.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Graduate Engineer, Ops at UK Power Networks

Application Advice: Past work experience.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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PA Consulting Group

graduate analyst, technology group at PA Consulting Group

Application Advice: Look into all the historical projects we have been involved in and try to have an understanding of the processes behind them.

Interview Advice: Was asked what my proudest moment was in a career sense.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Rolls-Royce

Graduate Engineer, Electrical Power and Control Systems at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Read the company website and become familiar with the wide range of products we produce. Think how the skills you have might link with making these things better.

Interview Advice: Again, know what the company produces and be able to present a wide range of experiences that demonstrate personality traits the company is looking for.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Rolls-Royce

Controls Engineer, Graduate at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Earlier the better. Take time working on the answers for the questions which they ask. Do the online practice tests and more practice ones to get used to the style as they are different than what you will be used too. Do some research into the company before hand so you know the role is what you want to do.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they're looking for the right kind of people not just technical ability. They will ask a range of varying level of difficulty questions, going back to 1st year modules which I had long forgetton but knew with prompt so don't be afraid to say you don't know the answer to a question. There are people working for the company to talk to through the day so take advantage of this and make sure its what you want to do. There's a team task so get involved and help out, be talkative but not bossy and don't take too much time deliberating.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Rolls-Royce

Lead Engineer, Electrical Engineering at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Have the correct qualifications and work experience (e.g. prior internship for university leavers is almost a mandatory requirement due to competition)

Interview Advice: Show honesty and integrity. Admit when you do not know the correct answer - don't wing it.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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British Sugar

Graduate opearations trainee, Beet end operations at British Sugar

Application Advice: British Sugar looks for well rounded individuals so use a variety of situations to show this. Personal projects are a great way to prove a genuine interest in your subject and hobbies which demonstrate either leadership or your ability to work as a team are vital for the role.

Interview Advice: Standard interview tips such as writing down situations where you've overcome challenges or dealt with conflict before the interview will help put your best side across. Otherwise be yourself as this is the best way for them to see if your personality fits into the company, its easy to fake a brief interview but its much harder in the middle of a night shift.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Rolls-Royce

Professional Excellence Graduate, Graduate at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: This is the same for all companies: Personalise the application to the company. Research what they are looking for in their applicants, and demonstrate why you meet/exceed these expectations. Demonstrate any engineering skills you have developed (workshop skills, trechnical drawign, CAD etc). Make it clear why do you want to work for Rolls-Royce. Do not mention Rolls-Royce cars unless you are proving a point that you know they are a separate companies. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd (previously Rolls-Royce Motors founded in 1973) and Rolls-Royce Plc (after re-privatisation in 1987). Be yourself,

Interview Advice: Prior to Interview: Spend time learning about the company through it's website. Research the history of the company. Learn about the different sectors that Rolls-Royce operates in, and the product portfolios for each sector (there is no expectation for you to list products). At Interview: As before, don't start talking about the cars ... they have not been part of the business since 1973.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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3M

Electronic Engineer, Product development at 3M

Application Advice: The usual stuff really. Research the company and tailor your appliction to the role that you are applying to. One thing to realise is that 3M is an incredibly diverse company with an enormous product mix. Nobody will expect you to go into detail about various 3M products. It's enough to know that 3M has a huge range of products in many different industries. Maybe learn the different industries that 3M is involved in though. Healthcare, Electronics and energy, personal safety etc.

Interview Advice: Relax and enjoy the day. It's quite informal and in a way kind of enjoyable. Also try to be geniune.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Rolls-Royce

Control Systems Engineer, EMU Systems Team at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Include extra-curricular activities and responsibilities as well as academic and employment achievements. Positions of responsibility and roles demonstrating commitment to a role are positively viewed.

Interview Advice: Be aware of the company's products, recent news and general activities. Have at least a basic understanding of how a gas turbine works and the key components (fan, compressors, turbines, etc.), as well as their uses. Don't panic too much about the technical interview. Technical knowledge is important, but the main aim is to see how you think. Don't be scared to ask questions and work through a problem if you don't know the answer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Microelectronics Engineer, Microelectronics at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Make sure your passion is clear from the application.

Interview Advice: Other than the typical HR questions, you have to do a 5 min presentation on a non-technical subject. The technical interview will cover basic stuff, e.g. for my role, OP-amp circuits and their function, low pass, high pass filtering, and digital circuits.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Power System Engineer, Network Strategy at National Grid

Application Advice: N/A

Interview Advice: Show an interest in the power industry. It's an industry that's developing at an extraordinary rate and will be shaped by today's gradutes. National Grid are looking for people show motivation and passion about being involved in such an exciting time for their industry. Having a good idea of the challenges that the power industry is currently facing and how National Grid fits into that will convery your enthusiasm. Reading newspaper articles, going to IET conferences or browsing the National Grid website are good ways of developing your knowledge. Also, knowing about our regulator Ofgem displays an insight into how our business works.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Field Engineer, Field Engineering at Petrofac

Application Advice: Emphasie technical ability

Interview Advice: Research the company, know its interests for the office you apply to, have questions of your own prepared.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Engineer, IADT at Siemens

Application Advice: Answer all questions professionally.

Interview Advice: Be confident, show them who you really are and what you can bring for the company, They are more interested in personalities rather than qualifications!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

Graduate rotation, at nucleargraduates

Interview Advice: Try to learn a little about the nuclear sector - particularly the association of companies - before your interview/assessment centre

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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BAE Systems

Graduate Engineer, HVAC at BAE Systems

Application Advice: It is not about technical know how that is important. Your degree tells them that your technically compitent. They are looking for people who will communicate well, work well in a team, able to solve problems and cope under pressure so display your experiences which show these traits.

Interview Advice: Try not to think of it as an interview as such. The person interviewing you is a normal person and speak to them as such. You may even start talking about totally unrelated subjects and this is good. Starting to build relationships is extremely important. Also be sure to know some background information on projects worked on and a bit of history of the site you wish to work at. It demonstrates you genuinely interested in the work you will be involved in.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Graduate Engineer, Construction at National Grid

Application Advice: Do your research. Give good clear examples to highlight your experience in the application form.

Interview Advice: Relax, Be yourself (cliche, but very true). Show passion to work and make a difference in solving the very real issues future energy issues we face. Know the business - research. Understand regulated and un-regulated businesses.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Power System Support Engineer, Network Access Planning at National Grid

Application Advice: Be prepared to move around the country. I believe that you extract the greatest reward from the programme if you are flexible. Working in different areas of the business will set you up with a wider business knowledge in the long run.

Interview Advice: Do your research! Learn more about the company you are applying to and try to stay composed in the interview. Listen to the questions being asked and take time to digest it before answering. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions at the end; this shows enthusiasm and employers will relish this.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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National Grid

Strategic Project Development Engineer, System Design at National Grid

Application Advice: Do a lot of research into what the different parts of the company do and how we interact with the regulator Ofgem. This will improve your chances of getting into the company as well as having a better idea of what area you would want to work in.

Interview Advice: What does 'inclusive and diverse' mean to you? - this is asking you how you behave around people in and out of work, that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect and ensure they feel included. for all interview questions have examples from previous work/ university.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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British Sugar

Graduate Electrical Engineer, at British Sugar

Interview Advice: The final interview stage is actually quite enjoyable, go in to it openly and honestly and it's good fun!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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WSP

Power Systems Graduate, Power Systems Plus at WSP

Application Advice: Research the company, find what sector you want to be in - its not just MEP or structures, there's vertical transport, power systems, every engineering sector possible! Try and find someone from the company you can speak to in advance - linked in is a good place to start. Have good answers to the 'usual' questions you get asked in interviews. Make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses and future aspirations. Make sure you are aware its design based. You dont go to site and fix things - there's a lot of reports involved in each project and you need to be able to think outside the box.

Interview Advice: I came on through a placment so my interview was not the norm, but I was fully prepared in case it was.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Electronics Engineer, Manufacturing Test Engineer at Siemens

Application Advice: If it's what you're interested in then go for it.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Graduate Engineer, at UK Power Networks

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

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Industry Automation at Siemens

Application Advice: Research on the company and make sure to submit a really good application. Practice online testing.

Interview Advice: Do not compare yourself with other candidates.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Electrical Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks

Application Advice: Honest and research about the electricity distribution.

Interview Advice: Electricity distribution.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Graduate Power Engineer, London at UK Power Networks

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

Interview Advice: Practice your competency scenarios and portray all round transferable skills.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Skanska

Graduate Engineer, Utilities at Skanska

Application Advice: Research the company and its strategic direction, this varies between operating units. Analyse if you are a fit for Skanska, is Health and Safety, The Enviroment etc. topics you can relate to and feel strongly about?

Interview Advice: - Know your main weaknese's and strengths as a person. - Know what it is you wish to achieve within the company. - Be prepared to present what it is you can offer to Skanska.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Wolfson Microelectronics

Graduate Test Engineer, Audio Solutions – Test at Wolfson Microelectronics

Application Advice: I would recommend that the candidate not only do research on the company itself but on the role they are applying for. The work of a test engineer was not taught much at my University, so I would definately recommend that if the candicate feels the same, they should research at least background information on testing ICs and the role of test engineers in general.

Interview Advice: Stay relaxed and just be yourself. I have learned that during an interview, they are looking for someone who looks like they would be good to work with, as well as having the relevant knowledge. Don't panic if you get a technical question wrong or don't know the answer. Knowledge can be picked up, however being able to work as a team and present yourself and your work is more important. From the interviews I have been on, the same technical question came up time and time again: Op amps - what makes an ideal op-amp? - draw an inverting/non-inverting op-amp, derive the equation for gain All interviews I have been on asked some questions based around op-amps.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Graduate Engineer, Electrical Design Team at UK Power Networks

Application Advice: Do background research on the UK electricity industry so that you go into the interview/assessment centre with some idea of what UK Power Networks actually does. Most of the assessment is on general competency, but it's a good idea to brush up on electrical theory, particularly pertaining to transformers, electrical protection, and so forth. It's also a good idea to read up on innovation and current developments in the electrical industry (e.g. embedded/distributed generation, flexible plug-and-play, Low Carbon London, electric cars etc).

Interview Advice: I was asked what happens to current when you have a short circuit on an electrical network. I was asked what factors effect the amount of current you can run through an underground cable. Others were asked what causes the voltage phase angle to change when it goes through a transformer.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Power System Analysis / Glasgow at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: The interview can be either competency based or technically oriented. A general knowledge about company's history and fields of expertise is useful.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

engineer II, substation design at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Mention your strengths clearly.

Interview Advice: It will be alright if you have good understanding of the basics.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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URS

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Railway Electrification at URS

Application Advice: Be careful when using URS job application website. The website does not allow the use of formating which makes it quite hard to format your CV and stop it from looking like a jumbled up mass.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to explain the skills you listed in your CV and have examples of your work to back them up.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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URS

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Swindon at URS

Application Advice: Apply only if your area of study and experience suits to the job role.

Interview Advice: Very friendly atmosphere. Questions mainly based on your CV.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Distribution Planning Technician, System Development at UK Power Networks

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

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

ELECTRICAL DESIGN ENGINEER, at UK Power Networks

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

Interview Advice: Values of the company

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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UK Power Networks

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management at UK Power Networks

Application Advice: Lots of preparation.

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

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Electrical Engineer, EnQuest at Petrofac

Application Advice: Spend some time reading about the company prior to completing the application.

Interview Advice: Try to focus technical revision around the oil & gas sector, particularly if you have a different background.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, RF Countermeasures Group at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure you are happy working with others, and are not overly passionate about politics (you are not allowed to be a member of a political party while working here). Be adaptable to different people's social styles. Be confident in your own ability - there are many stereotypical geniuses here, but everyone brings something new to the table.

Interview Advice: Reading a standard 'how to prepare for an interview' book really helped. Think of times when you have worked in a team, faced conflict, managed your time effectively and anything you may have done that made a lasting impact on a project.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Electrical Graduate Engineer, Apache Project at Petrofac

Application Advice: Same as any other company application.

Interview Advice: Be honest with your answers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Petrofac

Graduate Electrical Engineer, at Petrofac

Application Advice: Make sure and include all potentially relevant work experience and what you can bring to Petrofac from it.

Interview Advice: Do your technical research and be open and honest about yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Electronics Research and Design at Renishaw

Application Advice: Be clear, concise and not overly elaborate. Consider the role and company carefully and have genuine reasons for wanting the job.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to answer technical questions in your field.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Design Engineer, Group Engineering at Renishaw

Application Advice: Highlight projects you have worked on, show your technical input and things you have learned from those projects.

Interview Advice: Show a genuine interest in engineering both inside and outside of work. Being passionate about it will help a lot.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Machine Tool Products at Renishaw

Application Advice: Try to demonstrate the skills you have outside of school/university

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Renishaw

Design/Development Engineer, Electronic Design/Development (R&D) at Renishaw

Application Advice: Keenness to learn is essential! it is unlikely that you will know everything you need to do the job after completing your degree.

Interview Advice: Strong technical undertone to the interview but don't worry if you don't know the answer to everything. Show that you are keen to learn.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Costain

Electrical Engineer, at Costain

Application Advice: Excellent opportunity to develop within a proffessional capacity. If your looking for a challenge and want to excel in your discipline, Costain is the place to be!

Interview Advice: Costain are looking for people with the natural ability to think laterally and potential to develop.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Microelectronics Engineer, Microelectronics at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Ensure you understand what skills the roles require and that you have interest and ideally experience in that area

Interview Advice: I was asked about opamps -low pass high pass filters, basic digital blocks, basic knowledge of electronics

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

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

Application Advice: If you have related experience, put it on your CV and mention it in your covering letter.

Interview Advice: Research the company and learn your stuff.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Amec Foster Wheeler

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Electrical at Amec Foster Wheeler

Application Advice: Don't over complicate your CV make it clear, short and easy to read. If you have a lot of experience/education. Use titles of project and a very short summary of duties/role Making sure it is well written is a very important point also, this is the first thing your potential employee will see and gives them an initial impression of you. If you are in Uni or know someone (lecturer/fellow student) who can proof read your application use this resource

Interview Advice: Telephone Interview, relatively basic technical points (basic electrical principles/ motor operation etc.) an initial getting to know you talk through your CV and discuss anything you are currently doing. Face to face interview- Foster Wheeler as interview days where you will have a HR interview and a technial interview, as well as a tour and general meet and greet of some staff. HR- learn core values of FW and be ready to show examples of when you have shown these qualitys Technical -Relax, as a graduate you are not neccesarily going to know everything, be clear in your response and answer questions clearly, use sketches/drawings to support your answer if you need a lot of engineering meetings request pen and paper to best explain your thoughts

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Building services at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: List all relevant experience.

Interview Advice: Interview is fairly informal and takes the style of a conversation rather than an interview. They will ask you relevant questions regarding your university experience and how you will be able to apply this to the work place to become an asset to the team.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Tata Steel

Electrical Graduate Engineer, Energy Optimization at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Do not hesitate to apply, because big opportunities can be given in Tata Steel as long as you are interested in your role and projects.

Interview Advice: Come prepared and challenge, surprise the interviewers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Tata Steel

Graduate Trainee, Energy Operations at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Your application will be sent to every rotation you work for.

Interview Advice: Draw on experience and interests during the techinical stage if you are slightly uncertain of an answer. Make sure your presentation not only focuses on the technical aspects but shows you are aware of time contraints and company policies such as health and saftety etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Engineer, Traction Power & EMC at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: What you have done while at university is just as important as what you learn. What sports/societies are you involved in, what have you gained from any position you have held within these societies. Think of volunteering experience or part time work experience that may not be relevant but you gained a key skill in doing this activity.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to elaborate or talk about an occasion when a job/project didn't go according to plan. Say why it didn't and what you learned from this. The interview was easier than other interviews I had. A little preparation beforehand will impress the interviewers. Most importantly if you don't know the answer to a question say that you don't know, you may be prompted to have a guess but don't be shy just be yourself, the interview was a pleasant experience for me.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Engineer, Railways at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Apply early, the best thing to do with any graduate scheme I think is to get your application in early.

Interview Advice: You will be asked to give a short presentation about yourself, try to make it lively and interesting. Most of all though know the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Tranmissions at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Get as much experience during summer holidays as possible. Working at JLR is all about working as a team, there is a lot of communication required both within your immediate team and the wider business, including internationally.

Interview Advice: Know and understand Jaguar Land Rover's 'High Performance Behaviours'. The whole business revolves around this, including pay reviews for salaried staff. Show and demonstrate that you are hard working and a 'team player'.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Research and Development engineer, Software development at Thales

Application Advice: -Internship or work experience is very beneficial to application success -Project your enthusiasm -Be involved in out of work activities - hobbies, charity, etc -Learn as much about the company as you can before filling in application

Interview Advice: -Be able to both remember and apply past taught knowledge to real world problems in the interview -Learn as much about the company as you can before the interview -Demonstrate teamwork, compromise and be involved -Show key skills - time management, tea

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Thales

Reseach and development engineer, Research and technology at Thales

Application Advice: Review company values and tailor interviews to them.

Interview Advice: Review company values and tailor interviews to them.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

, at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Good experience is key. Highlight any work placements or experience you have.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Engineer, Railways at Mott MacDonald

Interview Advice: I was asked to do a presentation, which I'm normally good at, and I completely mucked it up. Fortunately the technical questions went ok. Often the answer is more obvious than you'd expect so don't be afraid to hazard a guess. One thing you learn is that good engineering is all about asking what seem like stupid questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Mott MacDonald

Electrical Project Engineer, Transmission and Distribution at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Research the company so that you know about its values.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

Graduate Electrical Engineer, London Underground at Transport for London

Application Advice: Take your time with your application and be truthful.

Interview Advice: Relax, make sure you include everyone in your group exercise and give them a chance to voice their opinion.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Electrical New Features at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Read the JLR careers website, it explains what they will be looking for and the format of the various stages. Apply early, some people are offered jobs before the applications close.

Interview Advice: They use competency based interviews, so use the STAR response style (Google it!). Think of good examples for each of their High Performance Business Behaviours (on their website) so that you don't leave anything out.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Product Development Engineer, Electrical at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be passionate about the job and the company.

Interview Advice: Read through the material given, the 8 behaviours will follow you through your career.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Systems Engineer, Power Supply at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Read and understand the 8 high perfomance behaviours before you start writing anything. Refer back to them whenever possible.

Interview Advice: Pay attention to what you're being asked, be confident, refer back to the high performance behaviours whenever possible.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Core programmes electrical integration engineer, Product Development at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Very exciting and high pressure as you have a direct effect on the profitability and quality of a vehicle line. It is not a department that is looking and anything is extreme detail and it does not research and develop blue sky ideas. It is about being able to problem solve, manage projects and understand the vehicle as a whole.

Interview Advice: Work out and learn how you fit with JLR business behaviours.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Product Development Engineer, Electrical at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Make sure you check over anything you do before sending it off. Write about experiences that you remember/know well as they are likely to come up in interview.

Interview Advice: Study the JLR Assessment Centre/Interview notes. These came in very useful in the Assessment Centre for me; the High Behaviour Framework is key. Try and map some of your experiences to this High Performance Framework and talk about how you demonstrate these competencies. Over all be yourself and don't push your own agenda in tasks at the expense of others.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Electrical Engineer, Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: You will do well if you remain honest, strong and confident. If you know something, say it, if you don't, admit you don't know.

Interview Advice: Keep your answers short and precise.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Product Development Engineer – Networks, Networks Delivery at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Consider placements carefully and try to get as much out of them as possible

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Trainee, Chassis Electronics at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Think about and plan the application question answers before you put them online. Practising for the online assessment is very important as you only have one chance to do them and you will kick yourself if you don't answer them as well as you can.

Interview Advice: Once you make it to the assessment centre it is taken that your CV and qualifications have been accepted as of a high enough standard and you only need certificates to prove it. The assessment centre seems to focus on you interpersonal and team working skills. It is also an opportunity to pull from extra curricular experiences and it is worth looking through the high performance behaviours, I was sent these before the assessment centre.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Model Based Project Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Don't worry if you don't like cars, you'll learn to, I did!

Interview Advice: Be honest when you're nervous/struggling to answer a question. You can always come back to it at the end.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Electrical Engineer, at Siemens

Application Advice: Take time to answer questions to demostrate competencies listed in the website. Why should they choose you as opposed to thousands of other candiates applying for the same role? Training will be given and not you're not expected to know everything as a graduate but demonstrate enthusiasm and interest to the role you're applying to.

Interview Advice: Try to use the flip chart, take leadership, give opportunities to others in all the team activities. Demonstrate that you can be a key team player taking everybody's suggestion onboard.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Research Engineer, Research at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Go for it

Interview Advice: *Really try and think of when examples of when you have exhibited the business behaviours.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Drive Technologies at Siemens

Application Advice: Gain as much experience as you can during university to enable yourself to stand out from the rest.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Siemens

Graduate R&D Engineer, Wind Power at Siemens

Application Advice: Do as much research on the company as possible and don't be afraid to say when you don't know as opposed to trying to trying to answer something that you don't.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Morgan Sindall

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Stratford upon Avon at Morgan Sindall

Application Advice: Be passionate about your goals and what you feel your enthusiasm will bring to the company. Make it clear to them that you will bring a valuable team member who is not afraid to voice their opinion.

Interview Advice: Show confidence and be honest as to your ability within the role, if it is out of your comfort area show that you are willing to learn and even more importantly be armed with knowledge of the position and what the requirements of you will be. It is also incredibly beneficial to show ability to work within a team environment such as from sports or any real life application of this attribute.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Transport for London

graduate electrical engineer, at Transport for London

Application Advice: Interest in rail and transport is not essential. You get out of the job what you put in.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate, Electrical Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Know the high performance behaviours and how you can demonstrate them Know the products Be yourself - JLR hires friendly people who work well in a team and the assessment centre determines this Don't try to second guess the situational stuff

Interview Advice: 1 technical interview (talk about a project you've done) Numerical retest Lots of situational (be in a tough meeting etc)

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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nucleargraduates

nucleargraduates programme member, at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Be genuinely interested and passionate about what you want to do. Remember this is a development programme, you are not going to have all the answers yet!

Interview Advice: Same as for the application process; interest, enthusiasm and passion are key. Remember nerves are good!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Trainee, Electrical Engineering, Energy Management Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Tailor application to the business behaviours, and demonstrate how you have applied these behaviours to problems in your degree and work.

Interview Advice: Study the business behaviours. Be prepared to work as a team for some activities; involve everyone but don't be afraid to take the lead when necessary.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Building Services Engineer Apprentice, Rail at WSP

Application Advice: Make sure you keep it fairly concise and make it look good! Nothing too colourful but just make it different than a white bit of paper with writing on it.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do your homework on the company you are applying to. If you can say a couple of facts off of the companies website it really goes a long way.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Building Services Apprentice, Building Services at WSP

Application Advice: The advice I give to people if to ensure that you have a very detailed and well-worked CV, this wows the employer when coming to review your application. When coming to interviews always come prepared, meaning that you should take time out to research the role you have applied for and most certainly research the company! I felt that these gave me a big boost in being chosen for the role.

Interview Advice: As mentioned above, it is key to know as much about the business as you can as this really shows you are keen and have taken time out to impress the interviewers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Electrician, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick at Balfour Beatty

Application Advice: As an applicant it is important to know what is fully expected of you within the job role you are applying for. In order to gain this information it is important to fully research the role you are applying for and the company you are hoping to gain an apprenticeship.

Interview Advice: An interview is not only an opportunity for the employer to ask the candidate questions, it is also an opportunity for the candidate to ask the interviewer questions to gain a better understanding of what is going to be expected of them throughout their apprenticeship and their roles and responsibilities so that the applicant can decide if this job is really for them.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Electrical Apprentice, Electrical at Balfour Beatty

Application Advice: Don't do it.

Interview Advice: If you were a biscuit what type of biscuit would you be and why?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Apprentice – Electrical Maintainer, Waste Water (Wholesale) at Severn Trent

Application Advice: Expect different work every day, not one day is the same, oh and also expect to have fun!

Interview Advice: Don't turn up in jeans/jogging bottoms and a T-shirt for the interview - arrive in a suit (and a tie if you have one). Remain calm and show what you're capable of - take charge once in a while (show them you can lead) and answer the questions in the interview with an answer that actually answers the question (don't get your interview confused!).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Electronics Technician Apprentice, Varies at Spirax Sarco

Application Advice: Employers like to see some history of employment whether it was paid or voluntary as this shows that you have had previous experience within a working environment. If you have interests/hobbies that you deem appropriate to an engineering position e.g. frequently enjoy building models, designing new things, maintaining your car/bike. These hobbies show that you enjoy using your mind for creative applications and that you like to get hands on.

Interview Advice: Confidence is a very important trait in an interview but don't be too confident as this can come across as being big-headed or arrogant. Research any company you apply for before you turn up for the interviews as you will get asked questions based on the company. I was asked questions like: What do you enjoy doing outside of work? - I felt this was to see if there was anything that points towards being a suitable candidate. Why do you want to join Spirax Sarco? - This is to see what you may know about Spirax Sarco already (research the company before you go for the interview) Why do you think you're a suitable candidate? - This is a question for you to explain your positive traits such as "I believe I have good team working skills" and "I have always enjoyed using my mind to see how things I use from day to day have been designed and manufactured."

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Apprentice Technician, Apprentice at Spirax Sarco

Application Advice: Try not to over complicate things, set out with one goal in mind, to gain the apprenticeship. Work on everything that is going to raise your application above anyone that is applying for the same position.

Interview Advice: Stay calm and have props and answers ready so that you do not stumble in the interview. I cannot stress enough how important doing company research is.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Technician Electronics Apprentice, Apprentices at Spirax Sarco

Application Advice: Show your interests and any past experience that you may have. Don't think that any hobbies you have aren't necessary as they can help a company see what kind of person you are.

Interview Advice: Dress in something smart but keep it casual as well. Keep an open posture and admit if you cannot answer a question rather than struggle over it, this will show the interviewer that you admit when you can't do something and will ask for help. Bring along something that you have made/have been involved in (bring pictures if you cannot bring the actual thing) that is relevant to the job you are applying for, this will show that you have a genuine interest the industry you are applying to go into.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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Advanced Technical Electronics Apprenticeship, Talent Management at Spirax Sarco

Application Advice: Don't ignore the value of further education. I came to realise how important my education was only after I began at Spirax. This led me on to push harder for higher grades in my HNC, and subsequently HND.

Interview Advice: Just relax, and be yourself. It may be nerve-racking if it is one of your first interviews, but don't let that get the better of you! 9 times out of 10, a good interviewer will be able to see past the initial nerves that are inherent in interviewees, so make sure you prepare answers for generic questions (i.e "Greatest weakness?", or "Tell me about yourself."), and then just answer as well as you can to any curveball questions the interviewer may throw at you.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer

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