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GE

Manufacturing Engineer, Test and Measurement at GE

Application Advice: When applying, focus on what have you done in the past (past working experience, Uni projects), rather than you skill-set. You need to provide evidence that you have applied your skills, don't just state that you are good in this and that.

Interview Advice: You are usually asked 'Give us an example when...' questions in addition to the standard questions like 'What do you know about our company' and 'What do you know about our site/products/services'. Do research about the business before the interview, make yourself familiar with what they do on site. Also, when asked to bring an example, use STAR technique (Situation, task, action, result) to answer. Google that up. Also, you need to show that you are a passionate about what you do and what you want to do while on the internship year.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Spirax Sarco

Supply Chain Planner, Supply Chain Planning at Spirax Sarco

Application Advice: The graduate scheme at Spirax Sarco offers the opportunity to learn and experience a wide variety of areas across the business. Don't be afraid to try new things, put yourself out of your comfort zone and make the most of the breadth available. Developing a good base of experiences across different functional areas is perhaps the best thing you can get out of the early part of your career and Spirax allows you to do this, whilst working with some great people.

Interview Advice: Greatest disappointments and successes, technical questions regarding thermodynamics and applying engineering principles. Spirax will be looking to understand how you like to work and approach problems, but most importantly how you work with others to achieve a specified goal.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

MT Engineer, Manufacturing Technology at 3M

Application Advice: Try not to get nervous and be yourself. Before assessment centres research what the factory manufactures.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Material Planning and Logistics Analyst, Material Planning and Logistics at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Make sure you apply to an area you think you would really enjoy working in - you get a lot of responsibility so it really helps to enjoy the work you are doing.

Interview Advice: Think about what skills you can demonstrate and how they would be useful in the kind of role you are applying for.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

, at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Have a deep understanding of the industry; challenges, changes being driven by legislation and the advance of technology.

Interview Advice: Be confident, have detailed knowledge of the industry/role. Take your time and give considered responses.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Do your research on the brand and competitors, on the market and on current/future technologies.

Interview Advice: Come prepared. Be passionate.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Manufacturing Process Engineer, Assembly and Test Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Apply as early as possible.

Interview Advice: Understand the company's values and high performance behaviours framework.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

MT Engineer, Manufacturing Technology at 3M

Application Advice: To expect a manufacturing role, be willing to show your enthusiasm and innovative skills.

Interview Advice: Standard competency interview, team work and technical (but it is more about your thought process than anything else).

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

O2 Engineer, at 3M

Application Advice: Bring a logical, problem solving mind set.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

Manufacturing Technologist, at 3M

Application Advice: Understand the job brief and tailor your CV from there. Always include relevant industrial experience.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and know why you are applying for the specific role.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Morgan Advanced Materials

QEHS Coordinator, QEHS at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Keep an open mind as to what you want to do and where you see yourself working in the future. Any opportunity is a good opportunity to try something new and get out of your comfort zone.

Interview Advice: When asked questions ensure you have specific answers and answer in the STAR format (situation, task, action, result) as it really helps to explain what you are trying to display. Be an active but not dominating role in group projects/tasks.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

International Programme Analyst, International Programme Manaement at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Research the company throughout the application process.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Continuous Improvement Engineer, at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Draw on previous experiences of part-time jobs, extra curricular involvements at University, and placements to exhibit leadership skills that allow you to stand out from the rest. It is important to not only know about the technical aspects of the business and its products but also show the potential of being a leader in the near future.

Interview Advice: Be honest and show your genuine interest in the company's business and also the Graduate Leadership Programme as it has aspects that not many other programmes out there do.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Trainee, Field Evaluation Unit at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Get some relevant work experience, JLR do a lot of summer placements for undergraduates.

Interview Advice: Don't try to show off too much in the team exercises at the assessment day.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Leader Quality, Quality at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be yourself if you are right for the role you will be selected.

Interview Advice: Be open, honest and try to enjoy it. Seeing someones true character will have a big impact.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Industrial Engineer, Industrial Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Go into assessment centres thinking you don't have to compete with other candidates. Rather you should showcase how well you can work with others.

Interview Advice: Do your research on the industry. Give examples of your experience but also what you learnt from that experience and what it resulted in.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Electronic Manufacturing at Renishaw

Application Advice: Stand out from the crowd and show an interest in the field.

Interview Advice: Interview more based on past work and interest in the field, than on knowledge. I was asked a few token knowledge questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Plant Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: The job description is very general and does not really capture the true role.

Interview Advice: Know who the company's external and internal customers are.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Software Engineer, AMPD Software at Renishaw

Application Advice: To my knowledge, Renishaw take on a good amount of placements/summer students etc. - doing one of these first would be helpful, both for you getting to know them and them getting to know you.

Interview Advice: I didn't have an interview; I did a project there and did it well, so they offered me a job based on that.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, MSD at Renishaw

Interview Advice: Enthusiasm for the role and knowledge of the company seemed particularly important.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, MSD at Renishaw

Interview Advice: Be able to talk about anything that is on your CV. Be able to articulate why you're applying for the specific job role. Research the company, show that you take an interest.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, MSD at Renishaw

Application Advice: - Research the company and their products. Renishaw has a lot of pride about their products. - Make sure you contribute an adequate amount during the assessment day but don't be too enthusiastic and excitable.

Interview Advice: - Are you a team player? Show leadership skills. - Manufacturing questions and what you know about the company. - Your experience in engineering. - Are you good to work with?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Essentra

Production Planner, Manufacturing Operations at Essentra

Application Advice: Get some practice before taking online tests. Be willing to relocate anywhere.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, show interest in Essentra and know about different sites across the globe and recent acquisitions. Demonstrate some prior experience in the field you are applying for. Questions are the norm - explain a time when...etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Essentra

Manufacturing Engineer, Operations at Essentra

Application Advice: Brilliant place to work and the career opportunities are also good. There are always different roles available in various locations so the option to progress is there for the taking.

Interview Advice: Really look into the role you're applying for. Make sure you have plenty of examples, good or bad. It's good to show them how you've dealt with the bad situations and if not what you've taken away from it. Research the company, the different divisions, products, the graduate scheme in general as well as being positive and confident when talking to the interviewer who most likely would be someone who's a director or senior person.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Thales

Manufacturing Engineer, Optronics at Thales

Application Advice: Ensure you are aware of Thales as a company and the high profile projects they are a part of. As Thales are a very large company but not as well known as BAE or Lockheed Martin and therefore if you have knowledge of their projects it shows a genuine effort to show an interest.

Interview Advice: High dependency on your ability to interact with others and communicate effectively. Assessment centres take a similar structure to that of other Graduate Programs.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Team Leader Metallization, Production at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Do your homework on the company's products and try to understand a little about our chosen market sectors. Try to also think how you can make improvements to things and how you could fit in the Business as a young, highly educated individual in an ever changing field.

Interview Advice: Individual interviews - come with good examples of how you can demonstrate the skills we need (check the grad job description). Group assessment centres - dominate but don't dominate the Group exercises. Be a leader, but also demonstrate you can follow.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Bakkavor Group

Materials Controller, Materials Planning at Bakkavor Group

Application Advice: Be keen and proactive at seeking out your own challenges. The scheme is what you make of it and there is plenty to learn if you have the enthusiasm and drive. On top of that, don't be afraid to ask questions. The company has a very good open door policy and there is always someone on hand to help.

Interview Advice: Understand the importance of the people and their contribution in the manufacturing industry. They are what make it tick.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Imperial Tobacco

Imperial Tobacco

Application Advice: Be yourself. If you fit the company values, you'll make it.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Tata Steel

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Very practical job, requires a lot of patience even to get used to the day to day activities. So much goes on at the 3 different production lines, that it can be a bit overwhelming to take all the information in. Very strong emphasis on Health and Safety. Should be able to see the small details in everything but also the bigger picture. Innovation is something that the company is trying to push among the employees.

Interview Advice: Build an excellent picture about yourself to the interviewer based on you past experience in health and safety (could be the smallest thing such as showing an awareness for safe working conditions), evidence of being able to work in a team and seek out new ways of doing things.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Thales

Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing at Thales

Interview Advice: Focus on team-working.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Procter & Gamble

Process Engineer, at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Embrace the PVP's of the company.

Interview Advice: Be true about yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Procter & Gamble

Line Leader, at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Read the PVPs and success drivers on the company website and make sure they make sense to you and you can demonstrate them in your answers to questions.

Interview Advice: Same as the application - make sure you give context, action and result for your examples. Demonstrate attention to detail, focus on results and remember that the interviewer wants to hire someone they would want to work with.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Siemens

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering at Siemens

Application Advice: Apply early.

Interview Advice: Have clear and achievable goals for the next 3-5 years.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Nestle

Manufacturing Graduate, at Nestle

Application Advice: Research into working in a Manufacturing environment. Try and arrange a tour of a factory or a factory visit.

Interview Advice: Use any setbacks as a learning point to take forward and comment on how you would use this learning point to improve yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Nestle

Manufacturing Graduate, Manufacturing at Nestle

Application Advice: Find relevant experience.

Interview Advice: Be honest.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Bakkavor Group

Projects Quality Auditor, Technical at Bakkavor Group

Application Advice: Give as much detail as possible no matter how irrelevant you think it might be. It can give a better idea into the previous experience you might have.

Interview Advice: Don't worry too much about the 'Technical' knowledge you have, they are more interested in the person who you are. As hard as it may sound, just relax because they want to see if you will fit in with the company more than the knowledge that you have, you can always learn things!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

X761 Zone 4 & Electrical, Launch at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Have some international experience.

Interview Advice: Strengths and weaknesses.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Cylinder Head Machining at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Ensure that you show evidence that you possess the high performance behaviours sought after by the company.

Interview Advice: Competency questions asking me to give examples of times where I had displayed certain skills or skills related to the high performance behaviours. Ensure that you get across your genuine interest in the company and be clued up on the developments of the company and any future plans that they have.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Bakkavor Group

Process Improvements, Factory Supply – Bakery at Bakkavor Group

Interview Advice: Learn about and research the company as much as possible. Definitely learn the company values and how you can relate to them. Bakkavor is the only company where I have actually felt that the values mean anything and they do come into day-to-day conversations and tasks. The assessment centre can seem quite gruelling beforehand, but it is one of the most enjoyable I have ever done. Whilst it is a thorough examination of yourself, it still has a very relaxed atmosphere and enables you to really be at your best.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Talk about what you like to do not just what you think the company want to hear, it helps get placed in a more suitable role. You need to stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Be honest, if you don't know or don't understand the question ask. It;s respected more than trying to bluff your way through. Practice the STAR response and run through likely questions beforehand.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Quality Engineer, Plant Quality at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team, rather than try and show off your individual talent.

Interview Advice: Show yourself as a rounded individual, able to see more than just the academic side of a problem.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Do plenty of research on the company, application steps, etc. Ensure you have experiences and additional commitments outside university as this will help you for your interview and application.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do plenty of practice competency questions. Role play & group interview situations, etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Project Engineer, Site Strategy & Transformation at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be confident and be yourself. Know about the manufacturing process and know about the company's history. Also understand headwinds and competition. Be calm and relaxed - the interviewers are just other humans who want you to get the job!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Quality Engineer, Plant Quality at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Look into high performance behaviours and practice aptitude testing.

Interview Advice: Think about JLR high performance behaviours, thinking of examples of your experience for each.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Project Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Ensure you read all application forms and give the information requested.

Interview Advice: Read up about the business behaviours and think of ways to demonstrate them.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Manufacturing Engineer, Dimensional Maturation & Build Integrity at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: - Focus on quality of application

Interview Advice: - Understand high performance business behaviours framework and think of examples to apply each aspects of the framework - Understand the challenges and threats toward the organisation - Understand the generic information about the organisation for exam

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Structures Engineer, Body-in-White Current Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Practice with some other applications first to get used to the process.

Interview Advice: -Look up the high performance behaviours and take them seriously before having the interview. -Be honest.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Johnson Matthey

PMPD Graduate, Refining & Chemicals – Smelting at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: JM are looking for people who are: - Driven/self-motivated. - Able to communicate and work with people on all levels of the organisation (from shop floor to board level). - Unafraid of challenging/confronting people.

Interview Advice: - Prepare well, know recent developments/news about JM. - Prepare some well thought out questions to ask interviewers - this really helped in my interview to show that I was switched on and interested in the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Procter & Gamble

Process Engineer, Electronic Engineer at Procter & Gamble

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they will ask more about your personality and your feelings, with the interviewer instead of your university background.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

Manufacturing Technology Engineer, Inhalation Value Stream at 3M

Application Advice: Try to demonstrate a passion for the role you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Try to draw on previous experience when answering competency questions.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: - It is a very organised system and easy to follow; just make sure you have your CV and it's all up to date to suit the company.

Interview Advice: #NAME?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Advanced Manufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Use the 7 high performance characteristics as a guide.

Interview Advice: Have lots of examples ready for the "tell me about a time..." to demonstrate your skills. Make sure your personality comes across.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Don't be shy, any and all extra-curricular interests should be put on.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. They look for people they would want to work with more than anything else.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, BIW at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Don't hang around, as it is a very competitive application process.

Interview Advice: Speak about something you are passionate about and show off your polished communication skills. Technical ability is important but make sure to also show that you're going to be able to thrive in the company as a person.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Engineer, Manufacturing Graduate at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Apply for PD.

Interview Advice: Be honest.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Dimensional Engineer, Dimensional Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be a human.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Trainee, Manufacturing Business Office at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: The careers website makes the whole process really transparent, so read up on what to expect and when to expect it.

Interview Advice: There aren't going to be any surprises, the best idea is to prepare for all the questions you would expect in an interview: - Why are you interested in this role? - What do you know about the industry? - Give an example of when you (...)

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Current Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Get as much information on the role you want as possible. Email people, ask employees of the company, go to open days. Make sure you know EXACTLY what you'll be doing. I ended up doing stuff that I wasn't expecting and because of that I'm in a role that doesn't tick my boxes.

Interview Advice: Understand your area, learn about the company, be yourself. SMILE!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Simulation Robotics Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Examine the 'High Performance Business Behaviours' on the JLR careers website. Try and keep these in mind when completing online assessments. When at university try and get some project and team management experience. These make for excellent conversation which can end up taking a large portion of time in the one-on-one interview (which is a good thing!)

Interview Advice: Assessment centre structure: One-on-one interview (1 hour): set of questions on previously mentioned 'High Performance Business Behaviours'. These include; quality, customer focus, project management, team leading, conflict resolution, working with difficult characters, career plan, etc. Group exercise (1 hour): group of approx. 8 assigned roles for a variety of different departments, (e.g. warehouse logistics manager, company quality, lead engineer, etc.) and then presented with a scenario. The team must discuss their priorities from their own perspectives and then reach a decision on how best to proceed. YOU MUST ABSORB A LOT OF INFORMATION QUICKLY ON THE BRIEFING - READ FAST. Email tray exercise (45 mins) - exercise in analysing priorities. Multiple choice where you are presented with 20 emails and you must state how you would deal with each situation, e.g. how urgent is it, should I deal with it, should I escalate it to my manager, which departments is this going to effects? Etc. WORK FAST.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Cylinder Head Machining at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Keep an eye out for when the applications open, read up on the company beforehand and be aware of the company's high performance behaviours.

Interview Advice: Have as many examples of experiences that display sound core competencies and are in alignment with the high performance behaviours. Take the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions about the company etc. show that you're genuinely interested.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Manufacturing Engineer, New Model Programmes at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: Research about the company and find your strengths for the role you are applying for. When you get into the assessment centre, make sure to talk with your fellow applicants. It will make the group exercise much easier later on. Make sure to try and bring out the best of the people around you, and don't focus on trying to become the alpha in the room. They are looking for resourceful team players, and not managers (at this stage of your career anyway). It will be a big group, and with limited time, any non-constructive discussions will penalize everyone. In the 1on1 interview, be enthusiastic and confident. Be prepared to talk about personal experiences that will reflect your good work values. Most of all, enjoy the day.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Essentra

Graduate Operations Manager, Portsmouth (Packaging) at Essentra

Application Advice: Get an understanding of the Development route available to you and what future roles will be accessible to you following completion of the Development Scheme.

Interview Advice: Research as much information as possible about Essentra PLC as a company and in particular the specific division you intend to join. Essentra likes candidates who show an interest and background knowledge about the company and its operations.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Manufacturing services at Renishaw

Application Advice: Include as much relevant information as possible to showcase your skills.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be honest about your career aspiration. Do your homework on the company and the subject field.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Electronic Manufacturing Engineer, Electronics Production Engineering at Renishaw

Application Advice: Have a mindset for production and a keenness for electronics.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Cell Leader, at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Research the company and what it does, give examples of leadership in your experiences.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Be yourself. Make sure you're prepared - e.g. do some practice online tests, think of scenarios you can talk about in your phone interview etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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GE

Operations Management Leadership Program, at GE

Application Advice: Be yourself - Don't be afraid to talk about your extracurricular activities and what you enjoy outside of work.

Interview Advice: Try to relate every question to an example, use your previous experience in work or university as evidence of your credentials.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Powertrain at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Look at the company behaviours and give examples of your own experience that relates to the JLR behaviours.

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Johnson Matthey

Project Manager, at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Be yourself, don't look too much at the other interviewees.

Interview Advice: Assessment centre, consisting of: presentation, group discussion, personal - and technical interview

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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GE

Operations Management Leadership Program, Aviation Operations at GE

Application Advice: Learn about GE Culture and mannerisms before Interview, show leadership potential and ability to motivate others

Interview Advice: - Show ability to work as a team member but also leadership traits - Presentation skills will need to be sharp for the interview, and the job afterwards

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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GE

Operation Management Leadership Programme, Supply chain at GE

Application Advice: Follow GE HR posts to get updates on interesting application opportunities. GE career site is constantly updated.

Interview Advice: Show your international experience and team involvement. Last but not least, passion for supply chain aspects

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Tata Steel

Technical Graduate Trainee, Technical at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Read up on core values of the company. People skills and strong expertise are highly appreciated.

Interview Advice: Most interviews are competency based. Fluent answers on 'give an example when you ....' type of questions with what - how - outcome are given very high marks.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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GE

OMLP, Aviation at GE

Application Advice: Know the company - its beliefs, what it does business in, know your strengths and have examples to back it up. Use analytics to back up your strengths.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Current Manufacturing Engineer, Land Rover Trim and Final 1 at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: I found it extremely useful to discuss my previous experience in manufacturing when applying for this role. As part of my degree I did a 1 year industrial placement with an automotive manufacturer. This experience helped to structure my answers at the assessment day with relevant examples and it also helped with my understanding of the questions / tasks I was set.

Interview Advice: Always back up questions you are asked in the interview with examples so elaborate on your capabilities. I used a range of experiences from my manufacturing placement and also my other interests and hobbies. For example I was captain of the university rugby team so I used examples of my leadership and team working skills from this experience.

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Imperial Tobacco

Manufacturing Graduate, Manufacturing at Imperial Tobacco

Application Advice: Be yourself, be the values, and be able to get on with people. Interpersonal skills probably contribute the most out of the whole process.

Interview Advice: I was asked - what was the biggest mistake you have ever made?... be humble about your answers, they are not trying to trick you. Be yourself, if you don't get the job, trust me you probably were not a good fit.

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3M

Optimised Operations Engineer, Personal Safety Division at 3M

Application Advice: Be yourself, they're looking for a person who would fit into their working environment, not necessarily the top grades.

Interview Advice: Be calm and relaxed, but also try to engage in conversation, show that you can communicate with people on different levels.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

Optimised Operations Engineer, Health Care at 3M

Application Advice: Be friendly, a team player and motivated

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Plant Quality at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Do research about current projects that JLR are working on, e.g. aluminium bodies, expansion in China and Brazil, but more than Wikipedia.

Interview Advice: Even though I was the only non-engineering graduate at my assessment centre, my interviewer loved the fact that doing a science gave me skills that set me apart from the other candidates. I haven't used any direct content from my Physics degree, but the transferable skills are obvious.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Programme Management, AME at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Spend a lot of time looking at the 8 business behaviours

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, at Renishaw

Interview Advice: Certainly for me I found that my interviewers were more interested in my extra-curricular activities at university than any technicality about my degree itself, so I would suggest that you are able to do any such activities justice when asked about them. You were the one that chose your degree... your dissertation topic... your hobbies... your part-time job... Demonstrate a level of passion an excitement such things which (in their eyes) translate over to your role within Renishaw.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Current Manufacturing Engineer, Body in White, Current Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Make sure you fully read the job description, and if you are unsure of the role, email them to ask. When I applied the information given on the job application site was very generic and did not speak about specific roles available (duties, responsibilities etc). I wish there had been much more information available to guide my selection as I am unsure that my current role is where I want to be.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, make sure you know the role, don't lie as they will see straight through you.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Controls Engineer, Powertrain at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Research the company and its values. Practice the mock tests a lot.

Interview Advice: Research the company values and show how you have taken them on-board.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate DMBI Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing DCBI at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be passionate and honest. Try and make sure that you have stuff other than your degree to comment on but always link it to engineering

Interview Advice: for the 1-1 interview, the standard questions were asked and definitely make sure you ask a question

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: When I applied there were no competency-based questions during the online application process, just personal details and information about my degree. When the application was submitted (December 2014), I received an invitation to carry out aptitude and situational judgement tests. With the former I recommend a lot of practice, whereas with the second, I thought it was quite easy, just study JLR's business behaviours to see what kind of character traits and behaviours the company is interested in. It took quite a long time for the HR team to get in contact (March or even April, I think!) to say I was invited to the assessment centre, which took place mid-May, but this is because of the high number of applications received.

Interview Advice: As a general rule of thumb, it's preferable to have some relevant work experience to talk about at the assessment centre, so if you can arrange a Summer placement somewhere relevant, I'd highly recommend it. During the interview you will be asked a set of questions to which you will have to answer with examples; the more you have, the better. Remember with every example to be as succinct and and "to the point" as possible, without beating around the bush. Remember however, to still highlight Context, Approach, and Result (CAR), trying to keep JLR's business behaviours in mind. Before having your interview try to understand what the department you're applying to does specifically, as you will most likely be asked what your understanding of it is. I recall one of the questions being "if you were in this role, who would your customer be?". Generally, and for me it was certainly the case, the interviewers are there merely to facilitate, and genuinely try to help you and get the most out of you; if they see that you could be adding something more to the example you're providing, they will ask you for more details, asking questions that actually point you in the right direction. As for the group exercise, try to drive the group; remind everyone about the deliverables of the exercise and make sure everyone is participating. If someone is a bit shy and quiet, ask them for their opinion and try to engage them, making sure decisions or conclusions are reached through a group effort. Try to take the lead if possible, but equally make sure you're not over-powering; it's very important to listen to everyone's opinion and value it. The third exercise for me was an in-tray exercise, which involves prioritising a large list of items which you would hypothetically receive at the beginning of the day; just make sure your priorities are correct, with Safety/security at the top, for example. As far as I know, we all had in-tray exercises, but I recall my invitation email suggesting to prepare for online aptitude tests (numerical/verbal/diagrammatic reasoning) as well, so maybe cater for that surprise.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Imperial Tobacco

Product Development at Imperial Tobacco

Application Advice: Be yourself, otherwise you will be found out in the interview. Understand the values and how your attitude & personality correspond to this.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Imperial Tobacco

Consumer Quality Coordinator, Central Quality Management at Imperial Tobacco

Application Advice: nothing specific

Interview Advice: competency based questions

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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BT (British Telecom)

Operations Performance Manager, Operations Management at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Be open minded, there are so many opportunities here that you wouldn't have even thought about when applying for the role so try everything to the best of your abilities and people will be there to help you if you struggle.

Interview Advice: Make sure you know the values and how you can show that they also relate to you. Make sure you are commercially aware but that you do have other interests and aims, so you are well rounded.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Current Products Engineering at Renishaw

Application Advice: Experience is hugely beneficial but not a must, there is lots of opportunities to ask questions and lots of people who can answer them. Show interest, the job is extremely rewarding if it is an area you want to learn more about.

Interview Advice: I was asked questions on previous experience and how I felt it would aid me in this job role. The interview was not demanding but only because I knew the subject - familiarise yourself with the company, it's achievements, and the direction it's growing in and think about what you already know and where you want to go in terms of learning.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Production Engineer, Assembly Development Group at Renishaw

Application Advice: Be honest

Interview Advice: Why Renishaw?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Thales

Manufacturing Engineer, at Thales

Application Advice: Reasearch the company in detail before applying.

Interview Advice: Try and relate to previous work experience.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Thales

Manufacturing Engineer, Airborne at Thales

Application Advice: Make sure you answer questions in the application process with real thought. The company want to know how you can apply your skills to a company like Thales. Prepare for assessment centres. It isn't a test to see you fail, it is an oppurtunity to see your potential.

Interview Advice: Main tip: Be a team player, collaboration with others was a key strength of mine that helped me to be chosen.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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WM Morrisons

Manufacturing and Management Graduate, Production at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Excellent scheme to join and important that you join with an open mind. Great course to complete to discover if manufacturing is for you

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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WM Morrisons

Manufacturing Graduate, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Do your research beforehand and think about which of Morrisons Graduate Schemes is right for you. Remember that if you are applying for the manufacturing scheme you need to be flexible with location.

Interview Advice: Be yourself- if you're not, and you are successful, then the role may not be right for you.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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WM Morrisons

Manufacturing Graduate Trainee, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Learn the Morrisons strengths, show a bit of individuality, practice.

Interview Advice: Familiarise yourself with the structure of the recruitment process, ask as many questions as possible.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Current Manufacturing Engineer, at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: research the company and role well, apply logical thought processes throughout the application process.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee – Marketing, Marketing at CRODA

Application Advice: Research what Croda is about as a company, a good place to start would be the annual Sustanaibility reports issued by the company as they show what the company has achieved and is working towards in an easy to read and understand format. They also show you a snapshot of the culture of the company.

Interview Advice: Be yourself during the interview. Croda assessment centres are not just about the hard facts about chemistry or knowledge you learn from University. A lot of the factors they are looking at during the interview process are meant to show if you are the right type of person that would fit in with the company's culture. And most of enjoy the experience and get as many insights about the company from the people already working for the company.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, AME at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Don't stress about the application process. I actually enjoyed the assessment centre and you should too. Go in with an open mind and nothing to loose, keep a smile on your face and be happy to talk to everyone around you and the rest will fall into place if you're a good fit.

Interview Advice: I was bad at interviews, including my one for this job. Luckily the assessment process looks beyond this. Since joining, I have developed my skills in this area with the help of company training and have a lot more confidence in interview scenarios for the future.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Nestle

Manufacturing and Focused Improvement Graduate, Focused Improvement at Nestle

Application Advice: Learning agility - don't just think about what you have done, a truer reflection of your personality, drive and behaviour lies in what you had learnt or changed as a result. For this reason, don't be scared to discuss situations where the outcome wasn't favourable. If you are able to demonstrate that you now understand where it went wrong and how you would manage that again makes you more human, and in my eyes a better person to work with.

Interview Advice: Nestle uses a strengths based interview process so I would research the difference between this and a competency based interview. Have bullets prepared around key points you wish to discuss in the STAR format - Situation, Task, Action, Result.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Current Manufacturing Engineer, Current Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Practice the on-line tests prior to taking JLR tests to familiarize yourself with the process and practice these under pressure.

Interview Advice: Prepare examples of various skills e.g. communication, leadership, teamwork before the interview as these are likely topics that will come up.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

AME at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Application is pretty simple, just pay attention and answer honestly

Interview Advice: Based on the 8 JLR competencies, understand these and you should be fine.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Try and enjoy the assessment centre, you will do better in the role playing activities if you don't look nervous.

Interview Advice: read up on the company and what is currently happening in the industry. Have a clear idea of what you are looking for from the graduate placement.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Current Manufacturing Engineer, Body in White Current Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Make sure you read the information on the website and are certain of your role choice. Do your research, make sure you understand exactly what the role entails because the job description on the JLR grad page is very vague.

Interview Advice: Learn how to work as a team. Listen to people, take a step back and think about what you are saying and how you would logically solve problems presented to you. Be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Incoming Supplier Parts Quality Engineer, Quality at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Keep your application concise and to the point Practise your Psychometric tests before completing the online test

Interview Advice: Know your CV Know the company Know your competencies and be able to express them within a concise scenario

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, AME at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: - Research the company background well - get know of the current news - Know of future challenges facing JLR particularly globalisation (there is seismic shift from our previous operational strategy to a strategy that now focuses on global expansion - we

Interview Advice: - Get familiar with business behaviours (High Performance Framework) as this will underpin all the activities you undertake at the Assessment Centre and as well other stages in the application process - Prepare well in advance for psychometric tests - th

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Jaguar Land Rover

Controls Engineer, Maintenance at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Skills can be taught and training can be provided on the job, so this is not as important as having the right attitude, culture and approach to how you work. You must be an effective team player, a pro-active thinker and excellent communicator. Successful graduate scheme applicants at JLR are all people who can demonstrate ability in soft skills.

Interview Advice: Assessment centres involve an interview, role-play exercise and a team exercise. For the interview, be prepared with knowledge of the company and its rivals. Research. Focus on examples of demonstrating soft skills. Well rehearsed, concise answers should be supporting your ability to think on your feet to some unexpected questions. Be confident and enthusiastic. Have a couple of questions ready to ask yourself. For the role play, think of the kind of questions you will be asked and prepare. Not knowing answers will reflect badly. It's not solely a case of answering questions, you will have to make decisions/recommendations and argue your case. Be confident in them. For the team exercise, the crucial importance is to deliver the objective on time. The tendency is to discuss for far too long and by the end there is a few ideas and no definitive answer. If the brief asks for 5 points, give 5 clear and concise points. Do not dwell for too long; making evaluated decisions and maintaining progress is key. Ask other team members for their opinions, do not shoot down all ideas you don't agree with.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Really focus your whole application process around the JLR business behaviours.

Interview Advice: Sounds cliché, but demonstrate your passion for JLR and the programme itself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Current Manufacturing Engineer, CME at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Research the company and use the materials JLR provides.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Press Shop Operations at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: When applying look at what JLR is looking for in a graduate and try to match yourself to each point.

Interview Advice: Prepare some worthwhile questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview when it is your chance to ask questions. Show that you care about the company and your career.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Process Engineer, Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Do plenty of research for application processes, preparation of interviews and recruitment format, etc. Also experiences relating to manufacturing engineering outside academic environment would be an advantage.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Facility Engineer, Stamping Facilities at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: Be calm, be yourself, be honest. They role-played both a one to one meeting with someone and a group meeting, in which I'd advise to keep your responses measured and contrite, don't babble on and forget to think.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Shipping Projects Coordinator, Finished Vehicle Distribution at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be warned that the application process can take a long time and that there needs to be particular effort put into answering the competency questions in the best way possible.

Interview Advice: I have not yet one horrible employee and the managers that do the interviews are some of the nicest people that you can enjoy a chat with. It's not 'informal' but it's not a rigorous panel of judges that don't show any emotion. Go in open minded and be yourself as essentially that is what they are looking for. Try and put any prejudices towards other candidates aside as you do the group activities and learn to accept there with be people who want to show off and be arrogant. They are looking for how you respond to these sorts of people and the way you work with them. So don't shy away.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Process Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering – Trim and Final at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Include everything, good grades help to a point, then any and all extra-curricular activities help candidates stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, once you get to the interview stage most assessors are looking for people they'd enjoy working with who can also get the job done.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

X760 Launch Engineer, Plant Launch at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Have a USP (unique selling point) something that makes you stand out from the crowd [bi-lingual, previous employment, foreign studying, etc...]

Interview Advice: Dress smart, be yourself and prepare before hand (Do your research and preparation)

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Quality Engineer, Plant Quality at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Relax, work in a team,

Interview Advice: Be yourself, do not try and be who you think they want you to be.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Procter & Gamble

Process Engineer, Syndets at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Read and learn about P&G's PVPs before answering application questions Take practice tests before the online test (you will have to take the test in person before your interview, so it's important to be able to take the test yourself under pressure)

Interview Advice: Learn the PVPs before an interview. Come to the interview with examples in your mind of times when you've exhibited the PVPs.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Procter & Gamble

Process Engineer, Manufacturing Operations at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: If you have good enough grades and good character, and have not just gone to school and uni thorughout your life, but have done lots of stuff outside of that, you will do well in my opinion!

Interview Advice: Let your character shine through. It's taken for granted that you'll be intelligent if you get through the test stages, so by the time you're at interview, it's all about how you are as a person, how you interact with people and how you can think for yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: If you are applying for a technical role get the Jet Engine book from your university library, try to read the latest news about the company and try to show your passion, commitment and enthusiasm towards your field during the online application and assessment centre.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Graduate Trainee, Manufacturing Improvement Team at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Must be interested and enthusiastic about helping a company move forward and really try and show this. If it is possible try and undertake and intership with an engineering company to gain experience. Rolls-Royce like to take on interns who worked for them, on to the graduate scheme.

Interview Advice: Be confident and clear. The interviewers are not trying to be your enemy but they will push you to see how you respond especially with regards to solving problems. Prepare for the interview before hand and come up with some examples of certain situations. E.g Describe a time when you had to work with a co-worker you don't get on with?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Manufacturing Engineer, at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: For manufacturing engineers, use the Rolls-Royce website to understand how a jet engine works if you don't already know.

Interview Advice: For manufacturing engineers by degree, if you are asked a design engineering question in interview and you haven't covered it, or have only briefly covered it compared to e.g. an aeronautical degree course, then make the interviewer aware rather than trying to guess. I was given a more manufacturing-related question instead.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Manufacturing Engineering Graduate, Rotatives at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Be open-minded, have good communication skills and relevant engineering backgrounds for the role.

Interview Advice: Why should Rolls-Royce hire you more than the others? Have you been confronted to argument? How did you handle it? Do you have career objective? Tell me where you would like to be in 5 or 10 years.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Production Leader, Assembly – Defence at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Keep it simple and be yourself, HR team is very good in understanding your best fit and talent is needed all across the business.

Interview Advice: Principles of engineering and a good understanding of operations and supply chain management.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Production Leader, at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Be clear on the aims of the scheme you are applying for, it may be the aim of the scheme is to provide you with a breadth of knowledge rather than depth. You need to be award of the pro and cons of this.

Interview Advice: Research the company, show that you are willing to learn and realise that while you are a strong candidate you are not the finished article. Avoid arguing in the group exercise.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Don't try to impress by making yourself visible at assessment centres, be yourself and they will notice.

Interview Advice: Interviews will pick difficult subjects to see how you do. Don't feel afraid that an interview is going badly and don't panic.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

manufacturing engineer, manufacturing at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Competences for multi-culture work environment

Interview Advice: Competence for multi-culture work environment

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Operations Management Graduate, Operations at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Understand what you are good at and which scheme you want to apply to.

Interview Advice: Speak thought process outloud to interviewer-they like knowing how you think. Research the company properly-products, services, competitors, order book, potential projects.

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Rolls-Royce

Graduate trainee, at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Make sure you have some work experience.

Interview Advice: Rolls-Royce is definitely one of the best companies for interviews. They create a really relaxed environment for everyone during the day and the one to one interviews are very friendly. The interviewers are trying to get the best out of you rather than catch you out so think clearly as there are no trick questions.

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Rolls-Royce

Operations at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Emphasise leadership qualities and diligence in your work. I would also ensure that Operations is really for you before applying. The role demands results from day 1. You also need to show you are committed to performing well and you go about excellence in everything.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are prepared with many examples of past experiences demonstrating leadership, team work, technical expertise. Make sure you also understand Operations and how it works within the supply chain. I would also advise knowing technical tools to use in Customer/ Supplier relations.

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Rolls-Royce

Manufacturing Graduate Trainee, Rotatives at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Former relevant experience in aerospace industry or supply chain is highly advantageous. The candidate needs a multicultural mindset and willingness for overseas deployment.

Interview Advice: Do not expect standard questions like "what is your weakness", but questions of personal experience like "What was the hardest challenge you faced in your life up till now and how did you overcome it?".

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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British Sugar

Graduate, at British Sugar

Application Advice: When applying think what have you experienced or learnt that will help you fulfill this job? If you can give some examples and evidence of how well you could develop it will help you pass

Interview Advice: Brush up on basic process and control knowledge. Also what will be the significant challenges for the business in the next few years?

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Professional Excellence Graduate Trainee, Aerospace, Supply Chain at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Get to know the company: the products we make, our culture, etc. for the covering letter

Interview Advice: Be honest with the assessors!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: I proved my worth to the company by working for another company at their location first. That, combined with good grades, an eagerness to learn and improve, and at least some exposure to both engineering and the product helped me through the application process.

Interview Advice: I was asked what difficulties I saw in manufacturing and how I'd fix them. I was also asked the typical behavioural ("Tell me about a time when you were in such-and-such a situation") questions, and where I'd like to be in five years.

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Rolls-Royce

Production Team Leader, Component Services Indianapolis at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: As always, start online and do your research. Once you have the job / program in mind that you want to pursue, start networking. Go to professional association meetings, learn about their community involvement and try and get involved, look out for their recruiting events and show up dressed for the job you want (not the job you have).

Interview Advice: Think critically and be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Rolls-Royce

Operations management leadership trainee, Operations at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Go for it!

Interview Advice: Know the business!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Nestle

Focused Improvement Graduate, Continuous Improvement at Nestle

Application Advice: Be Open and Honest Be prepared to work hard Be prepared to be mobile

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Engineer, at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Prepare for a competency interview and have a bit of knowledge about ceramic materials.

Interview Advice: smile

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BAE Systems

Graduate rotation, at BAE Systems

Application Advice: Apply as soon as possible and you will be surprised with the speed that they work. I had an assessment one month after my application.

Interview Advice: Competency based questions for the interview. Read the company's values. Group assignment. Try to speak only if you add value. Written report. Use common sense and stay to the point Presentation. Stick to your opinion, no matter what but have solid arguments for every decision.

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WM Morrisons

Management and Manufacturing Graduate, Manufacturing at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Research strongly around Morrisons as a company and identify what they are doing differently to the competition.

Interview Advice: Role play and team work excersises made up a large part of the interview process. It is always good to nominate/volenteer to be the person to keep the time, take notes or chair the discussions.

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Graduate Engineer, Leadership Programme at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Lots of opportunities within the company, and given that they are aware of the negative points (low profile company in less desirable locations) they are willing to make attractive compensations for this through salary and international experience. This makes it a great training ground which will stand you in good stead for the future.

Interview Advice: Job requires less about technical knowledge gained from lectures at university, than inherent leadership skills and experience. Knowledge can be gained at any time but experience is invaluable. Show a range of experiences and leadership skills and the technical knowledge will show itself through your academic qualifications.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Thales

Production Engineer, Operations at Thales

Application Advice: Get experience in early, internships, placement years etc to make sure it's the right move for you.

Interview Advice: Preparation! Feeling prepared calms the nerves and boosts your confidence.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Unipart Group

Lean Practitioner/ Graduate, Unipart Expert Practices at Unipart Group

Application Advice: I would advise that you reflect upon your own personal development, identifying your strengths and weaknesses which you have and in future aim to work on. By being more self aware, this provides the business with confidence that you are taking responsibility for your own learning and therefore are able to keep yourself motivated when in your secondments.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! Be honest, clear and concise. Reflect upon your experience in education and industry/ previous job roles to help identify transferable skills that are applicable to the business. Using these reviews, job descriptions and specifications will help you to identify what the company is looking for from leadership graduates.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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BAE Systems

Operations Graduate, Operations at BAE Systems

Application Advice: research the company and the defence sector, especially in the UK and U.S. and the other markets BAE operate in. Try and get hold of the company strategy and tailor your CV towards the visions listed there. Also look into lean manufacture and Kaizen type philosophies.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. cliche but there's no point in acting like you are perfect for the job, because if you get it, you'll get there, revert back to how you normally are, and may find you dont like it or fit in.

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BAE Systems

Operations Graduate, Operations at BAE Systems

Application Advice: Be flexible with what you want to do, be confident, and get stuck in.

Interview Advice: Seem keen and interested. Ask about future roles in the business upon leaving the graduate scheme. Ask about support given.

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British Sugar

Operations Management Graduate, at British Sugar

Application Advice: Think about what you want out of a career. Look to see if this fits in with British Sugar. You will spend more time at work than you do with your families, so make sure it is soemthing you can be committed to. Be honest in interviews. It is clear who is passionate about what they want to achieve and who is saying the words that they think want to be heard. Do your research about the company. It is impressive if you have a good understanding of operations within an interview. Remember it is future Management that are being recruited, so fresh ideas and an accertive nature is key.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Be confident. Know what you want.

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Trainee, Noble Metals at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: They're looking for people who speak their languages, high achievers, extra curriculum activities, potential leaders.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they will hire the person they see during the interview. If you pretend to be somebody you're not, you will have a bad time here.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Process Engineer, Global Manufacture and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Make sure you do your research about the company and what their morals are. Spell and grammar check your application.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for technical and behaviour based questions. How you interact within the group exercise is key. Make sure you get your opinion across without undermining the others.

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, at Renishaw

Application Advice: Be yourself and show ambition.

Interview Advice: Relax.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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3M

Optimised Operations Engineer, Inhalation Technical Group at 3M

Application Advice: I can't really advise - I applied after completing a placement with 3M previously and had a brief interview and no assessment centre. I'd say it is an honest company and no-one tried to trick you - it is probably best for you to be honest also. The company is pretty good at picking the right people for what they want so you are either a good fit or you aren't.

Interview Advice: I had very normal interview questions - nothing tricky or unusual. You'll be interviewed for the engineering scheme by potential supervisors and regional experts so they will know what they want from their engineers.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Manufacturing Services Division at Renishaw

Application Advice: Always get someone to proof read your application forms.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to talk about what you've put on your application.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Manufacturing Services Division at Renishaw

Application Advice: Look into all of the areas the company is involved with first. Look up recent press releases (shown on website) and find an area where you have a true interest.

Interview Advice: Be honest, be yourself and be able to express your interests. Keep calm, Renishaw is a very friendly company!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Renishaw

Graduate Engineer, Manufacturing Services Division at Renishaw

Application Advice: Show enthusiasm and confidence. The majority of graduates are very friendly and down to earth and I think that is part of Renishaw's culture. Real world experience is essential and will help you stand out, so good work placements are important.

Interview Advice: see above

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Tata Steel

Technical graduate, Product Technology at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Learn about the steel making process.

Interview Advice: Giving evidence of time when you did a particular thing.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Thales

Manufacturing Engineer, Airborne at Thales

Application Advice: Know the company. Know the job role you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Know the company. Know the job role you are applying for. Reiterate your ability to work within teams well.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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RB

Area Team Leader, Nurofen at RB

Application Advice: Read about the company and culture - decide if you would fit in before applying.

Interview Advice: Keep the core values in mind, and keep calm at the assessment centre.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Associated British Foods (Grocery)

Graduate Engineer, Silver Spoon at Associated British Foods (Grocery)

Application Advice: Mechanical / electrical degrees tend to hold greater weight (please do not let this put off chemical engineers). It is not about having the best engineering CV it is more about future management potential and being a nice person (ABF is full of nice people).

Interview Advice: Tele and skype interview, do your homework on the company - more important than I've seen elsewhere. Know what is is to be an engineer in the FMCG industry (talk to one) and demonstrate why this is for you (it isn't for everyone). Sustainability/corporate responsibility came up which is a rarity, other than that it was very standard. Eng assessment centre seems to have changed a bit, don't know how much I can help . . . Play nice during group tasks, delegate but don't dominate (we're not looking for bullies). Know how you might want to enter a new foreign market with a brand and perhaps brush up on your decision mathematics re. shortest postman routes etc.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Advanced Packaging Engineer, Logistics at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: Cost Saves.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

, Stamping Facilities at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: I enjoyed the interview, and was really relaxed. They don't do anything unusual to try and put you off, just make sure to read instructions, be methodical and don't panic.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

AME Stampings Engineer, AME Stampings Department – Project Management at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Real world experience other than University work. Part-time jobs, sports groups and other societies are a good way of making you stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Be confident, talk as much as you can about your interests and hobbies.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Engineer, Paint Unit at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: At the assessment centre make sure you don't sit quietly even when you're not being assessed. Talk to everyone else at your assessment centres as it makes the group tasks easier as you know each other a little bit better.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Controls Engineer, Powertrain Operations at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Focus on "soft skills" such as teamwork, leadership, work ethic. Study JLR's 'High performance behaviours' framework and suit applications to meet the criteria.

Interview Advice: The interview will ask you about what experience you have with leading a team, working with others, managing, meeting tight deadlines and compromise. A role play will ask you to assume the role of a position in a company and act as you would professionally in a mock meeting. Be prepared to arrive with facts, figures and a recommended solution. In a group exercise, be mindful of time, plan carefully and deliver a clear solution.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Dimensional Maturation Engineer, Manufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Review the companies 'desired business-behaviours', which they make available to you. Ensure you are able to demonstrate competency and growth in each area.

Interview Advice: Do not be shy in the group work, marks are allocated for involvement!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Reliability and Maintainability engineer, Maintenance at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Always demonstrate how you can add value to the company in your application. e.g. If it asks you to describe a time when you worked in a team, it's really asking how you worked with the people in that team, how you over came problems, what was your role and how did this affect the out come. At the end of the answer, tie this into JLR core values and how the company would benefit you from working this way.

Interview Advice: Curricular ability isn't important. What is important is being able to demonstrate how you can transfer the skills you gained in university to the role you are applying for. You need to show how university developed you as a person and why JLR should hire you based on that. They don't really care about you being particularly good at english or maths or science or whatever as they will train you to do your job anyway. They just want a demonstration of the type of person that you are and the values that you hold (i.e. a willingness to learn, ability to apply yourself, adaptability etc etc). The rest in terms of skills will be added later.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Ensure you do relevant research into the company, and try and learn the high performance behaviours. If you can think of an example of demonstrating each high performance behaviour this will serve you particularly well. Particularly in the interview process.

Interview Advice: Really understand the high performance behaviours, don't be afraid to put yourself out there and really sell yourself. If you are passionate about the role it will come across.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Production Engineer, Current Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Every company wants people that can fit straight into an existing team and work well from day one. On an application you can show this by being very specific in the examples you give, and taking the time to really make that example relevant to the question you are being asked. For a question like "Why do you want to work for us?", don't just answer the question, but make yourself sound like the perfect person for what the job offers, by highlighting your skills and aspirations that match the requirements of the role.

Interview Advice: The format of the questions will be split up by categories, which are based on the JLR High Performance Behaviours, which are given in the graduate application handbook. Think of as many examples as possible against each criteria as you will be asked about all of them, and work on making your answers match what they're looking for, but in a clear and concise way. Use the buzzwords such as agility and flexibility in your answers, and it will make it easy for the interviewer since his assessment sheet will likely be laid out in a similar way!

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Jaguar Land Rover

Dimensional Maturation Engineer, DMBI at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Confidence and preparation is key.

Interview Advice: Know the company and be professional but also be friendly and relaxed.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at GE

Interview Advice: Background knowledge of the company and be yourself.

Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Graduate Trainee

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