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DSTL

Analyst, Defence, Security & Analysis at DSTL

Interview Advice: Read up on defence related news Participate but don't dominate in group activities

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Defence and Security Analyst, DSA at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't think you won't be suitable for the role because you know nothing about defence or the forces. They are more interested in your attitude and approach to different problems and the ways in which you enjoy working.

Interview Advice: Don't worry about what you don't know and concentrate on selling yourself and the different skills you have. There's no requirement for any previous knowledge/experience in the area so it's up to them to worry where you will fit in. Questions were mostly focused on how you would approach solving theoretical problems (remember to mention considering how your approach would affect others!)

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Platform Systems Division at DSTL

Interview Advice: Interviewers will relate aspects of your degree subject to defence and ask you questions on this in that context. They might also ask you basic questions related to your degree subject. Even if you don't know an answer, talk about your thought process since they're normally more interested in this.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate, CTS at DSTL

Application Advice: Be patient as the application process can take a long time.

Interview Advice: Relax, interviewers are friendly and want to make you feel comfortable. Think about what technical skills you have as well as other skills that could be useful in this role. Think about previous examples of when you have been a part of good teamwork.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Essentra

Material Scientist, Technical at Essentra

Application Advice: Must have a strong scientific background and a history of functioning self-sufficiently as far as managing responsibilities and initiating necessary projects.

Interview Advice: You must be confident in your abilities as well as quick on your feet to run through hypothetical situations. Must be willing to drive innovation.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Cell Biologist, CBR at DSTL

Interview Advice: Make sure you look up about the company, and specifically the team/group you are applying into. I have sat on interview panels and candidates have said that they couldn't find any information because the work we do is secret....this isn't true and we have published a number of papers in scientific literature. Shows a lack of homework/research!

Industry: Science and R&D

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Siemens

Technology Development Intern, R&D at Siemens

Application Advice: Demonstrate interest and problem solving, whilst retaining social skills.

Interview Advice: Be technically very well prepared and distinguish yourself in the personal interview. They get a lot of smart people, so technical proficiency won't make you stand out - make sure they think of you as someone they'd want to work with.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Scientist, Policing and Security Group at DSTL

Application Advice: Do it, they hire anyone.

Interview Advice: Say you can't attend the interview and you can do an easier version over the phone. Then you don't do any team building exercise.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Roche

Medical Information Specialist – RFM, Medical Information at Roche

Application Advice: Explain the reason behind your extra curricular/ internships and how that can help with the job applying for.

Interview Advice: Prepare. Know your company and what they are focusing on at the time of the interview.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Look at the Civil Service competencies and align application answers to them Use STAR approach when giving competency examples Focus on what YOU did ("I did this", rather than "we did this") Drive home any extra-curricular learning you've done, e.g. online courses outside of university

Interview Advice: Use STAR approach when giving competency examples Focus on what YOU did ("I did this", rather than "we did this") Drive home any extra-curricular learning you've done, e.g. online courses outside of university

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Platform Systems at DSTL

Interview Advice: Ask questions, admit when you're unsure, but reason through as far as you can. The ability to apply reason to an unfamiliar problem is welcomed.

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DSTL

Platform Systems Graduate, Platform Systems Division at DSTL

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

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

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DSTL

Wargame Analyst, DSA at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't be put off by the lack of information on the adverts - it has to be that way but the work is enjoyable and varied

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't panic

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Forensics and Identity Team member, CTS at DSTL

Application Advice: Analytical skills would be an important thing to mention as well as being inquisitive.

Interview Advice: Interested in what you learnt at university and how it would benefit the role.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Policy Analyst, Defence and Security Analysis at DSTL

Application Advice: Draw on a wide array of skills so that you stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Don't be intimidated by the military lean of the question if you are not military minded. Simplify the question down and apply your particular knowledge and thinking to the problem.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Analyst, DSA at DSTL

Interview Advice: Have very good MoD awareness

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate, Counter Terrorism and Security at DSTL

Application Advice: Be honest, show you're a great communicator.

Interview Advice: My interview contained a team work element, so make sure you show your enthusiasm. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the work, you might not get answers to everything until you start but everyone is very friendly.

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DSTL

Analytical Chemist, EAG at DSTL

Application Advice: Have good examples of projects you have done related to your degree and don't be afraid to use the sample examples to show different competencies.

Interview Advice: Look through the MOD competency framework while doing your application and interview. Pick a topic you really enjoy to present on as this will come across during the questions and answer part at the end. Also ask lots of questions about the role at the end to show your interest.

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DSTL

Platform Systems Graduate, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Demonstrate an enthusiasm for the defence industry and what additional skills you have gained from university.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to demonstrate some knowledge of the military and its equipment. Show you are a team player in group tasks and prepare answers for competency based questions.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Goood examples of relevant research work

Interview Advice: Try to get your interviewers interested in your chosen subject

Industry: Science and R&D

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Research Scientist, CTS at Other (please specify)

Application Advice: Use all your experiences when answering the competency questions. Don't tailor your answers to what you think they want to hear.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have a broad understanding of Dstl/MOD as a whole. E.g. where are the British Military currently deployed?

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DSTL

EPM Scientist, CIS at DSTL

Application Advice: Tell the truth and don't exaggerate, but don't underestimate yourself!

Interview Advice: Stay calm, talk through your process and answer the questions as thoughtfully as you can - don't be afraid to ask questions.

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DSTL

Physicist, PLSD at DSTL

Application Advice: Clearance forms take a while to complete, be prepared to set a substantial chunk of time aside for this.

Interview Advice: Prepare for questions outside your area. It doesn't matter if you get an answer wrong, interviewers are looking for how you answer the questions and the methods you apply to your thinking.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure to look up the civil service competencies beforehand and structure your application answers in a way that demonstrates these clearly.

Interview Advice: Read some recent news around the defence industry and make sure to speak your thought process when answering technical questions. They want to see how you think and work through a problem.

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DSTL

Scientist, Counter Terrorism and Security at DSTL

Application Advice: The adverts are vague but this is due to security, don't let it put you off.

Interview Advice: Be able to answer both technical and company based questions and have examples for competencies.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Roche

Industrial Placement Student, Country Clinical Operations at Roche

Application Advice: Research the role and make sure you have an understanding of what you will be working on. Show your interest in the role and make sure you show relevant skills.

Interview Advice: Make sure to do research on the company, so you can say why you are interested in working for them. Highlight qualities you have that you think will help with the role and fit with the company ethos. Be confident and be yourself. Make sure you ask questions, as it shows your interest, but don't ask questions for the sake of asking.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Platforms Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Sell yourself as the whole package, not just technically

Interview Advice: Show your interest and passion in the subject matter

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DSTL

Team Member, Counter Terrorism and Security at DSTL

Application Advice: give specific examples to show your experience and knowledge.

Interview Advice: be willing to admit when you do not know the answer to a question, and actively engage in conversation with the interviewers.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Roche

Data Acquisition Specialist, Clinical Data Management at Roche

Application Advice: Roche cares greatly about employees as unique individuals, so be proud of and talk about the things you do in your spare time as well as academic achievements

Interview Advice: Think of plenty of situations where you have shown Roche's core key values (integrity, courage and passion) as well as core competencies such as leadership and teamwork - you will be asked to provide examples of these.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Team member, Counter Terrorism and Security at DSTL

Application Advice: Research the company

Interview Advice: Brush up on presentation skills and technical knowledge from your degree (basic maths and physics) Use the STAR format for answering competency questions Ask about the specific work you will do in the role

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Operational Analyst, Defence and Security Analysis at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't only apply if you have a technical degree - there is a real variety of work and pretty much any degree can be applied.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to talk about yourself as a person not just a potential employee - they value having a large variety of employees and personality is rated as well as skills.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Roche

Marketing Assistant, Marketing at Roche

Application Advice: Persevere, make time, show your personality through your application.

Interview Advice: Let your personality shine through. Be honest even if it means struggling to answer one of the questions in the interview. Prepare to be asked about personal experiences where you have shown team work, decision making on the spot, response to confrontation, communication skills, a time when you have got so lost in doing something that you forgot about the time.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Team Member, ECM at DSTL

Application Advice: Standard application got me an interview but things that apparently stood out was my interests outside of work, examples of good work ethic and reliability, as well as examples of problem solving.

Interview Advice: Interview involved talking about what I knew about DSTL as a company as well as what I thought my department did. I'd recommend researching DSTL with a focus on your applied department before the interview to show your interest.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Scientist, CIS at DSTL

Application Advice: Include anything about yourself which is interesting eg. I spent a year studying in Lausanne - employers are looking for team fit as much as capabilities.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself and be friendly!

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: Same with any application, make sure you do some practice verbal/numerical reasoning tests before you do the actual ones!

Interview Advice: If asked to do a presentation, practice, practice, practice it because it's a key part of work at Dstl and something that really sticks in interviewers minds.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Process Engineer, Engineering at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: Don't worry too much about the online quiz you are required to take, just try your best

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Forensic Researcher, FEL at DSTL

Application Advice: Carefully read the person specification and pick out key words. You can then see where your previous experience fits the role that's being recruited. Do some practice before completing the online tests.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Don't be afraid if you can't answer a question in the technical interview - the interviewers have to see where the limit of your knowledge is. Really prepare if they ask you to present on previous work - it's your chance to shine.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist/Engineer, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Be honest and show your interests! They want people that can apply themselves to different roles, using different skills. If you're better at one thing than another, but really enjoy something else entirely, don't be afraid to show it.

Interview Advice: They're going to ask you something you don't know about; don't worry! They're not interested in what you know, but how you think about it. Talk as you go, explain what you're thinking.

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, CTS at DSTL

Application Advice: Report writing and communication skills have been incredibly useful in my role to date, so would perhaps be useful in the application. Keeping track of my own tasks and taking charge of my role have been required skills, so examples of where you have had to work independently as a part of a team would also look good.

Interview Advice: The questions I was asked seemed based on my CV, including some programming and physics-related questions. Although it was quite a while ago now and I can't remember the HR questions particularly well. Relax and come across positively, this will be much more effective than being a stoic and answering everything well. My interviewers are now people on my team so were also looking for a colleague, not just someone who is all singing and dancing.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Data Scientist, Defence and Security Analysis at DSTL

Application Advice: Explain what technical skills you have, for example any computer programming skills. Even if you are only a novice, it helps!

Interview Advice: Try to think outside the box when it comes to the technical questions and don't rush them.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: Start early; the application process is very long-winded and thorough

Interview Advice: Read up on your specialist area and expect challenging questions relating to your expertise and its applications to work

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: Go in open minded and accept all opportunities.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: Focus on your skills and projects undertaken in your application. Also look through the DSTL job website to find out about the different areas of DSTL and what skills they use then apply to specific departments.

Interview Advice: You will be asked for a 10 minute informal presentation, so pick a project that you have completed that you thoroughly understand. The interviewers are mainly looking for people who can think critically and analyse information. So it is alright to not know the answer to a question, but you should attempt an answer in which you explain your thinking that lead you to that answer.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Analyst, at DSTL

Interview Advice: Read about defence

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: The Civil Service works by giving examples of competencies so back everything up with evidence.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: Don't get put off by the bureaucracy.

Interview Advice: Know the company well. Expect technical based questions relevant to the group you're applying to.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Nuclear Graduates

nucleargraduate, at Energus

Interview Advice: Don't be too overbearing in the group interviews.

Industry: Science and R&D

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Energus

Energus

Application Advice: Must be willing to relocate several times over the two years, with extensive travel to and from training zones.

Interview Advice: Ensure detailed research of the sponsoring organisation as well as being able to demonstrate your technical ability. Also how the two may link.

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Nuclear Graduates

nucleargraduate, nucleargraduates at Energus

Application Advice: Be honest and yourself Research the industry

Interview Advice: Be honest and yourself, don't be overbearing in group exercises, research the industry

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Platform Systems Division at DSTL

Application Advice: Be honest and make sure you read the job description to try and match what skills and competencies you have to that required of the job role.

Interview Advice: Research the Civil Service competencies framework since they use this across the civil service to help with asking you competency questions. Ensure you have examples to back these up. Also expect to be asked questions relevant to your degree as well as questions related to defence (e.g. radar, platform protection etc).

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Roche

Business Development Associate, Business Development and Operational Pricing at Roche

Application Advice: Write a cover letter, especially as it is not mandatory Show off your skills Follow up on your application with HR

Interview Advice: Use "STAR" examples for competency based questions Be natural and relaxed , even make a joke or two! Smile :) Be prepared- think of different questions that might be asked

Industry: Science and R&D

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Roche

Health Economics Intern, Healthcare Development at Roche

Application Advice: Target your application to the job role and make sure you include a cover letter.

Interview Advice: Prepare as much as you can beforehand. If you are doing a presentation, make sure you have rehearsed but not to the extent that it sounds unnatural. Always ask the company questions too as it is about seeing whether they are a good fit for you too.

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Roche

Assistant Biostatistician, Biostatistics at Roche

Application Advice: Good specific cover letter.

Interview Advice: Be calm, revise your statistics knowledge and think about your behavior in team situations.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Focus on what you did when discussing competencies. 'I' did this, rather than 'we'. Emphasise any self-driven learning you have completed. Read up on the Civil Service competency framework.

Interview Advice: Focus on what you did when discussing competencies. 'I' did this, rather than 'we'. Emphasise any self-driven learning you have completed. Do some background research into defence and the UK Armed Forces.

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DSTL

Engineer, CT&S at DSTL

Application Advice: Have clear motivations for joining and state these clearly on the form. Be clear as to where your expertise lies, as this will result in you being interviewed for the best-suited role.

Interview Advice: Be able to explain in depth your final year project, including how you see it fitting into the real world of science and technology. Come prepared with examples of working with others and multitasking, as these are the skills that will be assessed with emphasis.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate, Cyber and Information Systems at DSTL

Interview Advice: Go over the job description and make sure that you are confident with the background skills that your job would require.

Industry: Science and R&D

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DSTL

Graduate Analyst, Defence Security Analysis at DSTL

Application Advice: Get involved with year in industry/ summer placement opportunities. Have an open mind about the kind of things you want to be involved in.

Interview Advice: Have a wide knowledge about defence and its relation to current events.

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DSTL

Graduate Analyst, DSA at DSTL

Application Advice: If you enjoy solving real world problems and working with a wide variety of people go for it!

Interview Advice: Be yourself and relax. Make sure you understand who your audience is (for example I was doing a presentation on my Mathematics Masters project but my interviewers didn't have a background to I changed how I was going to present). Also ask questions about the role/area you will be working in and show enthusiasm.

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Laboratory Technician Apprentice, CTS at DSTL

Application Advice: Sound keen, add in some personality. Really sell yourself. Include keywords!

Interview Advice: Just be yourself. Have plenty of notes on the job, and your application, in front of you to refer to when you get asked questions. Make sure to write down any questions you have for them so that you don't forget when they ask you.

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Advanced Apprentiship in mechanical manufacture engineering, engineering at DSTL

Application Advice: DO IT, Apply!

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be honest, answer the questions as best you can. Be calm and think!

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Laboratory Technician Apprentice, at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't worry if you don't have the A-Level grades or above, it is a chance to learn much more anyway and there are many people who are willing to teach you.

Interview Advice: Just be confident and polite, no one is really that scary.

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Electrical Engineering, Engineering at DSTL

Application Advice: Take all the training you can.

Interview Advice: Do research into the company, and basic engineering knowledge.

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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory & Associated Techincal Activites Industrial Science, CPD at DSTL

Application Advice: The application process is quite long. Stick with it. It's best to do it in a quiet location as you have to think of a lot of examples for different competencies.

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself. I am generally a quiet and shy person but for the interview they are interested in you for a reason. Demonstrate your knowledge the best you can.

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Engineering Maintenance Communication Electronics, CTS at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure to present the best of yourself and if you feel allowance may need to be made for your condition, state it.

Interview Advice: Be honest but present your best self.

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Laboratory Technician, CBR at DSTL

Application Advice: Provide as much information about your qualifications and experience as possible.

Interview Advice: High number of experience based questions.

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