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DSTL

Graduate, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: The money may not be the highest on offer (being Civil Service) but the work/life balance and other benefits make up for that in my eyes so don't let that put you off. With the application, just be yourself and convey why you want the job and why you'd be a good fit.

Interview Advice: Hard to say, they can vary greatly based on the Division you're applying for and who's conducting the interview. Just be relaxed and be yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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CRODA

Graduate, at CRODA

Application Advice: Be open to change. Be yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Research Scientist – Graduate, Explosives Detection at DSTL

Application Advice: Use examples in your application and interview that are not exclusively university based. It is important to show that you have taken part in other areas such as clubs and societies.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are aware of current affairs relating to the field you are going into.

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: Soft skills are just as important as technical knowledge. Make sure you demonstrate those as these are the things that will help make your application stand out. Everyone applying for the role will have the same/very similar qualifications - it's what you do outside of that which is almost more important. Always back up the skills you say you have with examples of where you've used said skills.

Interview Advice: Relax, be yourself and try to enjoy the experience. Croda are looking to see who you are as a person, and are not trying to catch you out.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Scientist, CTS at DSTL

Application Advice: The work will not be immediately obvious but highlight your broad range of experience.

Interview Advice: Know an explosive structure. Know analytical techniques. Research current military operations/deployments.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Various at CRODA

Application Advice: Get a balance between hard technical skills and soft skills such as teamwork

Interview Advice: Think about teamwork/people stuff as well as technical.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate – Engineer, at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure to mention extracurricular activity.

Interview Advice: Describe your best strength and explain why it is.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate – Team Member, Sensing and Detection at DSTL

Application Advice: Demonstrate an interest in your chosen field on your CV and any leadership responsibilities.

Interview Advice: You'll be expected to show analytical thinking and answer some basic questions on the theory of your chosen subject. Do some background reading on the role you have applied for.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate, at DSTL

Application Advice: Learn how to write concisely and to the point: Situation-Task-Action-Response.

Interview Advice: Give up on your ego: don't let shyness get in the way, be friendly to everyone. In the group discussion, be the "timekeeper" and ask quiet group members for their input. You don't have to be passionate or knowledgeable about military things, but a dim awareness of current affairs is helpful.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate – Analyst, Defence Security Analysis at DSTL

Application Advice: Stay open minded and flexible, as you never know what opportunity is going to be around the corner at this organisation. If your colleague fancies a chat in the corridor always take the time to speak to them and never be dismissive, you will find that these random experiences will often lead to answering an important question or finding niche contacts / areas of expertise.

Interview Advice: Military equipment procurement and production e.g. respirators. Knowledge gleaned through military experience or experience gained from cadets at school.

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, at DSTL

Application Advice: Think about how your degree can relate to current scientific research.

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DSTL

Analyst, at DSTL

Application Advice: Understand the organisation and what it does i.e. its' objectives, goals, principles ethics etc.

Interview Advice: Be open and honest.

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DSTL

Physicist, Semiconductors at DSTL

Application Advice: Be confident in your abilities and make sure you know the basics very well.

Interview Advice: Just make sure you know the basics of the field you are interviewing for.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure you fill out the application form fully with as much detail as you can. I've seen the recruiters here dismiss any application with empty boxes on the form, I know it's long, but it's worth taking the time to do properly.

Interview Advice: Make sure you're aware of current affairs, especially with regards to defence. But more importantly, relax! Everyone here is lovely and pretty chilled, provided you answer the question as well as you can, they don't mind if you're nervous or take some time to think. Also, don't stress too much about the assessment centre element, it's really not as bad as it sounds.

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DSTL

Analyst, DSA at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't rush the application form, take the time to properly go over the questions and draft answers and have someone else take a look at them before you send them off.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to have examples of displaying various competencies. Most of these you can probably find through things you have done at university or previous jobs.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Cyber and Information Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Demonstrate an ability to problem solve. Show willingness to learn.

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DSTL

Graduate, Counter Terrorism & Security at DSTL

Application Advice: Be honest, and discuss your subject specific interests. Due to the nature of the work being classified until after acceptance, what you say about your interests can have an impact on what you end up working on.

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DSTL

Scientist, at DSTL

Application Advice: Have the best relevant information on your CV related to the job description. Answer the question of 'why should DSTL hire you?' If you can answer that question on your CV you will have a good chance. Keep the CV to 2 pages maximum. Search how to write and present a CV.

Interview Advice: Practice group discussion tasks. Contribute as much as you can but not too much, don't be overpowering with other candidates. The interview panel are looking for team players so be a team player in the group task. Be prepared for answering questions on what you studied. Based on your CV and experiences, DSTL should match you to a team leader who works in that field and they will question you on your knowledge, so read up. Be open, honest and don't make stuff up because they will see right through it. Arrive on time for your interview.

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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, Weapons Platforms at DSTL

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic about the role.

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DSTL

Scientist, Cyber and Information Systems – Sensor Protection Team at DSTL

Application Advice: The interviews and your potential future line management are interested in you being well rounded, having both technical skills as well as leadership and communication skills. It is more than simply having a good grade, it's about what you can prove that you have done that highlights your ability to work as a team, to communicate to your leaders and others your work and your ability to adapt and overcome rapidly changing situations.

Interview Advice: I was asked the basics (why you want to work here etc.) but was also asked technical "out of the box" questions, questions which required application of the physics that I had learnt to find solutions to the questions. It wasn't the solution they were looking for and more about the process that I took to reach my answer.

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DSTL

Operations Analyst, Defence and Security Analysis at DSTL

Application Advice: Match personal skills to Civil Service competencies.

Interview Advice: Get involved in any group tasks at the interview. Again, match personal skills to Civil Service competencies.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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WSP

Graduate Ecologist, Ecology at WSP

Application Advice: Get as much experience as you can through volunteering and attending courses.

Interview Advice: Make sure you know broad species ID.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Roche

Roche

Application Advice: Don't dismiss an opportunity just because you do not think you 'tick all the boxes' on the job advert; Roche seek potential.

Interview Advice: Try and get as much of an understanding of the market place as you can i.e. who are Roche's key customers? Provide examples where you have demonstrated the skills required as part of the job role.

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Roche

Associate, Product Strategy, Haematology at Roche

Application Advice: Build as much experience in the pharma sector through internships and other jobs before applying, its tough!

Interview Advice: Prepare and practice problem solving before, interview was not normal, I had a 5 hour assessment day including problem solving, scenarios and presentations.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Analyst, Maritime Integrated Survivability at DSTL

Application Advice: Good first job!

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RB

R&D Graduate, at RB

Application Advice: Don't try to be someone else during interview/application - RB has a very unique culture and your fit with this will be important in your success.

Interview Advice: Read up about the company and the brands. An understanding of how FMCG companies operate would also be helpful.

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RB

R&D Graduate, R&D at RB

Application Advice: Be yourself, the company is looking for a culture fit, if you don't fit you wouldn't enjoy it so don't take it to heart!

Interview Advice: Be honest, clear and be yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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GlaxoSmithKline

Graduate associate, Future leaders program at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Take your time, there are a lot of rounds of applications.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Johnson Matthey

Biocatalysis at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Make sure you thoroughly research the role, try to make contact with someone at the company or the HR team to help you work out if it is right for you

Interview Advice: Be open and honest about your experience, if there's some part of the job criteria which you don't meet, that's not the end of the world - just be open about it, and enthusiastic about learning to make up for it

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, at DSTL

Application Advice: Gather examples of teamwork, projects undertaken, and examples of successful achievements outside of work/study - e.g. sports teams, hobbies, interests.

Interview Advice: Research the military aspect of the role/technology area applied for. Prepare for competency questions such as teamwork, problem solving, colleague relations, strengths, weaknesses.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Tata Steel

Graduate Researcher, Surface Engineering at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Be honest!

Interview Advice: Be prepared for competency questions. Your technical expertise is important but showing that you can adapt to situations is imperative.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

, at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Spacecraft Engineer, RAL Space at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Application is through a cover letter and a CV, so make sure both are tailored to the job.

Interview Advice: There are technical interviews and personality interviews, they aren't too scary and it's okay not to know an answer as long as you can explain your thinking or what you would need to know in order to answer a question fully. Being aware of what you don't know is a skill, because nobody knows everything.

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Johnson Matthey

Research Chemist, at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Attach a cover letter and answer to the lengthy questionnaires even though there are quite a lot.

Interview Advice: Be prepared on the main tasks in the company/division you applied for.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Mars

Product technology scientist, Site R&D at Mars

Application Advice: Remember that the role has to be well suited for you, use the interview and the application process to check that the job is what you want to do.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are good at talking about you, what it is that you have done in the past and how that relates to the 5 principles that Mars has. Having a number of examples which you can draw from is always useful, you never know if they will ask you two questions around the same theme.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Formulation Scientist, Formulations at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Preparation, preparation, preparation!

Interview Advice: Technical based questions, competency based questions and leadership role plays.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: Always relate your application answers to STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Although its important to say what you did, its even more important to say how you did it or how you achieved your goal. With your actions, try to relate them back to your values and how they may align with the company's values (the Croda Vision).

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. The interviewers are really friendly and are not trying to catch you out. If you want preparation reading for the interview/assessment day, then downloading a copies of the "Annual Report" and "Sustainability Report" from the Croda website are a good way to go.

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DSTL

Physicist, Platforms Division at DSTL

Application Advice: Nothing specific.

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DSTL

Scientist, at DSTL

Application Advice: They're usually looking for a solid physics background; you don't always have to be a specialist in anything, but an all-rounder always does well. They also consider how diplomatic you are and how well you'll fit into a team, so be pleasant and polite, but not too rigid or afraid. Ask a lot of questions about the team, people's experiences here are either fantastic or not so good because of the team environment.

Interview Advice: I was asked a lot of fundamental physics that I didn't actually know the exact answer to, but I walked them through what I would do to find out the answer and it seemed to work.

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Platform Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Application is the usual array of online tests, group exercises and a technical interview.

Interview Advice: You can't really prepare for this, just make sure you know your subject.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Computer Scientist, at DSTL

Interview Advice: Be prepared to answer questions on a range of technical disciplines - the interviewers will push to find the limits of your knowledge.

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee – Applications Scientist, Personal Care Applications at CRODA

Application Advice: Show that you have a varying knowledge and interest in Science - Croda's business sectors span the entire consumer and technical industries out there. A first class degree isn't necessary, but you must hold at least a 2:1. Other than that, show that you're a human being with character and that you work hard.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. As cliché as that sounds, the assessment centre is about looking for someone that will fit into the Croda ethos - someone who can work with people to get what they want, someone who leaves a pleasant and lasting impression on people. Croda works best when there is good communication between departments and this is perhaps more important in the interview than grades, literacy or presentation skills. If you do badly in the assessment centre for one or two tasks, you may still get the job if you make a good enough impression.

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Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Think of situations where you had strong leadership behaviours.

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DSTL

RF Threat Engineer, Platform systems at DSTL

Application Advice: Experience, however big or small always helps.

Interview Advice: Research the company Be confident If you don't know, ask.

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, at DSTL

Application Advice: There must be a better job out there for you. You will have an interview assessing technical and competency skills, a debate and a written exercise. The written exercise was harder than the interview. Do not try and take charge of the group during the debate.

Interview Advice: There may be a five minute presentation required as part of your interview.

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Physics at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure you actually enjoy the area of science you are applying to do before you apply. Attempt to understand military applications for your subject area.

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DSTL

Team Member, Defence at DSTL

Application Advice: Keep in mind the civil service competencies when answering the questions.

Interview Advice: Don't panic, you aren't expected to know everything.

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DSTL

, at DSTL

Application Advice: Don't worry too much about military knowledge; it's useful if you have some, but it's not expected, and can be picked up quickly. Scientific credentials are more important.

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DSTL

, at DSTL

Application Advice: Sell yourself to show that you can work in a team, provide evidence of this. List modules associated with microelectronics, solid state physics.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for questioning on anything related with Physics, especially solid state physics.

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Unilever

R&D Manager, Beverages at Unilever

Application Advice: Start early and read up on the company. Pay particular attention to how you fit in with the company values and vice versa.

Interview Advice: Relax and enjoy yourself. Make friends with the other candidates as this will help you relax and they may well be your colleagues in the future.

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Unilever

UFLP Management Trainee, at Unilever

Application Advice: Apply soon after applications open, normally around August/October as it is competitive and spaces fill up quickly.

Interview Advice: Use STAR format to answer questions. Have plenty of examples aligned to Unilever's Standards of Leadership (SOLs).

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Unilever

Unilever Future Leader Programe Management Trainee, R&D across categories at Unilever

Application Advice: Prepare sufficiently for interview. Understand Unilever's requirements and make sure you can show how you fulfil them.

Interview Advice: Standard of leadership examples.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Electrical Deisgn Engineer, Electrical Design Division at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Mention your interests within the science industry and be honest.

Interview Advice: Ask as many questions as possible and make yourself heard during the group tasks. The interviews are not there to catch you out, they're just to see how much you know and what you don't know so be honest.

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Unilever

Technical Project Leader, Global Deodorants R&D at Unilever

Application Advice: Know the Unilever Standards of Leadership. Know what's going on in the company.

Interview Advice: I was asked a lot of questions that gave me opportunities to show how my experiences had developed my skills in line with Unilever's Standards of Leadership.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Diagnostics Physicist, Particle Beam Diagnostics at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Apply if you genuinely want to be a part of the scientific community, and want to contribute. If money is a motivator for you, then science might not be the best option.

Interview Advice: Be honest.

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate Scientist, at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Try to put across the attributes that make you a good person to work with.

Interview Advice: The company tends to hire on personality rather than knowledge, because once you get to the interview, everyone is of similar intellectual ability. Sell yourself.

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Johnson Matthey

Graduate research scientist, at Johnson Matthey

Application Advice: Be yourself and don't lie. They will ask you things from your application.

Interview Advice: Relax and be confident. The questions they ask aren't to trick you it's to see how you work things out.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Product Development Graduate, Spectroscopy at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Make sure that your answers both in the application form and during interviews are based around GSK values as this is what the company is looking for in candidates.

Interview Advice: Typical questions: 'Tell me about a situation when you... - lead a team - worked with a client - had a difficult problem - missed a deadline and other standard situations. The interviewer is looking for full STAR answers.

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CRODA

Applications Scientist, Industrial Chemicals at CRODA

Application Advice: Research the company, be yourself and be open to the possibility of moving across the country and/or to different countries.

Interview Advice: The interview process is quite long, so they really have the time to see the real you. Just be yourself and don't worry if one part goes wrong as there are many elements to the assessment.

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Thales

Research Scientist, R&D at Thales

Application Advice: be honest and concise

Interview Advice: having a good knowledge of thales and its history is useful when identifing why you should be part of Thales

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AkzoNobel

Research & Development Graduate, Research & Development at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Online application and tests, face-to-face interview and then an assessment centre Spend time writing a decent online application and preparing for online tests if you haven't done them before. You will be asked some company specific questions in the written application, it is good to give considerable thought to these.

Interview Advice: Reseach the company and role prior to the interview, if applying for a scientific role learn some of the science behind the products, think of examples of when you have demonstrated problem solving, team working skills etc

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Thales

Algorithms Engineer, Algorithms at Thales

Application Advice: There is lots of competition so make sure you present yourself well.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Electrical Design Engineer, Electrical Design Division at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Do some research on what the company actually does as most people haven't heard of STFC. Show interest in the work the company do.

Interview Advice: The assessment centre is okay alothough it is quite long. For me it included tests, group activities, numerous talks throughout, tours, technical interview, personality interview, presentation and lots of opportunities to meet staff you'd be workling with so try to ask as many questions as possible.

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Thales

R&D Engineer, at Thales

Application Advice: Show that you can take responsibility - this is vital for anyone in engineering, so you'd want to show that, even at this early stage! If you've come from a more theoretical point (I did Physics) then showing you're willing to be hands-on as well.

Interview Advice: Brush up on your Mathematics - I was caught a bit short when asked about some maths bits, but managed to get by. Also, show that you're able to think of ideas and solutions to problems quickly.

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Thales

Research and Development Scientist, Reading at Thales

Application Advice: The interview process is thorough, don't try to fake it. Try to stand out as a strong individual.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Spacecraft Engineer, RAL Space at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: The same advice for applying to any role. Read the requirements and address them in your cover letter.

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Personal Care at CRODA

Application Advice: If you get through to the assessment centre, be relaxed and natural...the people I met that didn't get the job were overly pushy and tried too hard to take control. You need to make yourself heard, but don't put others down in the process. Be confident but not cocky. For my interview, I basically had a chat with my interviewer, not sure it was supposed to end up as so informal and afterwards I did think, oops, should've reigned myself in a bit, but it turned out ok. Make sure you research the company thoroughly before applying as you will be asked a lot about the company.

Interview Advice: - Example of an instance where I had to work with someone difficult - Example of where I'd shown initiative - Where I see myself in 5 years time - Asked about my final year research project - Be prepared to go into detail about anything mentioned in your CV

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: Relax during assessment centre, be honest, be passionate

Interview Advice: What animal would you be and why? Give me an example of being creative? Give me an example of working under pressure?

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CRODA

Application Scientist, Applications at CRODA

Application Advice: Make sure you know the company background, what areas they work in and where they are based.

Interview Advice: If you just be yourself and don't try and be cut throat you wil do better.

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DSTL

Graduate scientist, at DSTL

Application Advice: Having worked as a summer student/intern here helped at the interview stage as they try to put you back into the group you were in.

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Signatures, Naval Systems Department at DSTL

Application Advice: Most of the work is associated with the military, but they didn't seem to expect/require much military knowledge (I certainly didn't have any); more important was the technical aptitude with relation to the specific area you're interviewing for.

Interview Advice: For me, the interview/assessment day consisted of three things; a written exercise, a group discussion exercise, and an interview.

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DSTL

Graduate, High Energy Physics at DSTL

Application Advice: 1. Be prepared to use fundamental physics - you will be expected to remember/relearn it quickly and offer suggestions based on your calculations/reading. 2. Be methodical and detailed about documenting your work in as many ways as possible (lab book, spreadsheets, reports). This helps other people working on a project avoid duplication of efforts and you to track your contribution to your job. 3. If you believe you have a relevant knowledge or skill set make sure you show willing to involved where you can to help as many projects as possible. It will be appreciated if you can speed up a process.

Interview Advice: 1. Read about the company and the people they work for (the types of activities they do etc.) Be aware of what is going on in the the world of research generally, too. 2. If you are unsure of or can't remember an answer, be honest and try to explain your thought process as much as possible - the interviewers can then give you more information regarding what they want from you. If you don't speak it is difficult to know what the problem is. 3. Smile and try and keep your tone conversational. It is important you are willing to ask questions and discuss answers in your job, so show this skill in your interview!

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DSTL

Team Member, at DSTL

Application Advice: Be specific about skills/training you have. Know why you want to apply to DSTL and research as much as you can about the company so you have an idea of your preferred department to be in. Look at the Civil Service Competency framework and tailor your application to cover the competencies relevant to the job advert.

Interview Advice: Interviews are split into competency and technical aspects. Have answers prepared which cover all the competencies in the job advert, e.g. how have you demonstrated teamwork? Be specific about what you personally did within team etc. Make sure you know any project/dissertation inside out. Be able to justify the way you conducted the project/research, plus anything you think could have been done differently.

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DSTL

Scientist, SSPA at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure you can work in a politically driven environment.

Interview Advice: Be confident in yourself.

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DSTL

Research Physicist, Energetics at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure to include experiences that can directly be applied to the job, working as a team and managing people in a scientific environment.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself, DSTL look for people who can slot into a team and add to it. Everything you do will be working as a team/unit with a variety of people.

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DSTL

Graduate, at DSTL

Interview Advice: Techinical, Competency, Debate and written assessment.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Regulatory Affairs Associate, Global Regulatory Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: To be honest, do some self reflection on what makes you suitable for your job, carefully consider what you would really enjoy doing on a daily basis and what you actually want back from the job itself.

Interview Advice: To show enthusiasm for what you have done so far and why it would help in this role. From volunteering to interesting hobbies - everything holds value if it is presented in a way where you can shed light on what benefit you gained from it and how it developed you as an Individual.

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National Nuclear Laboratory

Graduate Scientist, Measurement and Analysis at National Nuclear Laboratory

Application Advice: Research the industry and the site, this provides a distinct advantage.

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Mars

Scientist, R&D at Mars

Application Advice: Look into the background of the company and where it fits in the industry. Also research the role/scheme to really give yourself the best chance when applying.

Interview Advice: Be yourself; Mars has a diverse range of associates and are never looking for one type of person.

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, at CRODA

Application Advice: Think about your answers to the questions and check your spelling and grammar carefully.

Interview Advice: Before the interview make sure you know what the company makes and make sure you have practiced general assessment centre tests. The company website has a lot of information about what you will do in the role and what markets the company works in.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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CRODA

Scientist, Personal Care at CRODA

Application Advice: Show your passion for science and technology. Be sociable. Share the companies' 'Vision'. So willingness to learn and build on technical expertise.

Interview Advice: Dress smart. Be on time. Friendly. Questions- Gives an example when you had to work in a pressure environment and how did you deal with it. Or how did you priorities your workload. Give an example of when you had make a tough decision.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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GlaxoSmithKline

Regulatory Affairs Associate – Future Leaders Graduate Programme, R&D – Global Regulatory Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Give a couple of relevant/strong examples for each skill you are trying to demonstrate, and be sure to research the company's values before completing the application.

Interview Advice: The most important thing is to be yourself. On the assessment centre, if you feel one task does not go particularly well, put it behind you and move on to the next task, as you will do better on the next task for having a fresh and positive mindset. In the interview, do not be scared to talk about experiences and learnings from your life in general (i.e., personal life), as well as university/previous work places.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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BAE Systems

Graduate Research Scientist, High power radio spectrum systems at BAE Systems

Application Advice: •Get relevent experience outside of your degree (a summer placement is sufficient, as it's a very long period of time for students - use it wisely!). If you really can't find one, develop something yourself in your own time •Lots of gradutes apply for few places - for this reason there are lots of steps to the application process. Take your time on the online tests and practice lots beforehand (nothing worse than losing out on an opportunity due to stressing out at numerical reasoning)

Interview Advice: •The interviewers are 40% seeing if you can do the job and 60% seeing how you come across as a human being - and if they think you will fit into their team. Therefore don't be afraid to let your personality come through, but make sure you show them you are technically capable of doing the job •Talk about university projects and projects outside of university •Prepare for the question: 'Tell me about yourself' - use both career and personal related experiences

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Morgan Advanced Materials

Research Scientist, High Temperature Insulating Fibre at Morgan Advanced Materials

Application Advice: To be on the Morgan Graduate scheme you require a high level of technical competency as a minimum benchmark. In addition to this, because the sceme is designed to create the future leaders of the company, good interpersonal skills are fairly essential. You must display an ability talk confidently and coherently, present your work effectively and be able to network.

Interview Advice: The MOST important thing at the interview is to be yourself. Although this is cliched, the interview process is quite effective in finding the most suitable candidates so if you get rejected, it is probably because you wouldn't be happy here. Equally, if you don't show everything you have to offer the process cannot get an accurate assessment of you as a person. The Assessment centre comprises of technical questions, individual presentations and group projects. Each of these tests your interpesonal and technical skills.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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GlaxoSmithKline

Commercial Management Trainee, Respiratory Therapy Area at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: The company looks for candidates who have capabilities in a certain number of areas such as business acumen, project management, etc.

Interview Advice: Go to the interview armed with lots of examples to answer capability questions

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Unilever

R&D Management trainee, at Unilever

Application Advice: Research the standards of leadership

Interview Advice: Research the standards of leadership

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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AkzoNobel

Research graduate, Polymer chemistry at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Only apply for jobs you really want, as you can tell when someone isn't interested in the business area, and if it doesn't interest you, you wont enjoy the job.

Interview Advice: Research the company brands etc, have pre-prepared answers for possible questions relating to the company core values.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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AkzoNobel

Graduate Scientist, Colour and Delivery Form at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Strong application with extra curricular activities is key to demonstrate breadth of skills aside from good scientific interest.

Interview Advice: Research paint. Have good competency question answers ready.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Renishaw

Graduate Physicist, at Renishaw

Application Advice: Bring your passion to it.

Interview Advice: My interviewers were friendly and seemed genuinely interested in my background and how I approached problems - use it as a chance to discuss things you're interested in (as opposed to showing off or justifying yourself).

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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CRODA

Application Scientist, Suncare and Biotechnology Applications at CRODA

Application Advice: I found the year I spent in Industry for my degree helped greatly with the application process. I would advise anyone applying for jobs in the chemical industry to try and get some experience, from summer placements to a full year in industry.

Interview Advice: The interview was a three day process. There were various assessments such as technical test, group exercises, verbal and numerical reasoning tests and one on one interviews. Although there were a lot of different aspects to the interview to fit in over three days, the assessors were very friendly, so I never felt under pressure. There will be current graduates there at the assessment centre, I'd definitely recommend asking them any questions about their roles.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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DSTL

Forensic Researcher, Forensic Explosvie Laboratory at DSTL

Application Advice: Make sure you have passion for the public sectors work. e.g. defence. Have previous industry experience.

Interview Advice: Know workplace procedures as well as technical knowledge. Thousands of grads have the technical knowledge from their degree, not so many know the way a working lab operates.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Tata Steel

Technologist – Product development, Technical at Tata Steel

Application Advice: Be a hands on individual, with good communication skills.

Interview Advice: Technical questions regarding the steel-making process.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Thales

Reseach and Development Scientist, at Thales

Application Advice: Do well in your exams to ensure you obtain a good degree. Don't worry if you haven't heard of Thales or if you aren't the best engineer in the world - I come from a pure mathematics background.

Interview Advice: Look over topics you studied during your degree and be sure to have a good understanding of the ideas presented. Speak clearly and explain your thought process. Good luck!

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Unilever

Management trainee, R&D at Unilever

Application Advice: Research the company

Interview Advice: Research the company

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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Apprentice Laboratory Technician, Analytical Development and Research at 3M

Application Advice: Ensure that you have a decent amount of knowledge of what goes on at 3M (this information is found on their website), to have good knowledge about the role that you're applying for and what you might be expected to do and to just be yourself.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do a little reading about things such as GMP and GLP and about the company (and sector) you are applying for. Dress appropriately for the interview. Make notes on what you would like to know about the company and answers to any questions that might pop up in an interview. Notes will not ruin your chances of getting the job, it just shows that you are prepared.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

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