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DSTL

Graduate Engineer, at DSTL

Application Advice: There is a wide array of opportunities and various projects to get involved in so you will find something that you enjoy.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Graduate, Cyber and Information Systems at DSTL

Application Advice: - Knowledge of area you are applying for - Knowledge of military and Dstl's role/support to the MOD

Interview Advice: - Technical questions based on area of potential work - Short, informal presentation of Final Year Project - Typical interview questions "Give me an example of when...", "What would you do if..." etc. - How dealing with military personnel would be diff

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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MBDA

Systems Engineer, Seeker Division at MBDA

Application Advice: Scientific or Engineering backgrounds are equally sought for here, so don't be afraid to concentrate on either when applying here. If you're a scientist then talk about science, we love science! Keep it concise - MBDA may not be so worried about your mastery of grammar, but they do still want to see you've put some thought into your answers.

Interview Advice: Be honest - if you don't know an answer then say so. Your interviewers WILL know their stuff and they will call you out if you attempt to 'wing it'. By all means have a guess, but make it clear that you are doing so. Try to come across (or even better, be) approachable and enthusiastic - confidence is also good, but overconfidence can come across as arrogance - works in some companies, but not here.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Johnson & Johnson

Drug Safety Scientist, Drug Safety at Johnson & Johnson

Application Advice: Understand the company's core values and see whether you can align your own to these. Do your basic background research on the company. Ensure you show that you really want the job.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Sensor Protection at DSTL

Application Advice: If applying for a technical role try to also focus on your leadership skills and show that you can juggle multiple projects at once.

Interview Advice: I interviewed for a physicist position and so my interview was focused on technical questions, the interviewers were looking for how I broke problems down and solved them by asking "left-field" questions. Don't be afraid to take a few minutes to think, it's better than rushing to give answers and if you don't know but have an idea to describe it. They're looking for how you attempted to tackle the problem not the solution itself.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Electronics Engineer, ISIS Accelerator Diagnostics Development at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Make sure you know what you're talking about.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Mars

Packaging Development Project Manager, Packaging Development at Mars

Application Advice: Be yourself - Mars is a very personal company that wants to see applicants passion for the 5 principles and the company. Don't try to be too corporate and professional just relax and enjoy the experience.

Interview Advice: Most of the interview will be competency based. There was very little technical stuff in my interviews but that will probably depend on where they feel there were gaps in your application. For competency based questions think through examples in advance and do a lot of personal reflection. Mars is very big on learning agility so even if you don't have an answer, showing some form of self awareness around the subject would be a good step.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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CRODA

Graduate Trainee, Process Development at CRODA

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and adaptable, social and friendly and be genuinely interested in the company.

Interview Advice: The interview system is really good as it's a flowing conversation instead of just a bunch of questions from a generic form. Be positive about your skills, but mainly just have a conversation. Also be prepared to answer what kind of a person you are!

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Atmospheric Data Scientist, Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Look at the job role advert and write your application relating directly to the qualities they ask for in this.

Interview Advice: The assessment centre usually involves; a group exercise, ability tests, technical and personality interviews. These are nothing to worry about as they are fairly informal.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Procter & Gamble

Design Engineer, at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Plan in advance, check for application dates regularly.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, if you fit P&G you'll get in.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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WSP

Graduate Air Quality Scientist, Air Quality / Cardiff at WSP

Application Advice: Be scientific about everything, display good scientific practices, show that you have technical capability of working with numbers, and can plan your work. You don't necessarily need a background in Air Quality, just show that you can handle running models, display good logical thinking skills.

Interview Advice: Describe a time when you had to design a scientific approach to something.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Team Member, at DSTL

Application Advice: Give as many of your technical skills as possible, sometimes recruiters are looking for a particular skill for their team. Don't talk about a skill unless you are happy with that being latched onto as your only skill and being dragged into that as your job.

Interview Advice: Expect a competency interview with questions like 'How do you optimize your time?'

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Physics and Sensors at DSTL

Application Advice: Just be yourself, I know that sounds cliche, but be yourself. They are an organisation that works in a sensitive area, not being entirely honest will hurt your chances.

Interview Advice: Same as above. Oh and practice.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Team Member, Defence at DSTL

Application Advice: Problem solving and being able to think around a problem are great. Able to express yourself as you might be meeting clients. Able to meet deadlines and get work done in both a team and yourself.

Interview Advice: Some basic physics problems that might relate to work you've done or is related. Questions to think about (no expertise expected!) practically related to the job being applied for.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Unilever

Unilever Future Leader, at Unilever

Application Advice: If you can understand what a brand is, not just in its physical form, but what the ambition of the brand name is, and what it stands for, you will begin to understand and have an insight into what Unilever is trying to do. If you can have an understanding of the brand and company ethos, you can help to expand on why that would be a good fit for you. You need to be able to share not just passion for the company and why you would want to work for Unilever, but also why you perceive yourself to be a leader of the future.

Interview Advice: The Unilever standards of leadership will be the main areas for all competency based questions, therefore ensure you have a range of examples to demonstrate competencies in these areas.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Software Developer, Instrument Controls at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Show an enthusiasm for science and a good technical knowledge.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Arcadis

Graduate Environmental Consultant, ESRM at Arcadis

Interview Advice: Include valid environmental, scientific and field based experience when applying as a large proportion of working time is spent working in the field on a client's site.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Renishaw

Graduate Scientist, at Renishaw

Application Advice: (I did not apply, was on an industrial placement which lead to a job offer)

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Assistant Data Scientist, RAL Space/CEDA at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Don't worry about the interview process, everyone (including the interviewers) are just as nervous as you are! Relax and learn from the experience. Prepare by reading the information about your department on the website.

Interview Advice: I work in the Centre for Environmental Data Archival (CEDA) at STFC so I was mainly asked about how best to organise file directories and some technical questions about meteorology/climatology. Make sure you understand the job requirements stated on the application as this is mainly what the questions are based around. Be honest, if you don't know an answer say so, but then say that you'd guess it to be 'this..' or say that you'd be interested to find out. Also... remember/find out what NERC stands for! The question that I stumbled over!!

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Siemens

Technical operations Scientist, Healthcare at Siemens

Application Advice: -Have a lot of examples of data handling, using I.T and extra-curricular activities. CV showcases academics. - Be patient

Interview Advice: #NAME?

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Graduate Scientist, Sensors at DSTL

Application Advice: In your application, give examples of where you have shown the types of competencies/soft skills that you have but also be sure to highlight technical skills you have gained and/or other things you have done that will set you apart.

Interview Advice: Come prepared with competency-based examples and re-read your application and CV as they will probably ask about these. Don't worry if you are asked technical questions that you can't answer straight away - it is more about how you attempt to work out an answer with these questions.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Control Systems Engineer, Control Systems Engineering at Science and Technology Facilities Council

Application Advice: Try to emphasise your scientific knowledge, particularly physics, as a basic understanding of some science is useful and is not necessarily something that every applicant has so it will help you stand out. Make sure you have some knowledge and experience of working on Linux systems.

Interview Advice: Familiarise yourself with programming concepts such as Semaphores, Linkers, Object Files, etc. Even if you don't know the answer to a question try to make an educated guess based on what you DO know. A lot of the job involves not actually knowing the answers but requires you to have the right mindset to figure them out (problem solving).

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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GlaxoSmithKline

Microbiology Specialist, Product Quality Centre of Excellence at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Be concise and make sure the application contents are relevent to the role you are applying for!

Interview Advice: Be honest. Be yourself. Try to relax. A big part of the interview will be to find people that fit with the culture of the comapny, not just your technical or past experiences. Research the company you are applying for. Ensure you are aware of the high performance behaviours and values that the company will be looking out for, and have examples of each prepared.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Sellafield Ltd

Spent Fuel Management Technical Support, Technical Support at Sellafield Ltd

Application Advice: Be yourself- the interviews are to find out whether you are right for the company AND whether the company is right for you. Mention any work experience you have and what you have learnt.

Interview Advice: Some questions caught me off guard about how you have implemented safety measures, etc.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

Team Member, Sensors at DSTL

Application Advice: Scientific background, willingness to engage with and be interested in science is valued very highly.

Interview Advice: Know some military lingo and be up to date on current events.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

, at DSTL

Application Advice: Take care to answer all competancy questions carefully, as progress of your application is dependent on these. HR review soft skills and select your application based on this before passing it to technical staff to assess your academic acheivements.

Interview Advice: Prepare by doing some basic research into the function of the military and MoD.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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DSTL

, at DSTL

Application Advice: Be confident, provide practical examples and prepare for a technical base.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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Apprentice – Laboratory Technologist, PSD Laboratory at 3M

Application Advice: Be honest in your interview and you will not know everything about the role, it's all about learning and improving.

Interview Advice: Honesty. Be honest with ever answer you give.

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Technologist

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