QinetiQ Interview Questions

Updated Nov 15, 2014
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    C4ISR Graduate Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Malvern, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at QinetiQ (Malvern, England (UK)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I applied for the graduate scheme in 2014 to start in the Autumn of 2015. However, since I had already graduated I was asked if I would consider starting immediately, or rather as soon as all the security admin has been completed; obviously subject to interview first.

    I therefore went to the QinetiQ site in Malvern, the HQ of C4ISR, for an assessment centre.

    The Day consisted of:
    A presentation about the company (not-assessed),
    A group exercise,
    An interview & pre-planned presentation,
    A written exercise
    A tour of the premises and presentation of the sort of work we could expect in our first six months (not-assessed).

    The group exercise was pretty standard: given a scenario and a problem and told to come up with a solution.

    The written exercise was similar except you had to write a brief report to recommend a CEO what to do.

    The interview was very relaxed. It started with me giving a presentation without visual aids for 10 minutes followed by questions that weren't brutal but more to create discussion. The interview began with some competency questions such as 'Explain a time when you used....(teamwork, leadership time management etc)' and ' Explain why you want the Job'.

    Finally I was asked a technical question, I was not expected to know the answer but it was more to see how much prompting I would need to work out the answer - this isn't really anything you can prepare for.

    Overall the day was very relaxed and it included lots of time to relax inbetween activities and chat to current graduates and employees (including the interviewers!) in a fairly informal manner. All were very helpful and friendly and made you feel at ease.

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at QinetiQ (Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Cold called! After interview was finished, was told I was hired within 5 mins! Amazed and grateful for such a painless experience.

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Happy what they had offered at that time.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at QinetiQ in September 2008.

    Interview

    Friendly interview discussing previous jobs and projects. Just needed to describe previous responsibilities giving examples of good and bad projects that I had previously worked on. Not much feedback from interviewer due to the security nature of the work. Interview lasted for about one hour and was given the result within one week of interview.

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    • What was the most difficult project that you have worked on and why?   Answer Question
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    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at QinetiQ in June 2008.

    Interview

    Submitted an online application which led to a phone interview. Was called by someone from HR/Resourcing and had a lengthy competency based interview (why qinetiq, time you solved a problem, time you worked as a team etc)

    Then got invited to an assessment day. This was all graduates from around the country across many different disciplines. The day involved a short group task where they observed interaction, a tough english and maths based exam (20 mins each) then a 1:1 presentation and interview. I guess the content of this last bit could vary but was focussed on my final year project with some intelligent technical questions.

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    • ermm all were quite standard with the exception of my technical questions, but they will be individual to everyone   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    non existent, or maybe its my fault for missing the boat

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at QinetiQ (Great Malvern, England (UK)) in January 2008.

    Interview

    The application process consisted of simply sending in a CV and covering letter. It was a rolling graduate recruitment process, the covering letter was used to sigegst particualr areas of interest.

    Four candidates were interviewed for two or three possible jobs. The interview consisted of: a relatively simple Intelligence test, examples of which had been sent out to candidates before hand; a 10 minute presentation on a relevant topic of your choice, with questions afterwards; an easy programming test (I was given a Java program on a piece of paper and asked questions about it); and finally a more general interview session.

    We were also escorted around the building meeting some of the teams that we might be working for and seeing examples of what they were doing.

    Overall I would say it was friendly interview process with the interviewers looking to help rather than trick you. The work culture was obviously quite academic and very friendly.

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