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Updated Nov 18, 2014
Updated Nov 18, 2014
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    MSC Petroleum Geoscience Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Imperial College London.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, got invited to the Open Day which is where everyone gets a short interview. Interview lasted no more than 15mins (one-on-one) and consisted of extremely standard interview questions. There were about 100 students from Universities all over the UK, specially those that focus on Petroleum Geology such as Aberdeen, RHUL, Manchester etc.

    The students are split into two groups. First group consists of a select few students (most of whom already have conditional offers before the interviews). These students get a short 10min panel interview where 15-20 industry folks (BP, Shell, BG Group, Centrica etc) ask questions. If successful, they receive a full or partial scholarship.

    The second group, i.e the rest of the students, get interviewed by their potential lecturers, one-on-one. There are about 8 lecturers in 8 rooms and you'll get assigned to one randomly earlier in the morning.

    Interview Questions
    • What makes you stand out from everyone else here today?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Kensington, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Kensington, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Imperial College London in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    After applying online I was informed by HR that I have been shortlisted and a date for the interview was set. The interview was attended by the head of the department and the line manager, and started with a 10 minute presentation of a previous project of my choosing. I felt that the interviewers had prepared quite thoroughly for the presentation: each having a set of questions at the ready that seemed to be aimed at seeing how deeply I understood the subject matter, could apply this knowledge to different applications in a new field, or to see if I could continue a presentation if being interrupted repeatedly.

    I was then given the opportunity to ask questions about the project and the work environment which all were answered in depth and frankly.

    I was then given a sample problem: how would you select a correct contrast agent for a particular application, what image artifacts would you expect to encounter and what could you do to resolve them? I had no experience with contrast agents, however, the question evolved into a discussion where I was able to ask the interviewers for details that helped me better understand the technical challenges involved.

    The last part of the interview were then standard HR questions: Do you feel this is the right project for you and you are right for the project? Why?

    All in all this was a well prepared interview and felt more like an intellectual exchange than a high pressure interview process.

    I was informed about the outcome of the interview on the same day.

    Interview Questions
    • The technical question about selecting contrast agents and resolving imaging artifacts.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Imperial College London.

    Interview Details

    I got two interviews, both by Skype. Nothing technical, they were just looking for an highly motivated candidate with some previous experience which were adaptable to the project. You can find the questions by googling it. The interviewers were super friendly

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation phase.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Undergraduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Imperial College London in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    First apply through UCAS, i think this is the only way you can do it if you just graduated from college. some COURSES might have interviews, like Chemical Engineering, medicine, the others just requires you to do REALLY REALLY WELL in your A level. I applied for Mathematics, and the offer was A*A*AA similarly from Chemical engineering. Make sure you have good predicted grades as well.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was invited for a 20-minute panel interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you accept this job if offered? What's your A-Level?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  7.  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Imperial College London in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    The key point is to build up your real interest in the position, do the research on the position and project itself.

    Regular online application.
    Interview notice after two weeks.
    Two weeks interview preparation time.

    20mins presentation on my own work.
    5-10 mins presentation on how do I think I fit the position.

    I made this job offer because of the second well-prepared presentation.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of questions were based on the nature of the research work.

      Any experience of team-work.
      Availability.
      Visa.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. My first ever job offer, I have been more than grateful.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Application was conducted via an unsolicited email to a potential supervisor. First barrier is usually having a first class degree from a top UK university to be eligible for EPSRC or CASE studentships. Interview dependant on group

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Research Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Imperial College London in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied using application form with personal statement. Had one interview with prospective team members (4 people) lasting less than an hour

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate a higher salary based on the skills I brought to the position
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Computing Undergraduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Imperial College London in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Submitted Application through UCAS, applied for 2 courses. Invited for an interview after a month and received answer after 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Send in CV and cover letter with academic references. Prepare for the interview and read a lot of literature. Answer the questions concisely and to-the-point. Be prepared to be asked about your long-term plans. Be confident and know you stuff.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer

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