Met Office Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Met Office.
Interview Details – Fill out the application form, very long and detailed. Following this I got called for an interview which was made up of a 45 min written exercise on strategy, a 10 min presentation and a 45min interview with 3 members on the panel. Following this I received an offer which I had 7 days to accept and following this a security check is done which can take anywhere from 6 weeks upwards
Interview Question – To develop a strategy for an energy company Answer Question
Negotiation Details – 7 days to accept offer which was not really negotiable, they have strict salary bands.
Climate Impact Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Met Office in February 2012.
Interview Details – Initially contacted via email about the fact that I'd been selected for an interview. Was in the US at the time so we set up a phone interview and they were very accommodating with times. The interview itself lasted approximately 40 minutes and I was asked questions that were more technical than behavioral. They asked me questions specifically related to previous internships and the experiences I'd gained there, as well as information about whether or not I'd led projects and what I'd accomplished through them.
Interview Question – The technical question entailed talking about the program they used to work on Climate Impact and environmental modeling. Question itself wasn't tough but required extensive research into that segment of their activities. Make sure to do your homework well. View Answer
Desktop Support Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Met Office in April 2010.
Interview Details – Tortuous form filling as CVs/Resumes not accepted. Had panel interview with 3 on the panel. The interview went fine until when they asked if I had any questions. I asked about promotion, salary scales, grading etc. One of the panel leaned forward and spoke to his colleague at the end of the panel, with these immortal words - "what a bl**dy good question". The man in the middle spoke about those questions need to be directed at HR so basically they couldn't provide an answer. I was very glad not to be offered a position as I wouldn't want to work at an organisation whose interviews include swearing and an inability to answer a very reasonable question. It might explain why they provide very little good weather forecasting and their climate change analysis has been called into question.
Interview Question – A sample bash shell script with errors View Answer