Rolls-Royce Interview Questions in Derby, England

Updated Aug 19, 2015
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    Engineering Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)).

    Interview

    After successfully gong through the online screening process, Rolls-Royce Plc invited me to go to Derby for the interview stage. It was a day-long and started early on in the morning, so Rolls-Royce offered to pay for my stay overnight. I had to prepare a short presentation about myself, briefly explaining projects I had been involved in and any positions of leadership. Once I was finished, I was asked questions to test my knowledge of Rolls-Royce. Next came the technical interview section which lasted about 1 hour and included questions regarding aerodynamics, structures, materials, propulsion and thermodynamics. After this, the group of applicants which showed up were divided into two teams of 5 and given 50 mins to come up with a solution to a problem. To conclude, we were given a mathematics aptitude test.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain how a jet engine works as if I were someone who knew nothing about engineering.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Graduate Development Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Re-sit of the Ability Test – as the tests you completed on-line were unsupervised you will be asked to re-sit one of them. The test had be done handwritten, calculators were provided. It was a 25 min numerical test. The best would be to re-visit the online tests. - Competency Interview – you will be asked to give examples of times you’ve demonstrated some of the competencies that are important to us. First I had to do a 10 minutes presentation about myself. Questions about my CV and my work experience were asked, as well as qeusteions about the graduate programme in general. - Application of Knowledge Interview – this exercise allows us to gauge your understanding of the specific business area that invited you to interview. A lot of qestions from mechanical engineering topic were asked. At the beginning quite easy to answer, but difficulty level incresed until you were not able to answer the questions any more. skills and abilities so you are able to highlight why you think we should offer you a position. We want you to really sell yourself, so you should be prepared to: - Convince us you should join our Development Programme - Let us know what knowledge, skills and experience make you an ideal fit for our Company and how you’d add value

    Interview Questions

    • Jet Engine: the inlet temperature of the turbine is 50 degrees hotter than expected. What could be the reason for that and what would you do to find out where this variation comes from?   1 Answer
    • What is the Mach number and what is it used for? Why is it so important?   2 Answers
    • Stress and strength. Two stress and strength curves were presented (normal/gaussian distribution). Questions about standard deviation and shape of the curve etc.   Answer Question
    • I was presented a list of questions and I could pick one. What makes our products save?   1 Answer
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    Manufacturing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)).

    Interview

    After On-line application and on-line tests there was an assessment centre. Group exercise-had to build bridge like structure Presentation about yourself Competency Interview- be sure to brush on knowledge about company in general Technical Interview - quite difficult, ask a lot of "what would you do" questions Re-do of on-line test Accommodation for night before paid for including breakfast and travel.

    Interview Questions

    • Main competitors and where do we operate   1 Answer
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    Internship Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Simple online application with some questions. Followed by numerical and verbal online test. After this was invited to assessment centre in Derby. At the assessment centre had to redo the numerical test, then presentation about myself which I had prepared in advance and competency interview. After this, group exercise where we had to build a tower using paper, cups etc costing our material. After lunch technical interview where they ask you a question about a jet engine and a question about the performance of materials (stress/strain).

    Interview Questions

    • Technical interview: temperature after the combustion chamber is found to be 50 degrees higher than usual, what might be the reason. Competency interview: tell us of a time in which you had to make a decision quickly.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    There was an individual interview with a presentation, a technical interview and a group activity. The individual interview was ok, be sure to mention the skills you developed/used when answering questions. Technical interview was complicated, pushed me to the limit. At one point I had to explain in laymen terms a certain engineering principle, I chose aliasing. The group exercise is fun, don't worry about it. Be sure to work well with your team.

    Interview Questions

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    Supply Chain Management Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    CV and Covering letter, then an Assessment Centre. The assessment centre consisted of: a presentation about yourself, followed by a competency interview. Then psychometric tests, then a group assessment. This was followed by lunch and a chance to chat with members of staff, and then finally an 'application of knowledge' interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The competency interview surprised me as it was mainly questions about rolls royce, things like who are their customers, why rolls royce and things like that. I only had two competency questions at the end and i think one was about how i have influenced a decision or influenced someone. The psychometric tests were okay, they are very similar to the practice tests they send out so make sure you practice them. The group assessment was three different business scenarios that you would have to look at and pitch one of the ideas to the assessors. Unfortunately this task did not go well for me, i was put on the accounting part of the task, and at that point i should have made a point to change the role as accounting isn't my strongest point. Therefore this left me unable to present all the information that was needed regarding the finance and was quite embarrassing and frustrating. Make sure you work well as a team, but also make sure that you understand the task and work as a group to ensure that everyone is doing a role that they are comfortable with. I then had an application of knowledge interview, which asked a lot of questions about rolls royce, the share price, what things in the news cause challenges for the company, what factors effect the company, what do you think you would be doing on a day to day basis in the role etc.   Answer Question
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    Higher Manufacturing Apprentice Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Derby, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Extremely well planned interview process, with sufficient breaks and positive structure. The day included a personal interview, which consisted of two presentations. One about Rolls-Royce PLC and one about an turbofan engine. A group exercise to demonstrate team working and leadership abilites. This was assessed my a minimum of 8 assessors. A numerical test, which was more of a data analysis test - not many people finished but we gathered it was marked on progress. A 1 on 1 interview about yourself, why you have applied, what makes you more employable then the rest of the applicants and so on.

    Interview Questions

    • I was handed a part and asked what I thought it was and why - I had never seen it before.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation was neccesary.

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    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Competency based interview - with 2 senior managers; presentation on change management; numerical & verbal reasoning tests.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too radical - based on their leadership & technical competencies.   Answer Question
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    Manufacturing Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Initial online application form - SHL numerical and logical reasoning tests - assessment centre. Application and online test practice can be done online. For the assessment centre, mine had about 10-15 people split into two groups. Itinerary for the day was: -Presentation about yourself followed by interview questions -Numerical Test (on paper this time) -Group task, usually working as a team to meet an objective. -Written exercise -Technical interview. This is a chance to talk about your technical knowledge i.e. stuff you've covered at uni and related work experience. Not necessarily in the above order and lunch is provided. Staff try and make you feel at home and from my perspective, RR is certainly a company that cares for its workers.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical interview - make a short talk/presentation from a choice of topics given in a list. (Some if not most should tie in with material you've learnt in your course or at school)   Answer Question
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    Engineering Graduate Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Derby, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Rolls-Royce (Derby, England (UK)) in January 2014.

    Interview

    1. Submitted resume and cover letter online 2. Received an invitation to an online test 3. Received invitation to an assessment center (consisting in: math test similar to the online one, group activities and individual interviews with two different R-R managers)

    Interview Questions

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