Rolls-Royce Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 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+ weeksinterviewed 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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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Rolls-Royce.

    Interview

    Interview process takes the whole day, technical interview involves knowledge about a jet engine, including physics behind pressure and temperature ie pv=nrt. You are given a piece of a jet engine and have to say what it is and how it could have been made. Also a tip is to get other information thats not just on the rolls royce website about materials and such. Then you have to redo one of the online tests, no real problems. Lunch next where you have the opportunity to talk to the assessors, its a good time to find out more about rolls royce, what its like to be an employee etc. Now the team exercise, you're probably going to have to make a bridge/tower out of paper, cups in a set budget. Make sure you read all the instructions fully and if you can try and be time keeper and voice your opinions and raise questions. For me the last part of the day was the personal interview, make sure you know your presentation off by heart so you're not constantly referring to notes. Be ready to have example's of when you've work in a team, met goals, worked with other people who work differently to you. Throughout the whole day be energetic, talk to everyone, ask questions and look smart for the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • When have you worked with someone who has a different working style to you? And how did you adapt to this?   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+ monthsinterviewed 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?   1 Answer
    • 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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    Machinist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Rolls-Royce.

    Interview

    It was a competency based interview where I was asked to provide an example of each of the rolls royce competencies. I applied through the internal job board so they were aware of my background beforehand. A typical external interview would be a full assessment day. Some competencies are: team player, deals with ambiguity, influences others.

    Interview Questions

    • A member of your team passes on a non-conforming part to the next cell in the production line. What do you do?   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 dayinterviewed 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 dayinterviewed 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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    Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Rolls-Royce.

    Interview

    HR and Technical Questions are asked by the Resource Manager. HR questions are based on Behavioural aspects and are similar for all departments. By contrast the technical ones are tailored to the job position the candidate is applying for

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me About a Situation when you had to perform a job based on few inputs   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation phase

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Rolls-Royce.

    Interview

    Consisted of an online application asking about the yourself and why you would like to work for the company. They want to see your drive and passion Psychometric Test - Numerical, Verbal and diagrammatic Assessment Center - Group task - Build a paper bridge; Presentation - sell yourself to the company( your skills and talent). Numerical test. Technical Interview - about engines graphs and tables - methods of increasing efficiency etc

    Interview Questions

    • Some difficult questions; know about the the companies economical and environmental challenges, statistics and jet engines   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Rolls-Royce.

    Interview

    First, you complete an online application. Then receive an email to complete 5 online tests. If successful, you are invited to an assessment centre, where you will have two interviews, a case to solve within a group, more tests, and a finally you will need to prepare a presentation about yourself.

    Interview Questions

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Rolls-Royce.

    Interview

    The assessment centre consists of six parts: 1) At the beginning of the day you will have a chance to have a tea/coffee with interviewers and fellow candidates. It is important that you talk to both of them; the former to break the ice even before the interview and having some conversation with other candidates might help you for the group exercise. 2) Competency based interview: they will first go through your CV and ask you what kind of skills you acquired during your previous work experience. The they will ask two or three questions on skills that Rolls Royce feels important. And finally, questions about Rolls Royce. 3) Group exercise: you are divided in two groups. In my case we had to move some marbles from one side of the table without touching them using plastic cups and paper. I was quite surprised that this was a practical task and not, for example a case study. This is probably the most important part of the assessment centre. Unless you do really badly in the other steps of the process, if you shine in this you will get the job. Remember its not about the task (I was told that nobody actually managed to complete successfully the task), but about how you relate to others. You need to show your leadership and persuasion skills. They also greatly value if you take the first few minutes planning your tasks. Planning is what project management is about. Time keeping is also essential. It would be a good idea if you brought a stopwatch with you (no phones). 4) Buffet lunch with interviewers and candidates. 5) Psychometric test: these are paper based and similar the ones you did online. Nobody ever manages to finish all questions in the set time but the vast majority manages to pass the threshold. Questions have a similar format to the online tests. Questions are negatively marked so don't answer questions that you are not sure about. 6) Competency based interview: this is the interview you need to seriously prepare for. Get a book on essentials of project management from your university library and learn the principles. They will give you 8 pre-set questions. An example question could be: You are a product manager and the main suppliers are located in France, Poland and Israel?. However questions change all the time so there is no point listing them. The best way to prepare is to study a book about project management principles. Overall this assessment centre was challenging but very well organized. Everyone was really friendly and the interviewers try to prompt you and help you during the interview. Even if you don't get the job this assessment centre is a great learning experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What recent news might affect our business?   Answer Question
    • Tell us about what kind of projects Rolls Royce runs.   1 Answer
    • You are a product manager. The main suppliers of the product you are developing are located in France, Poland and Israel. What challenges could you face and how would go about to address those?   Answer Question
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