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Environment Agency Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Aug 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Environmental Monitoring Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Shrewsbury, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Environment Agency (Shrewsbury, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Competency based interview, (5) followed by lab based test. Friendly relaxed process with guidance and support on structure of answers. Time allowed to add anything else that you feel would support your application.
    Written application and communication via online agency portal is straightforward, although slightly tricky due to low word count requirement on competency answers.

    Interview Questions

    • As it is a competency based process the questions follow on from the written application. Health, Safety and Wellbeing.....Describe risks you consider associated with the role.   Answer Question

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    Fisheries Technical Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kidderminster, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Environment Agency (Kidderminster, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    The application involved filling out a detailed online form specifying how the candidate meets the necessary criteria and competence questions. The interview itself was relatively informal, asking me to expand on the questions highlighted in the application form.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Technical Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Environment Agency (Bristol, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Competency based interviews, with 6 questions based around generic competencies, an exercise to do a executive management briefing and a 5 minute presentation. The interview was relatively informal and the interviewers made me feel relaxed, there was no hr representative present and that's always a good sign for me. We chatted for a few minutes before the formal process started and that definitely helped with relaxation.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you tell us about a time when you had to influence someone senior to achieve a goal when you had little time to prepare.   Answer Question
    • Why should we give you the job.   Answer Question

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Worthing, South East England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Environment Agency (Worthing, South East England, England (UK)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    The interview itself was a good experience. However, everything else was a catalog of errors. Summary below of feedback I sent them.....

    Prior to the interview, it was necessary to book a slot on your online platform. It said that interviews would be held in Reading and Worthing. The applicant wasn't informed of the location of the interview until they had actually booked a slot!! Therefore if one location was more convenient than the other, it was pot luck if that was where the interview was held. I got lucky!

    Online platform referred to 'interview 1'. This implied to me that there would be a second round of interviews. Confirmed to not be the case once I queried what dates these would be held on.

    There was misleading information in the confirmation message which could have resulted in an applicant going to the wrong location. This was acknowledged in a corrective message that was sent out. However, there were further errors in this message. It referred to a section of the message in blue that would indicate the correct location. None of the message was infact colour coded!

    The point of contact for the interview was incorrectly shown as xxxxxxx. I was copied in on xxxxs email to you where he expresses his exasperation about getting so many emails about interviews that he was not involved with. He asked you to have his name removed from the website where it said he was the point of contact. You didnt do this.

    The interview itself was conducted in a very pleasant and professional way. (5th July). During the interview I was told I would hear a result in 2 weeks.

    After the interview, I emailed you on 25th July inquiring if any decisions had been made. - no response.

    August 4th, I wrote to HR. They said 'We are struggling to find details surrounding the role in question.' And could I provide details of the role, and hiring manager. I provided these details. They said they were still waiting to hear back from the hiring manager.....they also noted that the point of contact as specified by me was incorrect, and that the details of the job said I should be contacting xxxxxx, and it may be worth my while contacting him for news - hence I know you didnt correct the website details as requested by xxxx.

    I wrote back to HR to inform them that I thought the details on their website may be incorrect. - No reply.

    Aug 10th, I emailed and left a voicemail for xxxxxx asking if he had any news on the role. He replied to me apologizing for the uncertainty and slow response. He copied you in on the email 'so that you could advise the position'. Again, no response from you to this email.

    17th August. I noticed your phone number on one of your emails so gave you a ring. It is only now that you confirm that I had not been successful. If I had not chased, I do not think that I would have ever heard. You said you would get interview feedback for me, and asked me to send bank details for the expenses to be paid to, which I sent the same day.

    September 7th, I emailed you asking if you had contacted the interviewers and also if there is an issue with the expenses. No response.

    September 12th, I write to you again copying in HR. It is only now that I get a response, and a promise that you will follow up the outstanding points.

    Interview Questions

    • To give specific examples of how difficult issues were dealt with   1 Answer

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    Delivery Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Environment Agency (Birmingham, England (UK)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Invited to an "assessment centre" from 08:45 to 14:00 in a hotel in an entirely different town to where the job was, thus requiring me to take a full day's leave, buy a peak-time train ticket, and get up at 05:30 to get there in time. Upon arrival, I was advised that my first interview was, in fact, at 10. Interview was 45 minutes with a panel of two, one of whom was notably unfriendly and who had not read my CV. This was followed by a 40 minute scenario discussion at 12, and a 30 minute role play with 9 other candidates in which we pretended to be tenants in a block of flats. The assessment centre appeared to have been organised for the benefit of EA staff only - I truly wish I'd gone straight back home.

    Interview Questions


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    Investment Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Environment Agency in January 2016.

    Interview

    The process began with a 1 hour computer exercise. These consisted of a 30 min excel exercise to demonstrate database and data manipulation skills and a verbal exercise requiring a concise one page summary of a 2 page investment brief to board members. An hour long interview followed. The interview questions were predominantly competency based. A panel interview with 2 investment executives and Office Manager.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you explain in detail what measures you took to ensure you could identify the precise location of capture errors in your linked excel worksheets.   Answer Question
    • What are your goals for the future   Answer Question
    • How do you priorities your work here against often challenging deadlines   1 Answer

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    Permitting Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Environment Agency (Solihull, England (UK)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Written scenario based Interview . Some calculations and questions relating to a scenario about water abstraction. This was followed by a competency based interview where you had to describe what you had done in certain situations.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us of a time when you had to do multiple things and deliver complex results. Tell us when you got someone to do something even though they had other choices and did not necessarily have to follow your advice.   1 Answer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Environment Agency.

    Interview

    Capability based interview. Five questions, based on the capabilities set out in the job application. In addition, interviewees were given half an hour to write a short report to assess the potential ecological impacts of a water treatment installation within a river catchment

    Interview Questions

    • How do you decide what information to include in a data report?   Answer Question

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    Flood Risk Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Environment Agency in June 2015.

    Interview

    Competency-based (communication, teamwork, community outreach). Interviewed by team leader and team member. Not overly formal or uncomfortable as it was more or less talking about work experiences and applying skills. One difficult question towards the end asking about how I would react to a certain situation within the job. I was told I would hear back within a 2-3 week period due to high number of applicants and the number of positions.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you react to a local flood issue and those affected by it?   1 Answer

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    A Mid-level Human Resources Role Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Environment Agency (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Good interview, nice people, interesting discussion and felt it went well. Invited back for a 2nd interview, and by all accounts everyone was very positive and the interviewers hinted at a final stage.

    Now, this is where it all started to go horribly wrong on their side. After a week without communication I followed up with a quick email which went unanswered. Towards the end of the following week (not wanting to chase too much etc.) a quick call to one of the interview team. No response.

    One more phone call and email later I felt as though they were no longer interested for some reason so gave up. A month later, I finally get a one line email (almost literally) saying "Sorry, you've been unsuccessful, good luck in your search". I follow up with a quick note acknowledging the decision and asking for a little more detail to improve any weak areas the next time. No response; I follow up one more time with a quick phone call and then write it off..

    After two full days off to travel halfway across the country for the interviews not to mention several hundred pounds of travel expenses, that's all they can be bothered to do? Ok, I won't be applying there again.

    Overall, poor showing particularly given that the interview team were fellow HR professionals who should know better and care about the experience their potential future colleagues have.

    Interview Questions

    • Generic HR knowledge questions as well as behavioural and related q's about challenging situations etc. All fairly simple to answer.   Answer Question

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