Prepare for the National Grid Application and Assessment Centre

Are you applying to National Grid? The following article outlines what you can expect in the recruitment process and how best to prepare for the National Grid application, situational judgment tests, interviews and assessment centre.
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National Grid PLC is a multinational gas and electricity company. It is headquartered in London with operations mainly in the UK and the US. National Grid has a wide range of student and graduate programs as well as industrial placement and internship positions in the company’s various departments. However, with thousands of applicants for less than 100 positions, competition can be tough. The best way to make yourself stand out from the crowd in the application process to give yourself lots of preparation.

The National Grid Application Process is as follows:

National Grid Online Application

The first stage in the National Grid recruitment process is filling out an application form that is divided into 3 sections, with the first section asking for your basic details and academic history. The second section is motivational and skill questions. This takes a bit of time to fill out and you need to think about your answers beforehand. Some examples of questions are why do you want to work for National Grid and why are you interested in the field you have chosen.

Situational Judgment Test

The third section is comprised of a Situational Judgment Test (SJT). In this test you are given a work-related situation and given 4 multiple choices answers to choose from. Some examples of situations are what to do if someone is critical or your work or what the best course of action is if your team is late for a project deadline. Find the best way to handle the SJT with our SJT practice tests.

National Grid Interview

Following a successful application, you will be invited to an interview with National Grid. This interview can take place either over the phone or by pre-recorded video. The interview focuses around competencies and capabilities and is comprised of three short questions, lasting between 15-20 minutes.National Grid has four specific competencies they look for which they will test you on in the interview:
  • Respect others and value their diversity
  • Take ownership for driving performance
  • Demonstrate integrity and openness in all relationships
  • Work as one team, one National Grid
Before your interview, think about an example when you exemplified each of these competencies and how you want to share this in your interview. A useful way to structure your answers is by using the STAR method. It always helps to be prepared so help yourself out by using our interview preparation resources.

National Grid Assessment Centre

If your interview is successful, you will be invited to the final stage of the recruitment process at the National Grid Assessment Centre, held at the Warwick Conference Centre. This is a two day assessment, with the first day including a welcome presentation and chance to get to know the other applicants. Graduate candidates receive 90 minutes of preparation for a presentation they will give on the second day. The second day includes a presentation, group exercise and an interview. It is important at all times to express a passion about energy and the role you are applying for.

Competency Based Interview

The interview focuses on two subjects: your competencies and your knowledge about the company. If you are applying to a technical role, expect questions on your technical competencies as well. Before your interview, make sure to research the company, know how National Grid works, who regulates the market and what challenges the company faces now and may face in the future. For competency questions, refer back to the four competencies. Build your confidence to ace this interview with our competency-based interview preparation.

Group Exercise

In the group exercise, you are put into small groups and given a task to complete as a team. You are given a packet of information to read through and analyse in order to complete the task. Prepare yourself for surprises throughout as the assessors may change the information you have been given. Remember that you are being assessed on your problem solving skills and how you work as part of a team. This is a good indicator of how you could fit into the National Grid work environment. Practice your teamwork skills with our group exercise preparation pack


In the individual presentation, you are first given a case study to read and review for 90 minutes. During that time you must also plan out a 10 minute presentation you will be giving to the assessors. The case study is related to the field you are applying for so you should be someone familiar with the material. Graduates can begin their preparation a day ahead while industrial placement and internship candidates must prepare the day of. This exercise examines your analysis and problem solving skills as well as how well you present and express yourself. Give yourself a boost by practicing with our case study and presentation preparation resources.

In Summary

National Grid can be a great starting point for all types of careers. Although the application process can be intimidating at times, with the right preparation you can be confident in your abilities. This article has outlined the process and provided tips and resources to help you throughout the recruitment process. Good luck!

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