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About Rolls-Royce 

Headquartered in the City of Westminster, London, the company is the second-biggest producer of military engines and products in the world. Rolls-Royce also produces a range of other power systems and applications and employs around 40,000 people in over 50 countries. Rolls-Royce PLC split from its sister company Rolls-Royce motors in 1973 and is an international aerospace and defence company.

Read on for Rolls-Royce graduate and apprenticeships application process displayed below. Note, applicants for other jobs and schemes with Rolls-Royce will find the advice useful as well. 

Rolls-Royce’s Graduate Programme

Every year Rolls-Royce draws countless participants on their graduate programme, ranking them top graduate UK employer. Other routes include internships and apprenticeships for university students and school leavers. As such a popular employer, Rolls-Royce can afford to choose their candidates carefully through a tough recruitment process. Learn how we can help you get ahead in this rigorous application procedure.

The Rolls-Royce graduate and apprenticeships application process is listed below. Applicants to other jobs and schemes within Rolls-Royce will find the advice useful as well.

Application Form 

The first step of the recruitment process is the online application form. There are various methods you can use to fill in your details, one is your LinkedIn profile. This is a great opportunity to showcase your talents and drive while demonstrating why you are a perfect fit for Rolls-Royce. Make sure you utilise this opportunity well. Moreover, you are given a chance to upload your CV and other documentation that can help your application. You will also need to fill in your educational and professional history, qualifications and requirements. As well as this, you will be asked to fill in some questions relating to your motivation to join the company. When answering these questions, it is important to put yourself in the best possible light. In order to do this, you should include the key values that Rolls-Royce wants you to possess. They are:

  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Reliability

By incorporating these ideals into your answers, and showing how you have demonstrated them, you stand yourself in good stead to get through to the next stage of the application process. 

If you are successful in this stage of the recruitment process, you will be invited to take part in the next stage of the process: The Rolls-Royce online tests. 


The Rolls-Royce Aptitude Tests 

Once you have submitted your application form, you are automatically sent a link to a set of online psychometric tests. Rolls-Royce has recently started to use cut-e tests in their online testing, and these tests are described below.

Once you have received the link, you have 10 days to complete all your tests. You can choose the order in which you sit the tests, and you do not need to take them all in one go. The tests are crucial to your application because if you don’t complete them, your application will not be considered for the next stage of the process. You can only take the Rolls-Royce tests once a year, which means that if you fail them - you will not be able to apply to Rolls-Royce again for a full year. 


Rolls-Royce advises you to prepare for these tests and try some sample questions before doing these tests online. Once you receive the invitation and link you have ten days to complete them. These tests are lengthy. We recommend doing as much practice as possible to familiarise yourself with the kinds of questions you will meet. Read more about them below.


Cut-e tests are negatively marked, meaning that points are awarded to every right answer, and deducted for every wrong answer. These two scores are added together to create your final test score. This system of marking increases the importance of practice to ensure that you get your answers right.

Note: The are five Rolls-Royce psychometric tests for all candidates. Higher apprentices, graduates and interns will take the same set of tests, whilst apprentices will have a slightly different set. All candidates receive the situational judgment questionnaire and the measurement of competencies test. All tests are outlined below.

Situational Judgement Questionnaire 

The situational judgment test assesses how well you make decisions. In this test, you are given a scenario of a situation you may experience in your day to day job and asked to choose the correct response from a series of options. There are no right or wrong answers in this test, the aim of it is to look at whether your responses to work situations are a match to the values of the company as a whole. This test is untimed, so take your time and think about every answer. Taking practice situational judgment tests can help you get a picture of how to approach this test and about what employers are looking for in the answers. Prepare for this test with our situational judgment test pack or try the sample SJT pack. 

The Rolls-Royce Numerical Test 

The first of the Rolls-Royce online aptitude tests is the numerical reasoning test. You are presented with various items of numerical data generally in the form of statistical tables, charts or graphs. You are asked a question relating to the data on your screen and have to choose the correct answer from the different possibilities listed below it. You are allowed to use a calculator and have to answer approximately one question per minute. This means that you will be under severe time pressure to perform to your best. This is very difficult without any practice and experience taking these tests. Make sure you practise them before you actually take the Rolls-Royce numerical test here at JobTestPrep. 

The Rolls-Royce Verbal Reasoning Test 

The Rolls-Royce verbal reasoning test assesses how well you understand and can apply language. In this test, you are given a short text to read, and asked questions on what you have read. These questions may be multiple choice, or they may ask you to assess whether a statement is true, false or you cannot say based on the information in the text. This test is timed with less than a minute allocated per question, meaning you don’t have long to both read the text and identify the relevant section to answer the question correctly. Taking practice tests increase your reading speed as well as identify strategies for answering questions. Prepare for your Rolls-Royce verbal reasoning test with our specially created cut-e verbal practice pack. 

Measurement of Competencies (Management) Test 

This test assesses the way you like to work. It is a type of personality test in which you need to choose the statement that most suits you. The test assesses whether your personality fits the people specifications they are looking for. This test is also untimed so you do not need to rush into answering each question. Our practice personality test will help you prepare for this test by enabling you to think about your dominant personality traits. 

Higher Apprentices, Interns and Graduates Tests 

As well as the two tests above, you are invited to take three Rolls-Royce ability tests. 

  • Verbal Reasoning Assessment - This test examines your ability to understand complex written information. In this test, often you will answer questions based on a series of short texts. For each question, you need to determine whether a statement is true, false or you cannot say based only on the information in the text. This test is very fast paced, challenging you to work quickly and accurately in order to get a good score. It is also somewhat different in format to the other verbal reasoning tests you may be familiar with. Prepare for this test with our dedicated cut-e verbal ability practice pack.
  • Numerical Reasoning Assessment - This numerical reasoning test looks at how well you understand complex numerical data presented to you in the format of a table, chart or graph. In a test unique to cut-e, the numerical ability test also asks you to determine whether a statement based on the data is true, false or you can’t say. Learn more about the unique features of a cut-e numerical ability test and prepare for your Rolls-Royce test with our dedicated cut-e-style numerical ability pack.

Rolls-Royce Assessment Centre 

The Rolls-Royce graduate scheme or apprenticeship you have applied for will determine the activities you will face. Here is a list of a large range of Rolls-Royce assessment centre exercises you may be required to complete.

The Rolls-Royce Assessment Centre Interviews 

There are up to three different interviews that you will face during the Rolls-Royce assessment centre and each may last up to an hour in length. 

The first two types of Rolls-Royce interviews are motivational and competency interviews. In the motivational interview, you will discuss your practical achievements, including examples of when you have made, designed or planned something. The interviewers expect you to tell them about what you did and what new skills you learned. The competency interview will explore when you have demonstrated some of the competencies or skills that are important to Rolls-Royce. These may include how you have shown your ability in developing personal relationships, your management skills and your ability to work as part of a team. Before the interview, consider reviewing the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to ensure that each answer portrays you and your skills fully. Prepare answers to common interview questions. Pull all your interview preparation together with our interview preparation package to rehearse answers and get feedback on how to create the best impression. 

In the Rolls-Royce technical interview, you will be asked many different questions relating to the position you have applied for. It is very important to prepare for this test by going through the entire Rolls-Royce website as this gives you valuable insight into the business and how it runs. Some Rolls-Royce interview question and answer examples include: 

  • What do we use to make compressor and turbine blades?
  • What would you do if you had difficulties contacting a supplier?
  • What are the important things to include in a contract? 

Note: common interview questions can also consist of the history of Rolls-Royce, current projects and common knowledge of the company.

The Rolls-Royce Presentation 

One of the items included in one of your Rolls-Royce interviews is the Rolls-Royce presentation. This is a 10-minute presentation on a subject that you will be informed about before the actual presentation day so you can prepare in advance. 

An example presentation topic is "Why I should be employed by Rolls-Royce PLC?". Make sure you include examples of when you have demonstrated that you have used the key competencies and values. Find out how we can help you with this presentation

The Rolls-Royce Case Study and Written Exercise 

In this exercise, you will be given a brief pertaining to the business area that you have applied for. For example, you may be given a brief pertaining to some major problems facing an automaker. This will contain three different possible solutions and you will have to perform an analysis explaining why to choose one solution over the other. Learn more about how to carry out the tasks in this exercise with our practice pack.

The Rolls-Royce Group Activity 

Like the Rolls-Royce case study mentioned above, you will be given a brief relating to an aspect of the business where a problem has been found. As a group, you will have an hour to read, analyse and decide on the best course of action. You need to ensure that you participate fully with the group, demonstrating the key values of Rolls-Royce in your responses. Find out how best to come through this task with our group preparation training

The Rolls-Royce Aptitude Tests 

These are supervised versions of the tests that you have already taken as part of the Rolls-Royce recruitment process. They are used to validate that the scores you have already achieved on your tests are correct. You will receive one or more of the tests. Review your cut-e tests to ensure you are up to date on your practice as it would be a shame to fall here when you have already come through them. 

Rolls-Royce Manual Dexterity Test 

This test is taken by applicants for selected apprenticeships schemes only. If you are applying to higher apprenticeships, accounting technician programme or A-level manufacturing programme, you will not have this test. This test will examine your hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. It is more practical than a written test.

Rolls-Royce Assessment Centre Tips 

As a student, you are not necessarily expected to be armed with full industry knowledge. However, you are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of Rolls-Royce and their website. Where possible, try to back yourself up with the knowledge presented to you in each scenario. Above this, throughout the day Rolls-Royce look for specific competencies. These are listed below with some examples of how you can demonstrate these competencies: 

  • Decision-Making – Show energy, drive and a positive approach. Be sensitive to others and try to make decisions without the tension that portrays your confidence.
  • Judgment – Try and consider the longer-term implications; demonstrate being able to act without having the full picture; instinct, intuition, and dedication to the best possible outcome are other characteristics they will be searching for.
  • Receives and encourages new ideas – Look to facilitate brainstorming, be patient to others opinions and be alert to possibilities that you didn't necessarily think of. They are looking for flexible, open-minded candidates.
  • Effective communication – You should demonstrate a balance between initiating and listening to the other person communicate, adapting your communication style according to the audience. You should command attention but also seek information from others. 


You will also need to display commitment, passion and motivation; Strong computer and time management skills; communication and influencing skills. 


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