Rolls-Royce PLC Recruitment Process: Assessment Centre and Interview Preparation

Once you have been successful in the previous stages of the Rolls Royce recruitment process, you will be invited to the assessment centre, known as the Rolls-Royce Assessment Day. There are various activities and assessments you will face and we will go through them in detail below.
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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 activities are:

The Rolls-Royce 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. Ahead of the interview review the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to make sure 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 or SHL 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.

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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 a practical rather than a written test.

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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 tension that portrays your confidence.

Judgement  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 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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Practise Today For Your Best Chance At Success 

Getting a position at Rolls-Royce is difficult, but if you are prepared, you have a much greater chance of sailing through the recruitment process. Start practising with our resources today to put your best foot forward!

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