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United Utilities Interview Questions

Updated 4 Aug 2017
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    Graduate Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warrington, North West England, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at United Utilities (Warrington, North West England, England) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Two groups of 3 formed the assessment centre. Began the day with a presentation on the company, followed by individual interviews, there were both competency and technical aspects of the interview. The technical aspect was on your understanding of water and waste water processing, P&IDs, safety and root cause analysis. The next task of the day was an individual presentation on the 5 skills which make a great process engineer, which you we were told to prepare prior to attending. later on in the day we we're joined by the afternoon group for a group task. During this task we were all handed a case study on an imaginary pharmaceutical company and we're tasked with devising solutions to a number of challenges faced by the company. Similar to what I can only imagine a boardroom meeting is like. Throughout this task we discussed and debated solutions and had to come to a unanimous decision on each solution.

    Interview Questions

    • Presented an imagine of a vessel which had collapsed in on itself. You're told that it used to be an open top vessel, but a roof was fitted around a month prior to the incident. Your task is to determine the possible cause of the incident, with the aid of a simple P&ID, including all surrounding relevant items.   Answer Question

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    Operator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at United Utilities.

    Interview

    The process was really smooth. It was a while from when I sent my cv until my interview date but that gave me lots of time to prepare. The interview was tell me a time questions where you had to give examples of situations you had been in relating to the question. Make sure you prepare on these as there is about 12 questions like this. Give an example about what you did and how you resolved or dealt with the situation.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time when you have helped someone in a work environment   Answer Question
    • Tell me a time you have demonstrated health and safety   Answer Question
    • Tell me a time of when you have received feedback you didn't agree with and what did You do.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation.


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    Project Management Graduate Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Daresbury, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at United Utilities (Daresbury, England) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Initial online application, online tests (I think it was just personality), phone interview and then assessment day. Whole process took 4 months. Assessment day involved 10 minute presentation about a department topic, group task (all discussing a set topic and then asked to prioritise) and a one on one interview. I felt the whole day went well but there were a lot of assessors there, who I believe some had more say than others, therefore if you weren't placed with these assessors it's unlikely you would get the job. I was promised feedback and was told 2 weeks ago that I did not get the job over email with no feedback have chased it twice and still no feedback. Disappointing experience as they made out in the interview that we were all valued. No practical questions asked such as 'why do you want the job?'.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you tell us about a time when you received feedback and how you used it to move forward?   Answer Question

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    Graduate Geotechnical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newton-le-Willows, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at United Utilities (Newton-le-Willows, England) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Online portal - CV, covering letter, competency based questions.
    Online assessments (SHL Logical, numerical, verbal reasoning)
    Telephone interview - on the spot questions both technically and personality-based.
    Assessment Centre - competing against 2 other candidates (Presentation, Group Activity, Interview)
    Feedback via email after completion.

    Interview Questions

    • Using data provided, explain the difficulties in building infrastructure such as a water treatment facility in the area located on the map.   Answer Question
    • What are the five main attributes that you think are relevant and desirable as a graduate at UU?   Answer Question

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    Civil Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leigh, North West England, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at United Utilities (Leigh, North West England, England) in December 2015.

    Interview

    Initial basic phone interview, why you want the job etc. then shortly followed by an invite to come to an assessment centre.

    Then assessment centre involving a 10 minute pre prepared presentation, a technical interview and group exercise.

    Interview Questions

    • What is better, a three legged stool or 4 legged chair?   1 Answer

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    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warrington, North West England, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at United Utilities (Warrington, North West England, England) in December 2015.

    Interview

    First there is a general application with all the usual stuff; why do you want to work for us? why do you want to do this role? etc.

    Next a telephone interview, I had two people talking to me four around 35 minutes, asked about my hobbies and past experience, and a bit more about motivations.

    Assessment centre is a day long, involves a presentation, interview and group exercise, the interview is pretty much entirely competency based.

    Interview Questions

    • They show you a situation and ask you to figure out how it happened/what went wrong.   Answer Question

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warrington, North West England, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at United Utilities (Warrington, North West England, England).

    Interview

    They got in touch with me after finding my resume online. After a fairly informal telephone conversation/interview, I was shortlisted for a face-to-face interview at their main facility in Warrington. The interview itself was very informal and relaxed. There were two assessors, one being the manager of the department. But both were very friendly, yet professional. Being a recent graduate, they understood my nerves and were very forgiving for my often excessive responses to their questions. The question format was competitive and the interview lasted up to 45 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Tell me about a time when you had to solve a difficult problem?   Answer Question

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    Senior Planning & MI Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Warrington, North West England, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at United Utilities (Warrington, North West England, England) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Online testing with verbal reason and maths test followed by 2 face to face interviews. First interview was competency based "can you tell me about a time when..." with hiring manager and HR. The second was in depth about experience and a presentation with more senior managers and was pretty relaxed and conversational

    Interview Questions

    • First interview was competency based
      Second was in depth about experience   Answer Question

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at United Utilities.

    Interview

    Recruitment company found my CV and set up the interview

    Interview Questions

    • How would you get information you needed from someone?   1 Answer

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    Operations Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at United Utilities (Manchester, England) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I walked in and felt at ease with the managers (2) and they made it very easy for me to talk about my skilld and experience, they also asked me about hobbies etc and I found common ground with them so found it even easier to talk to them. Ive since been told that as soon as I left the hiring manager said i was a definite

    Interview Questions

    • most unexpected, where do you want to work   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    no negotiation as company was going through pay review


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