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Defra Overview

www.gov.uk
City of London, England
10000+ employees
2001
Government
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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues.

We are responsible for policy and regulations on:

- the ... Read more

Mission: Defra's overarching aim is sustainable development, which is defined as "development which enables all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future ... Read more

Defra Reviews

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    Former Employee - Assistant Social Researcher in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Social Researcher in London, England
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    I worked at Defra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meaningful work, even as a junior researcher I felt I was having an impact. People were all very welcoming, kind and helpful. Very knowledgable colleagues, but felt little hierarchy and even senior civil servants felt accessible and gave their time to help where needed. Good pay. Environmentally conscious organisation. Civil Service benefits. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Some colleagues were significantly underpaid in comparison to private sectors jobs doing the same work. Oftentimes, job contracts are only for 2 years. A lot of changing of colleagues as people flit between jobs a lot in the civil service.

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Defra Interviews

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    Air Quality Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Defra (London, England).

    Interview

    5 minute prepared oral presentation on challenges facing the UK in meeting its air quality targets. This was followed by strength and competency based questions , total process took around an hour.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you have influenced a senior colleague?   Answer Question
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