The UKAEA recruitment process
We understand that it can be a daunting process if you are applying for a job and you don’t know what to expect. We have put together this guide to help you understand the hiring process when you apply for one of our jobs.
The first step is to read the job advert and submit your application. You will be asked a small number of screening questions and for your CV (you can also attach an optional covering letter). You will need to submit these online via our applicant tracking system Smart Recruiters. We usually review applications after the closing date, however in some cases you may be contacted beforehand.
The next steps
If shortlisted, someone from the UKAEA Talent Acquisition team will contact you either by email or phone to set up the next steps in the hiring process.
- Phone interview
The first step is typically a 20-30 minute telephone, or virtual, interview with one of our hiring team members. This will involve talking through your experience and motivations for wanting to join us, and your suitability for the role.
- Face-to-face or virtual interview
If successful, the next step in the interview process will be a second stage, panel interview. This normally lasts around 60 minutes and you will be asked more detailed interview questions, which will contain a mixture of behavioural and technical competency questions.
- Other assessments
You may be required to undertake other assessments depending on the role you’re applying for. These could include:
- An online personality profiling questionnaire
- A presentation
- Analysis of technical information or schematics
- An online aptitude and ability assessment
- Role play
- In-tray / written exercises
- Assessment centres
Our team will usually make a decision after these rounds. You may be asked to attend a third interview, which may be in the form of a ‘meet and greet’ with other team members and an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.