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The next step is a digital interview, which means that you will not be interviewed by a person, but record your answers and submit the videos for evaluation.
The SSE virtual interviews take 30–40 minutes to complete; there are 5–6 questions for which you are given 3 minutes of preparation and 4–5 minutes to answer.
At this stage, you will be asked questions about your motivations and interest in the industry. Some of the typical questions are:
- Why do you want to work for SSE?
- What do you think are the biggest issues facing the UK energy industry?
- Tell us about a time you worked collaboratively with other people
- Tell us about a mistake you made at work and how you responded
Virtual assessment centre
The assessment centres are currently being conducted virtually, but still consist of the same activities as the in-person centres.
The group exercise is a great way for you to show how you perform in a more realistic working situation. Typically, the group is given a topic to present or issue to solve, and then you will be observed as you work together to find a solution.
Hiring managers are more interested in how well you work as a team – who listens to others, who has input, and how well tasks are delegated – rather than the overall outcome of the exercise itself.
You will be given a case study relevant to your area of interest and asked to record a 10-minute presentation on the topic.
This is to assess your research skills and ability to process and relay technical information to others, as well as interpersonal skills such as public speaking, which can be important for various roles.
For the interview you will typically meet with two managers from the department that you have applied to, who will ask you competency- and strength-based questions. They will require you to demonstrate technical knowledge and skills in your area, as well as previous experience that demonstrates your suitability for the role.
For this, it is important to research SSE and find out as much as you can about its ethics, values and most recent business activity – particularly news that is relevant to the sector that you have applied for.
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