Careers at SSE
As an energy provider, SSE operates over a wide range of sectors and requires staff with expertise in a wide range of specialisms. If you are looking at the graduate scheme, then its training programmes are in the following areas:
- Business and commercial
- IT and technology
- Project sales
The graduate development programme is a 3-year training opportunity that gives you invaluable hands-on experience while pursuing relevant qualifications. Similarly, apprenticeships are 3–4 years and cover a range of disciplines such as jointer, fitter, digital, and lines.
SSE Application Process
Online Psychometric Tests
Virtual Assessment Centre
For early career pathways, including apprenticeships and the graduate scheme, the application process looks like this:
- Online application
- Online tests
- Virtual interview
- Assessment centre
There are a variety of different areas of business that you can apply for at SSE, which means that there will be some differences in the types of assessments that you are asked to do.
SSE uses Talent Q tests for its psychometric tests, and these are different from many other publishers’ tests because they are adaptive (meaning that they will adjust their difficulty depending on how well you do).
Therefore, if you get an answer correct then the next one will be more complex. If you get it wrong, then the next will be simpler, which allows for everyone to be tested to the maximum of their abilities.
Each test is 15 minutes long; the logical and numerical tests have 12 questions, while the verbal tests have 15.
SSE Aptitude Tests
SSE numerical reasoning test
Most positions require a numerical reasoning test, since they show an aptitude with processing and interpreting numerical information such as schedules, financial reports, and progress statistics. Generally, numerical reasoning deals with basic arithmetic, percentages, graphs, and data interpretation.
If you are applying for a financial or sales position, you may also be expected to answer financial reasoning questions, which are more specific to that area and require more knowledge of terminology and financial concepts.
SSE verbal reasoning test
Almost every job requires good language and communication skills, which is why verbal reasoning tests are one of the most common aptitude tests given in recruitment. They assess your comprehension, language skills, and your ability to interpret complex written information.
The Talent Q verbal reasoning test comprises 15 questions in 15 minutes, which means that you need to work quickly but carefully, showing how well you perform under pressure.
SSE logical reasoning test
This means that you use the information given to you to follow the logic to find the correct answer. They do not rely on any prior knowledge, so you will have all the information that you need to deduce the answer within the question, though they can be quite abstract.
SSE situational judgement test
One of the tests that everyone is asked to complete is a situational judgement test, a practice that is becoming more common in recruitment in general.
As the name suggests, a situational judgement test assesses your behaviour and values by presenting workplace scenarios and asking you to rank responses in order of which you think is most suitable. This way, recruiters can get an understanding for how you might perform on the job and whether you are a good cultural fit for the company, as your responses will be measured against their values and guidelines.