Rolls Royce Interview – Technology Computational Science Engineer

by Mai Le | Sep 1, 2020

Report on Rolls-Royce interview questions from a Cover Letter Library member’s experiences. This is based on  Rolls-Royce PLC  Central Technology Computational Science Engineer first round interview in Derby, UK on 17-04-2019.  There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice – so please use this for reference/preparation purposes only.

Rolls Royce Interview

Who’s the lucky company?
Rolls-Royce PLC
For which division?
Central Technology
And for which office?
Derby, UK
What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?
Computational Science Engineer
When did you apply?
When was this Rolls-Royce Interview?
How were you informed of this interview?
Business person emailed
Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
And this Rolls-Royce Interview was therefore…
In the morning
Was this a … ?
in-person interview
Which stage was this interview?
first round interview
How many interviews in total were in this Rolls-Royce Interview?
The process only required me to perform one interview with the team. This was conducted in person at the office I would be working at.
How many interviewers were in each Rolls-Royce Interview ?
Two interviewers present including my potential line manager and the chief of the department.
How long did this Rolls-Royce Interview process take in total then?
The interview lasted a little over an hour in the department office.
Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
Tell me about yourself.
Why did you decide to study engineering?
Why do you want to work for Rolls-Royce as someone who studies automotive engineering?
Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
Tell me about a time you worked as part of a team and what your role was.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with so far?
Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
Draw a bicycle and explain which tubes are in compression or tension.
The broken stick problem. (If you break a stick into three pieces what’s the probability you can create a triangle from them)
What are the different ways you can get the answer to something you don’t know?
What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
What are the different ways you can get the answer to something you don’t know?

Made sure to explain my thought process and named obvious points such as researching online/ in textbooks and asking another member of the team. Then gave some contextual examples where other examples came up such as if coding then you could do trial and improvement or if there are options to select from then process of elimination.

Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
After the technical questions were finished we discussed some of the projects that the department was working on (as they aren’t published online due to stakeholders involved).
What was the most unexpected thing about this Rolls-Royce Interview or whole process?
The interview was more relaxed than expected. I also thought I would get questions based on how aerospace engines work rather than the generic ones I got.
Did you get the offer?
How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?
1 day
Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to applying to this company?
I wish I had spent more time practising solving technical questions in an interview environment. I found it difficult sometimes to talk through my thought process while also trying to actually think the problem though. I didn’t prepare for this as much as I thought that they would ask more company product focussed questions.
Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience applying to this company?
Finally, before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates get the offer here like you did?
Mention any relevant extracurricular activities you do as I found the company spent a short amount of time talking about my education compared to my professional experience. For example, I’m a STEM ambassador which is also promoted within the company.


Rolls-Royce Overview

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Size: 10000+ Employees
Founded: 1906
Type: Company – Public (RYCEY)
Industry: Aerospace & Defence
Revenue: $10+ billion (USD)

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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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