About Rolls Royce
Rolls Royce, popularly known for its luxury motor cars is also a multinational aerospace and defence company that was formed in 1904 - distributing the power systems for aviation and many other industries.
The aerospace business builds both commercial and military gas turbine engines for military, civil, and corporate aircraft customers worldwide. In the U.S, the company makes engines for regional and corporate jets, helicopters, and turboprop aircraft.
If you are looking for a career in aerospace, Rolls Royce should be a top choice when searching for a new role. If working with cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe & competitive solutions interests you, learn more about what it takes to get hired at Rolls Royce Aerospace division.
If applying for a role you should ensure your skills and values reflect the core values of Rolls Royce:
Rolls Royce Application Process
Rolls-Royce is keen to attract top candidates and activity encourages upskilling through its word-class training in both science and engineering.
Being such a high demand workplace, the recruitment process can be competitive so it's important to prepare for each stage of the hiring process to ensure maximum chance of success.
The online aptitude tests are particularly important to practice to ensure your test score is reflective of the top 50% of test-takers. This should help ensure you are shortlisted during the early stages of the pre-screening process.
The online application is completed via Rolls Royce and requires you to enter personal specific information about you, your work experience and your education.
The “about you” section requires you to answer competency-based questions. For example, what are your interests, hobbies and skills relevant to the Rolls Royce position as well as your motivations for applying.
Another important aspect of the application process is to ensure you meet all the requirements of the role such as the degree classification (typically 2:1) and that this is your only application.
If successful you might be invited to participate in a series of online aptitude tests. These tests are important to prepare for and practice.
Online Aptitude Tests
Rolls Royce sends you your assessment via email and you are given approximately 10 days to complete them all.
The main aptitude tests you will need to complete are:
- Situational judgement test
- Numerical reasoning test
- Verbal reasoning test
- Logical reasoning test
Situational Judgement Test
The situational judgement test is an assessment that tests your ability to make good choices during work-related scenarios. You must pick the best and worst responses from a series of statements that relate to your position.
The test helps Rolls Royce understand skills and the ability to make decisions. The scenarios you are presented with are not always obvious what the right answer could be so it's important to reflect on the culture and values of Rolls Royce which can help. Although there are no right or wrong answers for this assessment, it's important to try to make strategic decisions.
Numerical Reasoning Test
The numerical reasoning test is a type of aptitude test that examines how well you can solve math concepts and problems. You will be presented with multiple-choice questions with 12 minutes to answer the test.
The additional complexity of the test comes from being timed, which helps Rolls Royce assess how you perform under pressure. This helps simulate what it might be like in a real-life work scenario where you have to think quickly on your feet to solve problems efficiently and come to the correct answer.
Verbal Reasoning Test
The verbal reasoning test is an assessment of how well you comprehend in-depth and detailed written information. Typically, you will give 12 minutes to answer a range of multiple-choice questions based on short paragraphs of information that you must read.
The challenge for this test is to determine which statements are true, false or if you cannot tell. This will help Rolls Royce assess your ability to work accurately, attentively and quickly.
Logical Reasoning Test
The logical reasoning test is a type of aptitude test that assesses your non-verbal reasoning skills.
During the test, you are presented with a series of shapes and must determine the connections or identify the odd one out. This is perhaps the most challenging of all the tests and is particularly important to practice beforehand. It is also timed adding further complexity with time pressure.
The final stage of the recruitment process is the Rolls Royce assessment centre. The assessment centre is broken down into 6 stages (depending on your role).
- Case study and written test
- Group activity
- Aptitude tests
During the assessment centre, you will participate in a variety of interviews including a competency interview, motivational interview and for some roles a technical interview.
At this stage, it's worth refreshing your memory on your application and CV as you will need to be prepared to talk about your experience, skills and achievements.
The competency interview includes discussions around developing personal relationships, management and teamwork. You may be asked when you have been required to plan, design or develop something.
The motivational interview will be your opportunity to discuss your personal achievements and why you want to work for Rolls Royce.
The technical interview is role dependent. If you have applied for a technical role such as an aerospace engineer you are likely to do a technical interview. This will involve concepts and problem-solving so it's important to familiarise yourself again with the role, research the company thoroughly and ensure that you can relate your skills to each competency on the job description and person specification.
The next part of the Rolls Royce assessment is the delivery of a ten-minute presentation. A sample presentation topic might be “Describe the reason you want to work in the aerospace division for Rolls-Royce”;.
The topic is shared with you weeks in advance of the assessment centre so you have time to prepare for it.
Rolls Royce are looking at your ability to communicate your ideas clearly, your confidence as well as your organisation and presentation skills.
Case study and written test
Following on from the presentation activity you will have to complete a case study and written test. A brief will be given containing a scenario and then a variety of solutions. It is your job to review each option and choose one - providing your reasoning on why you have done so.
The group activity (usually 8 to10 people) assesses your ability to work well in a team. Candidates are placed into groups and given a problem to solve. Working together in your team, you have 1 hour to read the scenario, review the options and present which decision you have chosen to make.
The assessors are looking for team players, how you interact with others and how you apply the values of the company to find the best outcome.
You might be required to resit some aptitude tests in person. This is to ensure candidates who took the pre-screening tests didn't get external help or cheat. You may also be given additional tests such as a personality assessment to test cultural fit.
The final interview is a chance to speak 1:1 with the hiring manager to discuss the role and any specific questions you have.
For any interviews conducted it's always useful to use the STAR method when answering (situation, task, action, response).