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What to expect at application & interview - Graduates

A graduate scheme at Nissan Sunderland is an exciting and enriching experience

Your journey with us begins from the moment you click “apply” and we are here to help and support you in making the process enjoyable.

Use this information to help you prepare for your application process with us and don’t forget that this is your chance to learn all about us too. For a successful partnership it’s essential that there is a cultural and values-led match. 

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We have a cross-functional and international environment where everyone pulls together in strong teams to deliver results. It’s a way of doing things that’s designed to bring out the best in every employee.


It’s about being passionate. Learning from every opportunity and helping us to create a continually improving business.


It’s about being open and showing empathy towards different views. It’s about embracing diversity and preferring clarity and simplicity to vagueness and hiding.


It’s about never being complacent and instead focusing on continuous benchmarking and outperforming our competition.


Above all, it’s about striving to achieve maximum results with minimum resources. We believe that, if you work hard enough, anything is possible, especially if everyone shares the same vision, values and aspirations.

Application Stages

Online application
Once you have decided which department you would like to apply for, you will need to complete a short online application form through clicking apply on the job page. You will need to upload a CV and will answer some questions confirming your suitability for the role. Your application should be concise but showcase your relevant skills and experience. Don’t forget to research us in more detail to enhance your online application
Assessment centre
If your initial application is successful, we will then invite you to an assessment centre either on-site at Nissan Sunderland or at a neighbouring venue. During the assessment there are various activities where we will be able to learn more about you and how you deal with different scenarios. Either on the day or a week later, you may be asked to deliver a short presentation and prepare for a competency based interview. Your interview will be with a select panel from our recruitment team. During the interview we will give you a chance to really showcase what you can do and understand your motivations for the job. At the end of the interview you will get the chance to ask us any questions that you may have too. We understand that this stage can be daunting but it is a great way for you to meet other candidates and Nissan Sunderland employees. We all know how you’re feeling but try to relax and enjoy yourself!
Final interview
Sometimes you will be asked back for a second interview, this will be dependent on department and is normally an informal interview to discuss your specific organisational fit. Throughout all of this stage, we want you to feel as relaxed as possible. We know that interviews can be nerve-wracking but just be yourself and try not to worry about getting anything wrong.
Job offer and medical
Well done, you’ve got the job! You will now receive a conditional job offer from us. Once you have accepted we will invite you to a ½ hour medical, which is mandatory for all new starters at Nissan, Sunderland. A contract will then be sent to you in the post, which you will need to sign and send back to us. Now the pressure is off, you’ve done it! Try relax and give yourself time to prepare for your new adventure. Please note – at this stage, you will be required to bring proof of your right to live and work in the UK to your medical.
Email communication
We will keep you up-to-date with your application via email. Of course, we try to progress applications as quickly as we can but we have lots of graduates applying so don’t panic if you haven’t heard from us straight away!
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