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What to expect at application & interview


Our technicians work cross-functionally with engineering and production to support new model introduction, helping to ensure that everything goes smoothly when we launch a new car. We are always looking for top-class maintenance technicians to strengthen our team here at Nissan Sunderland.


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The Maintenance recruitment process consists of three key stages; an online application, a skills assessment and an interview.

We believe in recruiting the best people quickly and efficiently so the timescales and processes for recruitment are relatively short.

Below you can find relevant information on the different stages of the application process for our maintenance department.

We hope you find this information useful and we look forward to hearing from you!

If you are already a Nissan employee and wish to apply internally click here.



We thrive from new ideas and concepts to help us evolve; therefore a proactive attitude is a key component here at NMUK. We believe there are always opportunities to improve so we need your practical and hands-on mind-set to help drive our continuous development.


We drive our employees to be the best they can through our training and development programmes. However, we also look for a keen culture of self-learning in our workforce; you must be willing to put in the time and effort to reach the potential we believe you are capable of.

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You will need to have a flexible and adaptive approach to your work. We strive to be efficient and meet customers’ expectations of quality and on-time delivery and this can influence our working patterns and responsibilities on a daily basis.


It’s a varied role here at NMUK and the automotive industry can be a daunting due to its sheer variety and pace of work. You will need to be able to adapt to all sorts of situations and circumstances and get to grips with evolving working practices quickly.  If you are open-minded to your work and naturally seek clarification, training and support in fulfilling your role then you may have the right mindset for NMUK.


The automotive industry is a fast-paced environment so you will need to be able to remain calm and focused under pressure.


Here at Nissan we believe an analytical approach is the key to resolving issues quickly. You will need to have this skill to make sure solutions are implemented quickly to stop repetitive problems.

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Application Stage

Online Application

First you will need to submit your CV and covering letter via an online application.

Please note – You must be in a position to prove your right to live and work in the UK. You will be asked to bring evidence of this if invited to final interview.

Application Review

Our recruitment team will then review the characteristics and experience you have outlined in your CV and covering letter to compare your against the required criteria for that role.

If you are successful at this stage then we will invite you to attend a practical skills test.


Practical Skills Test
If you are successful at your initial application stage, you will then be given a choice of either a mechanical or electrical skills assessment. We will contact you by email or telephone to arrange a suitable date and time and we will then send you a confirmation email. The tests consist of a set of basic tasks that are designed to access your basic electrical or mechanical competency. The test is then scored using our set criteria and you simply need to achieve a certain score to pass this test and move onto the next stage. We need to assess your basic competency as a basis for future training if you are successful with your application. The tests are usually carried out on a one to one basis but occasionally we have two candidates present at the same time. There is no need to dress formally for this, just dress in clothing you are comfortable working in.
Congratulations if you passed your skills assessment and have been invited for interview. During this interview we will discuss your career history, experience, the types of equipment you have worked on and the type of environments you have gained experience in. We will also ask you a set of competency questions requiring specific examples from your career to date. Our aim of the interview is to gain a better understanding of your skill set and to determine where you will best fit into the Maintenance department here at NMUK.
Department Allocation
If you successfully pass all stages, your full candidate profile will be compiled and then distributed to the Maintenance Senior group. They will review headcount and skill requirement across the maintenance department and you will be allocated to a particular area of the business depending on departmental requirements and your specific skillset. We always try to find the best fit for every candidate to enable them to reach their full potential.
Final Interview & Medical
Congratulations! You are almost there in joining the team here at NMUK. You will meet the Maintenance Supervisors and visit your new department. With all being well, you will then receive a formal job offer from us, in which we will take you through your contract and answer any final questions you may have. You will also have a medical here at NMUK, which should take approximately 1hr. You should just dress in comfortable clothing. The medical is standard format – questionnaire on medical history and any health problems followed by eye test, hearing test, etc. So, welcome to the team! Please note – at this stage, you will be required to bring proof of your right to live and work in the UK.


The best applications are those that are simple, relevant and honest.  We need a chance to get to know you before we can be sure that you will be a good fit within Nissan Sunderland (NMUK). The recruitment process is especially designed to allow us to find out more about you and, of course, for you to find out more about us; it’s important that you are happy in your chosen career.

The best advice that we can give for a good application vacancies is to prepare wherever you can and do your research. Once you have applied, keep an eye on your emails, texts and your phone calls, even from a withheld number – this could be us calling! It is a good idea to have a voicemail set up in case you do miss any calls we can leave a message and make sure you check your voicemails regularly. We don’t mind if you want to call our team for an update on your progress but, if you don’t hear from us straight away after a particular stage try not to worry, as we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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