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What to expect at application & interview


The first step in your recruitment process for a role within the Nissan Sunderland offices will usually be an online application through our website. If successful, you will move through the interview and selection process, which will vary depending on the role for which you have applied.

At each stage of the process we will review your application and, if you are identified as a suitable candidate, then you will progress to the next stage.

Below, we have highlighted the key stages that may be involved in your application process, though they will vary depending on the specific role. Your Nissan Sunderland recruitment team contact will keep you up-to-date about the stages required for your specific application, and we are always on hand to help throughout the process. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard from us straight away, we receive a high number of candidates for our roles and we ensure to take the time to thoroughly review each one.  You will hear from us either by phone, text or email. Some of our emails are automated so please don’t forget to check your junk mail in case we have ended up there!

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A flexible approach is essential in all roles as our work challenges and demands can change on a daily basis. You need to be able to pick up a new task and be open to learning new skills. Depending on the role, this may include a flexible approach to working hours at key times e.g. end of month in Finance.

Ability to Prioritise

Nissan Sunderland roles can be demanding and you could have requests for support from all levels and departments, so you need to be able to identify and prioritise the most important and urgent tasks. This may include managing other parties’ expectations when tasks are reprioritised.


No matter in which area of the offices you work, the information you provide will ultimately support and impact upon our production so it needs to be correct. You will need to have an eye for detail and an understanding of the subject to be able to identify inaccuracies.

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You will need to be able to use your initiative to make decisions and improvements to help drive Nissan Sunderland forward. You will need to have a proactive approach to getting tasks completed as we are thriving to improve on a daily basis.


You will need to be able to work independently and manage your own tasks and objectives without being micro-managed. Nissan Sunderland is a very fast-paced environment so you will need to have or develop the confidence to make decisions on your own.

Application Stage

Online Application

At this stage you will be asked to provide information on your education and career history through submitting a current CV.  It is important that you provide us with relevant and up-to-date information.  

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.


Interview stages are all dependent on the role to which you have applied but the below information is an overview of what to expect.

Telephone Interview
Depending on the role and your location we may ask you to take part in a telephone interview. The telephone interview is with a member of the recruitment team and a representative of the recruiting department. This will enable us to investigate your career history further and understand better your suitability for the role. We may also ask you some role-specific questions. Telephone interviews usually last 30-60 minutes, depending on the position.
Onsite Interview
Our interviews are with a panel consisting of a member of our recruitment team and 1 or 2 representatives of the recruiting department. Our interviews are primarily competency-based, but will also include some job-specific questions to better understand your technical knowledge. We are always looking for specific examples of tasks that you have completed. The interview will usually last 1-2 hours, depending upon the role.
For some roles we may ask you to prepare and deliver a presentation as part of the interview. If you are asked to do this, you will be provided with the topic in advance to give you time to prepare. You will normally be given up to 1 week’s notice of the topic and may be asked to submit it by email prior to attending the interview. The presentation itself will normally be 10 minutes and will be followed by questions relating to it. It’s easy to get nervous at this stage but don’t be, we are here to help you do well and show yourself to the best of your abilities.
Second Interview
When we have a large number of potentially suitable candidates, we may invite you to a second interview. This is usually in a similar format to the first but may have different or additional panel members to help make an informed decision. Congratulations if you have reached this stage as competition is fierce.
Final Interview, Job Offer & Medical
If you are successful at interview we will ask you to complete a full medical at our on-site assessment centre. The medical will take approximately 1 hour and will involve a basic health screening questionnaire and discussion with our occupational health nurse. You will not need to bring your running shoes! The medical will help us establish if we need to make any reasonable adjustments to help support existing medical conditions. Subject to the medical assessment, you will get a formal job offer from us – welcome to the team! At this point we will take you through your contract, finalise your start date and answer any final questions you may have. Please note – at this stage, you will be required to bring proof of your right to live and work in the UK to your interview. Failure to do so may lead to you being turned away.


We have high volumes of candidates applying for our roles, and your CV is what can make you stand out from the pack. When reviewing CVs, it helps our recruitment team if they are able to quickly identify your key elements and how they are relevant to the role. A short and to-the-point CV can help in achieving this.

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