Last Updated: 19 February 2020
E.ON is one of the world’s largest investor-owned energy companies, employing around 80,000 people worldwide. Although E.ON is ultimately a German company with their headquarters in Dusseldorf, it has a worldwide presence. E.ON is involved in all aspects of the energy market, from research and exploration to energy generation and renewables, commodity trading, and commercial and domestic retail. In the UK, E.ON employs around 12,000 people in a wide variety of roles.
E.ON offers a number of graduate schemes, which are either international or UK-based – it’s worth taking a look at both, as they have separate application processes.
The E.ON Graduate Programme is a leadership development scheme, in which participants are expected to undertake a number of international placements across 24 months. Recruitment to the E.ON international Graduate Programme is handled separately from the UK schemes – to find out more you need to access the E.ON international website and apply there. For the international scheme, participants will be expected to be geographically mobile. Speaking an additional language – ideally German – is an advantage.
E.ON also offers a number of primarily UK-based schemes (although international travel is strongly encouraged) and most UK candidates apply to these schemes. These are broadly split into Commercial and Engineering Schemes, as follows:
Recruitment for these schemes is managed within the UK and you can find out more about these opportunities on the E.ON UK website.
The application process for the E.ON UK graduate schemes involves four stages:
Throughout the process you will be assessed against E.ON’s competencies, which are:
The online application forms not only collect the information needed to ensure that you meet the minimum application standards; they also aim to ensure that only candidates who meet E.ON’s needs progress.
It’s a reasonably standard online form with a number of free text questions and the opportunity to upload your current CV. Most of the E.ON schemes have particular requirements around degree discipline and performance (a 2:1 is required for all schemes) so double-check the requirements of your particular scheme before you fill in the application, to make sure it's not automatically rejected.
The second step of the application form is a situational judgement test. This aims to understand how you respond to particular situations and assesses whether you are likely to be a good fit with the requirements of the role. Candidates are presented with a number of scenarios and asked to select their preferred way of responding in that situation.
If you are successful at the initial application stage, you will be invited to complete online aptitude tests in numerical and verbal reasoning. These are pretty standard SHL- type tests and some candidates report that they are less challenging than for some other employers.
The next stage of the selection process is an interview. For commercial scheme candidates, this will be a telephone interview that will last around 45 minutes and will be based around the E.ON competencies and your motivations.
You should expect to be examined in depth about your understanding of the company and the sector, so to be successful you will need to prepare and do as much research as possible. Previous candidates have reported being surprised by how much the interview focused on analysing and explaining their views about the industry (including competitors, trends and challenges). They report being asked questions including:
Engineering candidates will also complete the competency based interview and in addition will have a technical interview with a Senior Engineer, who will assess their scientific and technical knowledge. These interviews will be tailored to the candidate’s qualifications and the role they are applying for. This will usually be face-to-face and last up to an hour. It is strongly recommended that you spend some time revising relevant course materials prior to this interview.
The assessment centre lasts a full day and is reported to include five activities:
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