Applying to Work at Northrop Grumman in the United Kingdom

Applying to Work at Northrop Grumman in the United Kingdom

Our application process and interview tips

How to Apply

Applying for a role at Northrop Grumman is quick and easy to do, it takes just a few clicks. 

First of all, visit our vacancies to find a role that excites you and compliments your skills and experience.  You can do this either by adding key words to the search bar or you can use the filter function to search by location, job category or job type. 

Northrop Grumman welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and styles. We invite contact and dialog, so if you believe that you can offer skills we might value, but do not meet all the requirements detailed for a particular role, please contact us – we would be pleased to hear from you.

Once you have found a role click the “Apply” button.  You will then be taken to our application process and you will be asked to log in to your Northrop Grumman Careers account, or to set one up if you are new to the process.  This account will be where you can track the progress of your application.

You will be offered the choice of applying manually or by using the autofill function using your CV to populate the application….the choice is yours!

Complete the application process by answering a few additional questions, then, when you are happy, click ‘Submit’.

We know that it can be a nervous time when applying for new roles so regular updates are important, our dedicated Northrop Grumman Talent team will be in touch as soon as they can. If you don’t feel comfortable making a formal application at this time, or would like to have a general discussion around opportunities at Northrop Grumman, please contact our talent acquisition business partners on nguktalent@optamor.com.

The majority of jobs at Northrop Grumman require the individual to acquire and maintain a security clearance.

The Interview Process

You’ve been selected to interview at Northrop Grumman! It’s an exciting, hopeful and unnerving time. So before you begin the interview process, read through our helpful interview prep tips to learn more about what to expect, and the different types of interviews you might encounter. We’ll even give you some sample questions to help you prepare. After all, we want you to be the hire we’re looking for!

Tell Me About Yourself

One common lead-off interview question is often one where people tend to have trouble: “Tell me about yourself.” Sometimes your mind goes blank because you don’t think you need to prepare for that question; after all, you know yourself.

This response should be one to two minutes long and should reflect your ability to speak succinctly and with confidence. Try to highlight your strengths and remember that the interviewers want to know more about you.

What we don’t want is a chronological retelling of your whole life story. Instead, the answer to this question should be a short overview of your life, emphasising highlights of your professional experience that are relevant to the job you’re interviewing for. Think of it as an elevator pitch about yourself.

The Phone Screen

The phone screen is a brief (usually 30-minute) informal interview used to develop a rapport with your talent acquisition business partner from Optamor, or one of their recruitment agency suppliers. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills and personality, and for us to learn more about you as a candidate.

Frequently, questions in the phone screen are centered on behavioural scenarios. The general format of these questions is: “Given a certain situation, how would you respond?”

Your goals for the phone screen should be twofold: to get the talent acquisition partner’s attention and to generate enough interest in you for the talent acquisition partner to want to know more about you.

Interview Preparation Tips

Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.

For the next phase of the interviewing process, you’ll either be invited to an initial technical phone interview and then progress to our “Targeted Selection” interview, or go straight to the “Targeted Selection” interview. This will likely be virtually with the hiring manager and typically one other panel member, and these interviews will be competency based and more technical. Brush up on your technical terms, do some research on current trends and have something interesting to say about your area of specialty. Targeted Selection uses a STAR method, a structured manner of responding to a behavioural-based interview question by discussing the specific Situation, Task, Action and Result of the situation you are describing.

Know basic information about the organisation. No talent acquisition interviewer or manager will expect you to be an expert, but they will be impressed if you’ve done your homework and show genuine interest in and knowledge about Northrop Grumman.

Consider checking the LinkedIn profiles of the interviewers; see if you can find a connection with them, whether personally, educationally or professionally.

Evaluate the job description and identify the qualities of a “successful candidate,” then ask yourself: “How do those qualities relate to my capabilities and experience?” Be prepared to connect the dots from the job description to your abilities, especially those listed on your CV.

Take the time to know and understand your credentials and the overall job objective and goal. We are excited and driven by our mission and want you to be too, if you join our team.

Have at least three questions prepared to ask the interviewers about the company and scope of work.

We will also verify ID virtually during the interview process.

Virtual Interview

Conducting an interview over video stream is becoming more common. Take steps to prepare for this special kind of interaction:

  • Test the technology prior to the interview to make sure everything is working on your end.
  • Test the camera to ensure you are taking advantage of the best angles and lighting.
  • Dressing professionally during this type of interview is important as well.
  • Consider the background of the environment in which you’ll be interviewing in terms of both audio and visuals.

If an offer is being extended, candidates will be contacted by Optamor and receive the Employment Agreement Pack through their Northrop Grumman Careers account.

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