Cyclonic interrogation for Dyson's new recruits

Oh, forget the interview. At Dyson, they ask you to solve a secret engineering problem – and test your prototype to destruction.

Not only that, you do it in a team, against the clock, and Dyson bods hover to see how you all work together – so no kicking shins under the table there.

Anna Sutherland, who joined the company this year, says it’s typical of the organisation. “From day one at Dyson you’re developing new ideas, it’s very dynamic.” She graduated from Bournemouth University last summer, and counts herself among the lucky Dyson recruits: “Many of my friends are having trouble finding a job – there are slim pickings in many industries.”

She is one of 100 new engineers the company has recruited this year to work on upcoming inventions at its laboratories in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Increasing R&D

As Dyson continues to develop new technology, it aims to double the number of its engineers from 350 to 700. In keeping with its image of bucking the trend, the company is increasing R&D investment this year (it currently spends £1m a week) and recruiting during recession. Half of the new recruits are graduates.

Last year, Dyson launched nine new machines and doubled its profits to £190 million.

Founder James Dyson says: “It is vital that Dyson – and the UK – invests in engineering talent to stay ahead. As our need for good design and technology increases so does the need for creative and adventurous designers, engineers and scientists.”

Dyson says it is searching for experienced engineers as well as graduates. Areas of expertise include microbiology, fluid, mechanical, electrical, electro magnetic compatibility, thermal, acoustic and software engineering.

Bright minds 

Stephen Courtney, head of new ideas, said: “We are looking for bright minds to help us develop future Dyson technology.  People who are unafraid of experimenting, tackling every stage of the design process and eager to prove their potential.”

The recruitment process involves an engineering challenge. Candidates who have never met are given a secret engineering problem to solve as a team. They have to build a prototype and test the solution to destruction. Time is extremely tight, to reflect the fast pace of work across the technology company. Candidates demonstrate their engineering skills and give senior engineers an opportunity to assess group dynamics under pressure.

For more information visit Dyson's careers page

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