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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salford, North West England, England
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I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at BBC (Salford, North West England, England) in March 2016.


I applied in January 2016 for this role via the BBC careers website. I received an email a few weeks later with the information that Ive been shortlisted and that I should select an interview slot either in London or Salford. Those slots were selected on a first-come first-served basis. The interview took a total of 4 hours and it was very difficult in my opinion. For the first part there was a panel of 3 employees reviweing my skills. There was also some hard questions about several aspects including complex 3D spatial knowledge of virtual reality systems, audio compression and to give detailed information of how BBC iPlayer works (in terms of streaming). The second part was a short presentation with props, which you have to prepare beforehand and also some technical questions including logic ones related to coding.

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Alex Rawcliffe on his role with BBC Research & Development

Alex Rawcliffe, a research and development engineer for the BBC, describes how his job combines the technical expertise from his engineering degree with his creative interests. Alex came to the BBC via a R&D graduate scheme, and worked as a trainee research technologist before moving into his current role. His main job is keeping the BBC at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, so a large part of his work involves designing electronic hardware and computer software.

Alex describes how his team was at the forefront of developing DVB DTT modulator chips, which are designed to overcome television reception issues caused by the recent digital switchover. Alex enjoys the collaborative nature of the BBC R&D department , which encourages peer reviewing and a constant flow of ideas between teams. He rates the scrum and paired working practices as the best ways to spot problems early on.

Alex is inspired by other departments such as BBC iPlayer, for its engaging, accessible and multi-platform output, and Children’s, for its innovative work creating interactive games. He is also one of six people currently looking into advanced radio technology. Alex’s future plans included becoming a senior research engineer and qualifying as a chartered engineer. 

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