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In the article below, we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of the best tips to successfully apply to and pass the BMW assessment and start your career with one of the leading global automakers. If you are a professional changing job, or a student looking for an internship or graduate scheme at BMW, this text is for you.

BMW is a Germany-based company which currently produces automobiles and motorcycles. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria. BMW produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the United States.

The competition for jobs at BMW is fierce, and so BMW screens its candidates using online aptitude tests and rejects those that receive results around the bottom 60%. If you are serious about steering your way towards a job with BMW (pardon the pun), you need to prepare beforehand for each stage of the recruitment process.

This is why we prepared this article: to give you the precise information and tips to successfully pass the BMW assessment tests first time!

These are the four steps of the BMW job application process:

  1. BMW Online application
  2. BMW Interview
  3. BMW Assessment centre
  4. BMW Final Interview

STEP 1

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Online application

Completing the online application form is the first stage of the recruitment process and the first chance for you to impress the recruiters.

BMW online application form tip 1: The answers to these questions will form a basis for any future interviews so make sure to do your research about the company, industry and the specific role you applied for.

Next: apply your personal skills and experiences to the above.

Example:

  • Please describe your motivations for working in this business area at BMW. Briefly discuss your skills that make you an ideal candidate.

BMW online application form tip 2: Always apply as early as possible, as applications are often checked on a rolling basis. This will give you a head start ahead of the competition.

STEP 2

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First-round interview

If your application has been reviewed positively, you will be invited to a BWM first-round interview which usually takes the form of a telephone interview. You will be assessed on your compatibility with BMW’s values, as well as your general skills and motivations. Questions and answers during BMW’s interview may vary; however, you should ideally follow a STAR model in your responses.

Competency Based Interview (CBI)

Your BMW interview will be competency based (CBI).  You should be prepared to talk about specific times when you demonstrated certain skills, such as: determination, teamwork, leadership skills, etc. Think about your previous projects and experiences, whether they stem from: your professional life, education, your private life, or whether they relate to your sports and hobbies.

BMW’s job interview tip 1: Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Put a card with the acronym STAR in front of you. This stands for: Situation, Task, Action and Result. After every question think about how you can give an answer that refers to each of the four points mentioned above; explain what the particular situation was, what task you were faced with, what action you took and what the result was. Get prepared for the interview by identifying a few situations from your personal, professional or student life that can present a full STAR model. Practice how you will be talking about these experiences to the recruiter, and take notes of key points you will refer to during the interview.

You can also be asked some technical questions, so make sure you know all the major facts about BMW, the industry and any recent developments.

BMW’s job interview tip 2: It is important to give a variety of examples from your experiences so do not spend too much time referring to only one. Show that you are a well-rounded individual who always tried to get involved in various projects.

Do you want more BMW-style interview questions and answers? Prepare some ideas for your answers before your interview by analysing the most common types of interview questions and how to answer most common interview questions.

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STEP 3

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Assessment centre

BMW’s Situational Judgement Test examines you on your behaviour in unknown situations that you are likely to encounter when working for the company. You will be presented with short scenarios and will be asked to identify which courses of actions are most and least desirable.

This type of test is especially difficult because all answers will seem like good ideas and will have some positive qualities. What you need to focus on is what BMW are looking for in an ideal candidate, and which answers are actually practical and possible – given your common sense and what you have learned about the company.

For more hints on how to pass a situational judgement test, visit our Youtube channel

Have a look at a BMW-style Situational Judgement Test question below. Analyse each option carefully and consider the benefits and difficulties in each of them.

BMW-style Situational Judgement Test Example

BMW-style Situational Judgement Test Example

Remember that there is no right or wrong answer – your choices will depend on your individual characteristics. Do not try to cheat as the test is designed to detect any inconsistencies.

Learn more about situational judgement tests

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B. BMW Group Exercise

This task will examine your ability to communicate with a team and reach a final decision. Throughout this exercise, you will be closely observed by recruiters so ensure you are confident and able to demonstrate your strengths; be engaged and share your ideas, make sure to ask your teammates critical questions, but also build on somebody else’s input and develop on their points when you get the chance to do so. Always try your best to persuade others towards your opinions, but do not be too aggressive. And most importantly – stay calm and confident.

Learn more about the Group Exercise here 

C. BMW Written Exercise

This time you will be asked to independently work on a previously unseen case study. This will be provided in the candidate brief.

Start by skim reading through the candidate brief and plan your response.

Remember – it is better to omit a few details and make your arguments shorter, than to run out of time! Finishing your conclusion is the most important part of this task.

Learn more about the Written Exercise here

Tip for the BMW Assessment Centre: All Assessment Centre exercises are timed. It is therefore advantageous to practice beforehand, as this reduces the (precious) time taken for candidates to familiarise themselves with the task.

Learn more about assessment centres here

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STEP 4

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Final Interview

The final part of the pre-employment testing process, is an interview with a senior manager or director from the department that you have applied to. This is your last chance to stand out from the competition and prove that you deserve to be offered a job or internship at BMW.

However, it is also your last opportunity to ask questions and see if this job is for you. If you ask interesting and thought-provoking questions, you will find out more first-hand, but you will also impress your recruiters and demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for working at BMW. Do not be afraid of asking your interviewer for their personal experiences with the company, and their career path.

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