Did you know that more than 60% of candidates get rejected solely on the basis of their psychometric test performance? In the article below, we provide you with expert tips, from our team of organisational psychologists and recruiters, for each stage of Samsung’s recruitment process.
Samsung is a multinational conglomerate headquarter in Seoul, South Korea. It comprises a number of affiliated business united under the Samsung brand. All together Samsung has almost 500,000 employees working for its brand.
For every job opening, there are dozens of applications received – the competition is very fierce and that is why you need to perform your best at each stage of the recruitment process.
Samsung job applications and assessment process is divided into 4 stages:
At this stage, you will be asked fill in the online application form. Make sure you give all the necessary information, as this will form the basis for any future references. Do spend some extra time to make sure that this form will reflect both – you as a person, but also as an ideal candidate for Samsung.
You will be required to provide details of your education history, academic results and relevant work experience.
Tip: When it comes to submitting your completed application, earlier is always better – often candidates are assessed on a rolling basis, so submitting early increases your chances. Always double-check the application form for any mistakes before submission.
Tip: Make sure you have a copy of all the information you have provided. You may be asked for details during the interview. Know your CV inside out. If the information in your application and information shared during the call are different, your application may be disregarded for future processing.
Online aptitude tests
Depending on the position you apply to, aptitude tests may include Samsung’s:
Since working at Samsung might require you to use numerical skills and ability to interpret data from tables and charts, the Samsung Numerical Reasoning Test will examine your ability to understand a previously unseen passage – as well as its data. You will be required to perform basic GCSE Maths calculations.
Do not worry if you have not done Maths in a while! The complexity of this does not lie in the knowledge tested but in the time pressure and stress. When taking your Numerical Reasoning Test, you will have less than a minute to read the question, analyse data provided and perform the necessary calculations.
Tip: The only way to succeed is to take practice tests beforehand. This way you familiarise yourself with the types of questions and become more confident. Learn how to manage your stress in a safe environment and you will not have to face rejection – just because you were unfamiliar with the process.
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Samsung’s Abstract Reasoning Test, often referred to as a Logical or Inductive Test, will expose you to 5 diagrams with varying shapes and ask you to identify the right pattern and indicate what comes next in the sequence.
What makes the Samsung Abstract Reasoning Test difficult is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be. They will usually evolve around the size, arrangement, movements and colours of two and three-dimensional shapes.
Tip: Some examples will involve varying patterns from more than one of the categories mentioned above, so be watchful!
The only way you can prepare for the Abstract Reasoning Test is by practicing the sample questions. By doing so, you will familiarise yourself with some of the most common questions types, become more comfortable and get used to thinking under time pressure.
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Samsung-style Abstract Reasoning Test Example
In the example above you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:
the arrow moves around the diagram
shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer! There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.
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Samsung Situational Judgement Test
Samsung Situational Judgement Test strives to assess your main skills in coping with unfamiliar work-related situations that you are likely to encounter when working at Samsung. This test will determine whether your values and decision-making reflect what Samsung search for in their candidates.
There is no right or wrong answer, and a lot will depend on what Samsung key values are. Remember that there are certain skills which are always sought after regardless of positions, such as: determination, integrity, passion and interest, and ability to work in a team – but also to take initiative and lead.
Tip: In this exercise, often all answers seem like appropriate options. They will all have some good qualities – in the end you need to use your own judgement. If something feels right to you, then this is the answer you should go for. This test is designed in such a way that if you manipulate answers and cheat, your responses will be flagged up – so stay honest and real.
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The next stage of the Samsung recruitment process is an Assessment Centre, during which you will be assessed by senior members of the relevant business areas across four exercises. These may take form of the:
Samsung Group Exercise
This assessment examines your ability to communicate and reach conclusions as part of a team. Throughout this task you will be observed by Samsung recruiters, so try to demonstrate your strengths; share and explain your ideas, but also be open to build on somebody else’s input and develop on their points, try your best to persuade others towards your opinions and also ask thought-provoking questions. Above all – stay calm and speak in a confident and clear manner.
In this task you will be given around 5 minutes to read and analyse the information brief, after which you will be representing Samsung in an imaginary situation that you are likely to experience in your everyday work. In this task, you will need to demonstrate your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.
This task will ask you to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem. It will be provided in the candidate brief given to you.
Tip: Start by skimming through all the information in the candidate brief and then plan your response quickly. You should not be starting to answer before you form a clear idea for your response. Always check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.
This exercise will mainly test you on your communication skills. Your assessors will also be looking at your body language and tone to see how you would cope with delivering professional presentations, taking part in group discussions or explaining your opinions.
Presentation exercise tip: Always stand straight, make regular eye contact with everyone in the audience and do not speak too fast.
Congratulations – you’ve almost made it! The Final Interview is the last stage of the Samsung application process. You just need to focus on a few more things.
This interview will be competency based (CBI) and will be focused around your CV and personal motivations, so review your CV and prepare examples of situations where you demonstrated key skills of ideal candidates: teamwork, determination, creativity, initiative, resistance, leadership, etc.
You should prepare some ideas of examples that you can later use during your interview based on the most common types of interview questions.
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Tip: Learn as much as you can about Samsung and its corporate culture. You need to have a high level of understanding of Samsung’s mission, any relevant recent big news and its future developments. Think about the retail industry as a whole too – do you see any structural changes that you could talk about?
Tip: Come equipped with some thought-provoking questions, stand out from the competition and demonstrate your genuine motivation and enthusiasm to work for the company.
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