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 Siemens’ recruitment process.
Siemens is a German conglomerate company, headquartered in Berlin and Munich. It is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe employing over 370,000 workers in Europe and branch offices around the world. For every job opening at Siemens 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.
Siemens’ job applications and assessment process is divided into 5 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 Siemens.
You will be required to provide details of your education history, academic results and relevant work experience. You will also be asked to attach your CV so make sure to update it with all the relevant information.
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.
Throughout the application process try to refer to key principles and competencies sought after by Siemens’ recruiters. you can do this by showing your commitment to these values; link Siemens’ competencies to jobs or projects you have completed before, or give examples of Siemens’ corporate culture as your motivation for applying.
Siemens key competencies include:
Drive and motivation
Online Aptitude Tests
Depending on the position you apply to, aptitude tests may include Siemens’:
Since working at Siemens might require you to use numerical skills and ability to interpret data from tables and charts, the Siemens 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 involved. 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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Siemens-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example
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Siemens’ Verbal Reasoning Test strives to identify whether a candidate can accurately extract the relevant information from a previously unseen passage of text to analyse whether subsequent statements are true, false, or impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.
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Siemens’Verbal Reasoning Test may be more difficult for non-native English speakers. However, by practicing Verbal Reasoning Test questions beforehand, you can begin to understand the specific way in which texts are built, and questions asked.
If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to a telephone interview with a professional from Siemens. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest and potential skills that make you suitable for the particular role that you applied to.
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.
Tip: Make sure you find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.
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The next stage of the Siemens recruitment process is an Assessment Centre, during which you will be assessed by senior members of the relevant business areas across two exercises. These may take form of the:
Siemens 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 Siemens 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.
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 point of view.
Presentation exercise tip: Always stand straight, make regular eye contact with everyone in the audience and do not speak too fast.
Congratulations – you are almost there. The Final Interview is the last stage of the Siemens application process. You just need to focus on a few more things.
Tip: Learn as much as you can about Siemens and its corporate culture. You need to have a high level of understanding of Siemens’ 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?
The Final Interview at Siemens is also your opportunity to find out more about the company and the team you might be working with. However, asking interesting questions in the interview is about so much more than this.
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.
Do not be afraid to ask your interviewer about their personal experiences with the company, as well as their career path. They want to see your genuine interest to work for Siemens, and not as just another ‘job seeker’. Your enthusiasm and interest may offset some of your shortcomings from the interview.
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