Check out recommendations and tips from Graduates First to pass Toyota’s aptitude tests, interviews and the assessment centre. We are a team of organisational psychologists and recruiters, who have worked for major test developers and multinationals, and our only goal is help you get the job.
In the article below we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of and tips and tools to successfully pass Toyota’s recruitment process.
Toyota is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo. Toyota’s corporate structure consists of roughly 340,000 employees. It is also one of the top 10 companies in the world when measured by total revenue. Competition for jobs is fierce and the recruitment process is very demanding. Read the text below, and use the tools recommended to prepare and perform beyond expectations throughout the Toyota recruitment process. It is all in your hands now.
Toyota’s 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 a 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 according to what Toyota are looking for.
Toyota’s key values are:
Teamwork abilities, as well as proficiency in interpersonal interactions
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.
After you have submitted your application, and have been screened positively, you will receive a call from Toyota, who will ask a few more questions to perform your background and reference check. Do not stress as the questions asked will not be technical or motivational-based. However, your communication might be assessed so make sure to speak clearly and confidently.
Tip: 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
All candidates applying to Toyota will be asked to complete online aptitude tests. Depending on the business area and position, you will be asked to complete a combination of the following tests:
Toyota Situational Judgement Test
Toyota Personality Test
Toyota Mechanical Reasoning
A. Toyota Situational Judgement Test
Toyota’s 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 Toyota. This test will determine whether your values and decision-making reflect what Toyota search for in their candidates.
There is no right or wrong answer, and a lot will depend on what Toyota’s 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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B. Toyota Personality Test
This is another type of a psychometric test that examines your ability to fit into the specific role you applied to, as well as the work culture at Toyota. You will be presented with a number of statements, such as ‘I adapt easily to new situations’ or ‘I have an analytical mind’, and will be required to choose the ones that describe you best. The trick is, that in all cases you will face a trade-off between many of the desirable qualities. You will not be able to state that you make new friends easily, like to learn languages, are determined and hard-working, and enjoy solving complex problems.
Tip: Do not manipulate your responses as these tests are designed to flag up any inconsistencies. Be honest with your answers, but remember that some of your qualities or skills might be more desirable than others for this specific position at Toyota.
This is a Toyota-specific assessment. It will take roughly 3 hours to complete.
This aptitude test can cover a wide range of questions, and will examine your ability to understand and apply mechanical concepts to problem solving. These can vary from particular physics fields, such as electricity, to mechanics and kinematics.
Tip: Revising all GCSE Physics topics is a minimum. Take time to consider how these theoretical concepts can be applied to the position you applied for.
Tip: Questions in the Toyota Maintenance Aptitude test will be based more on your reasoning and application of theoretical concepts, rather than performing complicated calculations. Focus on your accuracy.
Toyota Assessment Centre
The next stage of the Toyota recruitment process is an Assessment Centre, during which you will be assessed by senior members of the relevant business areas across a variety of exercises, including both motivational and business interviews. These may take form of the:
Toyota 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 Toyota 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 exercise, you will need to write a response to a previously unseen case study problem in the candidate brief given to you.
Written exercise tip: The top tip is to kick off by skimming through all the information and to plan your response quickly. Never answer the question unless you already have a clear idea of what is required. Make sure to 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.
The assessment centre is also a chance for you to get a feel of what working at Toyota might be like. Take time to ask questions and talk to other applicants. This way you will feel more confident and benefit more from this opportunity.
Toyota Final Interview
Congratulations! You are almost there. The Final Interview is the last stage of the Toyota application process. You just need to focus on a few more things.
Your interview will becompetency-based (CBI). Be ready to discuss specific examples in which you demonstrated certain skills: determination, teamwork, leadership skills etc. Think about your previous projects and experiences, from your professional, academic, private or fitness-related life.
Each of your answers should ideally follow a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model in your responses, in which you need to refer 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.
Toyota interview tip: It is crucial to present a number of different examples from your experiences. Do not get hooked on only one situation – instead prove that you are a well-rounded individual who always tried to get involved and learn more about something new.
Learn as much as you can about Toyota and its corporate culture. You need to have a high level of understanding of Toyota’s mission, any relevant recent big news and its future developments. Think about the industry as a whole too – do you see any structural changes that you could talk about? For instance, electric or autonomous cars and shared economy – think about their potential impact on Toyota’s future.
Do you want more Toyota-style interview questions and answers? Prepare some ideas for your answers, before your interview, by analysing the most common types of interview questions.
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The Final Interview at Toyota 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. 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 Toyota, and not as just another ‘job seeker’. Your enthusiasm and interest may offset some of your shortcomings from the interview.
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