Application advice and frequently-asked questions

Whether you're interested in apprenticing, studying, interning or final theses, select a company that is glad to take responsibility for the development of young people, far beyond the minimum requirements.

We would now like to give you some tips and tricks on the application process. Have fun poking around!

Many roads lead to Groz-Beckert:

You can apply with us by conventional mail, by email or over our online application form.

Groz-Beckert KG
Nicolai Wiedmann
Subdivision Occupational Training
Parkweg 2
72458 Albstadt, Germany
07431 / 10 30 20

Click here for our online application form.

"Send your completed application …" that's how most job offers or postings end. But what are "completed" documents?

This refers to:

  1. cover sheet (optional)
  2. photograph (optional)
  3. cover letter
  4. resume
  5. certificates
  6. other application appendixes

The application documents provide companies with a first impression of you. Carefully prepared documents are especially important in order to present yourself in the best possible light. This is true for applying by mail and for online application. More information is available under "The right packaging and remittance - finishing". In order to distinguish yourself from other applicants, we recommend you add a photograph to your application.

Your cover letter provides the company with a second impression, subsequent to the job application portfolio or online application.

Please heed the following points to confirm the good first impression and build on it:

  1. Formal composition (your and the company's address, date of creation, salutation and textText, signature and presentation of documents)
  2. Avoid general salutations such as "To whom it may concern" and directly address, if possible, the contact person. In our case it is Mr Nicolai Wiedmann, training manager at Groz-Beckert.
  3. Give your writing an interesting and individual touch by referring to the company and the desired job.
  4. Highlight strengths and characteristics which qualify you for the desired job and distinguish you from other applicants.

The resume chronologically describes your career and contains the most important personal details.

Stick to the established tabular form and include the following details:

  1. name and surname
  2. address
  3. contact details (email address and phone number)
  4. date and place of birth
  5. nationality
  6. parents (name, occupation)
  7. siblings (age, number, occupations)
  8. marital status
  9. education
  10. special knowledge and skills
  11. specific tastes (hobbies)
  12. date
  13. signature

List everything that speaks for you and that could be important to a potential employer. The resume should be no longer than two pages and have no chronological gaps until the anticipated start of the apprenticeship.

Application documents follow the cover letter and resume. Here you can bring in more information and job-related certificates.

Important documents:

  1. Certificates: the three most recent certificates are requested, one copy of each is sufficient

Other possible documents:

  1. internship verification
  2. qualification documents
  3. certificate of community service

There are two paths for your application: online or by mail.

What to watch out for when applying online?

  1. Convert all documents to one PDF document.
  2. Sign your cover letter and resume by scanning in your signature.
  3. Look after the quality of your online application

If you heed all of this, nothing will stand in the way of your successful online application!

What to watch out for when sending a job application portfolio by mail?

  1. To send your application documents use a dedicated application portfolio.
  2. The selection of application portfolios is extensive. We prefer the classic report cover with swing clip – simple, clear and sturdy.
  3. Put your signature on the cover letter and the resume.
  4. Check the quality of your photocopies, they should be easily legible.
  5. Apply postage to your envelope and send the application portfolio to the correct contact person.

Make sure your application portfolio is of good quality with appealing colors, then you will be ready. Report covers often have a transparent front, which is good. So that the portfolio really becomes an ad for the person, it should be clear and well arranged.

After the first pre-selection based on application documents, applicants are invited to take a vocational aptitude test. The first hurdle will have been overcome!

The vocational aptitude test samples job-specific contents. The results of the tests, in addition to grades, provide more parameters on the suitability of the applicant.

At Groz-Beckert an invitation to a job interview means you are on the short list. Now personal impressions count, since the test and application documents have been positive.

Heed the following points:

  1. appropriate dress: There are differences depending on job profile. But true for all is: It's about your future. Nevertheless, a simple pair of jeans or chinos combined with a neat top is more than enough.
  2. Write down anything unclear and ask this as questions in the individual interview.
  3. Put yourself in the shoes of the company: What would you like to know about potential employees? That's precisely what you need to be ready for!
  4. Speak calmly and clearly at the interview and answer the questions truthfully.
  5. Mind your manners: Let the interviewer finish speaking.
  6. Maintain eye-contact with the interviewer and smile.

You might expect questions on the following topics:

  1. motive/reasons for your application
  2. achievements
  3. education and occupational trajectory
  4. personal profile (specifically strengths and weaknesses; hobbies)
  5. professional goals

Apprentices and dual students: Always apply one year prior to the beginning of the apprenticeship/course of studies. The best moment is at the beginning of the summer holidays, when you have received the year-end report.
The selection process at Groz-Beckert starts at the end of August and lasts until about mid-/end of November.

Practice semester/thesis: For optimum preparation, it is preferable to apply three to six months prior to the planned start.

Groz-Beckert KG
Nicolai Wiedmann
Subdivision Occupational Training
Parkweg 2
72458 Albstadt, Germany
07431 / 10 30 20

Online application form

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