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!
"Send your completed application …" that's how most job offers or postings end. But what are "completed" documents?
This refers to:
- cover sheet (optional)
- photograph (optional)
- cover letter
- 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. Let your documents therefore best still proofread. In order to distinguish yourself from other applicants, we recommend you add a photograph to your application.
Make sure your application portfolio is of good quality with appealing colors, then you will be ready.
Your cover letter provides the company with a second impression, subsequent to the online application.
Please heed the following points to confirm the good first impression and build on it:
- Formal composition (your and the company's address, date of creation, salutation and textText, signature and presentation of documents)
- Please mention the titel of the job posting or your desired job in the subject line.
- 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.
- Give your writing an interesting and individual touch by referring to the company and the desired job.
- Highlight strengths and characteristics which qualify you for the desired job and distinguish you from other applicants.
- The cover letter should not be longer than one page.
The resume chronologically describes your career and contains the most important personal details.
Stick to the established tabular form and include the following details:
- name and surname
- contact details (email address and phone number)
- date and place of birth
- parents (name, occupation)
- siblings (age, number, occupations)
- marital status
- special knowledge and skills
- practical experience
- specific tastes (hobbies)
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.
- Certificates: the three most recent certificates are requested, one copy of each is sufficient
Other possible documents:
- internship verification
- qualification documents
- certificate of community service
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:
- 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.
- Write down anything unclear and ask this as questions in the individual interview.
- 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!
- Arrive some minutes earlier, then you can take a deep breath and switch off your smartphone.
- Speak calmly and clearly at the interview and answer the questions truthfully.
- Mind your body language and your manners: Let the interviewer finish speaking.
- Maintain eye-contact with the interviewer and smile.
You might expect questions on the following topics:
- motive/reasons for your application
- education and occupational trajectory
- personal profile (specifically strengths and weaknesses; hobbies)
- 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.
Internship/thesis: For optimum preparation, it is preferable to apply three to six months prior to the planned start.