There are four main recruitment paths at Ford: Ford Apprenticeships, the Ford Graduate program, Ford business placements and the Ford vacation Schemes. Graduates and business placements follow the recruitment process detailed below; the Vacation scheme has a longer interview but does not have the Ford assessment centre; and the apprenticeship scheme has a slightly shorter recruitment procedure. Outlined below are the steps that you can go through.
If Ford are impressed with your application form, they will invite you to sit two online aptitude tests – numerical reasoning and inductive reasoning. Ford uses SHL, which are one of the most widely used psychometric testing companies around, to provide these tests.
With regards to the Ford numerical reasoning test you will be presented with lots of numerical data, generally in the form of statistical tables, although other popular data includes graphs, ratios, and percentages. You have to analyse this material and complete the multiple choice questions. There are normally 20 questions which need to be completed in a 20 minute timeframe. Preparing for these tests is important as the concepts are not always so easily understood. Moreover, working under severe time constraints means that you don't have time to ponder your answers for any length of time.
In the Ford inductive reasoning test, you will be presented with a number of different images containing different patterns, lines, and shapes. Presented as part of a sequence, you have to use logical reasoning skills in order to work out the correct answer from a number of different choices below the sequence. Understanding the rules governing these tests as well as requisite practise is your way of ensuring that you will do your best. Find out how we can help you here.
If you pass the psychometric tests Ford will schedule a 30 minute competency based interview with you on the phone. You will be tested on the following competencies:
You will also be asked about your motivations for applying to Ford and you may be quizzed about the company.
Be sure to take your time; a well thought-out answer is usually worth the thinking time it necessitates, don't be afraid to ask your interview for a couple of minutes to think. In fact, this shows that you care about the position you are applying for by showing that you are giving each question your full care and attention. Practice your interview skills.
The final stage of the Ford recruitment process is the Ford Assessment Centre. This usually includes a face-to-face interview, a group exercise, a role play exercise and an in-tray exercise. The exact combination of exercises will be dependent on the role applied for.
Interview (approximately 60 minutes) – This is a competency based interview; the competencies you will be tested on include: Resilience, Personal Development, Teamwork and Customer Focus. They will be looking for personal examples of these competencies, so make sure to bring rich examples. You can prepare for the interview by making sure you have done your research on the company and their products. You should be up-to-date with current affairs in the industry and be enthusiastic about your motivations for joining.
Group Exercise – in the group exercise you will be tested on similar competencies to the interview. You will be given some information and individual preparation time (approximately 20 minutes); you will then participate in a 40 minute group discussion. Try to strike a balance between listening and contributing; this is not a competition- you and the other candidates may all be selected. Don’t lose track of the task at hand and try to make the group focus.
Role Play (approximately 70 minutes) – You will be given information and will have some individual preparation time to look it over (35 minutes). You will then have a 20 minute meeting with a ‘client’. You will then be asked (in writing) to reflect on the meeting. Find out how we can help you with writing reports and role plays.
In-tray Exercise (90 minutes) – You will be given two tasks in this exercise. The first is to review a situation and propose some actions and the second is to write a report outlining changes, cost and other information. You will not have enough time to read all the information given in detail. It is recommended to scan all the material and then go back to the important bits to read more thoroughly. Find out how we can help you prepare for this exercise with our In-Tray exercise practice pack.
The first stage is a competency based application form. You will need to provide your education, work experience and qualifications as well as your motivations for joining the company.
Ford values quality over quantity so try to give focused answers with examples for each question. It is better to focus on fewer examples in more detail, than to give lots of examples without explaining them in great detail. If relevant, you should explain why you are giving a particular example, how you contributed in the example given, what you learned from it, all the while using the STAR method to answer the questions. Find out how we can help you with competency questions here.