Siemens UK is a large employer offering jobs across the engineering sector. The recruitment processes for all jobs is challenging as Siemens aims to hire only top level candidates. Learn more about these assessments and how to prepare for success with the resources set out on this page.
The Siemens recruitment processes typically involve several stages. For experienced hires, the recruitment process is usually based around interviews, but for graduates, interns and apprentices, the recruitment process is a mix of tests, assessments, and interviews.
Applicants to the Siemens apprenticeship will also be invited to a site tour for the area they have applied to.
Each applicant to Siemens must display that they have each of the competencies or skills they look for in applicants. For Siemens graduates these competencies are:
|Customer focus||Analytical thinking||Team working|
|Communication skills||Initiative||Commercial awareness|
|Drive and motivation|
Siemens apprenticeship candidates have a shorter list of competencies:
The first stage is the online application. The Siemens application form contains several quirks that require you to be organised from the very start. First of all the application form is set to time out after 20 minutes. If you have not finished and submitted it, you will need to start again. You also have to attach your CV and answer a set of long answer questions, so 20 minutes clearly is not enough. Siemens advise that you go through the form, take your questions and plan them off line before starting your application again once they are ready to cut and paste into your form.
Application form questions vary between the role you are applying to, so the recruitment team are looking for your answers to relate strongly to the role you are applying to. Use examples in each answer to demonstrate your past experience. You only have 250 words per answer, so it is essential you plan them carefully and make every word count. Your should also keep a copy of your answers as you will need to review them ahead of interviews down the line. Finally, don’t forget to tailor your CV to Siemens before you attach it to your application form!
All applicants are next sent a link to a set of online psychometric tests. The Siemens psychometric tests are provided by CEB’s SHL, and there are two tests, a numerical and verbal reasoning test. The aim of these tests is to get a feel for where your strengths lie. You only have one chance to take these tests, so make sure you take practice tests and have confidence in your ability to get a passing score.
Numerical reasoning tests assess how well you understand and use information provided in a numerical format such as a table or chart. You are asked a set of questions on numerical information items. In order to choose the correct answer from a set of multiple choice options you must be able to make calculations such as percentages, ratios, or currency conversions. This test is timed, usually with about a minute allowed per question, so you are under pressure to work quickly and accurately. Effective practice is key to helping you improve your score.
In a verbal reasoning test you are given a paragraph of written information to read and understand. You have to analyse the text and answer several multiple-choice questions relating to what you have read. This test typically, but not always, follows a true, false, cannot say format. You will have about 2 minutes to read each text and answer four questions, so you have to be able to work quickly. Practice tests will help you devise a solving strategy and navigate your way through the test with confidence.
If you successfully pass these tests, you will be asked to take part in the Siemens Telephone Interview.
Candidates applying to the Siemens management consulting positions in Munich face a different suit of tests provided by cut-e. The tests include numerical and verbal reasoning, discovering rules (scales ix) and inductive reasoning (scales cls). Our cut-e practice bundle can help you prepare for all of these challenging assessments.
The next stage is a short telephone interview with a member of the Siemens recruitment team. This interview focuses on the information on your application form, as well as several competency based questions. Ahead of this interview review your answers to the application form questions. Think up more examples that can be used to answer questions on any of the Siemens competencies. Read up on the company and area you are applying to. Prepare answers to common questions using STAR.
The Siemens assessment centre is usually the last stage of the graduate, intern and apprenticeship recruitment process. There are typically three exercises at the Siemens assessment day: group exercise, competency based interview, and technical presentation / interview.
In this exercise you are split into a group and given a problem solving task to carry out. Tasks in the past have involved building small structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows or paper and plastic cups. You are being assessed throughout on your teamwork ability, including listening to others, and contributing effectively to the group effort. Gain some group exercise tips and plan your strategy in advance with our group exercise tips and pack.
Ahead of the assessment centre you may be asked to prepare a presentation to deliver to a team of interviewers at the assessment centre. This presentation will be on a technical topic relevant to the role you are applying to. Be prepared to answer questions on what you have spoken about. As well as working on the content, don’t forget to think about your delivery. Gain tips to help soothe those presentation nerves with our assessment centre preparation.
Most of Siemens interviews are competency based interviews, meaning that the interviewers are looking for examples from your past behaviours as an indicator of your future performance. For each question you are asked to provide an example of where you have demonstrated a particular behaviour in the past. Organise the answers that you give around STAR (situation, task, action, result) to ensure that you give the interviewers a full picture. Prepare more examples again for each of the competencies so that you sound confident and sure in your answers. There may also be a technical element to some interviews. If you are applying to the engineering scheme, review some of the main technical points from your degree. Don’t forget to do even more reading on the company as the interviewers will want to be sure that you really really want to work with them.
Competition is tough throughout the process, and if you want to be there at the end you have to ensure that you have prepared thoroughly at each point. JobTestPrep can help you prepare and outperform the competition with our online practice tests. Get started today and apply with confidence.