Toyota is a widely recognized manufacturer of vehicles worldwide, with over 330,000 employees across the globe. There are many different entry routes, ranging from apprenticeships to experienced professionals. In this article, we outline the major steps common to all of the recruitment processes to give you a good sense of what to expect and provide useful practice materials to help you prepare.
The Toyota online application form is fairly basic. You are asked to provide your basic details, work and academic history and attach a copy of your CV. Make sure to include any details you feel are relevant to working for Toyota as this can help make your application stand out.
After you complete the application, a member of the Toyota recruitment department will contact you by phone to perform a background and reference check. As well as this, you will be asked some competency based questions to assess your language skills and motivation. At the end of the phone screening, you are informed of the next step in the Toyota recruitment process.
Depending on the position you are applying for, there are a series of Toyota aptitude tests you are asked to complete. These can include a maintenance aptitude test, a situational judgment test and a manual dexterity test. Please note that if you are applying for administration positions, you do not need to sit the aptitude tests.
The maintenance aptitude test is a three hour long assessment which examines your mechanical abilities. There is a variety of questions, ranging from basic physics to electricity. Your must be able to answer the questions correctly in the allotted time. Find out more about the content and style of these questions to help you prepare with our mechanical ability tests.
Included in the maintenance aptitude test is a situational judgement test (or SJT) which is used to evaluate your behavioral and cognitive abilities. In this test, you are presented with a work related situation and four different responses. You need to decide which of the options are you most and least likely to respond. Get a full picture of the SJT with our practice tests.
Whether you are applying to a Toyota engineering apprenticeship or an external engineering apprenticeship, you will have group exercise to assess team work abilities as well as a manual dexterity test to assess how well you work with your hands.
Once you have passed the aptitude and ability tests, you will be invited to a day at the Toyota assessment centre. During your time spent at the Toyota assessment centre there are a number of activities you are expected to complete depending on the position you are applying for. Some of the activities will be in groups and others will be individual. Keep in mind that Toyota has five key competencies that assessors are looking for in all positions. These are:
Additionally, Toyota is guided by two main principles: respect for people and continuous improvement. These ideas have developed into a set of guidelines and behaviors known as 'The Toyota Way'. Articles about 'The Toyota Way' are easily accessible online and Toyota candidates should familiarise themselves with these principles in order to know what strengths to stress during the assessment and interview process.
Once you have passed the assessment centre stage, you will be invited for the final step in the recruitment process, the interview. The interview will be performed by your future manager and assisted by a Toyota recruiter. During the interview, you are assessed on your abilities, techniques and characteristics.
The Toyota recruitment process includes several assessment stages, with each stage changing slightly depending on the position. With proper practice and persistence, you can show the Toyota team that you are an ideal candidate and worth hiring.