At the assessment centre you will have an interview that lasts for 60 minutes and is designed to assess the following competencies:
• Conscientious approach
• Drive and Initiative
• Communication and Interpersonal skills
• Openness and Willingness to Learn
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• Personal Development
• Customer Focus
You will also be assessed on your interest for the function you have applied to.
Before interviewing for a position with Ford, you should be familiar with our products and know the current developments within the industry. It is also advisable to have an understanding of the Company’s history: you can obtain this information from the industrial press and our Company website.
The structure of the interview
You will be asked for some background information about yourself and our interviewers will do their best to make you feel relaxed.
You will be asked questions about things you have experienced, so you will need to think about recent examples from your work/college/school/other activities.
- Take time in the interview to choose an appropriate example
- If you do not understand the question, do not be afraid to ask the interviewers to rephrase or clarify
- Make sure you answer the question asked
- If you are not sure how much detail to go into, ask the interviewers how much information they want
You will be given the opportunity at the end of the interview to ask any questions. If you want more information about the nature of the apprenticeship, , pay and conditions etc. you can ask at the end of the interview.
Preparing for the interview
Having to attend an interview often makes many people nervous. We will do our best to help you to relax. The interview is an opportunity for you to show us that you have the right qualities and skills for the role of an Apprenticeship with Ford.
Before the interview itself, read through the relevant competencies again, and the examples you gave on your application form. Prepare yourself by thinking of additional examples or situations when you have shown these behaviours in the past. Be prepared to clearly describe the situation; your role; your actions; the outcome; and any learning you gained.
The most important word
When describing team working situations, remember to maintain the focus on YOU and what YOU did. Remember to say 'I' to distinguish your input from the acts of the team. Above all, be yourself, and relax.
The Assessment Centre Exercises
During the assessment centre you will also be asked to take part in several exercises. These are designed to assess the skills, qualities and behaviours that are necessary for effective performance as an Apprentice. The exercises are designed to be similar to activities that you will be expected to carry out in the role of an Apprentice at Ford.
You will be provided with full information about the exercises on the day and you do not need to prepare any information in advance. It is important to listen carefully to the instructions provided on the day, so you ensure you are clear about what you are being asked to do. If you are unclear at any stage, make sure you ask any questions before the exercise starts.
You will be also asked to take part in some aptitude (or psychometric) tests These are short, timed tests which measure your numerical and literacy abilities and general aptitude.
Why Ford uses Aptitude tests
• Aptitude tests help us make accurate predictions about whether a person has potential to succeed in a job with Ford. These tests help us to make sure that you have the right level of numeracy and literacy skills needed for the Apprentice programme, as there is a strong maths and English requirement.
• We have found that people who do well in the tests tend to perform well in their job at Ford.
Aptitude tests for Advanced Apprentices
• Practice - Should you be invited to an Assessment Centre you will receive a Practice Questions leaflet, which will show you the type of questions you will have to complete in the tests. This leaflet also gives more information about the test itself, and gives you some sample questions to try. Have a go at the questions at home and look up the answers at the back of the leaflet to see how you have done. Many people get nervous when sitting tests, but being prepared may help you control nerves.
• Ask Questions - During the testing session you will be given further instructions about what to do. Listen very carefully, and if there is anything you do not understand, make sure you ask before the test starts. Once the test has started, your questions cannot be answered
• Pace Yourself
- During the test make sure you know how much time you have so that you can pace yourself.
- Work as quickly and accurately as you can and try to focus on each question. Aptitude tests for Higher and Degree Apprentices
Should you be successful and progress to stage 2 of the recruitment process you will be invited to complete some online SHL aptitude tests; Verify Verbal Reasoning, Verify Numerical Processing and for Engineering Highers only Verify Mechanical Comprehension as well. Practice
- Before you begin your online aptitude tests, try your hand at some practice questions. We use SHL as our test provider and you can visit their site for information on practice tests: http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html
For more advice and assessment tips for the psychometric tests, please use the SHL link below: http://www.shldirect.com/about_assessments.html
We hope this has given you a clearer idea of what to expect at each stage of the selection process. Feedback on your performance at the assessment centre will be available once final selection decisions have been reached.
It is the policy of Ford to ensure decisions are made objectively and fairly. Final hiring decisions will be made using all of the information we have gathered during the selection process. This ensures that we recruit people with the right skills and qualities no matter what their background.
We want to thank you for showing your interest in Ford and hope that this information will help you do your best during the selection procedure