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Business Placement

 

Ford ofers Business Placement Student opportunities across a variety of functions within the business which consist of paid work placements lasting a maximum of 12 months.

  • Step 1: Online Application Form

    • Main Details
    • Education & Qualifications
    • Work Experience
    • Competencies


    Step 2: Online Test

    • Numerical Reasoning
    • Inductive Reasoning


    Step 3: Telephone Interview

    • 30 minute Structured Competency-based Interview


    Step 4: Assessment Centre

    • Interview
    • Group Exercise
    • Role Play Exercise
    • In Tray Exercise
  • Do you consider students from any degree discipline?
    Depending on which function you apply to will determine what degree discipline applies, as different functions have different requirements. For example, Human Resources open their application to all degree disciplines; whereas Product Development does have a specific criteria of degree disciplines in which they accept applications. The online application will provide information on the list of degree disciplines that will be accepted when you select the function you wish to apply for. 

    What are the entry requirements?
    Applicants are required to be studying towards a relevant degree and are therefore taking a one year work placement as part of their degree requirements. 

    Do you offer any kind of relocation package?
    Business Placement students do not receive any relocation allowance; we consider that the cost of a potential relocation is factored into the competitive compensation that we offer our placement students.

    What about work permits and eligibility to work in the UK?
    At Ford we welcome all applications for our job opportunities. However, we are unable to employ anyone who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. All candidates will be asked to provide originals of documentation proving their right to work in the UK at assessment centre stage. The Company will be unable to offer employment if the candidate has been unable to provide the appropriate supporting original documentation. The Company has a duty to check that all new employees are entitled to work in the UK and to do the type of work offered. Any job offer will therefore be conditional on the individual holding the right to work in the UK.

    What are the typical working hours?
    The standard working hours are 37.5 hours a week, 7.5 hours a day Monday to Friday. Start and finish times will vary between location and departments. 

    When am I expected to start if I am offered a Business Placement?
    Typically Business Placement students will start late August/ early September. Actual timing would be discussed with candidates when formally offered a position. 

    How long does the Business Placement last?
    A Business Placement would usually be a 12 month placement; however this would be subject to term dates and expected return to University.

    Where will I be based if I am successful?
    Most of the placements will be based in our Essex locations, such as Warley, Dunton (Laindon) and Dagenham. However there might be some roles based in other regions such as Daventry and Bridgend, this would be discussed in more detail if formally offered a position with the Company.

  • Ford uses a competency based approach to assessment. Competencies are defined as the behaviours that individuals must have, or must acquire, to perform effectively at work, the personal attributes or inputs of the individual. Competency type questions are often used to evaluate a candidate’s competence, and have been shown to be related to how well someone subsequently performs on the job.

    We will now go through each stage of the assessment process suggesting tips throughout.

    Online Application Form

    You will be asked to complete an on-line application form, giving details of your work experience qualifications or training you have done and your key skills and experiences.

    The application form gives you the chance to tell us more about yourself and your experiences. The idea is to go for quality as opposed to quantity so therefore make sure all the information you include is relevant. Also, ensure you spell check your application as spelling mistakes indicates a lack of care and attention to detail. 

    There are several sections in the application form:

    Main Details section:
    In this section we need some personal details so that we can contact you.

    Education & Qualifications section:
    Here we ask for information about your education at School, College or University. You should give the name of the School and College you attended (if appropriate), and the dates you started and finished. In the qualifications section, please describe any qualifications you achieved.

    Work Experience section:
    In this section you are asked to give details of your work experience. Start with the most recent and include start and finish dates, company name, job title, and the type of work you did (e.g. office work, dealing with customer complaints, assembling motor parts, shop/retail assistant). Please indicate your reason for leaving any job you are no longer doing. Please explain any gaps (e.g. unemployed, visiting family, travelling, etc.). If you have no work experience just put “no experience” in the section.

    Competencies section:
    In this section you are asked for more detailed information of your skills and experiences in relation to job relevant criteria. We are looking for you to provide examples of when you have shown the skills and qualities necessary to be an effective Business Placement Student.

    Tips for choosing examples to write about:

    Choose recent examples

    • Be specific – describe exactly what you did or said
    • Talk about your contribution (not what other people have done)
    • Give examples of the skills that you demonstrated in the particular situation
    • You can choose examples from work / college / voluntary work / out of work activities.

    Online Tests

    Before you begin, 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 Business Placement Student recruitment we currently use two psychometric online tests: Numerical and Inductive Reasoning. For more advice and assessment tips for the psychometric tests, please use the SHL link below:
    http://www.shldirect.com/about_assessments.html

    Telephone Interview

    The telephone interview will last around 20-30 minutes. The questions will be around the following competencies:

    • Customer Focus
    • Results Focus
    • Personal Development
    • Teamwork


    Below are some points which will help you understand the telephone interview process a bit more:

    • You will need to make sure that you are in a location where interview can be completed (e.g. not whilst travelling using a mobile)
    • The interviewer will go through each question and the extent of detail required from the answers (e.g. will be asking about past experiences, need to know context, specific detail about what they did and the outcome)
    • The interview does not look at your ability to respond quickly. We understand you may need some time to come up with an answer and that is fine.
    • Be prepared to explain why you want to work for Ford Motor Company and show you understand what we do.


    More information on interviews can be found in the Assessment centre section.

    Assessment Centre

    Assessment Centres are an increasingly common method of selection, and you are certain to come across them in your experiences with employers. The exercises in a Ford Assessment Centre have direct relevance to the roles which we are recruiting for. 

    There are four exercises that make up the Assessment Centre, these are on:

    Interview

    The interview lasts for 60 minutes and is designed to assess the following competencies:

    • Personal Development
    • Teamwork
    • Resilience
    • Customer Focus


    Preparation
    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 industrial press, and our company website.

    Why are you right for the job? 
    Think about the requirements of the job (for example, communication skills, team work) and then think about times when you have demonstrated these skills in the past. Could you describe the Situation, Task, Action and Result to an interviewer? 

    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.

    Group Exercise
    The criteria being assessed are:

    • Makes the Right Decisions
    • Teamwork
    • Open Communication
    • Customer Focus
    • Results Focus


    You will be provided with some information and will have 25 minutes to individually prepare. Then, you will be working as a group to reach an outcome. You will be given 35 minutes for the group discussion.

    The group working situation is devised to assess how you interact, and work within a group. The group exercise will be designed to assess how well you listen, respond to suggestions, and co-operate within the team to achieve the task within the time that you have been allocated. 

    Key aspects
    The assessors will want to hear you express your point of view, but you should also listen to and consider other group members view

    • Try to draw in shy group members
    • Do not take over
    • Make sure that you do not disregard any group members or impose your points of view
    • Contribute, and get involved in as much as you can
    • Do not get discouraged by other group member's suggestions.


    Bear in mind, your task is not to 'win' against other members of the group. You should remember that you are all being assessed against the same, pre-determined standards, and if all of you meet the standards, everyone in your group could be selected. 

    Finally, many people allow their nerves to overcome them, and they do not speak up sufficiently in the group working exercise. Whilst you should try not to dominate the task, you will need to be seen to make a contribution. If you get nervous, just relax and remember that your contribution is as valuable as everyone else's. 

    Role Play Exercise
    This exercise will look at the following competencies:

    • Makes the Right Decisions
    • Communication
    • Personal Development
    • Quality Mind-set
    • Resilience
    • Customer Focus


    Overall, the exercise lasts for 70 minutes. Initially, you will be provided with some information and you will have 40 minutes for individual preparation. You will then be directed to another room where you have a meeting with a client. The meeting is scheduled to last no longer than 20 minutes. You can finish the meeting in less than 20 minutes, if you think you have handled all the objectives of the meeting. If you go over 20 minutes, you will be stopped by an assessor. Finally, you will have 15 minutes to write a short memo based on the meeting (issues discussed) you had.

    Written Exercise
    This exercise lasts for 60 minutes and the competencies being assessed are:-

    • Makes the Right Decisions
    • Communication
    • Quality Mind-set
    • Results Focus


    The written exercise simulates addressing a work-related problem, just as you might in a typical day at Ford Motor Company / Ford Credit. The emphasis is on how you analyse, compare, and categorise information; how you prioritise and take decisions; and how effectively you convey your views to others. You will have 60 minutes to write a plan of action.

    Key Tips

    • Remain calm, and take time to familiarise yourself with all the information, by scanning through the materials to Identify the information that you need
    • Do not be afraid to disregard any information that you feel is irrelevant
    • There may not be a single correct answer, but to perform well you will need to explain logically on paper, why you made your decisions

    Additional tips

    It is natural to experience nervousness before an interview, or assessment event. Try and follow these tips to ease your nerves. 

    Take one exercise at a time
    Remember, that your fate with the company does not rest on one sole exercise, and that you will be given plenty of opportunity to demonstrate your strengths throughout the different exercises. Try not to worry about the exercises later in the day, just give your full concentration to each exercise in turn. 

    The perfect placement?
    All or nothing attitudes heighten anxiety levels, and the pressure that you feel. Avoid thinking that the placement is the perfect placement for you and that you will never find a placement like this again. No one really knows what a placement is like before they start, and remember that if the assessors decide that you are not suited to the placement, it is quite probable that the placement would not suit you. 

    Perfect Performance 
    The essence of the assessment centre is to determine your personality, and your working style. This is why many of the exercises are designed to be as life-like as possible. Therefore, avoid trying to pre-empt what the assessors are looking for, and concentrate on being yourself. 

    Confidence 
    Remember, you have done extremely well to make it to an assessment centre, and that you are good enough to be there. Avoid comparing yourself to the other candidates, since this will only heighten your nerves. Remember, you will all have strengths in different areas, and if you all meet the pre-determined criteria, you may all be offered a placement.

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