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.
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 Vacation Trainee.
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.
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:
For Vacation Trainee 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:
The interview lasts for 60 minutes and is designed to assess the following competencies:
- Personal Development
- Customer Focus
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 positions (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.
It is natural to experience nervousness before an interview, so try and follow these tips to ease your nerves.
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.
Remember, you have done extremely well to make it to the interview stage, 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.