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Job interview tips from an Audi recruiting manager

The world is becoming more and more mobile and transforms the business world. James Garrett, recruiting and talent acquisition manager at Audi, explains the situation. He provides insight into the application process at Audi and shares valuable tips.

What characterizes a position at Audi today?

Many occupations have gained a large digital component over the last year. This is also the case here at Audi. On our path from automobile manufacturer towards a premium digital car company, we are actively promoting digitalization – not just with our products. A digitalized work place and the intertwining of humans with digital technology, as for example in the Smart Factory, is becoming ever more present. One example can be found in logistics, where we use virtual reality glasses for training purposes. They allow us a simulation of the various packaging steps. We have found this to have a great learning effect on our employees.

James Garrett kümmert sich als Leiter Recruiting / Talent Acquisition darum, dass die Marke mit den Vier Ringen und die passenden Bewerber zusammenfinden.
As the recruiting and talent acquisition manager, James Garrett makes sure that the brand with the Four Rings and the appropriate applicants find their way to each other.

What basic qualifications must an applicant bring along these days?

This strongly depends on the field of expertise, from which the candidate wishes to start his career. An applicant should definitely bring along an inquisitive nature and be open to new topics. Many work areas in the company are in the process of merging.

Let’s say I have just graduated from university, and after completing first internships, would now like to start my professional career – how do I apply for a position at Audi?

Each open position is published on the Audi career page. If you are interested in a position and have submitted your personal data and motivational letter online, we will check your application in regards to a potential fit. For example, we evaluate if you bring the necessary work experience for the entry level. If your profile fits the requirements, we will invite you for an interview. We also offer trainee programs and volunteering positions in our communications department for people who want to enter the company right after completing their studies.

What is the selection process of the applicants?

Our employees in human resources look at every single application. A human being is much more capable of reading between the lines than a PC protected system.

James Garrett im Interview mit Audi Blog-Autor Leonard Dahmen.

James Garret in an interview with the Audi Blog author Leonard Dahmen. Being the manager of the Audi recruiting and talent acquisition team, he knows what companies set their focus on in interviews. And that personal questions are an integral part of that.

If I receive an invitation, what should I expect in the interview?

During the interview, you will meet a colleague from your field and a recruiter. We want to get to know you personally. Just as important, however: you get to know Audi as a potential employer at eye-level. We see job interviews as an exchange and dialogue, not a lecture.

What questions should I expect in a job interview with Audi?

A general tip: go through your CV in-depth beforehand. You will definitely have to present it during the conversation and be able to show why you fit to the position, based on your previous various working stations. Following the principle: the experience required in this position, I have already gained here and there. We will also ask many personal questions, as we are very interested in the individual stories behind the facts.

Die ungefähr einstündigen Gespräche finden auf Augenhöhe statt. Man sollte hierfür seinen Lebenslauf gut vorbereiten.
Applicants have no need to be nervous – because the roughly one-hour long interviews take place at eye-level. An expert tip: Reflect on your CV. Even gaps in the CV are no problem, as long as the applicant can justify them.

Do you have an example for such a personal question?

What do you do in your free time? What are your hobbies? Are you involved in any social club? With these questions you can answer what defines and moves you.

Are there any forbidden questions for an interview?

In regards to certain questions, there are legal regulations, indeed. We will definitely not ask you about your political views.

How long does such an interview take on average?

We usually plan approximately an hour for an interview. I remember my first appearance here at Audi – it was also set for one hour and in the end, we spoke for more than two hours. There are just so many fascinating things to talk about on both sides. And that’s exactly what we’re looking for.

So there is no need to be nervous?

I suppose, a certain amount of nervousness is part of the process. I can tell you from experience: If we have an applicant who, from a professional view, fits to the position a 100 per cent, but with whom there doesn’t seem to be a connection on a personal level, we would rather select the candidate who might only fulfill 70 per cent of the requirements, but who is clearly a fan of our brand and our products.

"My trick against nervousness: reenact the interview with your friends or family."

James Garrett, Audi recruiting and talent acquisition manager


How can I avoid too much nervousness?

A reliable trick is to get together with friends or family – people whom you know and trust – and then reenact the interview. This really helps.

How should an applicant best handle the situation if the application isn’t successful?

It is essential to keep in mind that a refusal is always only in regard to a certain position. You will never receive a general “no” from Audi. If you are talented, but a different applicant just was a slightly better fit, then we will include you in our talent pool nevertheless. This means you might well be invited at a later point in time and for a different position.

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31. October 2017 um 4:43
The insight that Audi has given into their recruitment process, is exactly the piece of information that students like me look for.
I'm sure that this information would help me, to land my dream career at Audi.

Thank you Audi.

Subraya Kamath

28. October 2017 um 16:20
I was associated with a prime BMW dealer in Mumbai and would like to pursue a career with Audi India as a Technical Support Specialist.

This article published by Audi has acted as a proper guidance so that aspiring candidate like me are prepared to face the interview.

Thanks Team Audi.

Lakshmiganthan Sundararajan

28. October 2017 um 4:30
Stories behind the facts,
Engagement in social clubs,
Personal connection

3 important learnings from the conversation.

Anna V Bodonyi

27. October 2017 um 16:17
Hi, That's the best tip I've heard for nervousness! Thank you :))