Studying & Working From the Application to Your Dream Job
Before getting your dream job, there are some steps to perform. The application process begins with your job application and ends with a (hopefully positive) decision on the part of the company. We give you some advice about the basic application process in Germany.
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In Germany, the usual way of doing things is to send your – printed – job application documents in a special job application folder by post. However, more and more companies also state in their job offers that they will be glad to receive applications online. In that case, you can send your documents in a PDF file.
Regardless of whether you apply by post or online, the information and documents that must be included in your application are the same:
Cover letter: In your cover letter, you give the company a first impression of yourself. You explain why you are interested in the job and describe your own strengths. In your letter, try to present yourself convincingly in order to set yourself apart from the other applicants. On the website “europass” you can find out about the formal requirements of a cover letter.
Curriculum Vitae: In your CV, you describe your personal and professional career so far. A CV does not have to be written out in full: you can list the most important information in the form of a table. Previously in Germany, applicants were expected to include a photo of themselves in their CV. With the help of the online tool “europass” you can present your skills and competences comprehensibly throughout Europe.
2. Aptitude Test / Assessment Center
If you have convinced the company with your application, you will receive an invitation to an aptitude test or an assessment center. The company hereby checks in advance whether your skills and competences are suited for the profession and job in question.
The aptitude test is usually in writing and can take up to several hours. You have to solve problems in a variety of categories, such as general knowledge, language, mathematics, logical reasoning etc. The test is adapted to the respective requirements of the profession you apply for.
The assessment center is often used in the allocation of management positions.
It consists of several tasks, which are both in writing and verbally. The test duration of ACs may take up to three days. Tasks of an assessment center could be: write articles, create a presentation, typical office tasks, group work and discussions with other participants. The assessment center usually also involves a job interview.
3. Job Interview
If you have passed the aptitude test or the assessment center, you will receive an invitation for an interview. There are also companies that do not test and decide directly on the basis of the application, whether a candidate is invited to an interview.
In the job interview, you’ll be asked about yourself, school, interests, hobbies, general education and your attitude towards the job, as well as about the company.
After the interview, you will receive a letter of acceptance or a rejection by the company. If the company has decided in your favour, you usually have a few days to change your mind. If you accept the company’s offer, you will receive an employment contract.