Tips and useful information for applicants

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The applicant profile

Applicants are encouraged to create an online profile. The great advantage of this is that it allows us to access all necessary data and thus expedite the application process. The information provided can also be used for applying for other vacancies within the TÜV NORD GROUP.

When creating an online profile, you will be asked to enter personal details, including work experience. Most of the information requested is optional. However, a more detailed profile will allow HR to get a better picture of each applicant. Optional information can also be provided, such as IT and language skills or practical experience.

The cover letter

The cover letter should be brief and to the point. Information relating to your CV or the job vacancy is no longer required.

Frequent mistakes

It is just as important to watch out for spelling mistakes in an online application as it is in a written application. HR therefore recommends taking the time to go through the points outlined in the final PDF generated, to avoid any unnecessary mistakes. 

Preparing an application

For students

Please state in the cover letter the area in which you would like to work and why you would like to complete your internship/final thesis at TÜV NORD or work with us as a student trainee. Also state your preferred area of work, the region/town where you would like to be based and the date you could possibly commence. Make sure you are well prepared for the interview. 

For interns

We encourage you to complete several internships during your studies, in order to familiarise yourself with as many companies, sectors, professions and occupations as possible. Find an internship that matches your future career aspirations. Internships lasting less than four weeks are too short to really learn something and be able to work independently. A two- to three-month internship is best.

For a final thesis (German Diplom, bachelor’s/master’s degree, PhD)

The final thesis is assessed by the relevant institution of higher education. First, find a university tutor to help you with your final thesis. Apply to TÜV NORD with a specific topic in mind. Naturally, we welcome current industry topics.

If you have already completed an internship with TÜV NORD, or worked with us as a student trainee, you will have had the opportunity during this time to get some advice on choosing a topic.

Make use of your connections! Does one of your professors have links to TÜV NORD? He/she may be able to help you find a topic for your final thesis. Stay in close contact with your support network at the university and with your mentor at TÜV NORD while completing your final thesis.

For apprentices

Please state in the cover letter your preferred type of apprenticeship and why you would like to complete an apprenticeship at TÜV NORD. Make sure you are well prepared for the interview. Think about why you really want to complete an apprenticeship at TÜV NORD and why you have chosen this particular apprenticeship.

For pupils

Look for a work placement that matches your future career aspirations. Send us your application, stating your reasons for wanting to carry out a work placement at TÜV NORD with the help of the online application form in the job board under ‘Apply online’. State when and where (city/region) you can/would like to start and make sure you are well prepared for the interview.

Tips for preparing for the interview

The selection procedure for graduates and young professionals consists of a structured interview in which you will be asked both personal and professional questions and, based on the job profile and area in which you would like to work, questions relating to your personal skills and development. Both managers and employees from HR management and development will be present at the interview.

A multi-stage, multi-modal selection procedure will be used to recruit experienced professionals and fill managerial and other key positions. The first interview will be used to discuss expertise and other basic criteria. A second interview may well involve various diagnostic procedures to assess potential. Such procedures will only be used with the prior consent of the applicant. With the aid of various techniques such as presentation exercises, role playing, simulated discussions, etc., the second interview can be used to compare the job requirements with the applicant’s expertise.

Although it is not necessary to prepare for either interview, applicants will be required to prepare a PowerPoint presentation outlining their future strategy for the target market/department/division prior to carrying out the presentation exercise.

The applicant will receive a letter containing all necessary information in good time.