Siemens Assessment Test & Interviews Preparation – 2021
What Is Siemens?
Started in 1847 as a small workshop that produced a needle-based version of the Telegraph, German conglomerate, Siemens, has evolved into a multinational company best known for the medical diagnostic equipment it produces. Siemens’ main divisions are Industry, Energy and Healthcare, and Infrastructure and cities, with the healthcare division the second most profitable division, accounting for 12% of total sales. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, they currently have a presence in more than 200 countries and a workforce of 385,000. Siemens has opportunities available for job-seekers looking for careers in Research and Development, Sales and Marketing, IT, and Operations. For those who are looking for opportunities in other countries, there are chances to travel abroad. Siemens attracts employees with a benefits program that includes:
Career development plans
Financial planning assistance
What Is Siemens’ Interview Process?
Career opportunities with Siemens can be searched for on their website by location and position. You can create a profile and upload your resume and CV to be alerted to future opportunities that may be offered. If you see more than one position that you are qualified for, you have the ability to submit more than one application at a time. The application is simple and should not take more than 10 minutes to complete.
Siemens’ Online Tests
The hiring process may vary slightly for each position and some positions will require applicants to take a series of online assessment tests before they are advanced to the interview stage. The online psychometric tests will help the recruiting team narrow the field of candidates by showing them who works well under pressure and who has the skills to handle the requirements of the job. The tests you can expect to see are:
Verbal Reasoning Test – To determine if job candidates can communicate well and understand information or instructions given to them in writing, a verbal reasoning test is given. This test will consist of several paragraphs with multiple choice questions about the information that was given. The questions are all “true”, “false”, or “can not say. This test is timed.
Numerical Reasoning Test – Many of the positions at Siemens require skill with numbers. This test will measure that skill by using graphs and charts to present data that you must use to do calculations to find the answer. You may have to solve problems involving percentages, ratios, and other mathematical concepts. The test is multiple-choice, and you will be timed.
Situational Judgment Test (SJT) – To get a better understanding of your main personality traits, and how you will perform on the job you may be required to take a Situational Judgment Test. You will have to rate from most to least likely your reactions to different scenarios that might occur while on the job.
Other Tests – There are a variety of departments and positions at Siemens, and there may additional tests required for certain jobs. Engineers and programmers may have to take a skills test and management positions may require evaluations such as the Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment.
Once you pass the online assessments, you will be called to set up a telephone or online interview. This interview will focus on your reasons for applying with Siemens and your past work experience. If you are giving the interview via video, the questions will be pre-recorded and you will have several minutes to record your answers. Whether interviewing by phone or by video, have your CV handy to help you answer any questions they may have. Now is the time to ask questions about the job and the company to better inform yourself, and demonstrate interest.
Siemens’ Assessment Center
The assessment center will allow the hiring and management teams to observe job candidates in a work-place like setting. Applicants who have made it this far will participate in two exercises meant to demonstrate your abilities in an active setting. On the day of the assessment center, you will be participating in:
Group Exercise – To test your team working skills, you will be placed in a group and given a case study to discuss. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate with others in the group, your level of participation, and your openness to other group member’s ideas.
Presentation – You will be given a case study to give an individual presentation about. You will be given time during the assessmen center to prepare your presentation. The assessors will be watching to see how well you handle giving a professional presentation, your skill at communicating ideas, and how well you engage the room.
The final, face to face interview will be given at the time of the assessment center. This interview will be competency-based and will focus on your past job experience and the skills you bring to Siemens. It will be in your benefit if you learn as much as possible about Siemens and its newest innovations prior to the interview. To make the best impression on the interviewers, try answering while keeping the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) in mind. This will help give the interviewer an idea of how your skills have developed and how well you can handle any situations that may arise. During the interview, you may be asked questions like:
What most appeals to you about working for Siemens?
Have you ever experienced conflict within a team? What did you do to overcome it?
What do you think will be your greatest challenge with this position at Siemens?
Do you find a new challenge makes work more interesting?
How to Prepare for Siemens’ Assessments?
Your results on the online assessment tests will determine how far you will go in the hiring process. Since passing these tests is of the utmost importance, preparing yourself beforehand is essential. Learning about the company, their mission and their core competencies will help give you some idea of questions you may face on the situational judgment test. For any skills-based tests, you will want to review the qualifications for your job of choice, and practice any areas where you feel you may be lacking. Word puzzles and crosswords are good practice for verbal reasoning tests and refreshing your maths skills will help you feel more confident when taking the tests. Set aside a block of time to take the tests without being distracted, and double-check your internet connection. Do not feel pressured by the time limit on some of the tests. If you reach a question that you are having difficulty with, move on to the next one. Accuracy is the most important part of these tests, and setting a time limit helps show how you perform under pressure. With practice and preparation, the online assessment tests will be just another step on your way to starting your dream job with Siemens.