Making your application is just the first of many challenges in your future career, which also means it's the most critical. There are four stages to the process – initial application, online tests, telephone interview and assessment centre. The process is designed to help you show us the best of you – your knowledge, skills and potential. Remember, you're competing to work alongside top talent from around the world, so you'll need to ensure professionalism at every step. Take note of our hints and tips for success.
Before you start
We look for people who can take responsibility for themselves and their own projects. And that starts right now. Do your research. Explore the IMI careers website and think about whether our organisation, our collaborative and creative approach, and the type of careers on offer are right for you. Look at your skills and interests and choose the division that suits you. As we are a global company, you should also consider which country would be appropriate as your home country (base location). This doesn't have to be your actual home, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.
There are four stages. Here’s how it works.
This online questionnaire asks a number of questions about you, your engineering modules and your interest in IMI. You'll complete it online via our website.
Online Ability Tests -- Logical and Numerical
If you pass the initial application stage, you'll be invited to complete tests for logical and numerical reasoning. You will do these online and they will be timed. Before you start the tests, make sure you are in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed, so that you can concentrate fully.
Both tests are multiple choice. In the logical reasoning test, you will be presented with various shapes and diagrams and will be asked questions related to this information. In the numerical reasoning test, you will be asked to interpret graphs and tables. Understanding of basic mathematical concepts such as averages, percentages and ratios will be required.
If you want to practice the tests, you can find examples at http://www.cebglobal.com/shldirect/en/practice-tests
If you pass the ability test stage, you will be invited to take part in a telephone interview. This will follow the same format as a face-to-face interview and is just as important in reaching our final decision. One interviewer will ask you approximately ten questions over 30 minutes. It's an opportunity for us to get to know each other. We'll be looking for insights into your personality, your approach to work, and your interest in engineering. Here are some tips to help you do your best.
- Before the interview, think about your experiences in engineering from your studies or any work placements you may have undertaken.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
- Make sure you’re in a quiet environment where you won’t be interrupted. It’s also important that you have a good telephone connection, so make sure you’re not travelling during the allocated interview time.
- Please note that we’ll be calling you from our offices in the United Kingdom, so your telephone feedback session is scheduled in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Please make sure you are ready to accept our call at the equivalent time in your own time zone. (You can compare the time in the United Kingdom against time zones in other parts of the world by visiting time zone converter websites.)
- The interviewer will be making notes throughout the interview, to make sure they have an accurate record of what has been discussed, so if there are silences or pauses, that is why.
- Most importantly ... relax and be yourself!
If you pass the telephone interview, you will be invited to an assessment centre near your current location. Before you attend, you will be asked to complete an online personality profile. This should take you 30-40 minutes to complete but it isn't timed. There are no right or wrong answers; you just need to answer honestly. We'll use it as the basis of your interview on the assessment centre day.
Who will be at the Assessment Centre day?
At the assessment centre you will be joined by a number of IMI employees who will be observing and assessing your skills and behaviours within different exercises. The majority of our assessors are engineers, with colleagues from different functional areas such as HR joining the process. There will also be a trained assessment centre facilitator, who will guide you through the day and make sure you’re comfortable.
What will the day involve?
The assessment centre is an opportunity for us to observe you demonstrating the behaviours and skills necessary for the Engineering Graduate role in IMI. It’s also an opportunity for you to find out more about us and what we do.
During the assessment centre day you’ll be required to complete the following exercises.
- Group Exercise. You'll be asked to discuss information in a group and perform a number of tasks.
- Face-to-face Interview. This interview will last approximately one hour and you'll be asked to talk about your interest in IMI and provide examples about what you've done in the past.
- Work-based Task. In this exercise you'll be presented with technical information about an engineering product. You will be asked to explore and respond to some related engineering problems by applying your technical engineering knowledge and understanding
- Online Logical and Numerical Reasoning Test.
Hints and Tips
Before the day
- Plan your travel to the assessment centre location.
- Think about any important personal items you need to bring such as reading glasses, medication, inhaler (otherwise, everything you need to complete the exercises will be provided on the day).
- Make sure you have talked to us about any reasonable adjustments for disability you may require on the day, including any specific IT equipment.
- Think of some examples from your studies and work placements to talk about at the interview.
On the day
- You may feel nervous but make sure you eat in order to keep your energy levels up.
- If you feel you haven’t performed as well as you’d hoped in one exercise, make sure you put it behind you and focus on the next exercise.
- If you don't understand something, ask.
- Remember, this is an opportunity to demonstrate the behaviours and skills required for the role.
- Try to relax, be yourself and enjoy the day.
We will send you a formal offer.