Tips for Successful Interviews and Assessment Centres

The chemical industry is characterised by its technical complexity and focus on innovation. To succeed in this environment, good preparation for interviews and assessment centres is essential. Here are some valuable tips and strategies that can help you stand out from the competition.

Be well informed

Before a job interview, it makes sense to inform yourself about the company and the relevant area at Evonik. Find out about our values, products, research projects and the corporate culture at Evonik. A solid knowledge of the company shows your commitment and motivation.

Emphasise your technical skills

The chemical industry requires solid technical knowledge and skills. If you are applying for a job as an engineer or as a scientist, highlight your relevant technical skills in your CV and in the interview. Discuss projects, laboratory experience and scientific achievements that highlight your expertise.

Interview questions

Prepare for questions that test, for example, your teamwork, problem-solving skills and leadership experience. Structure your answers using this method to clearly demonstrate your competencies and, if possible, give examples from your previous career. 

Improve communication skills

Evonik is not only looking for people with technical know-how, but also effective communication. Practice explaining complex concepts clearly and concisely. This is especially important when you need to present your research or ideas.

Case studies and practical exercises

Assessment centres may include case studies and practical exercises to test your problem-solving skills. Practise the structured approach to analysing case studies and be prepared to defend your approaches.

Group exercises and teamwork

Group exercises are a frequent part of assessment centres. Show that you are a good team player who actively and constructively contributes to discussions but also respects other opinions. Contribute constructively to the group dynamic.

Prepare questions

Prepare some smart questions to ask at the end of the interview. This shows your interest in the position and the company. For example, ask about the division's current projects or opportunities for professional development.

Etiquette and professional appearance

Your appearance can also be crucial. Dress appropriately and professionally (even during virtual interviews). Show respect to everyone you interact with, be it the interviewers or other applicants.

Maintain authenticity

Ultimately, authenticity is the key to success. Be yourself and do not try to play a role. A genuine interest in Evonik will show in your answers and your behaviour.

At Evonik, job interviews and assessment centres are an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and skills. By preparing well, emphasising technical expertise and at the same time showing your social skills, you can position yourself as an ideal candidate for a promising career.