Henkel Application & Selection
Got questions regarding the application process? Here you can find the answers! During our application and selection process we use standardized criteria – keeping it objective and fair.
We are looking for people who excel in the following areas:
We are looking for employees who share our vision and our values. In particular, we are looking for people who excel in the following areas:
- Initiative & Determination to Achieve
- Decisiveness & Risk Taking
- Driving Change & Innovation
- Perspective & Judgment
- Convincing & Influencing
- Coaching & Developing People (for jobs with personnel responsibility)
Applying for a job always involves taking some risk. But we want you to feel as good as possible about your application process with us, which is why we want to let you know what to expect.
Our employees contribute to the company’s success with their own individual performance. We value know-how and encourage a competent work approach. We are looking for employees who inspire with their talent and passion. Does this sound like you? Then apply now, and let’s get acquainted during the application and selection process. We are open to answering any questions you may have and want to have open communication on equal footing. To get to know you as quickly as possible, we currently only accept applications online. Read more about the steps you’ll need to take here.
For students: Applying for an internship
Step 1: Online Application
To start, you can send us your comprehensive online application through the Henkel job portal. You will need your résumé – preferably as a PDF file. Please make use of the option to upload any other relevant documents (e.g., certificates, an overview of your grades). This way we’ll have all necessary documents in one place, to help us make our decision. In case you have a LinkedIn profile, you can comfortably import your data with just one click. A letter of motivation can also be attached optionally.
Step 2: Interview
In a one-on-one interview we’ll talk about your studies, your experience and your future goals. Plus, we’ll give you lots more information about Henkel and our internships. You can ask questions about the position, your future team or career opportunities at Henkel. For some positions we may ask you to participate in a brief video interview allowing us to get to know you better. You’ll also be able to present yourself and your strengths in regard to your desired position at Henkel. The video interview will not be live, so you can choose the right time, setting and atmosphere. We just ask you to send us your interview video within the following five working days. Please note that your participation is completely voluntary.
Step 3: Job Offer
If you impress us and we think you are a match for one of our open positions, you will receive a job offer. In turn, if you agree with our values and are up for a great career opportunity, we hope you’ll accept the offer.
For job starters, professionals and executives: Application for a long-term position
Step 1: Online Application
For the first step you will complete your comprehensive online application through our Henkel job portal. You will need your résumé – preferably as a PDF file. Please make use of the opportunity to upload other relevant documents (e.g., certificates, an overview of your grades). This way we’ll have all relevant documents in one place, to help us make our decision. In case you have a LinkedIn profile, you can comfortably import your data with just one click. A letter of motivation can also be attached optionally.
Step 2: Phone / Video Interview
After a first screening, we would like to get to know you during a telephone interview or a video interview. We will talk about your career history and your goals. You will also get more information about Henkel and the position that has to be filled.
The video interview will not be live, and you may choose the right timing, set up and atmosphere. We kindly ask you to perform the video interview within the next five working days. Please note that your participation is voluntary.
Step 3: Interview
During the in-person interview with your future managers, we’ll discuss some more in-depth topics, like your professional experience and your goals. You can ask more questions you may have about the position, your future team and career opportunities. Depending on the position, there might be a second interview.
Step 4: Optional Online Test
Depending on the position you apply for, we might also ask you to complete a structured online test after the first in-person interview round. This test provides us with even more insights about your personality, your preferences as well as your cognitive abilities.
Step 5: Job Offer
If you impress us and we think you are a match for one of our open positions, you will receive a job offer. In turn, if you agree with our values and are looking for a great career opportunity, we hope you’ll accept the offer.
Score at Henkel
We want you to know what you can expect and how you can score with your application. For this reason, we gathered a few tips as well as some Do’s and Don’ts for you.
- How to write for personnel managers
- Prevent typical pitfalls
- Use your application photo as an eye-catcher
Talk about significant stages of your life/career in your résumé with additional bullet points. That is how you can show off your work experience, areas of activity and responsibilities. As a rule of thumb: the résumé should be two pages maximum. Save space, by critically assessing what information about yourself you would like to present. An additional third page with further personal information is not necessary. You may also want to include a front page with name, address and photo.
Certain information isn’t necessary to include, such as your parents’ profession and your religion. That being said, an application photo is still suggested in Germany. Refer to past internships and part-time jobs only if there is a connection to the position you are applying for.
The central theme is missing
Add a central theme to your résumé. Document your professional career clearly and without any gaps. Check critically, if side jobs and additional qualifications meet the job requirements.
In addition to structure, significance is meaningful. Explain the single stations of your professional career with a few bullet points, which explain your tasks and responsibilities. Often, especially abroad, the job title does not clearly explain the area of operation.
Exaggerating or lying
Orientation at the demands of the job description does not mean that you might exaggerate or even lie. This will be detected and in the worst case, it is a crime.
Structure your résumé and present your competences very clearly. Do not extend it to more than two pages and choose a readable font and font size of at least 11 point.
Too many details
Your higher educational qualification is important to name. We do not ask for any details about your parents, siblings or your nationality. Also information about political party memberships or confession is not wanted.
The application photo serves as your first impression. If you want to come across as open and professional, pictures taken on your holiday or in a photo booth are a no-go. The picture also shouldn’t be older than two years.
Ideally, the application photo reflects your character and shows your charisma and personality. If you know what you want to say about yourself, you can use your clothing, body language, and general aesthetic to support your application.
It’s important to choose clothing which is appropriate for your profession and that you feel comfortable in. You are free to choose the image format and image detail. Ideally, the picture size is 6 x 4.5 cm. Prevent full body shots and pictures that are too large.
Tips for your application
- 7 tips for your online application
- Typical pitfalls during the telephone interview
- Checklist for the job interview
Score with accuracy
Please create your documents carefully and watch out for spelling mistakes.
Use a serious email address in the format email@example.com.
The subject line is important
Please always attach the reference number and name of the position.
Consider the size of the upload file
In our job portal you can upload files with a size of up to 5 MB. Please make sure to resize your documents by reducing the resolution.
Please combine all documents into one PDF in the following order: letter of motivation, résumé and additional documents (references, credentials and certificates).
Commitment pays off
Write and design your letter of motivation in a way that’s unique to you. Experienced HR employees can easily detect copied, standard phrases.
Proofread first, then send it out
Please check your online application and documents very thoroughly before sending.
Answering the phone in any situation
Choose a quiet surrounding. If you happen to be on the road, just call back later.
Interrupting the other person on the phone
Do not interrupt and always stay respectful and let the other person finish their sentences.
Speaking too fast
Take your time, even if you’re nervous, to speak clearly and slowly.
Not knowing your own documents
It is expected that you have a good overview of your application documents and the statements you made in your application.
Not asking any questions
Ask questions and show that you are interested.
- Confirm the appointment?
- Clothing chosen and prepared?
- Journey planned with additional buffer time?
- Name of the contact person memorized?
- Phone number of the contact person noted?
Prepare the content
- Knowledge of your application documents?
- Gathered information about the company?
- Know personal strengths and weaknesses?
- Questions of your own?
- Personal questions documented?
Be convincing in the interview
- Be respectful and self-confident!
- Open body language!
- Speak loudly and clearly!
- Listen carefully! - Prevent monologues!
- Do not interrupt your interview partner!
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