Application tips

Questions and answers

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding applying to Haniel. If any of your questions are left unanswered, please feel free to let us know.

Are there deadlines which I should bear in mind when submitting an application?

You can apply for as long as the job offer is on display in our job portal. When we have received a sufficiently large number of applications and have already started the selection process, we will remove the job offer from the site. If you apply, we will contact you by e-mail.

Can I submit a speculative application?

The Holding Company departments to which you can submit an application regardless of the current job offers can be found on the „Speculative applications“ page. Here you will find a link to every specialist department that will bring you to the relevant online form. After filling this in and sending it off, you will receive automatic confirmation of receipt. We will add you to our pool of applicants and will spend up to six months looking for a suitable position for you within the Holding Company.

What should I include in my application?

An application should include complete information about the person and his/her job history. Our online form guides you through the categories “Personal data”, “Education” and “Professional experience” step by step. It is best to keep your CV to hand so that you can easily transfer all the relevant data.

We also offer you the opportunity to upload attachments such as a personal covering letter. Here you can include information about yourself which is not necessarily connected with your job history. What impresses us are applications which convey a concise, though comprehensive impression of you as a person, your professional experience as well as your goals and the factors that motivate you.

A curriculum vitae, application photo and references can also be uploaded as attachments. Depending on the field of activity, samples of your work can add strength to your application. It is recommended to upload the attachments as a complete document. It is important here that the order in which your references appear matches the chronology of your job history. Please note that all attachments should be saved as PDFs. The permissible size of individual files is 5 MB. A total of 10 MB can be uploaded.

What happens with my data?

We can assure you that we will treat your data confidentially and only use it for the purposes set out in the privacy policy. You can view these when submitting your online application – or alternatively by clicking on Data Protection right at the bottom of this page. You will only be able to send off the online application form after accepting the privacy policy.

What must I bear in mind when applying for an internship?

Our job portal can tell you where you can currently do an internship in the Holding Company. If you find an offer which appeals to you, then apply directly using the link to the online application form in the relevant job offer. Ideally, you should apply three months before you wish to start work. This gives us and you planning security.

In principle, you can determine the length of the internship yourself. However, we advise you to spend at least three months with us. This will give you a deeper insight and you will be able to work on projects with other employees. You can find out from Haniel Friends what an internship at Haniel is like.

If we like your application, we will initially schedule a telephone interview with you or will invite you directly for a face-to-face meeting. If you do not make a suitable trainee, we will inform you of our decision as quickly as possible so that you can make alternative plans. Please understand that we will not be in a position to offer you detailed feedback.

We use the face-to-face meeting in order to learn more about you, your abilities, goals and what motivates you. In turn, you will have a chance to get to know your potential working environment and pose questions to representatives of the Specialist Department in which you wish to complete your internship. We will reimburse any travel costs which you incur in coming to see us. If we discover that we make a good match, you will receive your internship contract from us before long. Incidentally -as a fair company we guarantee fair internships with appropriate remuneration.

Application tips

Covering letter

The first thing from you that we get to see is your covering letter. Although there is no standard solution for addressing us there are some points you should take to heart.

What type of content are we looking for?

You should answer the following questions in your covering letter:

  • Why are you applying for the position advertised?
  • Why do you particularly want to work for Haniel?
  • Which requirements of the position advertised are you able to meet?
  • Which additional qualifications can you offer?

Make clear the extent to which your profile matches the position advertised. Point out areas where your previous experience overlaps with the future tasks entailed by the position advertised. Make sure that nothing you say contradicts the information contained in your CV. In order to check your argumentation, ask a friend, acquaintance or relative to read through your covering letter. If this person has difficulties understanding then you should revise the applicable parts of the text.

What needs to be borne in mind in terms of wording?

Express yourself briefly and succinctly so that your covering letter fits onto one A4 page. Apart from this the main thing is to describe rather than assess. Avoid personal evaluations such as “I was extremely successful as…” by using neutral expressions such as “My remit included”…. Make a self-confident impression. Phrases such as “I am certain that...” are clearly to be preferred to those such as “I think that…”

Finish off by proof-reading your covering letter – backwards so that you do not oversee any spelling mistakes.

What format should I select?

The graphic layout is basically up to you. However, we recommend a design that is as clear and discreet as possible. Make sure you use the same font as for your CV. The font size should not be smaller than 10 points. Whether you opt for a left-justified text or full justification is up to you.

Telephone interview

If we find your application interesting then we may start by conducting a telephone interview with you. This gives you the opportunity to reaffirm your interest in the position advertised. And we can clarify some important questions such as the earliest possible starting date.

What is the procedure for a telephone interview?

We will agree a fixed time with you. A telephone interview normally lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. It is conducted by a member of staff from the Corporate Human Resources department or a representative of the department for which the position is advertised. We will talk in German. If knowledge of foreign languages is required for the position advertised then you should expect us to switch languages during the telephone call.

How can I prepare myself?

Make sure you have your covering letter, CV and diary at hand for the telephone interview. In addition, you should find out a bit about Haniel and its divisions in advance.

What do I need to pay attention to during the telephone interview?

Above all: choose somewhere quiet where you are not distracted. Adopt an erect posture as this will add expression to your voice. Ensure that you speak at an agreeable volume and moderate speed. Your answers should not sound like a monologue learnt off by heart but provide scope for spontaneous further questioning. Approach us in an open and honest manner – and we’ll do the same. At the end you are welcome to ask questions about how the application process will continue.

Face-to-face interview

The purpose of a face-to-face interview is to get to know each other better. We want to experience your personality live – at the same time, you can gain an impression of the working environment at Haniel.

What topics will be raised?

No face-to-face interview proceeds in the same way as another. However, you can expect us to raise the following issues:

  • Your expertise and qualifications with regard to the position advertised
  • The professional positions you have held so far including the tasks performed and experience gained – i.e. your career history
  • Your motivation to join Haniel by taking on the position advertised
  • Specialist areas and tasks that meet your interests and desires
  • Your desires and opportunities concerning the starting date
  • Questions you have for us
  • Your personal interests and commitments

Make sure that you adopt a succinct and coherent narrative form when presenting your specialised and personal experience: the STAR method is a suitable tool in this case, which observes the following narrative schema:

  1. S = Situation: Describe a situation in your life
  2. T = Target: What target(s) did you draw up for this situation?
  3. A = Action: Action: What action did you carry out in order to achieve your target(s)?
  4. R = Result: Result: What results did you arrive at?

Not only will you introduce yourself personally to us but we will also introduce ourselves to you. At the end of the day it is a discussion we are inviting you to – not a one-sided interview. We therefore consider it our duty to provide you with an understanding of Haniel, the division and the position for which you have applied.

What is the procedure for a face-to-face interview?

A face-to-face interview normally lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. You will conduct it with one or two representatives of the department for which the position is advertised. A member of the Corporate Human Resources department may also be present.

What sort of appearance should I make?

Haniel aims to promote open, fair and trustful dealings with employees. This also applies to our discussions with applicants. What is important for us is that you make a natural appearance. Do not play a role that does not correspond with your personality but convince us with your honest and by all means self-critical manner. To ensure you feel comfortable we recommend you to wear a discreet business suit.