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Our job application tips: from the cover letter to the CV to the interview

Your application

Our job application tips: from the cover letter to the CV to the interview

Here are some useful tips and advice about your cover letter, CV and interview at Volkswagen.

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Tips for the
cover letter

If you apply to us online, you can also upload a cover letter. Find out here when this is worthwhile and how to formulate a cover letter.

Do I have to include a cover letter with my application?

If you apply to us online, it’s perfectly OK just to send us your CV. If you want to, you can attach a cover letter to your application, for example if you want to point out anything particular about your career or skills that you don’t think can be clearly shown in your tabular CV alone.

How should I formulate my cover letter?

Your cover letter should always be short and to the point, and only a supplement to your CV. One way to structure your letter would be to address specific requirements from the job advertisement. You don’t need to use the formal salutation and traditional structure you might find in job application guides. The content alone is what counts.

Application tip from our recruiter Jana: Be yourself and win us over with your personality, not with strengths and weaknesses from a guide

Tips on the CV

When you apply to us we need your CV. If you’re applying for a training position or StiP (vocational training combined with university studies), you can provide us with the relevant information by filling in your applicant profile. For all other entry levels that can already use our new online application option, you don’t need to fill in the applicant profile. Instead, you simply upload your CV as a PDF, DOCX, image or text file, although we recommend using the PDF format.

Application tip from our recruiter Peter: Show us who you are, what you are, what you like and why you want to be part of the Volkswagen team.

Tips for your

You can do it!

We conduct most of the interviews online. To make sure you’re nice and relaxed when the time comes, we’ve put together a few tips for you.

Be prepared

What’s special about Volkswagen? What values are important to us? What are we working on now? What challenges do we set ourselves? Find out in advance about Volkswagen and, if necessary the area for which you are applying. Useful sources are:

Practice your interview

Ask friends or family to go through questions that could be put to you in an interview or that you might like to ask yourself.

Start the day well

Have a good breakfast in the morning, but don’t make it too heavy. Experts recommend bananas, for example.

Check your technology

Familiarise yourself with the Teams application before your online interview, try out the best position for your camera, and charge up your laptop, tablet or smartphone or have the charging cable ready.

More tips for online interviews

Don’t be disturbed

Try to make sure you have sufficient peace and privacy for the duration of your video interview. Close any windows to the street and if you don’t live alone, put a “do not disturb” sign on your door. Before the interview starts, make sure you have a glass of water on the table, as well as your documents (CV, certificates), notes or anything else you might need.

Freshen up

Make sure you freshen up again before the interview. This will improve your concentration.

We’ve all been through it

Remember that everybody at Volkswagen was also once in your position – including those conducting the interview.

I’ve got what it takes

Keep in mind that you’ve been asked for an interview because of your qualifications. In other words, we wouldn’t have invited you if we weren’t sure you’re a good candidate.

We don’t bite

We all know that nerves are part of any interview and will try to create a pleasant conversational atmosphere. We’re looking forward to meeting you in person.

And finally, perhaps the most important tip:

Always be yourself. This saves a lot of concentration and energy. Besides, we don’t want a stereotype from an application guide – it’s you we want to meet.

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