Ford Product Development Graduate 2011

Ford
#1

Hi guys,

I have created this place so we can share experience and questions.
I applied for the Ford’s Product Development grad scheme just over a week ago, finished an aptitude test today.

Process:

  1. On-line Application
  2. Aptitude Test - Inductive (Diagrammatic) Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning
  3. Telephone Interview
  4. Assessment Day - a competency-based interview, a group exercise, an in tray exercise and a role-play exercise.

Tip:

  1. On-line Application - The application form is first screened by Ford’s recruitment software, it scans for key words, so use a lot of them! E.g. Improved, Innovative etc
  2. Aptitude Test - The trick is if you ever get stuck at one question for over 1 minute, use your best judgement then move on, it’s definitely not worth the time as there will be loads easy questions at the end.

Questions:
Has anybody done the telephone interview or have been to the assessment centre yet? Would you be able to share some lights?

Thank you very much :smiley:

#2

Hi,

Just had my telephone interview for Sales and Marketing Programme and I thought would share the following information and the questions which were asked to me by FORD…

• Knowledge of Ford and the function to which you are applying
• Working effectively with other people
• Results Focus
• Customer Focus

Here are the tips that I got form the website and would recommend them to any candidate for the interview:

• Be specific – describe exactly what you did or said
• Talk about your contribution (not what other people have done)
• Give examples of the skills that you demonstrated in the particular situation
• You can choose examples from work / college / voluntary work / out of work activities.
• Make sure you take some time to find out about Ford and the area to which you are applying

And finally to make life easier for persons, as I have gained immensely form this Forum, information about FORD is also posted for the benefit. It would obviously change so please update accordingly:

The Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is an American multinational corporation based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. In addition to the Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury brands, Ford also owns a small stake in Mazda in Japan and Aston Martin in the UK. Ford’s former UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover were sold to Tata Motors of India in March 2008. In 2010 Ford sold Volvo to Geely Automobile.[5] Ford will discontinue the Mercury brand at the end of 2010.
Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines. Henry Ford’s methods came to be known around the world as Fordism by 1914.

Ford is currently the second largest automaker in the U.S. and the fourth-largest in the world based on number of vehicles sold annually, directly behind Volkswagen Group.[6] In 2007, Ford fell from second to third in US annual vehicle sales for the first time in 56 years, behind only General Motors and Toyota. However, Ford occasionally outsells Toyota in shorter periods (most recently, during the summer months of 2009). By the end of 2009, Ford was the third largest automaker in Europe (behind Volkswagen and PSA Peugeot Citroën).[7]

Ford is the seventh-ranked overall American-based company in the 2008 Fortune 500 list, based on global revenues in 2008 of $146.3 billion.[8] In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles[9] and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide.
During the automotive crisis, Ford’s worldwide unit volume dropped to 4.817 million in 2009. Despite the adverse conditions, Ford ended 2009 with a net profit of $2.7 billion.[10] Starting in 2007, Ford received more initial quality survey awards from J. D. Power and Associates than any other automaker. Five of Ford’s vehicles ranked at the top of their categories[11] and fourteen vehicles ranked in the top three.[12]

Hope this all helps, as there is no single thread on the telephone interview about FORD…

Regards,

HJMK007

#3

Wow, you have really done some research about Ford.
I have been invited for the tel interview for the HR graduate scheme…It was pretty quick considering I gave my online tests last night.I have pretty much the same information on my account as stated by you in the beginning that the questions will be focussed around information about ford, results focus, customer focus, and working with others… But I think someone did mention that they do not strictly stick to these competency areas and may ask more…Don’t know whether that was the case with you hjmk007. It would be helpful if you could state the questions you were asked…(if you remember):slight_smile:

#4

Cheers HJMK2007! Really appreciated.

S

#5

pm me

#6

Hey did anyone who applied to prod dev get thru to the assessment stage??

#7

Hi guys, I’ll be doing my telephone interview tomorrow for the Product Development role… any more specific tips? I’m so nervous cos it’s my first telephone interview!
helpppppppp!

#8

Hi chuckulz,

Hope your telephone interview went well and according to your expectation. I am having my telephone interview in a couple of days for the Product development role. There is one thing which is bothering me I was hoping you could advise me.

When I log in to my account there are two available slots at this time one is on friday the 19th and the other one is 20th. Now I just want to know that if I can delay it a bit as I am nt available on friday and sat as I have another interviews to attend. So in short I jst want to know if I can book any other slot apart from friday and sat.

N one last things what kind of technical questions they asked you in the interview… I mean like in general about electronics or specifically related to the division in which we are applying?

Thank you any help would be highly appreciated…

Kind regadrs,

#9

Hi guyz,

I am having my telephone interview in a couple of days for the Product development role. There is one thing which is bothering me I was hoping you could advise me.

When I log in to my account there are two available slots at this time, one is on friday the 19th and the other one is 20th. Now I just want to know that if I can delay it a bit as I am nt available on friday and sat as I have another interviews to attend. So in short I jst want to know if I can book any other slot apart from friday and sat.

N one last things what kind of technical questions they ask in the interview for the product development role… I mean like in general about electronics or specifically related to the division in which we are applying?

Thank you any help would be highly appreciated…

Kind regadrs,

#10

you can delay your tel interview…i had a situation similar to yours…I booked for my interview 5 days after notification as I was busy preparing for other tests and interviews…I even called up the HR dept asking them if it was ok to delay a bit , they said its fine but indicated that roles are getting filled up quickly so it would be in your best interest to book a slot as soon as possible…the system is updated everyday .you have slots available for almost all of the days.so I don’t think you should worry about that…!

#11

Hi Princetongirl,

Thank you very much for a prompt response.

Kind regards,

#12

Hey guys,

Help me plz!!!.. I just received an email saying that my application is successful and i have to move on to the next stage which is the online psychometric tests. Since you guys have advanced from this stage. I am very nervous because this is my first test. what were you asked and how can i prepare myself for the test? would they be engineering related questions?

hope to hear from you guys soon…thank you in advance.

#13

Hey man, just relax lol and read the original post.
You can practise these tests on SHL and from the following webste: http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/aptitude-tests-links.htm

#14

Hey guys,

I just got an email from Ford saying that I am currently “on hold whilst they progress the testing stage of the selection process.” I guess what that really means is I have bumped my psychometric tests lol and the ones that had better test results progress first.

#15

@shinnie
thanks for the reply. imma check out the link. when did you take your psychometric tests?

#16

on the 8th

#17

Hello All

Ive been reading evry1s post, glad to know abt each ones progress…

anywys heres my story… I applied in mid oct smwher, 2 weeks later i got the online tests. A week later I was invited for telefone interview and then exactly after 5 days, i got email fr invitation to assessment centre on 23rd nov. 2010.

I too have applied for the product development post. So ny1 here for the 23rd nov assessment centre?..im really nervous abt the crazy ass activities for tht day…

chris

#18

Hi chrisdoha,

Im glad u made it to the assessment centre n wish you best of luck. I will be having my interview on sat for the product development role, I just want to ask what kind of technical questions do they ask? Is it generally about electronics or specifically in regards to the role we have applied?

Any help would be really appreciated n again best of luck for the assessment centre.

Kind regards,

#19

In your account area u will c wat areas they will cover… one is the role uve applied for … ofcourse its product development but under that u may have selected a function. In my case i had forgotten abt tht. And you cannot find it in ur application after uve submitted it. After the telefone interview, i came to know my function which is Powetrain/Component Engineering. so u wil get questions ur selected function.

Telefone interview will consist of 6 ques.- 2 technical and 4 competency

One of the technical ques was describe different types of transmission. Other one was, u r given con rods, cylinder blocks, cam shaft, sm more components, while designing ny of these wats very important.

competency ques was tel a time when- working in a team, delivering work to customer(customer can b professor, work nythin), had to negotiate wit sm1, influence sm1

hope this helps.

#20

Anyone applied for NVH?
I had my Telephonic interview on Nov 12th, but havent heard from them yet.