One of the best things I did in 2017 was sending an application to the William Demant Graduate Programme. Now that the deadline for this year’s graduate programme is approaching, I’m thinking some of you might be curious about what to expect from the recruitment process. I know I was a year ago! With this post, I hope to give you some insights into how I navigated the process succesfully last year – and thus give you some tips for this year.

The first thing I did was submitting an online application. The requirements were simple: Attach your CV, cover letter, and academic transcripts. Technically, this can be done in 2 minutes, but the fact of the matter is that tailoring the application towards William Demant took me quite some time.

Two days after the application deadline had passed, I received an email with an invitation to an online simulation game called PeerPilot. In short, PeerPilot is an online game where the main objective is to generate innovative ideas in small teams. Everyone was anonymous during PeerPilot, which meant that the only thing we were evaluated on was the content we produced. This levelled the playing field for all backgrounds and nationalities – something that made me think about how we often judge people based on appearance in everyday life. PeerPilot was a lot of fun, and the curiosity to get to know whom you were working with and where on the planet they were located was intriguing. I’ve later been told that PeerPilot is one of the most important parts of the recruitment process, so I suggest you spend some time on it if you are lucky enough to be invited.

The email with the PeerPilot invitation also contained an invitation to take part in a short video interview. Upon opening the link, I was faced with three open-ended questions, to which I could record and submit my answers when satisfied with them (and yes, I did record them a few times).

After PeerPilot and the video interview, I received an invitation for the Assessment Center, along with approximately 30 other people. This day was full of challenges that came in many different formats. The first part of the day involved “ice breakers”, which made sure that the atmosphere quickly became quite relaxed. We then moved on to some creative challenges that assessed our ability to cooperate and work in teams. These tasks had little to do with our professional capability, but as mentioned, social skills and personality are equally important in this graduate programme.

The latter part of the day included a few group presentations where the directions were as follows: “Here is a task; here is some background information; you have 30 minutes to prepare a presentation”. On top of the group presentations, a few individual written assignments were also given during this part of the day. The assessment day was very intense, fun, and I met many great people. Looking back, it was also one of the days of 2017 where I learned the most. Since there are so many talented people in one place, there’s ample opportunity for picking up tips and tricks to add to your professional toolbox. Furthermore, you are likely to expand your network significantly. I drove home with 4 people I had known for 8 hours, singing along to the radio.

After the assessment center, 15 people, including myself, were invited for an in person interview. Beforehand, we all received a link to an aptitude test, an English test, and a thorough personality test. The interview was relatively standard, and the talk focused primarily on the personality test taken and its results.

In the end, 12 people were employed for the programme, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I don’t regret my choice of applying one bit, and I strongly encourage you to send your application. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Mads Øhlenschlæger