How to Ace the Video Interview and Assessment Center

Now that the application deadline and first steps of the recruitment process have passed, some of you are probably wondering about what is next. As you may already know, there are 5 important steps in the recruitment process for the Graduate Programme:

  1. Cover Letter, CV and Grade Transcript
  2. Online Case Competition (for all tracks but Finance)
  3. Video Interview
  4. Assessment Center
  5. Personal Interview.

With this blog post, I would like to give some advice on how you can be successful with step 3 and 4: the Video Interview and Assessment Center.

Write it down, reread, and reflect
The video interview is your first chance to really show us a bit of yourself and your personality. It works in such a manner that you will receive a few questions, which you need to answer in a video format. My best advice is to write down the questions, reread, and reflect upon them. Take some time to note the initial thoughts that came to your mind after seeing the questions, and then let it rest and keep them in the back of your mind for a day, but make sure you write every good idea down you get during this time. If the question is a personal reflection, it can be a good idea to talk to a person who is close to you – they can often help you identify unique characteristics about yourself.

After reflecting upon it and perhaps discussing it with a close acquaintance, write down what you would like to get across. During the video you should be precise and to the point, while showing your personality. For me it worked well to write down bullet points as it gave me the freedom to show my personality and “way of speaking” by being free from a strict script. However, what worked for me might not work for you, so do what you are the most comfortable with: bullet points, script, or something else, just make sure that it’s natural.

Background – check, Lighting – check, Volume – check. ACTION!

When you know what you want to say, you need to make sure that your surroundings are complimenting you. I recommend you to record yourself with a neutral background and proper lighting – that will give you the best possible foundation to shine! Make a few recordings and see how you look on video. Here you should also check if there is anything you would like to change: is the lighting, volume, and background working to your advantage or should you adjust something?

And lastly, remember there is no checklist for what we want to hear, so just take a deep breath, smile and be yourself 😊

The Assessment Center – Get a good night’s sleep, a solid breakfast, and just relax and be yourself

The assessment center allows us to get a deeper understanding of who you are as a person, how you interact and work with other people, as well as how you go about solving different tasks. Keep in mind that if you are invited to participate in the Assessment Center, you are most likely already very qualified and eligible for the job, this day is about making sure that our impression of you also holds true in real life and to see if you are a cultural fit for the company.

The Assessment Center is a long day, so you need to be energized and ready for a day with a lot of different impressions. Make sure to be well-rested and get a good night’s sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast, then you’re physically in the best shape to succeed.

Otherwise my best advice is just to take it one step at a time and go about it in your own manner, if you try to be someone you are not, it will show halfway through the day, when you’re starting to get a bit tired, which will send mixed signals. There is no recipe for “the perfect candidate”, so don’t overthink the day too much, just BE YOURSELF!

Good luck 😊

Benedikte Løje Nielsen
benn@audika.dk
Benedikte

The Life of a Global Operations Graduate

Hello everybody!

My name is Danique and I am one of the Operations Graduates in Demant. In this blog post, I will tell you a bit about why Demant is such an amazing company to work at if you are a Supply Chain-geek like me!

First of all, Demant owns all supply chain activities in the value chain, from the dispensers that sell our products, sales companies that hold stock, warehousing and distribution centers, the production of hearing aids as well as the main electronic parts of the hearing aid and finally procurement departments that buy various other components from our suppliers. Therefore, you are able to experience all parts of the value chain and change or implement new processes that span various supply chain entities.

Secondly, Demant produces various styles of hearing aids, both the standardized products that are worn behind the ear, as well as products for inside the ear that are fully customized based on the end-user’s ear canal. The standardized product style is produced by the principle of mass production, whereas the customized products are made to order. As these styles of production are quite the opposite of each other, it is very interesting to tackle the different challenges these products bring about and to still find synergies among the two.

Finally, the manufacturing processes in Demant range from fully automated processes (e.g. the production of the main electronical parts or the 3D printing of the custom shells) to manual assembly of the standard & custom hearing aids. So, no matter your background (engineering or business), you can be placed on all kinds of different rotations that will fit your skills.

And of course it is all good and great if the company where you work is involved with all different parts of the value chain and with various types of production, but you are only focused on one of these parts. However, with the Operations Graduate Programme you are able to move around through the different parts of the value chain and you will actually be able to experience the full holistic view of operations in Demant after two years.

Right now, I am in the great position to be working on a strategic project where we are conceptualizing the future value chain and how the various operations processes and systems should look like in the future timespan of 5-10 years. This gives me the great opportunity to work with our operational processes in production, reverse logistics, distribution, etc., and to be able to get a high-level holistic overview of our supply chain already after 6 months already. In my next rotation, I will be able to deep-dive into one of the operations areas, namely a project aimed at reducing our transportation costs from our suppliers to production and from our distribution center to our shops based on ordering patterns.

If you have any questions or want to know more about operations in Demant, feel free to contact me!

Danique Elemans
dqel@dgs.com
Danique

The Christmas Party

Being an international Graduate, you hear a lot of murmurs about the big party that commences to celebrate a long-deserved holiday season. To be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I kept hearing comments like “this is the time when you really get to know your coworkers”, or “I’ve been waiting for this all year”. And you know what? They were all right. It. Was. AWESOME. Yeah, the company Christmas Party is what I’m talking about. It was everything I expected, but also much more. This was the time for most people to finally let loose. From a delicious dinner to an excellent live band/entertainment, including as much beer and as many cocktails as your heart desires, the party was a hit.

Now, what makes the Christmas Party THE party of the year? It all started with the anticipation. You could constantly feel a Christmas vibe as more decorations began to sprout throughout the building. Traditional Danish lunches became more frequent. Plus, literally everyone kept asking; “what are you going to wear?”, “are you doing anything special with your outfit?”, “what do you think the entertainment will be?”. As the day came closer, the questions became more frequent and exciting to think about.

Then, after all that talk, it was finally THE day. LED lights began shining throughout the hallways, Santa’s sleigh and his loyal reindeer greeted you at the door, a huge concert stage began to build. Air hockey, foosball, and poker tables were everywhere! No matter if you looked up or down, you could see an extra touch of detail toward this year’s theme. That was the icing on the cake. Why? Because each year Demant gives a Christmas Party theme and this year was titled Winter Wonderland. Finally all that talk about “who would wear what” came to life and it was awesome seeing everyone dress up!

The night began with an excellent selection of appetizers, a dinner buffet, and desserts. While we sat with our corresponding teams, speeches were given to thank everyone for an excellent and hardworking year. After the speeches, everyone had some time to talk amongst themselves and finally get to know coworkers that you may not normally speak with during regular working days. Not only was this easier to do in a more relaxed environment, but actually made working on future projects with colleagues a smoother and more comfortable process.

So, after dinner we were instructed to move toward the freshly-built concert hall. A famous Danish artist walked on stage and the dancing commenced. Personally, I’m normally a bit competitive. So, it only seemed right to get the dance circle started with a few terrible dance moves I picked up over the years. But, no matter if you were a good or bad dancer, everyone showed off their moves in what I can only describe as the most hilariously awesome dance circle to ever be a part of. As the band continued to play, the party became more alive and continued until late into the night. In conclusion, yeah, the Christmas Party definitely lived up to its hype. All-in-all, so many new friends and experiences were made and I cannot wait to be there next year.

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Nicholas Ali
nial@dgs.com
Nick photo

What You Expect From a Company (Given Your Foreign Background) vs. What You Get

Hi! My name is Nino Garcia, and I started the Graduate Programme as a Business Graduate in September this year. I’m originally from France, and only moved to Denmark because of this job opportunity. As a foreigner in a Danish company, I’ve noticed some interesting differences that I would like to share with you in this blog post.

Many companies talk about intangible benefits and underline their unique work culture when presenting themselves. However, they often fail at providing concrete examples – so what does it mean?

Let´s take an average company in an average country – given my background, France would probably be the best match. During your first days in this company, you would receive some trainings and be given a couple of presentations about the company, its structure, its values, etc. This was very different in Demant. The main difference I experienced in this regard lies in the importance these presentations are ascribed in Demant. While in France, such presentations were given by mid-level managers. At Demant they were given by top management, including the CFO and the CEO. This time investment from the latter conveys a feeling of inclusion and proximity. It also reflects the very flat hierarchy within the company, meaning that all collaborators sit next to each other in open spaces, and everyone will queue at the coffee machine. Not even the CEO has his own office. These simple facts can look commonplace for Danish people, but they are not when coming from abroad.

Making you feel well at work is a characteristic of Danish workplaces and especially of Demant. Beyond the flat hierarchy I previously mentioned, many facilities are made available to support your well-being at work. The readers who will have the opportunity to enter the Demant building will see how its architecture makes it very light inside – even if it is (from time to time) dark and rainy outside. During one of the initial presentations, a Vice President even declared that she gets goosebumps every time she enters the building! The contrast is striking when comparing with one of my previous offices, in which fake lights had been installed in underground rooms to imitate natural light… The environment around the Demant office – which is very green – also contributes to this feeling.

Within the building, many efforts are made to ensure high employee satisfaction. A classic example is the food, from free breakfast in the morning to the excellent lunch. Demant´s canteen, which has been voted one of the best in Denmark, features a very high-quality all-you-can-eat lunch with more options that you can possibly try, no matter how healthy your appetite. Additional food and drinks are also available all day long. Moreover, the presence of a fully-equipped gym is a nice service to enjoy after work and a great way to socialize with coworkers. Many more options are available – to be discovered once you´ve join the company

Let me know if you have any questions.

Nino Garcia
nnga@dgs.com

Nino

 

Being New to Denmark

My name is Cecilia Rodriguez. I started the Graduate Programme in the Engineering track in September 2018, which is the reason I moved to Denmark. I was born and raised in my beloved Mexico where I lived for 22 years of my life. This is however not the first time I live in a foreign country; I have lived one year in Germany and six months in the USA. However, I must admit that this was the first time that I decided to live in a foreign country without really knowing much about it, and without having an idea of a return date.

Before deciding to move to Denmark, I had only been here for a day and a half, I hadn´t read much about it and I didn´t really know anybody who had lived in the country, so I couldn’t really get a reference. Yes, I know it doesn´t really sound like a smart decision, but I fell in love with the company and with the Graduate Programme and I also knew the company was willing to make the settling-in process as smooth as possible (which they did!). So, even with the many uncertainties, my answer to Denmark was yes.

And yes, of course, let´s face it, things could have gone very badly, but (spoiler alert!!) fortunately, they didn´t. After having made my decision, but before actually moving, I started to read about Denmark. To my surprise, I began to find all this cool stuff about Denmark being one of the happiest countries in the world, having great health care, people who love their job, and so on.

As a result of my research, I had very high expectations. And when I moved to Copenhagen, these expectations were actually exceeded.

The first thing I did when I arrived to Copenhagen (after receiving the keys to my apartment), was to go to the International House to get all my documentation in place. That same day, I received my CPR number and I opened a bank account, which was very easy to do. When this was done, my exploration of the city began. It was very nice to see that people were very kind and always willing to help. It has also been a great advantage that almost no matter where you go, people speak English and don´t mind to do so. As a food lover, it is also great that you can find food from all around the world. You don´t have to go from store to store looking for what you want, as even in the most common stores such as Netto and Føtex, you can find a lot of international food (and yes, even from Mexico!!). I also really like that Copenhagen has activities for all kind of interests, here you can find your interest shaped in the form of a club, an organization, a restaurant, a bar or one of the many other different activities the city offers.

Starting a life in Denmark has been full of surprises (the good kind) and new friends, and it has been easier than I could have imagined.

This year, 9 out of 12 graduates are international, which also makes being new to Denmark a lot easier, as you are not alone.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Cecilia Rodriguez
rcec@oticon.com 

cec

The Introduction Week in Poland for Engineering and Operations Graduates

Hi! My name is Nicolai, and I am one of the two Engineering Graduates that joined this year. In this post, I would like to tell you about my 4th week in Demant’s Graduate Programme.

In the last week of September, it has become a tradition for new Engineering and Operations Graduates to go on a week-long field trip to the production facilities in Poland, which are run by the Demant company DGS.

In the outskirts of the Polish city of Szczecin, there is a little village called Mierzyn, and in the outskirts of Mierzyn, the factory arises in a very calm urban-rural area, only 2 hours from Berlin. This is where most parts for our hearing instruments are manufactured, assembled, tested and prepared for production, in collaboration with R&D teams in Denmark. The facility also includes prototyping labs and a huge distribution center, so definitely an Engineering and Operations wonderland.

All the activities and tours around the facility were planned and tailored to us Engineering and Operations Graduates. The engineers responsible for showing us around were very welcoming and excited about showing what their daily work looks like, and especially how quality is minutiously ensured in each step. If you have seen the ‘How It’s Made’ documentaries from Discovery Channel, I truly felt like I was in one of these.

Step by step, we learnt how our hearing instruments are made, and how the whole support system around the devices interacts in each phase of the development, but also during logistics and repairs. Most of these steps are carried out at the factory in Mierzyn: from incoming orders and customer support, 3D scanning and 3D printing of the custom hearing aids, to injection moulding of plastic parts, assembling, tests and returns from the customers. This was a good way to clearly see the bigger picture of the extensive architecture of the hearing devices that we are working with.

As an engineer, not being close to the production can sometimes be frustrating. It is important to understand how good design for manufacturing is only possible through communication between manufacturers and developers. Even though it is possible to make prototypes at the headquarter in Denmark, it is always a very different situation when a device goes into mass production, which is the specialty of the factory in Mierzyn. Luckily, the facilities in Poland are not too far away from Copenhagen, and now that we have also experienced the production first-hand, it is easier to follow their processes and requirements.

One of the highlights of the trip was when we had to assemble our own In-The-Ear hearing aid. This was not an easy task. Fitting all the electronic components into the device and making sure it looked good and neat was quite challenging. Especially soldering by looking through a microscope seemed much easier when our Polish colleagues were doing it. Let us just say that it did not go at all as fast when we were trying. But in the end, after many hours of assembling, each of us had a functional personal hearing aid. Great success!

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All in all, this was a nice way to end our first month in the Graduate Programme, now even better prepared to meet the challenges of our first rotation.

Take care, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Nicolai Domingo Nielsen
ncni@oticon.com

nico

From 1100 Candidates to 12

An online case competition, video interviews, personality and aptitude tests, a full-day assessment center and a final interview – that’s what the 12 new additions to the Demant Graduate Family have been through to get to us.

We’re so happy with the new members of our family, and we’re proud to say that the 2018 group is the most diverse in our Graduate Programme’s history in terms of experience, educational background, nationality and personality.

A warm welcome to Abed, Alessandro, Alexander, Benedikte, Danique, Giulia, Julius, Nick, Nicolai, Nino, Rosa and Veronika – we can’t wait to have you join in September!

Assessment Center – Be Yourself, Have Fun and Give it Your Best Shot

Assessment Center, Assessment Day, Recruitment Day, etc… It goes by many names, and many companies use such an event to evaluate candidates, when quite a large number of similar positions need to be filled. At Demant we use Assessment Centers to see how potential employees perform in different real-life scenarios and how they work with other people.

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