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My Experience with the Recruitment Process 2018

Hi again! My name is Alessandro, and I am currently on my first rotation of the Graduate Programme. Now that the application process for the 2019 Graduate Programme is finally open, I will use this blog post to tell you about my personal experience with the Graduate Programme recruitment process last year.

The real recruitment process for me actually started in Madrid Barajas, on the mobile stairway of an evening airplane directed to Copenhagen, when a randomly-encountered university classmate from Budapest asked me: “Hey Alessandro! Have you also applied for Demant´s Graduate Programme?”. At least, this is my favorite version of the story…

The other truth is that I had earlier analyzed the Graduate Programme and what it had to offer very thoroughly – yet still postponing the application time after time (ah, Madrid…). Indeed, after slowly starting the application to the Programme, I tried to park it in the back of my mind, not thinking too much about it. There were still many uncertainties and unanswered questions, but this very unexpected question from my classmate intrigued me to the point of doubting its randomness: maybe this was meant to be. As I came home to Denmark, I finished my application and hoped for the best.

Hence, after sending my application (CV, cover letter, transcripts) and going through a 5-week-long recruitment process (screening, an online case competition, a video interview, an assessment center, analytical and personality tests, and a final interview), I got the position as Business Graduate.

I will not spend much of your time elaborating on all the steps of the journey, but I will draw from a few experiences that helped me say, “yes, this is the company I would love to work for”. Indeed, my main suggestion is to take the recruitment process as an invaluable chance to figure out whether you fit into the company´s culture and vice versa. Provided that many candidates will have similar rock-hard fundamentals in their CVs as a starting point, remember that intrinsic motivation and personality (!) drive success in the recruitment process.

In this regard, to me the most important step of the process was the online case competition. During the competition, I strived to solve an innovation case for the company, together with 200 other candidates – whose names, backgrounds and profiles were hidden. Not only did this experience make me realize how cutting the technological edge here at Demant already is (being part of a group of innovation frontrunners in hearing healthcare sounds exciting, doesn´t it?), but it also exposed me very directly to the Scandinavian team-based working culture. I cannot help but smile when remembering that moment during the assessment center where I could identify an engineer I had closely collaborated with in the online case competition, just by the way she was handling an analytical task! Hilarious.

Excited by the case competition, I hoped to proceed to the next step in the process so I could learn more about the company. Luckily, I was shortly after invited to the assessment center at the headquarters. Introducing myself with an elevator pitch at the beginning of the day, I did not talk about career and life goals, past successes, certifications or GPAs: I preferred using an original metaphor, displaying in 60 seconds how my non-working personality pieced together with the image I had of the company´s way of doing things. The feedback I received was positive and coherent.

Even though we were all roasted after an entire day of observations, tests and evaluations, I left with a positive vibe. But you know just as well as I do that there are a lot of exciting Graduate Programmes out there, and as the devil is in the details, I still needed to get a few things straight to find out whether Demant and I would be a good fit (and I’m sure Demant did too).

As a final step, I dared to take my curious and challenging approach up to the very final interview. And differently from what happened with other graduate programmes to which I had applied, this was met with interest by the interviewers, who were open for discussion and interested in my perspective. Curiosity and the desire to challenge the status quo were considered a source of value. That´s when I knew it for sure: it was meant to be.

To conclude, I hope you can grasp the underlying message in my personal story. As tough and competitive as it may seem, the recruitment process at Demant is designed to be a 360° tool for capturing young talent from all over the world – based on core previous achievements just as much as on personal potential. In a few words: If you are running for one of the Graduate positions, don´t forget to add the whole you to the recipe and to consider the process a rewarding journey into discovering what drives you.

Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.

Alessandro Nolli,
aeno@dgs.com

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The Introduction Program

My name is Nicholas Ali, and I started in September as one of the new Global Finance Graduates. In this blog post, I would like to tell you about my first two weeks in Demant’s Graduate Programme.

The purpose of the introduction program is to bring a group of diverse new employees together as a unit. Demant’s two-week introduction program for all new graduates did just that. We started with two days in our respective teams, where we were introduced to our new team members and coworkers for the first rotation. We were brought to multiple meetings where heads of various departments joined, introduced themselves and their teams, and explained what their objectives are to familiarize us with opportunities we might have throughout our two-year journey.

After these first couple of days with each of our teams, we spent the next week and a half together in the graduate group, taking part in exciting team-building exercises. Being that our group is quite diverse, it was fantastic having the opportunity to share our life experiences with one another. Not only did this bring us closer as colleagues, it also allowed us to gain a better understanding of who each of us are, why we have been driven toward the Demant path, and what we plan to accomplish during these two years and onward. As the first week of the introduction program drew to a close, it was clear to tell that any initial skepticism of spending so much time together had passed as we quickly united. The first week ended late into the night with partying, drinks and games as we celebrated our arrival into the program.

Recuperating over the weekend, the second week involved a lot of travel. Starting Monday, we all packed our bags and took a trip over to Middelfart where we were introduced to Interacoustics – a company in the Demant group that produces diagnostic instruments. We spent the day with the team who introduced us to the various departments and their advanced technology facilities. After going our separate ways Monday night, we joined together once again the next morning for a two-day road and ferry trip to Poland, where Demant has one of their biggest offices and production facility. This was a great opportunity to get to know my new colleagues even better, as we blasted our favorite tunes while flying down the Autobahn! Our first destination in Poland was a beautiful city-centric hotel just in the heart of Stettin’s main park. Once settled into our rooms we went to a nice Thai restaurant and had a delicious meal. We then walked over to a local bar and rounded off the day with a couple of cocktails.

The next morning, we toured the Stettin offices and were given presentations about who they are and the important roles each of their departments play for Demant as a whole. After our tour we then took a short drive over to their production facility. One of my personal favorites during this tour was witnessing how quickly our automated production could create precise pieces nearly invisible to the eye. This was a great opportunity for us to receive a detailed in-person overview of how we produce our one-in-a-kind hearing aids. Once the tour ended, we then began our journey home to Denmark.

The next morning concluded our two-week introduction with the incorporation of a day-long team building exercise with LEGO, which tested the foundation of whom we have grown to become. We were able to conclude that this is not just a team we work with, but also a family that each of us are able to rely on either in times of duress or to come together to celebrate our accomplishments. The camaraderie and respect built within each of us is shown every day, from having breakfast together in the mornings to assisting each other in various tasks. All of this could not have been done without the help of our two-week introduction program and the incredible graduate staff and alumni that made it all happen.

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Let me know if you have any questions!

Nicholas Ali

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nial@dgs.com