Successfully joining KENT
Our application process
Have you decided to apply for a job? We want you to feel safe with us from the get-go – after all, we are talking about your professional future here. Our selection process is transparent, fair, and always understandable.
Your application is your business card. We want to get as comprehensive an idea of your skills and qualifications as possible. Therefore please make sure that your application documents are complete. Impress us in your introduction letter with your personality!
We will promptly acknowledge receipt of your application. A thorough check of your documents will take us about two weeks.
If your application documents appeal to us, we will talk to you.
Recruitment at KENT – An interview with Reiner Eckhardt (CEO of KENT)
Who should apply for a job at KENT?
Someone who is tolerant and open minded, curious to learn new things with an international mindset. People who generate and execute their ideas and love team success. I always try to find people who love to care for others, who are fun to work with and who have the will to grow. Passion is important to me and I see happy colleagues as a great competitive advantage.
What is most important at a job interview in your opinion?
It sounds banal but be prepared – well prepared. A job interview should be a conversation, not just a monologue or simple answering of questions. Know what KENT stands for, what our philosophy is and how you can contribute to the success of KENT. Also, know what we at KENT can do to get the most out of you.
Why is recruitment so important for a successful company?
We believe that the most important thing for our business is getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats (“good to great”). So finding the right people is the most important decision you can do in your business. A chain is as strong as its weakest link. So make sure to have a chain of consistently strong members. Easy as that.
What convinces you most besides knowledge?
I believe that talent and skills are important, but it is not about only being best in class but being a “one of a kind” personality! I personally tend to hire optimists who understand what intelligent risk taking means. People who will not be afraid to take risks and see failures as opportunities will not look over the edge to explore new. So in the end, I hire for character - not just for skills!
- A first, brief phone interview will be conducted by a staff member from our Human Resources Department. This allows us to get to know you better right away and gives you a chance to ask us a few questions you may have too. You should be prepared to answer general questions about yourself and your professional career. A fixed contact person from Human Resources will be by your side during the rest of the process.
- If, after the phone interview, we are impressed by your general suitability and motivation, we would then like to meet you in person. We will therefore invite you to an interview where you can focus on mutual expectations directly with your future supervisor and a staff member from the Human Resources Department. Here you may expect more in-depth questions about you personally and parts of your résumé. We want to know what kind of professional knowledge you bring to the position you are applying for and why you are interested in this job offer and in KENT. You should also seize the opportunity to ask all the questions that are on your mind. After all, you should get to know KENT as a company. We want to find out together with you if we are a good match.
- You will receive our feedback on the interview promptly afterwards. Typically the initial interview is followed by another interview where you will meet the country manager and gain more insight into our organization.
Riding along (for sales representatives)
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Therefore we offer you the chance to ride along with a future team colleague. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with the day-to-day business close up, and you can see for yourself the premium quality of our products during demonstrations at the customers’ place of business.
If we are both convinced we will work well together in the long run, we are going to make you an offer. Then all you have to do is say yes!
In that case, take a look at our current vacancies. You may also submit an unsolicited application.