Top 10 Tips to Succeed at Your adidas Job Interview
Find out how you can nail your next job interview and kickstart your career at adidas.
So you’ve formed your opinion about adidas, trawled open positions on the adidas jobs site, composed an online application, submitted your CV and cover letter and now you’ve now been invited for a personal interview. But interviews are tricky, right?
A quick Internet search will return pages upon pages of advice and guidance on how to act… how to dress… how to prepare… it’s a minefield to navigate. This becomes even more difficult when you add into the mix the excitement of that interview being with an aspirational brand like adidas.
Well, the good news is, when we interview we want to see you at your best! To help you get there, our Global Recruitment Team has compiled a list of top “DO’S & DON’TS” to consider when preparing for your adidas job interview.
But before we dive in, I won’t pretend these will work for other businesses but rather they will help you to understand the rules of our game.
- Be relaxed and have a positive mindset. There really is nothing to be scared of. Our managers want to feel your passion and to understand your skills. This will help them imagine where you would fit within the team and what value you can bring.
- Be Yourself. Our culture is really very important to us (learn more about it here and here). We are really looking to meet and understand the real you. Authenticity and honesty are key!
- Be Prepared. Our managers want to see your commitment level, motivation and initiative. This includes a solid understanding of the job, our business, our marketplace and our competitors. Our Company Website as well as this Blog can be valuable sources for your research. But don’t forget the small details that can have a big impact – like knowing where and when the interview is and turning up at the right place on time!
- Be Clear and Concise. Our managers are looking to get to what you do best quickly. Be ready with examples of your achievements and stay on track with your answers.
- Be Curious. A few well thought-out questions will go a long way in demonstrating your thought process, values/wants and understanding of the role – all of which will be important for the manager to understand.
- Don’t over-/underdress. We are a sports company, dress accordingly. Wearing competitor products is a BIG NO-GO! Sports by nature are competitive; the sports industry is no different. Our managers will expect to see that you understand and respect that.
- Don’t over-/undersell yourself. Deal in facts. Our managers will look for examples and would expect these to be presented in a calm but confident way.
- Don’t speak poorly of past professional/personal experiences. Doing so will lead a manager to question your loyalties to our brand in the future.
- Don’t ask about Perks/Salaries. Our managers want to get to know you; HR will discuss the package at the right time.
- Don’t name-drop. The sports industry is small and everyone knows everyone. Name-dropping could lead a manager to think you are hoping your relationships will get you in. If you’re confident in your abilities this won’t be necessary.
So there we have it. Follow these 10 simple steps and you can’t go far wrong. With that I will sign off with two key points: Firstly, don’t get discouraged if you are not successful first time round. Ask for feedback and work on those points. Managers will like that you have addressed these points and have worked towards improving upon them.
Secondly, GOOD LUCK, I hope to see you around the World of Sports soon.
These are some great tips that will be helpful for the future.
I look forward to being a part of the adidas team one day and enjoy reading your posts!
Thanks to both of you for your lovely comments and for contributing to our community.
In response to the question about a Suit & Tie; typically its not expected but we certainly won't hold it against you if you do choose to "dress up". We totally recognize that some people feel more confident and professional wearing a suit and tie and therefore prefer to dress like this for an interview. In general though smart top with jeans or pants/skirt is ok. I would say however when in doubt, do check with your local recruiter what the dress code is and they will be happy to advise.
Hope this helps & good luck!!
This is unrelated to the initial post, but do you know who I could email to find out about application status for posted jobs that I applied for on the adidas group site. I applied Jan. 7 got the automated response saying it was received later that day. The status on my job page has said "Application in Process" since then. I'm assuming the two jobs have been filled, but was curious since I didn't get another email. Thanks!
Its possible that your application is still in process. If you send me the details of the role, position number, job title and location I will have the relevant recruiter contact you. In general we expect that our candidates are communicated to ever two weeks, sometimes we do miss that due to unforeseen circumstances but that's our aim. I'm sorry that you have been left in the dark and don't know what's happening.
We use a variety of interview tools and methods so it totally depends on the role and the team that you are dealing with on the position. We do use Skype a lot but do also have video Interviews, telephone Interviews, Face2Face and Assessment centers. Most will follow a similar format and if you follow the guidelines and do your research you will be fine i'm sure! Good luck.
This blog is a really interesting tool to be more prepared for an internview with Adidas Group! I will continue aplying and looking for a position that matches with my profile in this amazing company
I am also trying to find out more information about application status for a posted job that I applied for, on the adidas group site. I applied for the position of Warehouse-Management-System Administrator (16043) 02 Jan 14 and got the automated response saying it was received later that day. The status is still showing “Application in Process” since then. I am trying to remain patient and positive and look forward to hearing any further information on my application.
I would also like to find out more information about my application status for an internship position in Sport Performance Marketing BU Swim (33871) that I applied for on the adidas group website. The location is Herzogenaurach Germany and the job function is Marketing & Communications.
I applied on April 4. Since then, the status on my job has been “Application in Process”.
Thank you in advanced and I look forward to hearing any further information about my application.
Iam interest this job
Thanks for sharing your insight, it was really thoughtful!
This article has such great insight about the brand and answered a couple of my questions I was going to ask the recruiter.
I am one of all the 7.6 billion people all over the world who believes and trust Adidas.
I very much look forward to becoming a part of your team in the future.
"Impossible is nothing."
It takes the pressure off the applicant because often enough you don't know what you will be confronted with in a job interview.
Every large company should give such tips. It makes the application process much more efficient.