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A two-day assessment center

"I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the assessors there. A total of four assessors, including the manager of the office I was hoping to be seconded to, were flown in for the assessment center. This demonstrated to me how highly CHG-MERIDIAN regards each individual applicant. At this point it was clear in my mind that I would accept a job offer from CHG-MERIDIAN," says Julius.

Julius Schafmeister | formerly Trainee in Sales Traineeprogram (TrailS)

I realized early on that I wanted my career to start in sales. While gaining my first practical sales experience in Berlin’s start-up scene, the idea took hold in my head that my work in sales should involve more than just selling a product – I wanted to get into the far more challenging field of selling solutions. I also wanted to hone and expand the skills I acquired while studying international management and finance.

I was aware that starting my career in the complex world of solution sales without any previous experience would be very difficult, so I concentrated on looking for traineeships online.

It was during this search that I came across CHG-MERIDIAN’s job advertisement. I decided to apply, as the following points caught my eye immediately:

  • Secondment from the headquarters in Weingarten to another office
  • Time spent in all departments closely involved in sales
  • An owner-managed company with a global presence and an international outlook
  • An international working environment
  • Experienced coaches for each management trainee
  • An innovative business segment that constantly presents new challenges
  • Strong team spirit

Shortly after completing my electronic application, I received an invitation to an online assessment. The assessment took around an hour and focused heavily on operational and commercial processes.

About a week after the assessment, I completed a telephone interview. A big plus was that the interview was conducted by an account manager at CHG-MERIDIAN, i.e. by someone who was in the role that I was aiming for after my traineeship. Following this call, I received an invitation to a two-day assessment center at the company headquarters in Weingarten. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the assessors there. A total of four assessors, including the manager of the office I was hoping to be seconded to, were flown in for the assessment center. This demonstrated to me how highly CHG-MERIDIAN regards each individual applicant. At this point it was clear in my mind that I would accept a job offer from CHG-MERIDIAN.

Starting work at CHG-MERIDIAN was very exciting. Those initial days at the headquarters, the three months in Internal Sales, and the months spent on secondment abroad seemed to pass in a flash. I came to appreciate the benefits of CHG-MERIDIAN’s non-captive business model many times over those months. I particularly liked the fact that CHG-MERIDIAN is a highly agile company compared to others of a similar size. Suggestions are always welcome, and customer requests are accommodated with great flexibility. The departments, such as Tax, Legal, and Treasury, can all be contacted directly, and the way they work is very solution-oriented. With such a strong team to support you, I can only recommend the sales traineeship at CHG-MERIDIAN.

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Meanwhile Julius works as Account Manager at our site in Berlin.  

 

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