Interview tips

If we invite you for an interview, it’s a big moment for us both. It’s how we (and you) decide if the personality fits.

The best way to show you our personality – the Hilti spirit, if you like – is by introducing you to some of our people. So we’ll aim to make time for this before your actual interview. It helps to confirm that we share the same values and mindsets and can picture ourselves working together.

Whatever role you’re applying for, and wherever it is in the world, your first interview will last about an hour. If it goes well, we’ll invite you to a second interview, and then quickly follow up with a personal response.

To put you at ease, and help you prepare for your interview, here are a few tips from some of the Hilti people you might meet. We hope you find them useful, whether you’ve been doing this for years or you’re going for your first job.

How to show us what you’re made of

Be yourself. We’re here to meet the real you, so don’t be afraid to show it. We want people who’ll genuinely fit with our culture and thrive here. There’s no point in trying to be someone else: it doesn’t help you or us in the long run. So just relax and be you.

Show passion. If you’re passionate about building a better future, we want to know about it. Please don’t feel inhibited by politeness or protocol. We’re looking for your energy and excitement, whether you know the industry or not.

Be curious. We want people with a thirst to learn, courage to challenge and desire to improve things, including yourself. It’s how we get the best out of you to help us grow as a company and help you move up in your career.

Talk openly. We don’t tick boxes, so please don’t worry about giving the ‘wrong’ answer. There’s no such thing. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses; it’s your ability to know your weaknesses and talk about them that sets you apart.

Invest a bit of time. Take some time to find out about our company before you come to meet us. Apart from showing us your curiosity, it’s a chance for you to demonstrate your passion for what we do and any attributes that relate to our values.

Imagine working with us. We mean this quite literally – imagine yourself working with the people who are interviewing you. The Hilti way is strong, so the people sitting in front of you will be a good reflection of the teams you’ll be working with. If you can picture yourself working with your interviewers, you’re in the right place.

Be transparent. We’re a people business and we’re all about personality. If you and we feel a strong personality match, things are looking good. So don’t think you have to answer questions a certain way, and please don’t come with a script. We want your honest, spontaneous, down-to-earth self.

Make sure you feel comfortable. Many of our people will tell you they felt at home as soon as they arrived at their interview with us. If you feel the same, it says a lot about how you’ll fit in at Hilti. What you see at your interview is what you’ll get when you join us. So think less about the role, the location, the salary, and think more about whether you’ll be happy here. After all, you need to be cheerful about coming to work every day, so it’s important you feel the right vibe.

Understand our values. Our values of integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment are really important to us; they’re the heart of our business. If you identify with them, we’d love to know why and how.

Give real examples. Try to share true examples of how you’ve approached and achieved things. We want to hear what you’ve done or would do in a particular situation, not what might be the right thing or how your company works or some hypothetical theory. We just want to know about the person sitting in front of us.

After all, that’s what this interview is all about. We look forward to meeting you. Good luck!