Henkel Application & Selection

You have questions considering the application process? Here you will find the answers!

During our application and selection process we use standardized criteria – objective and fair. We are looking for employees who share our vision and our values. In particular, we are looking for people who excel in the following areas:

  • Initiative & Determination to achieve
  • Decisiveness & Risk taking
  • Driving Change & Innovation
  • Perspective & Judgment
  • Convincing & Influencing
  • Coaching & Developing people (for jobs with personnel responsibility)

Application process

Applying for a job involves taking some risk. We want you to feel good about the application process. That is why it helps to know what to expect during the application process.

Our employees contribute with their individual performance to our company’s success. Therefore, we value know-how and encourage competences. We are looking for employees who inspire with talent and passion. Does this sound like you? Then get to know us during the application and selection process. There is room for your questions and a discussion on an equal footing. To get to know you as quick as possible, you can only apply online for jobs. Read more about the steps you will be taking here.

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO Law poster is available here: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send a request using the contact form or call 1-866-836-7067 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Please Note: All official Henkel North America communication will come from a Henkel Email Address ("first name.last name@henkel.com"). All final interviews are conducted in person. Henkel hires candidates once they have undergone a drug and background check.

Online Application

For the first step you will complete your comprehensive online application at our Henkel job portal. You will need your résumé - preferably as a PDF file. Please make use of the opportunity to upload further relevant documents (e.g. certificates, overview of grades), so we have all documents at our hands, which are relevant for our decision. In case you have a LinkedIn-profile, you can comfortably import your data with one click. A letter of motivation can be attached optionally.

Telephone Interview

After a first screening, we would like to get to know you during a telephone interview. We will talk about your career history and your goals. You will also get more information about Henkel and the position that has to be filled.

Video Interview

For some positions we may invite you to participate in a brief video interview, in which we want to get to know you better. Also, you will be able to present yourself and your strengths with respect to your desired position at Henkel.

The video interview will not be live, and you may choose the right timing, set up and atmosphere. We kindly ask you to perform the video interview within the next five working days. Please note that your participation is voluntary.


In the personal interview with future managers we tackle more profound questions about you – from your professional knowledge to your goals. You can ask questions about the position, your future team or career opportunities. Depending on the position, there will be a second interview.

Optional: Online Test

Depending on the position you apply for we might also invite you for a structured online test to be conducted after the first personal interview round. This test serves to provide us more insights about your personality, preferences as well as cognitive abilities.

Job Offer

If you impress us at each stage, and we think you are a match for one of our open positions, you will receive a job offer. If you share our values and are looking for great career opportunities, you’ll accept the offer. 

7 tips for your online application

Score with accuracy

Please compose your documents carefully and watch out for spelling mistakes

Be reliable

Use a serious e-mail address in the format firstname.lastname@provider.com

The subject line is important

Please always attach the reference number and name of the position.

Consider the size of the upload file

In our job portal you can upload files with a size of up to 5 MB. Please make sure to resize your documents by reducing the resolution.

Be organized

Please collect all documents into one PDF in the following order: letter of motivation, résumé and additional documents (references, credentials and certificates).

Commitment pays off

Write and design your letter of motivation individually. Experienced HR employees will detect copied standard phrases.

Proof read first, then send it out

Please check your online application and documents very carefully.

Typical pitfalls during the telephone interview

Answering the phone in any situation

Choose a quiet surrounding. This means should you be on the road, just call back later.

Interrupting the other person on the phone 

Do not interrupt and always stay respectful and let the other person finish the sentence.

Speaking too fast

Take your time, even when you are nervous, to speak clearly and slowly.

Not knowing your own documents

It is expected that you have a good overview of your application documents and the statements you made.

Not asking any questions

Ask questions and show that you are interested.

Checklist for the job interview

Be organized

  • Confirm the appointment?
  • Clothing chosen and prepared?
  • Journey planned with additional buffer time?
  • Name of the contact person memorized?
  • Phone number of the contact person noted?

Prepare the content

  • Knowledge of your application documents?
  • Gathered information about the company?
  • Know personal strengths and weaknesses?
  • Questions of your own?
  • Personal questions documented?

Be convincing in the interview

  • Be respectful and self-confident!
  • Open body language!
  • Speak loudly and clearly!
  • Listen carefully!
  • Prevent monologues!
  • Do not interrupt your interview partner!