Drive for Volkswagen: third shift hiring gets up close and personal
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- "We've found that Chattanooga is everything we had hoped for," says Jonathan Browning, President of Volkswagen's American Car Group.
Adding a third shift will bring another 800 workers into the assembly plant at Enterprise South Industrial Park.
To apply for employment is to discover that VW values attitude as much, or more, than aptitude.
"Once you make it past the online screening, you'll come in for a production simulation to test how you would function in a manufacturing environment," says Lucas Hiler, account executive for Aerotek staffing.
Aerotek will vet this batch of applicants, as it screened those who put VW's Chattanooga Assembly into operation.
Production employment begins by applying, online here.
The questionnaire covers employment history and personal background. You'll need at least half an hour to complete it.
The questions are pointed, and personal.
Production employees rotate shifts every two weeks. First shift is 6:30AM to 3:15PM, second, from 6PM to 2:45AM.
You'll be asked whether you're comfortable with overtime, Saturday hours, and working both with minimal notice. Volkswagen requires a criminal background check. Convictions for felonies, and for misdemeanors that involve crimes against persons, would appear to disqualify you.
If you make it past Phase 1, expect to devote a full-day to a face-to-face assessment, Hiler says.
"We'll confirm some of the specific aspects and qualifications for of a variety of jobs, and whether a person would be a good fit for the position."
Workers may qualify bonuses by meeting or exceeding standards for safety, quality and attendance.
The pre-screening questionnaire will assess your commitment to those goals, and try gauge your attitudes toward co-workers based on your assessment of specific statements.
Your response to declarations such as "sometimes I try to get even," or "some people deserve to be taken advantage of" are designed to reveal whether you're likely to be friendly with co-workers, and a team player, who not only accepts criticism, but welcomes it.
"Opportunities are coming," says former Hamilton County Mayor-turned Tennessee Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey. "We just need to prepare our young people for the opportunities coming."
Tennessee tax dollars will cover many of the costs to train these new workers. The Department of Economic and Community Development has allotted up to $12,000 per worker, according to ECD Deputy Director Clint Brewer.
"That works out to more than $8.4 million," Brewer says. "This is reimbursement, as they bring employees on so they are reimbursed as they go."