Application - What you should know

Here, you will find tips for your application. For example, you will discover what is particularly important to our colleagues from the department and human resources, what documents you need to provide during the application process, and how you can best prepare yourself for a job interview.

You have applied for a job at ALTANA and your interview is forthcoming? With good preparation you will be ideally equipped for the job interview.

  • View your personal interview as something that promotes mutual acquaintance.
  • Inform yourself in advance about ALTANA as an employer and about the tasks and working environment at the company so that your questions can be clarified during the interview and in order to show interest.
  • Be authentic and stress your competencies, ideally by giving examples. However, do not hesitate to address certain areas where there is also room for development – this is human and we would like to get to know you!
  • Show interest by beeing curios
  • Active listening
  • Tip from an apprentice regarding appropriate dress code at the interview: “What’s important is that you feel comfortable and don’t disguise yourself.” You can find out more here.
  • Focus on things you can do particularly well.
  • What distinguishes you from others?
  • Prior to the job interview, think about examples from your career so far or from your free time / social commitment where you acquired these strengths or have already implemented them successfully.
  • In your letter of motivation / CV mention e.g. exceptional hobbies. This will make your conversation partner curious. 
  • Tip from an apprentice: “Ask your friends and family.” You can find out more here.
  • Networking is a decisive action to strengthen the impact you make.
  • Good networking possibilities are offered e.g. by company events, open houses, career fairs, or professional social networks.
  • Slowly feel your way forward.
  • Practice makes perfect!

Here you will find your answers concerning our application process and job openings.

Questions concerning our job openings or applications in general

Yes, the ALTANA Group also offers (various) Dual Study Programs. You can find more detailed information regarding our apprenticeship possibilities if you click here. All current apprenticeship openings are published in the Job Market.

Yes, if there is no suitable job opening available for you among our Job Market please send us your unsolicited application.

Yes, we only close job openings when the position is not vacant anymore. You can find the date of publication on the right side next to the job opening. If you cannot find a job opening anymore that was published online before, the position is already filled.

Please use our Job Alert which will keep you informed on our new job openings via e-mail. To do so, please enter your search criteria as well as your e-mail address in the provided mask. You can also choose the frequency of e-mails and the duration of the Job Alert.

By activating the Job Alert an e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address. In this e-mail you will find a link which will cancel the Job Alert.

The requirements for a specific job can be found in the job opening. It does not matter if you are a high school student, a university student, an entrant or a professional, the chemistry must be right! The best applicant does not always have to be the one with the best marks.

Most decisive is how you can contribute to give us new impetus. That is why it is important to us that besides your specialist qualifications you also have social competences. Such social competences are communication skills, team-orientation, willingness to learn and strong motivation as well as flexibility and openness to criticism.

Questions concerning the application process and application documents

Yes, this is possible. Every application will be reviewed individually by the responsible contact person.

We would be very pleased to receive your application online via our Job Market. If there is an exceptional reason because of which you are not able to do so, please feel free to contact us.

The number of documents which can be attached to your online application depends on the respective job, but the maximum of eight attachments cannot be exceeded. Please notice that each of your attachments may not exceed a size of max. 5120 KB, while the total of your attachments may not exceed 10 MB.

The following formats are supported:
.bmp, .doc, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .odt, .pdf, .png, .rtf, .tif, .tiff, .text, .txt, .xls, .docx, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .sxw, .wpd

No, unfortunately this is not possible. We will however keep you informed about the current state of your application on a regular basis. In case of arising questions concerning your application please contact the colleagues who are named in the job opening.

Yes, of course it is possible to reschedule a job interview. To do so, please get into contact with the colleagues who are named in your invitation.

Questions concerning unsolicited applications

In case you could not find a suitable job opening in our Job Market please feel free to send us an unsolicited application. To do so, please use our application form.

Please provide us with detailed information concerning your preferred period of time, location and your preferred areas of operation in your cover letter. We look forward to receiving your application!

If possible please apply three to four months before your preferred date of joining.

Questions concerning internships

Yes, we also want to provide students, who have not gained practical experience yet, with the possibility of doing so at ALTANA. Professional orientation as well as the exploration of a certain area of work should be the primary aim. In case of published job openings please notice the requirements ("Your recipe for success") which are stated in the job opening.

As Fair Company we committed ourselves to offer internships with the aim of gaining professional orientation and to refuse to exploit interns. Therefore as registered (niversity student or as a student between bachelor and master you are welcome to spend your internship at ALTANA. As a Fair Company we do not hire university graduates as interns.

We recommend internships with a duration of three to six months. This is the best possibility to get to know us properly. Furthermore, after your introductory training you will be able to take responsibility over your own tasks and to work on small projects independently. Of course we also offer internships with a shorter duration in individual cases.

As an intern we deploy you according to your knowledge and competencies. Straight from the beginning you will join important meetings and projects. Furthermore, you will be responsible for your own tasks and assignments.

During the whole internship you will be supervised by a colleague of your department who will lead you to your tasks and support you in case you have questions (e.g. during shared appointments for the exchange and coordination of tasks and projects).

Questions concerning the payment of internships, students who write their theses and apprenticeships

Interns who stay at least four weeks get paid according to the salary of apprentices in their first year (approx. 1027 Euro/month). From the fourth month on we pay the statutory minimum wage.

If you have already completed an apprenticeship of a similar subject area before the start of your internship we will pay the statutory minimum wage straight from the beginning.

As an apprentice your payment complies with the current wage agreement of the chemical industry or your payment is similar to it.

Further Questions

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If you have any questions in relation to this statement, please contact our data protection officer who shall be your contact person for all privacy and data protection issues: Privacy Officers of the ALTANA Group.

Detailed information on the "Privacy Statement and Conditions of Use" can be found here.