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Hiring process

Oerlikon is a company of equal opportunity for all people, in all ways, all the time.

Our focus is attracting talented, dedicated people who share our core values: integrity, team spirit, excellence and innovation. We look beyond qualifications alone and focus more on expertise and the ability to achieve potential. We also believe compensation is about paying people fairly for their work, but also showing them opportunity.

The application process at Oerlikon is designed to be objective and transparent

We adhere to a standard process that includes initial and follow-up interviews, comprehensive candidate assessments, aptitude tests, and thorough reference checks. This allows us to make fair and informed decisions, ensuring we recruit the best fit for our team.

However, we recognize the importance of flexibility in our global operations. Depending on the position and the geographical location, the application process may vary, and some candidates may experience a more streamlined process. We are committed to providing an inclusive and fair hiring experience, tailored to the requirements of the role and location.

Step 1: Job Application

Thank you for choosing us! We trust that your applicant journey will be both rewarding and successful!

Final Step: Welcome to Oerlikon!

Congratulations on joining our team! 

Step 2: Preselection

Your qualifications will be reviewed against the position requirements, and you will be notified if selected to continue further in the process.

Step 3: First Job Interview

First interviews can be conducted by phone or in person. Basic questions are typically asked during this stage, but some interviews can be more in-depth.

Step 4: Candidate Assessments

Where applicable, human resources will initiate fair and unbiased applicant assessments appropriate for the responsibilities and level of the role.

Step 5: Second Job Interview

Follow-up interviews are more in-depth and can involve the manager, peers from other departments, members of the team and sometimes department leadership.

Step 6: Pre-hire Checks

We initiate reference checks, education verification and where appropriate, background and/or controlled substance and medical fitness checks.

Step 7: Offer Preparation

A member of the human resources team will contact the selected finalist with a competitive offer based on role, scope, responsibility and local market conditions.

You started at Oerlikon!

  • Once the candidate returns the signed employment contract, we enter them into our HR system, triggering the start of an onboarding program. The head of the candidate's new department is responsible for ensuring the new employee's smooth integration and satisfaction in their new role.
  • The integration of new employees into our company is a crucial component of our hiring and selection processes. This usually takes at least three months.
  • The first day carries particular significance as it's when new employees gain their initial impression of our company's values. As such, we meticulously plan not only your first day but also the subsequent ones to guide you effectively.
  • While your supervisor and the Human Resources department share responsibility for your onboarding, the supervisor's role is paramount.


  • For certain segments and locations, we have established a mentoring system. A colleague from your department, familiar with the company's culture, location, practices, and both written and unwritten rules, will guide you through your initial steps of integration.
  • The feedback and insights you provide during your onboarding phase are invaluable to us. Accordingly, we have a system in place for formally collecting such feedback to enhance our HR management system.
  • Performance reviews are a critical process that allows us to translate our corporate strategy and business objectives into personal goals. Within four to 12 weeks of your first day, we will convene to agree on your personal targets. Regular reviews and performance feedback will follow this meeting.
  • This procedure also applies to internal position changes and promotions, whenever feasible.

Meet our recruiters

Meet our recruiters

Mélanie De Amorim, Talent Acquisition Specialist in Ferrieres-en-Brie, France

Hi, I’m Mélanie ! I am a travel fan and Talent acquisition specialist in France.

I’m with Oerlikon because I believe in its values: diversity, equality, and inclusion. I remember the steps I took during my recruitment and the kindness of all the people I met.

My application tip for you is to BE YOURSELF!

If you have the necessary skills and the desire to evolve in a challenging and innovative industry, and you can demonstrate this, you’re halfway there! Looking forward to meeting you in person 😊

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Julia Husarek, Talent Aquisition Specialist in Raunheim, Germany

Hi, I'm Julia, a hobby cook and a recruiter based in Raunheim.

I work for Oerlikon, a company that truly values team spirit and innovation in the workplace.

During my interviews, I felt highly appreciated as an individual, and it was evident how the company recognizes the importance of people. For these reasons, I accepted a role at Oerlikon without hesitation.

My advice to you is to be authentic and true to who you are. Show us your strengths and what differentiates you. Don't hesitate to ask questions – it's an excellent way for both of us to learn more about each other.

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Marc Honsell, Team leader of the German recruiting team in the OSS division.

Hi, I'm Marc, a passionate soccer fan and family father. I am the team leader of the German recruiting team in the OSS division.

Why do I work for Oerlikon? The technological diversity of the product and solution range, the appreciative and down-to-earth corporate culture as well as the opportunity to leave my "footprint" inspire me. You are not a "number" with us. 

A job change has an impact on all areas of a candidate's life. It is therefore all the more important that it is a good fit for both sides because I am firmly convinced: There is a "perfect match" for every candidate.

My application tip for you is: Think carefully about what professional goals you want to achieve and in which environment you feel comfortable. If you are invited to an interview: Prepare yourself very well and look forward to getting to know each other. We look forward to catching up with you.

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Kiran Esser Sr. Corporate Recruiter in Troy, USA

Hi, I’m Kiran! I am a boy mom, I love to travel, and I’m Senior Recruiter based in Michigan.

I love working at Oerlikon because it is such a diverse company. We are in over 30 countries worldwide and have over 80 nationalities working here. Being a British Indian woman, a company that values diversity is important to me.

Having been in Recruiting for over 10 years, I would advise that if you receive an interview request, make sure to familiarize yourself with the company and the job you are interviewing for. We have some great videos that summarize Oerlikon and what we do and we want to make sure that whoever joins the team is just as excited as we are about the company.

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