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YOU’LL NEVER TALK ALONE Get the audience on your side and you’ll never stand alone – whether in football or as a speaker. Giving a talk is your worst nightmare? See our Page 4 tips for a successful double pass from

HOW TO SUCCEED AT EADS ILA 2010 was a unique marketplace for companies and job candidates to get to know each other: EADS Manager Thorsten Möllmann reveals in an interview with the High Flyer why it is worthwile getting on board with EADS and what his company expects of future employees Page 2

ARE YOU NERVOUS? Job interviews are the last great adventure of our times: you never know exactly what awaits you. The High Flyer asked applicants about them. See our before-and-after interviews on Page 8

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Large air shows like ILA in Berlin are ideal marketplaces where companies and job candidates can get to know each other. In our interview, HR manager Thorsten Möllmann (42), Vice President , Head of Employment Strategy & Operations at EADS, reveals why it is worthwhile getting on board his company and what EADS expects of applicants.

“WE’RE NOT JUST LOOKING FOR SUPERHEROES!” High Flyer There were more applicants than places for your HR events at ILA. What criteria did your team apply when selecting participants? Thorsten Möllmann In the first place it’s clearly a matter of competences and of the job descriptions and profiles that the Divisions of EADS are currently seeking, but secondly also as to whether we feel that the applicant in question could fit in at our company. High Flyer So who fits in at EADS? Or in other words, what does EADS expect of its applicants? Möllmann We need team players who are also responsible employees, people who think and work in service-oriented ways because customer closeness plays an ever more important role in our sector. A fluent command of English is indispensable today, especially in an in-

ternational company like our own. Ideally, a candidate should also offer one or two additional languages. And soft skills are naturally very important to us.

After all, people grow with their assignments. High Flyer The requirements of the EADS divisions represent a key criterion. So a rejection may not in fact have anything to do with an applicant’s qualifications? Möllmann A rejection does not mean that we have no need at all for a specific profile or a particular type of engineer, but that there is unlikely to be a need for just these qualifications or a particular CV precisely at that time.

High Flyer Which of these do you regard as essential? Möllmann In the first place certainly the ability to work in a team. Our products, and especially the big ones, are all produced in teams. Lone warriors simply would not fit in. But what also counts is an international approach, being happy to work with or High Flyer So it’s worth keeping on in international teams, and an ability to communicate. A portion of entre- the ball… preneurship is also sought after. But creativity and initia“EADS needs team players. Lone tive are equally warriors simply would not fit in” important for our company, so that we can continue to be frontline players in the secMöllmann Most certainly. The best tor of innovation. But don’t worry! thing to do is to leave an open profile We’re not just looking for superheroes. in the candidate pool on our website. The High Flyer No. 21 page 2

That acts as a kind of self-initiated application – but for a longer period of time. Every recruiter in the Group checks out this pool regularly for candidates who might suit his position. So the candidate is either recruited or receives a letter after six months asking whether he or she wishes to keep in touch. Another important medium for keeping in contact with us is our newsletter HighFlyer, for which a free subscription is available. High Flyer So what does EADS offer in return for these high expectations? Möllmann In brief: the fascination of shaping the future. Whether we fly away on vacation or watch a football match from the other end of the world via satellite – our products have a direct influence on the life of each individual and make their mark on our society. The architects of these innovations are obviously highly qualified employees. We offer them a workplace

High Flyer You talk about innovations. What specific challenges does EADS face? Möllmann EADS is a leading worldwide aviation company. If we wish to maintain or even further expand our position, we must ensure that our products are state-of-the-art at all times. EADS works continuously on new technologies, such as environmental protection: these activities range from new materials and improved aerodynamics via research into biofuels to satellites and climate research. For all of these, we need committed and creative employees to play a central role.

High Flyer In what fields does EADS specifically need applicants? Möllmann We are continuously on the look-out for bright people with innovative ideas. As a high-tech company, this search naturally applies to highly qualified engineers, but no less to economists and legal experts. Among the engineers we “A rejection doesn’t mean that we have are interested – no need at all for a specific profile” to mention only a couple of examples – in the that could hardly be more internation- sectors of mechanical engineering, al. If they feel the urge to move aerospace technology and electrical enelsewhere, either within Europe or gineering. But applicants from scieven further away, we give them every ences such as physics are equally welcome. These all sound like male-oriopportunity to do so.

ented domains. But the proportion of women at EADS has grown over the last few years and is planned to rise still further. That’s why we particularly welcome applications from women.

“We offer workplaces that could hardly be more international” High Flyer What entry opportunities are available at EADS? Möllmann EADS offers a broad range of really attractive entry opportunities – particularly for young people: for instance our trainee program Progress, whose next application phase starts this December. Graduates and young professionals may also take part in programs such as Advanced Marketing & Sales, in brief AMS, and Financial Management Development (FMD). And naturally you can also join EADS directly via advertised positions or via degree and doctoral theses. Internships are another option that is taken up by about 4000 young people each year. INTERVIEW: CHRISTIAN WIMMER

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WHAT WENT ON AT ILA: TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BRAND-NEW E-JOURNAL A total of 483 participants from all over the world visited the EADS workshops at ILA in Berlin. Almost twice as many had applied for the privilege. You can get a flavor of what was going on around the Careers@EADS lounge from our videos, which had been shot by the participants themselves. You can find them in our brand new e-Journal under In future, every issue of the

High Flyer will be available there as an interactive journal in which you can browse just like in a printed magazine as well as viewing photo and video material.

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EASY TALKING Having to speak in front of a large number of people is a real nightmare for many of us. Quite unjustly: because whether it’s a lecture at university, a talk for colleagues at a technical congress or a speech at the wedding of one’s best friend – anyone who observes a few basic principles need fear no podium anywhere in the world. Here are our tips for giving a good talk.

FI R ST I M PR E SS ION S COU NT! Figures, data and facts are certainly important. It’s equally obvious that you will hardly be able to present the results of your research project merely by telling a few entertaining stories. And you can’t always rely on an enthralling episode to get everyone to sit up and pay immediate attention. Nevertheless: your first few words must be carefully thought out, “A good speech has a because they will have to beginning and an end – and convince your audience is quite short in between.” that it really is worthwhile listening to what you LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA Ca. 2 BC – 65 AD, have to say – or perhaps Roman philosopher and statesman not. Humor is invariably good for starters. A short The High Flyer No. 21 page 4

anecdote, a witty remark, a historical event producing an “aha” effect will make your listeners alert and put them on your side. Not infrequently, speakers fall into the boredom trap in their welcoming address. The secret here is: short but sharp. Not every guest of honor needs to be separately mentioned. Reeling off such apparent obligatory programs is guaranteed to generate a major yawn factor.

G IVE YOU R TALK STR UCTU R E! “Where’s the beef?” was the crucial question in an eighties advertising campaign for an American fast-food chain: it asked what was really at stake. You can use the same technique in talks and lectures: what are your key messages? What should remain in your listeners’ memories

as the core of your exposition? What goals do you wish to achieve with your talk? Where’s the beef? At first sight, it might seem superfluous to list your key statements in brief, but it already gives you a leitmotif for your talk. Structure is important, for when a speaker’s thoughts start to wander, why shouldn’t those of the audience do likewise?

CU R B YOU R S PE E D! Speakers often start to talk faster and faster once they have warmed to their topic. Often, they simply want to get the whole thing over quickly, so that their listeners begin to suspect that the speaker wishes he was somewhere else. Many listeners feel bulldozered by such a forced gallop, and at some point simply blank out. Admittedly, stage fright cannot be avoided, even with the best preparation. Which makes it all the more important to slow down a bit now and then: force yourself to speak more slowly again. By deliberately inserting pauses in your talk, you can help yourself catch your breath and your audience likewise.

DON’T OVE RTAX YOU R AU DI E NCE! A talk is not directed at readers, but at listeners. It may sound trite, but it has weighty consequences for content and language. After all, listeners cannot turn the pages back like in a book if they have not understood something, but must be able to grasp what has been said immediately. Endless columns of figures and a monotonous listing of sober facts overtax listeners and quickly tire them. The consequence: their attention fades. In contrast, a good speaker makes his listeners see with their ears: he conjures forth images and colors, lets pictures speak, reduces figures to an absolute minimum and complements them with comparative figures. In this way he helps his listeners organize what he says – and retain it.

“I wonder whether speakers realise that 90 percent of the applause that they receive when they finally put down their manuscript is an expression of relief?”

S PEAK S I M PLY AN D CLEAR LY! Many people believe they must express simple matters in a complicated way and complex ones in an even more complicated way in order to gain approval. Unfortunately they take themselves more seriously than their listeners. But it’s not the aim of your talk at university or among your colleagues to establish yourself as an ace speaker, but rather to use easy-to-understand words to introduce others to what may be a completely alien topic. So express yourself in a clear way that is easy to follow. That means: reduce erudite terms to a minimum, avoid nested sentences and reduce complex matters to their essentials.

ROBERT LEMBKE 1913 – 1989, German TV talk host

“For a successful speech, use common words to say uncommon things.” ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER 1788 – 1860, German philosopher

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H U MOR I S N EVE R OUT OF PLACE! “The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” SIR GEORGE JESSEL 1824 – 1883, British judge

“It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” MARK TWAIN 1835-1910, American author

In the right hands, humor is a weapon that disarms. People want to be entertained – even at a scientific congress. Humorous anecdotes and short everyday stories draw your listeners onto your side and make them receptive to your topics and messages. But they don’t have to be exaggeratedly amusing events, riotous kneeslappers. In most cases, it fully suffices to relate what you have ex-perienced with your friends, in your family or with children and that many others in the room will know from their own experience. But avoid being too casual: humor does not mean telling off-color jokes or lapsing into colloquial speech that jars with the tone of your surroundings, merely in order to appear cool or laid back.

B E YOU R S E LF! Your personal experiences have a place in a talk – as long as they really are your own. Listeners usually have a fine sense of what is “genuine” rather than mere posturing. So your talk should not only reflect the occasion in an appropriate way, it should also fit your personality. Don’t try to be someone you are not. Anything else would merely be chasing after empty effects. Sober bean-counters should not suddenly try to act like stand-up comedians; the results are likely to be embarrassing.

“Poeta nascitur, orator fit (Poets are born, orators are made).” Roman proverb

YOU’LL N EVE R TALK ALON E! Make your listeners your friends, so you won’t be alone even in a tight spot. Good speakers pursue a kind of dialog with their listeners by making eye-contact and including them by asking questions. They make it as easy as possible for their audience to follow them – and thus gain their sympathy. And they don’t try to be perfect: if you suffer from stagefright, don’t be afraid to show it – everyone in the audience can appreciate your situation and will be even more well-disposed toward you as a result of your honesty.

TH E FI NAL I M PR E SS ION R E MAI N S! Why do master chefs place so much value on an exquisite dessert to round off a menu? Quite simply: the dessert is the last impression that remains on the diner’s tongue when the memory of the main course and starters has already faded. Just like their first sentence, speakers should also take their last one seriously, and invest some effort into it. PIERRE-ERIC FAUQUET

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ever start at the beginning, but always a good three miles before that. With something like this: “Ladies and gentlemen, before I get to the subject of tonight’s talk, let me briefly...” Here you’ve got almost everything that constitutes a brilliant start: an awkward address, a beginning before the beginning, an announcement that you are going to speak and what you are going to speak about, and that little word “briefly”. This is how you immediately win the ears and hearts of your audience. Audiences just love this: having your speech forced upon them like a tedious piece of schoolwork: where you threaten them with what you will say, are saying, and have always said. Keep it nice and clumsy. Do not talk freely – it causes you to be perceived as nervous. Best of all, read your speech from a prepared text. That is reliable, free of any risk, and everybody is enchanted when the speaker glances suspiciously at the audience at every fifth word in order to check if all are still present. If you do not listen to any friendly advice and JUST want to speak freely … then you are an ignorant, ludicrous and petty Cicero! Take a leaf out of the book of our Members of Parliament – have you ever heard them speak without notes? They prepare themselves at home even as they cry “Hear! Hear!” … if you really do want to speak freely, then speak the way you write. And believe me, I do know how you write. Use long, long sentences, like the ones when you, while preparing your talk at home where you, if you don’t mind the children, have the silence you really need, and know exactly what the end of the sentence looks like, when you build up the structures of subordinate clauses, so that the listener who is dreaming on his seat, imagines himself to be in a college lecture, in which he had slumbered happily in earlier times and waits for the end of the sentence …, well I just gave

you an example. That’s the way you have to speak. Always start with the ancient Romans and mention the historical background of the matter, irrespective of what you’re talking about. This is not an exclusively German custom, all pseudo-intellectuals do that. I once saw a Chinese student at the Sorbonne who spoke French

monologue. Well, after all, only a single person is talking. After 14 years of public speaking, you don’t need to know that a speech is in fact not only a dialogue but a kind of orchestra piece, a silent mass that joins in continuously. That’s what you have to hear. Well, actually, it’s not what you want to hear. Your job is to speak, read, fulminate

ADVICES FOR A BAD SPEAKER A satire by Kurt Tucholsky fluently and well, but started to the delight of everyone with the following: “Let me talk briefly about the history of my home country since 2000 BC. …” He glanced with amazement at the laughing audience. That is the way you have to go. You are absolutely right: one doesn’t understand anything without the proper historical background, that’s how it is! People did not come to your lecture to hear about real life, but things they could also look up in books. Always give them history, always give it to them. Don’t mind if the waves you are sending out to the audience come back to you – such things are peanuts. Talk on stubbornly and ignore the audience, the atmosphere, the impact, always talk, my dear son. God will reward you. Put everything in subordinate clauses. Never say: “Taxes are too high”. It’s just too easy. Say: “In addition to the things I previously said I want to state briefly that, to my mind, our taxes are far...” That’s it. Now and then drink a glass of water in front of your audience, they like to see that. If you tell a joke, laugh in advance to ensure that everybody knows where the punch-line is. A speech is – obviously – a The High Flyer No. 21 page 7

and tell them about history. In addition to what I have said about speaking techniques, I want to point out that a lot of statistics always improve a speech considerably. They are very soothing and, since everybody can remember ten different numbers effortlessly, it’s also great fun. Announce the end of your speech a long way ahead, so that your listeners don’t suffer a heart attack out of joy. (Paul Lindau [a German playwright – translator’s note] once started one of his feared wedding toasts with “I conclude with …”) Announce the end, start your speech from the beginning and add on another half hour. This can be repeated several times. You don’t only have to plan your talk, you also have to present it to your audience – this adds spice to it. Never talk for less than an hour and a half, otherwise it’s not worth the trouble to start. If one person speaks, the others have to listen. That’s your opportunity. Abuse it.




ARE YOU NERVOUS? Job interviews are not unlike visits to the dentist: Even with the most dazzling smile, you can never be quite sure if the dentist won’t reach for his drill. We asked job candidates before their interviews with HR managers at EADS what they were expecting – and afterwards how it really was.

Name James Wright Age 24 Country/city of origin UK University qualification MSc in Aerospace Dynamics (Aerodynamics), Cranfield University

“MAYBE A LITTLE BIT, YEAH!” High Flyer Well, your job interview is coming up shortly. Be honest: Are you nervous? James Wright Maybe a little bit, yeah. Because I’d like to make a good impression. I would very much like to work for EADS. So I think it’s quite a good opportunity to meet and put forward a good image. High Flyer It's a special day: How long did it take you to get dressed this morning? James It was an early start. It probably took me about an hour to get ready. High Flyer Is that your normal dress code? James I mean I do like to dress smartly as well. But this is the first time I had to go abroad for an interview. So it took me a little bit more time. High Flyer Do you think that you are prepared for everything you may be asked?

James I’d like to think so. I know they will probably ask a lot of hard questions, but I’ll just give it my best and see what happens. High Flyer How did you prepare for this interview? James Basically I just went over my CV. I looked through the things they might ask me and simply tried to prepare for them. Then I got my friends to help by asking me interview-style questions and I tried to answer them

about my character and motivation. So it might be quite hard. I don’t like to talk myself up, a typical English attitude. But it’s nice to have a conversation. It’s good just to build relationships in an interview.

High Flyer What could they ask? James It's difficult to know what sort of questions they will ask. They could ask anything.

High Flyer Why would you like to work in the aerospace industry? James It’s fascinating. I’m really impressed by flying and aerospace as a whole. I think that EADS is definitely one of the biggest companies you can work for, it offers you so many opportunities. Overall, the aerospace industry is one of the most exciting ones, it’s very dynamic. I’ve always been interested in flying and aircraft.

High Flyer What do you think the HR people are likely to ask you about? James They will probably ask me about my academic experience, maybe my professional experience as well. They will probably ask a lot of things

High Flyer How do you rate your ichances of making your dream a reality? James Oh, I know this is very popular. So I imagine it will be extremely tough, but I’m optimistic, I’m always hopeful.

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WHAT OTHER APPLICANTS HAVE SAID For all interviews take a look at our e-book on

THE COOL CUSTOMER Peter from Copenhagen is an engineer with the Danish Air Force. He now wants to expand his horizons – at EADS. Before his interview, he made a cool impression: he regards job interviews as “a kind of cooperation, a shared seeking between myself and the company that’s offering a position”.



High Flyer And how was it? James Wright I think it went pretty well, I’m pleased about how I reacted. It was very easy there, because they were so friendly. It felt really natural to be out there and tell them everything they needed to know and to ask some questions. It was very productive.

normal questions. Nothing really surprised me.

High Flyer Did the interview go as you had expected? James It was slightly different. I thought it would be maybe more technical, but this was just a first initial interview to get to know the people. So it went very well there.

High Flyer What would you suggest to candidates as regards their job interview? James I would say: Just be natural, just be confident in yourself. And it will be fine, really.

High Flyer Are you satisfied with your performance? James I think so. At the moment I can’t think of anything I did wrong, but maybe tomorrow I will remember and think about what I could have done differently. High Flyer What were you asked? James They basically asked what I was interested in, where my interests lay, where I would like to work in the company. I think they wanted to see if I have the ambition that they have for their employees. High Flyer Which questions of your interview suprised you most? James There wasn’t really a surprising question. I think they were fairly

High Flyer Will you change your preparations in future? And if so, why and how? James I think it went okay, so I probably wouldn’t change them, no.

High Flyer How do you rate your chances of working in the aerospace industry now? James I think maybe the same as before because I know that it’s very competitive. I don’t want to get too excited about it, but I am hopeful. I hope that they give me a second interview. That would be nice. High Flyer Did you get a concrete offer? James No, not yet. Because I think they will come back to me with a second interview option.


Fabien comes from Toulouse and is working in Munich. He now wants to return to his home town. In his interview with the High Flyer, he says: “EADS would be quite a logical continuation of my career”. Find out how things went for him at the job interview.

THE DISTANT FLYER And the prize for the one who came from furthest away goes to … Christophe. For the last five years, Christophe has been living and working in Los Angeles, USA. That, together with the fact that he had no definite arrangements for a job interview, did not stop him coming to Berlin. Find out if there was a happy end.

THE SELF-CONFIDENT ONE “I don’t worry. I’m getting more nervous about this interview now”: Farhana from Singapore was more concerned about her interview with the High Flyer than about her job application. Find out what tips she can give job candidates.



WANNA TAKE A LOOK INSIDE? Sometimes you just need to have a closer look. Especially if it’s about choosing the right internship. Come along to the EADS Internship Days and get to know the range of opportunities a leading aerospace company can offer. Internships always look good on a CV. And they bring fresh air into your college life. Anyone who has dipped their toes into the corporate world for a few weeks or months has gained valuable practical experience and has a better idea of what to expect in professional life – and makes contacts that can be helpful later on when starting a career. At the five EADS Internship Days held within the next few months, you not only get your first impressions of the exciting world of EADS, but at the same time take the decisive step toward a dream internship.

WHAT’S ON OFFE R? A whole lot of impressions and information: during a guided tour of the facility, EADS shows you the various activities at the specific site – and naturally also the products that are built there. There are also talks, workshops and round tables that present the company’s technical innovations and career opportunities. Once there, you will have the opportunity to go along for a first contact interview with the recruitment team or EADS managers. Additionally you get information about internships in all the divisions of EADS.

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WH E R E AN D WH E N? Marignane (Eurocopter): October 7, 2010 Toulouse (Airbus): October 21, 2010 Friedrichshafen (Astrium): October 27, 2010 Elancourt (Defence & Security and Astrium): November 4, 2010 Hamburg (Airbus): November 12, 2010

HOW CAN I PARTICI PATE? Visit the website: and follow the instructions on how to apply. For more information, you can also join EADS on Facebook at “EADS Recruiting Events�. All applications must be in by September 30, 2010. And by the way: even if you are not interested in an interview, you can still apply for the EADS Internship Day.

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e: Octobe r 7, 2010 Toulouse : October 21, 2010 Friedrichs hafen: Oc tober 27, Elancour 2010 t: Novemb er 4, 2010 Hamburg: November 12, 2010 Closing D ate: Sept ember 30 , 2010 www.inter nshipdays /en

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