20,000 apply for 877 jobs at Hyundai's Alabama factory
by BRAD HARPER
May 30, 2012
Nearly 20,000 people have applied so far for the 877 new jobs at Hyundai's plant in Montgomery, Ala., where it is addingd a new production shift. And the applications are still coming.
"It just continues to grow," said Scott Gordy of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama's human resources department.
The deadline to apply is this Saturday, but Hyundai was so overwhelmed by the initial response that they suspended the application process on May 18 because of the high volume. Last week, Hyundai issued a statement saying that it would reopen the application procedure through June 2 but warned that anyone who applies after May 18 may not have time to be processed. Gordy said later applicants will be seen "as needed" for future hires.
Prospects are being told to apply at the website for Hyundai hiring partner Alabama Industrial Development Training, which filters all of the applicants into a database and schedules the strongest candidates for assessments. Of the 18,500 applicants, who were in the system by May 22, an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 will make it to the assessment stage. Some get that chance immediately, while others are banked" to be assessed later.
As the training center works to sift through the thousands of job-seekers, officials at Hyundai are working to assess those top choices. On May 14, Hyundai started screening potential workers from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week. During the one-and-a-half-hour screening, applicants take a multiple choice test and then meet with two Hyundai team members and a contracted worker for a short interview. The training center processes about 200 people a day.
"We've seen about 1,500 already," Gordy said Tuesday. "I've been very pleased and excited to see the people coming through. They're very eager about this opportunity. We are looking for the best of the best in the area." Those who make it past the screening then return for a hands-on assessment, going through a six-hour training course.
"They're shown a very simple process for assembling something," said Hyundai spokesman Robert Burns. "It tells us that they read the instructions, they followed instructions and they put the thing together right. It won't be a Sonata or an Elantra, it'll just be simple instructions."
Hyundai will then send the top remaining candidates through a pre-employment screening process and offer them a job.
Most of the hiring should be finished by mid-July, but the work doesn't end there. The new employees must then be trained, pairing up with veteran Hyundai workers. That's all before the third shift starts rolling.