Recruitment of an Applications Engineer

How we recruited an Applications Engineer for an engineering company

Our client

Our client is a global designer, developer and manufacturer of mechanic power transmission systems and motor control electronics.

  • Location - Western Australia
  • Industry - engineering
  • Size - 150 employees

We applied our three-phase service delivery model for this recruitment drive.

Video job advertisement

Social media algorithms favour videos over still content, so we create video advertisements for all vacancies to help source our candidates.

We take full advantage of this unique and highly effective form of candidate sourcing in order to reach the right candidate at the right time. 

We post our videos on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. They are posted on these platforms 10-20 times, based on relevance. Our videos typically receive over 1,000 views within the first 24 hours.

Applications Engineer - Manufacturing

Job advertisement

We constantly refresh, rewrite and reformat our job advertisements to optimise the quality of applications received. Our approach is aggressive - we post around 20 advertisements for every permanent job. Advertisements are posted on:

  • Job boards - Seek, Adzuna, Glassdoor, Indeed and Jora
  • Social media - LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • 11 Recruitment's website

On average, our advertisements receive over 100 applications and perform well above the market benchmark for Seek, shown in this graph.

Applications Engineer

  • Work as part of the engineering team and report directly to the State Manager
  • Globally recognised organisation - power transmissions, speed drives and geared motors
  • Provide technical solutions and promote products to all market sectors
  • Graduate position - mechanical engineering degree or equivalent is essential

The role

The duties for this role will include:

  • Providing full assistance to the Industrial Gears Products Manager WA 
  • Managing sales of industrial gears and geared motor products, as required
  • Supplying necessary documents / drawings to customers and suppliers
  • Delivering product, service and technical information to existing and potential customers
  • Processing phone orders and monitoring progress
  • Revising order documentation
  • Recording and referring opportunities for sales of electronic products to engineers
  • Supplying appropriate data to sales / finance for account opening and approval
  • Accepting, recording and processing credit / return requests
  • Identifying, isolating and stopping products / services that are non-conforming or do not meet the quality expectations
  • Ensuring non-conforming products / services are brought to the attention of the quality team

About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • A mechanical engineering qualification, or an equivalent technical qualification
  • Sales experience - ideally in an engineering / projects-driven environment

About our client

Our client designs and produces powerful industrial gear units. They are a high-tech European manufacturing company - a world leader in power transmission, specialising in variable speed drives and geared motors. They design, manufacture and service of power transmissions, drivers and gears, while working on the philosophy of "movement, innovation and quality."

They are regarded as one of the world’s leading specialists in their field and is located just South of the river, Perth. They employ approximately 15 staff in WA with the Australian head office in the Eastern States. This prestigious company is seeking an experienced Applications Engineer for their South of the River branch.

Assessment Matrix design

Our in-house designed, custom made software generates an Assessment Matrix, which is our blueprint for the recruitment process. Our process consists of screening, interviews, document verification, skills testing, personality profiling and reference checks.

Ticks indicate the point at which each criteria is addressed. More importance criteria are checked multiple times throughout the recruitment process.

Selection criteria




Skill test




Mechanical engineering / equivalent


Technical information interpretation

Technical information communication

Proposal / quotation development

Sales - advantage


Microsoft Word - advanced

Microsoft Excel - advanced

Microsoft PowerPoint - advanced

Spelling and grammar - excellent

Strong analytical skills

Verify LinkedIn vs CV

Accept expected salary ($90k)

Previous warning of termination?

Will you pass a drug test?


Dominance - 60%

Influence - 55%

Steadiness - 27%

Compliance - 51%

Forms signed

Health / police check

Signed document - tell the truth

Docs verified

Driver’s licence

Citizen AU / NZ or PR

DISC profiling

Similar to people, jobs have their own behavioural profile that is based on duties, environment and communication. We create a profile for every job vacancy, enabling us to match an applicant's behaviour against that of a specific role.

We use DISC, which examines the following attributes:

  • Dominance - accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
  • Influence - persuading others, openness, dependability
  • Steadiness - cooperation, sincerity, dependability
  • Compliance - quality, accuracy, expertise

DISC profile - Applications Engineer

This is the type of role which would best suit an individual who is fastidious about detail and following the rules and procedures, together with the determination to complete the job thoroughly. In other words an individual who is capable of ‘dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s’.

The individual needs to be able to take on an objective viewpoint in the role and put their own personal opinions aside, in order to follow the procedure. This role requires an individual who is able to conduct their work in a practical and efficient manner, whilst focusing on the practical side of the role and approaching problems in a professional and objective manner.


The person is most likely to prefer to have the time to prepare and think before acting; weighing up the pros and cons before making any final decisions. This role essentially requires a thoughtful, steady type, who plans before speaking and or doing, and is determined to do the job well.

The person will be a team player who is able to work well in a group-oriented situation. The individual should have the interest of the team at heart rather than their own personal gratification and should be happy to be a member of the team rather than leading it. In some circumstances such individuals are likely to specialise in the particular discipline and if they lead the team it would be because of their specialist skills rather than their preferred status.

Generally, this role requires a person who is content to work in a supportive capacity where the procedures are established and need to be adhered to. The role is fairly structured and the person needs to be comfortable following a procedure rigorously, including being fussy about details and completing the job.

This is the type of role where there is likely to be little or no change, therefore the individual needs to be disposed to working in a stable environment with little need to adapt, doing the same job over a period of time. Perseverance and loyalty to both the organisation and work colleagues are important qualities that the person should bring to the role.

Such an individual will be persevering and patient with an eye for detail ensuring accuracy in what they do. There is unlikely to be a great deal of flexibility in this role and the candidate should be motivated by a stable, unchanging environment.

This is broadly a ‘Technical’ role where individuals may, for example, manage systems which require them to be impartial and objective, yet meticulous in what they do. The role calls for someone who will consider the facts objectively and spend time checking the data before acting. There may however, be occasions when the individual may be called upon to display a more dynamic style and in such instances the ability to rise to the challenge and take it in their stride to get the job done is an important aspect of the role.

Applications Engineer

Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C


Our aim is to produce a strong shortlist by sourcing widely. We measure every stage in our recruitment process to ensure we meet this key objective.

Our service comes with an extended 18-month replacement guarantee. This guarantee means our interests are mutually aligned - to recruit high achievers who will excel and stay.

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Applications received


Interviewed by 11 Recruitment




Interviewed by client





"I recently engaged 11 Recruitment and wow! Both their professionalism and the calibre of our latest employee is very impressive.

Christian, and his team, demonstrated considerable expertise in this very specialised field.

11 Recruitment are leaders in this industry and our organisations choice of recruiters."

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