Applying for jobs only the first step

TUPELO – For those looking to apply for one of the 1,350 hourly jobs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, it’s a six-step process before actually getting hired by the automaker.
Filling out the application is the first step, and applicants should expect to take about 30 minutes to complete it.
Applicants must fill out the application online; no phone calls will be accepted.
For production jobs, a two- to five-hour computer assessment follows the online application. Maintenance applicants will take a three- to five-hour skilled knowledge assessment.
The third step for both pools of potential workers is critical. Production workers will go through a six- to eight-hour work simulation assessment, where trainers will watch applicants on a simulated Toyota production floor built inside Itawamba Community College’s Belden Center.
About 20,000 square feet have been set aside for the assessment of jobs applicants to see if they have the physical and mental tools needed to work on a Toyota assembly plant floor.
Maintenance job applicants also will be observed in a two- to six-hour hands-on skill application assessment.
“Some people have the book knowledge, but that doesn’t always necessarily translate to hands-on knowledge,” said James Williams, ICC’s vice president of economic and community service. “People will have to demonstrate what they’re able to do.”
The setup at ICC-Belden will be much like the setup at the Tupelo Furniture Market, where Toyota evaluated and trained some of its early hires.
The equipment – valued at $850,000 and donated by Toyota – was moved to ICC-Belden, which provided more room for training.
Toyota also has sent several Toyota body shells for the assessment and for trainers to use with job applicants.
If applicants successfully complete the assessments, interviews then are set up.
The next step involves background checks, drug screens and medical checks.
Finally, is the job offer. Hourly rates range from $15 to $25.

Dennis Seid / NEMS Daily Journal