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Job Application Process

Applying to SAP? Here’s what to expect.

Landing a new job can be tough – especially if you don’t know what to expect after you send in your resume. We want to make the process as easy and straightforward as possible for you. Keep reading to learn about creating your SAP profile, setting up job alerts, interviewing, onboarding, and more.  

At SAP, we value and respect our employees’ individuality – and you’ll see that reflected throughout the recruitment process. We want to get to know you on both a personal and a professional level. And you’ll get to know us, first through your recruiter and hiring manager, and then on a larger scale. We’re proud to have an incredibly diverse and vibrant workforce – full of unique individuals with different backgrounds and experiences. Sound like a place you want to work? Here’s what you can expect during the job application process.

Get to know us better

Do a little digging to make sure SAP is the right fit for you. Read about our strategy, business goals, products, and people. And check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and more social channels. 

Sign up for job alerts

Still looking for your dream job? We can help with that. Create your profile in our talent community and receive an alert when a job that fits your experience and interests becomes available. 

Be thoughtful and strategic

Finding the right career opportunity can be hard. Check out these tips and tricks to land a successful role at SAP.

Improve your job search

SAP job search uses a keyword logic similar to that of large web search engines to rank and display jobs. Read this tip sheet to learn five easy keyword search techniques that will help you surface opportunities that best match what you’re looking for.

Apply from anywhere

Apply online from your desktop or mobile device, use your Xing or LinkedIn profile. 

Apply often

Apply for any and all positions that fit your skills and are aligned to your overall career goals.

Be prepared

Be fully prepared with your cover letter and resume – and ensure your contact details are up to date. Accepted file types for resume and cover letter uploads are: Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, PPT, XLS, CSV, image and text.

Assess your skills

To help us understand you better and to help you identify areas where you will excel, some positions may invite you to complete an assessment during the recruiting process.

The two-page resume

SAP recruiters weigh in on the 1-page vs 2-page resume debate and give resume preparation advice.

What we expect from recent graduates

SAP recruiters answer the question 'What do recruiters and tech companies expect from recent graduates at this time?'

Pre-screening calls

If there’s a match, our recruiters will call you about the opportunity. Then they’ll review your application with the hiring manager and tell you about next steps.


To provide more insight into your skills and capabilities, some positions may invite you to complete an assessment during the recruiting process.


Hiring manager interviews

Your interview with the hiring manager will be in-person or via phone. He or she will assess all candidates. We’ll let you know as soon as a decision has been made. 

Virtual interview tips

As part of our "Ask Me Anything" series SAP recruiters discuss the benefits of interviewing virtually.

Welcome to SAP

If you received an offer, congrats! Welcome to SAP. Your recruiter will work with you on all the details. Have any questions? Please feel free to ask.

Persistence pays off

If at first you don't succeed – try again! Many of our candidates are reconsidered for other opportunities at SAP. Stay positive, and keep applying.

Most new hires at SAP want to hit the ground running – and we can help with that. We’ll assign a buddy and a mentor to guide you through your first month and beyond. Your buddy will work in the same team and office as you. He or she will answer all your day-to-day questions – like who’s who and where you can find the cappuccino machine. Your mentor will be a senior employee in your field. He or she will help you increase your knowledge and skills in a safe and supportive environment – and provide guidance on your work deliverables. In addition, our onboarding programs will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and tools you need to get up-to-speed quickly.

Pre-start portal

Learn everything you need to know about your new role at SAP in the weeks leading up to your start date. Browse company information, performance reports, policies, employee blogs, FAQs, and more. 

Local onboarding

Attend an in-person or virtual welcome session and meet your manager, buddy, and team. Set up your IT equipment, complete onboarding documentation – and learn about your location, payroll, and benefits. 

Global onboarding

Learn how to navigate SAP in a 90-minute virtual session offered on a weekly basis. You’ll hear about SAP’s history, strategy, culture, self-service tools, learning and development opportunities, and more. 

Role-specific onboarding

Take advantage of the onboarding programs and learning opportunities available for each line of business: sales and pre-sales, products and innovation, HR, finance, service and support, and marketing.

Tips from SAP recruiters

Be prepared. Be honest. Be passionate. Don't be afraid to ask.


Tech is an ever-changing space so it’s imperative to stay up-to-date on the latest breakthroughs in development. This could also be a great time to discuss some of your side projects, passions, and hobbies that tie back to the role you’re interviewing for!

Raksha Agrawal


It may sound counterintuitive, but soft skills are almost just as important as hard skills with the increasing competition in the technology space. No one has all of the answers, so being able to communicate how you work with team members, respond to stakeholders, and ultimately solve challenges and problems you don’t know the answer to will go a long way.

Nasrin Safari


Interview us while we’re interviewing you. Always come prepared with thoughtful questions regarding the role itself, challenges the team is currently facing, the direction the company is heading, and so on. A good general rule of thumb: if you can find the answer through a quick internet search, it is probably not a good one to ask!

Maggie Mao


Good manners never go out of style! Take the time to send a quick “thank you” e-mail to the recruiter, the hiring manager, and any other team members you interview with. Be sure to tailor it to highlight something special you discussed with them and reiterate how and why you’d like to work for their team or organization. These go a long way and only take a few minutes of your time.

Julia Harhardina


Use your network. If you know anyone who works at SAP, reach out to them before or during the process. It will give you another perspective on company culture, and could provide you with an internal reference as well!

Sue Phillips


As much as we understand your desire to make your application stand out, please don’t get too creative with text boxes, columns, and so on. These can get lost in translation when they are uploaded. Keep the format and formatting simple. And don’t forget to proofread your resume – several times.

Anne McFarlane-Read


Think of your resume as prime real estate. Focus on what you will bring to the table. Sure, I’d love to hear about what you’ve accomplished in your current and previous positions, but talking about the impact you want to make on our teams shows that you really want to be here.

Jen Karlinski


Be yourself! We want people who tell it like it is – and don’t get their interview responses from the Internet. Our culture is unique and important to us, and being yourself will help ensure you’ll like it here.

Lauren Guzinski


Plan your response to the question “Tell me about yourself” – and tell me something that isn’t on your resume. Keep in mind that we’ve already reviewed your resume and thought you were qualified to move on to the next round, so reading off it doesn’t really add much value.

Robin Kusnick

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