More than 8,000 have applied for the 1,000 new jobs created at car giant Jaguar Land Rover.
JLR, owned by Indian company Tata, is creating the new jobs as part of its drive to boost production over the next five years.
Des Thurlby, human resources director at JLR, said: "We are extremely pleased with both the quantity and the quality of applicants. We are even hiring people in HR to handle the hiring.
"We shall run a vigorous selection process and we encourage people to continue to apply via our website. All applicants will receive a response.
"Jaguar Land Rover is a very exciting place to be and despite what some may say, there is tremendous engineering talent in the UK and particularly in the West Midlands."
Jaguar Land Rover employs almost 20,000 workers in the UK, including 5,000 in Solihull.