I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Mills in November 2013.
Interview Details – On campus interview with two sales managers...a couple days later I received an email inviting me to second round interviews at HQ at the end of the month. I had to take 3 personality tests before the interview. There was a dinner the night before second rounds with 5 other candidates and 2 current BMAs. Dinner is completely informal and it allows the candidates to ask any question they would like. The dinner is not a part of the final decision. The day of second round interviews is long...starts with a breakfast around 8am and then 4 interviews throughout the day ending at 3pm. Recruiters will take 1-2 weeks to get back to applicants.
Interview Question – Behavior based questions...sales role play. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate...offer was very good.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Mills.
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First contact was made by a recruiter via email. The recruiter expressed interest in pursuing my candidacy and scheduled an initial phone interview for the following week. The interviewer was very personable and friendly. The interview itself, which was expected to last 30 min but went nearly an hour, was quite informal and laid-back. I was asked four separate (albeit related) questions, all of which were behavioral. I was also given the opportunity to ask several questions. I'd say the breakdown was about 70/30 in terms of the time spent answering vs. asking questions. Some tips for the first round:
- Find a list of commonly asked behavioral-based interview questions. These lists can be very extensive and will include both positively- and negatively-framed questions. Narrow down that list by selecting a small handful of questions (maybe around 6-10) on which to focus.
- When formulating your answers, it helps to use a "storytelling" approach (structured in the STAR format). Not only will this help when it comes time to recall answers to specific questions, it will also make those answers more engaging from the perspective of the interviewer(s).
- Be sure to include an even mixture of the positively- and negatively-framed questions. Try to select questions that demonstrate/highlight your experience with typical, yet important, aspects of most jobs, such as leadership, dealing with conflict/adversity, working as part of a team, meeting deadlines, etc.
- Rehearse but don't try to memorize your "stories." If you have just a couple of relatively significant experiences (professional or otherwise), you'll likely find that they're applicable to a wide variety of potential questions.
Second contact by the recruiter occurred the day after the phone interview. I was informed that it went well and that I'd be moving on to the next round, which was an onsite. The onsite took place less than two weeks after the phone interview. All communication, including the pre-onsite planning process was very straightforward and streamlined. All travel costs, with the exception of out-of-pocket expenses (which were reimbursed), were covered upfront by General Mills. I was responsible for selecting/scheduling my flights, while General Mills handled hotel accommodations and all local ground transportation.
The onsite day started at 8 AM with an IQ/intelligence test. The rest of the day was spent in four separate interviews (2 one-on-one, 2 two-on-one). Each interview lasted about an hour, consisted of about 4-5 behavioral-based questions and ended with a short Q&A session. I found the overall environment (people, office, work culture) to be very welcoming and comfortable. While each interview had a somewhat different tone, all of the interviewers were friendly and easy to talk to. Their enthusiasm for General Mills was quite clear, and they all seemed very happy and proud to be part of the team. There was a one hour group lunch and plant tour halfway through the day. The group lunch provided an opportunity to ask candid questions to current employees and was not considered part of the interview process. At the end of the day, I met with an HR representative for a debrief and wrap-up. I was told that a final decision would be made and communicated within the next two weeks. I ended up receiving a verbal offer the next day, with the official offer coming through about a week later. Some tips for the final round:
- First round interview tips apply here, too. Practice telling stories about your various experiences. You'll be asked the same type of behavioral questions.
- Try to pace yourself throughout the day. While I didn't find the actual questions to be that challenging, the amount of talking/concentration required was quite exhausting. By the time I reached the last interview, I was very tired and felt as though the quality of my stories/answers had somewhat diminished. I'm not really sure if/how the fatigue factor can be avoided but just be aware of it.
- Have plenty of questions prepared that require some thoughtful consideration on the part of the interviewer. This is important. While their questions help them determine whether you're capable of handling the job, your questions help them determine if you're right for it.
- Don't be afraid to admit mistakes and/or failures if a particular question touches upon it. How you handled it is much more important (and revealing) than the failure/mistake itself.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when your actions conflicted with your morals. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate. Initial offer was very generous and highly competitive.
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at General Mills in October 2013.
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1st round interview on campus . behavioural interview. very nice and friendly person.
called back for second round interview. 1 1/2 hours. one hour of logic questions followed by behavioral interview. very positive.
called back for final interview.
Interview Question – what innovative idea have you come up with in a previous job? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – General Mills is very selective of the individuals it hires. They want talent but since this analyst role leads to eventual customer contact, they need brains and personality! Be yourself and don't be shy because GMI wants someone with confidence that they are comfortable putting in front of a director. Career Fair, three rounds of behavioral interviews, drug and background tests
Interview Question – With your background, why General Mills and not some I-Banking Firm? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations as I was coming right out of college, take it or leave it really
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – I applied during a job fair. they kept me waiting for 5 hours. then told me to come back. I came back. took the test. had a 1 on 1 interview with the maintenance team leader. was told I had the job, but when I came in the first day, after I had quit my previous job, they told me they couldn't pay me what I was told during the hiring process.
Interview Question – there were no hard questions. most of the questions had nothing to do with the job I was hired for. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – find out what the pay is, from someone with more authority than a supervisor.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at General Mills in October 2013.
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Made initial contact at my school's career fair, was asked to apply online and was contacted that night for an interview the next morning.
The first interview was with one interviewer who went straight into 4-5 behavioral questions before asking if I had any questions (~30 min). That evening I got a call saying I made it to the next round and was required to take an assessment the next morning before my final interview. The final interview was with two interviewers and consisted of 6-7 behavioral questions with follow up questions for each response before asking if I had any questions (~50 min).
The offer came the day after my final interview. They give a list of plant locations that take interns, positions are first come first serve once they start extending offers. Process took 3 days.
Negotiation Details – Very competitive salary (50% more than I had made at previous internships) and a housing stipend that varies according to your location choice. No negotiation needed.
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at General Mills in September 2013.
Interview Details – Working with recruiter. Phone interview with 3 people. They collected their notes with the manager and moved along quickly with a decision the next day.
Interview Question – Nothing stands out in this regard. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I felt the offer was very good as is so I accepted as is immediately.
I applied through college or university - interviewed at General Mills in September 2013.
Interview Details – On campus recruiting- My interviewer remembered from the the night prior. A 45 minute interview of behavioral questions. That night, I received an e-mail inviting me the second round interview the next day--another 45 minute interview. A few weeks later, I was invited to full day of interviews at the office.
Interview Question – Mainly behavioral such as: tell me a time you overcame an obstacle, etc. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiating
Interviewed at General Mills
Interview Details – Submitted application online
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult, make sure to prepare for basic behavioral interview questions and do your homework on the company and the specific role/dept that you are applying for. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Mills in July 2013.
Interview Details – Initial contact was made through campus recruiters at my university. I was told to apply online immediately for the MEA intern position so the interview process could move as quickly as possible. I had an on campus interview with two representatives from the company. The next step of the process was on site at on of their nearby plants. This included meeting with 4 to 5 groups of 2 and a plant tour. The entire process took 4 weeks, with the interviews being 2 weeks apart, and the offer coming less than 2 weeks after the on site interview.
Interview Question – The entire interview process was behavioral based questions, so it will be helpful to have a situation in mind for common scenarios in the workforce. Answer Question
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