General Mills Interview Questions

Updated Mar 16, 2015
Updated Mar 16, 2015
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    Business Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at General Mills in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied through my university. Asked to interview. First round all behavioral, invited back for another the next day. Got through. Then 600 question personality test! tedious. 20 question deductive reasoning test was tough, but doable. Invited to final round at HQ. 3 30 minute interviews with higher level management. Everyone was incredibly nice, very helpful. HQ is amazing. The questions are never tricky or too difficult always straight forward and will work with you to find out more about your answer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Business Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at General Mills.

    Interview Details

    Great interview process, very friendly, professional environment. It was a little intimidating at first, but General Mills does a great job at making you feel welcome, and allowing you to be yourself throughout the process.

    Interview Questions
    • What have you failed at, at what did you learn from this failure?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    You will go through a number of interviews. Typically the interview will include you future direct manager, your manager's manager, human resources and the president of sales. The hiring process does take a little time. The interview process is not too difficult as long as you are well prepared. All in all it is what it is.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at General Mills.

    Interview Details

    Typical and nothing unexpected - apply, two rounds, offer - know your info, study the culture, be prepared to say where you want to be in five years. Diversity is important at the company, yet everyone seems to be alike. Will you fit the culture?

    Interview Questions
    • What's your favorite General Mills item? What competitive product should General Mills acquire?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at General Mills.

    Interview Details

    Very nice interviewers, reflecting the culture of the company. There was an info session while interviewers could meet candidates informally, and then 2 rounds of on-campus interviews. First round and second round had similar questions.

    Interview Questions
    • How do wall street firms value a company like General Mills?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at General Mills.

    Interview Details

    Started with one one hour face to face interview with the hiring manager and then was told to come back for a half day interview the next week at which time I met with another finance manager, two directors and lunch with a peer

    Interview Questions
    • If you were a competitor of general mills, what would you look for in our annual report?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate since I was already happy with the offer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at General Mills in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Pre-Interview:
    I applied through my university. I originally found out about the position through the career fair and was invited to an info session where they cover "what is General Mills," present an overall idea of what the internship is like, and brought in interns from the previous year to speak about their experience. By this time we were supposed to make sure we had an interview scheduled. They verified that everyone who was in the room was on the list, so everyone had a fair shot.

    Interview Process:
    The interview process is actually extremely short, probably shorter than any other company I've heard of (which is important if you're considering multiple offers and General Mills is among your options). My first round interview was actually very relaxed. My interviewer asked the standard questions, "Name a time when you...," "What makes you different than other applicants," etc. The entire time they're taking notes on your answers (like any interview), so don't feel like you're doing poorly if they don't make eye contact. They're trying to help your application by taking down what you say. My advice for this first round interview - nail your B.A.R./S.T.A.R. method. For the "name a time," be able to wrap up the question with a background, action, and RESULT (bar). A lot of the questions are behavioral in nature, so research behavioral questions online and practice answering those to nail first round. At least in my case.

    From there, I was to find out within 24 hours if I got second round interviews. The email would've been sent out in the afternoon after having morning interviews, and, if we were chosen, we were to pick a time slot for second round by 8pm that night. This is a crucial element. If they say, "check your email," check your email. So, you pick a slot, they tell you where it'll be, and it's your job to make it. You'll also have three personality-type indicators to take, which they'll give you around this time, if I'm not mistaken. The deadline to finish these is past the second round interview, but you will have to set aside time to complete them.

    The second round interview was MUCH tougher. I won't give away too much, but make sure you prepare for this one! If you're reading this, you're already halfway there. Another thing, look at the handout they give you. They tell you they're looking for people with __ skills, ___ skills, and __ skills. Make sure a percentage of your answers incorporate what they tell you in print what they're looking for. It doesn't hurt to mention the words, either. To continue, almost all of the second round questions were negative in nature (i.e., "Name a time where you failed," "Name a time where you quit something"). Imagine my shock. This isn't your chance to come out looking like a saint, just be honest. Also, make sure you don't blame other people for your failures. Use this time to stress what you learned from the experiences, but give a clear enough picture to show how you failed and what you did to better yourself from it, don't just glaze over the bad and not answer the question. Don't be afraid to take your time and think about a solid answer first. Just acknowledge the good question and let the interviewer know you need a second to let you think of a response so there's not awkward silence.

    Post-Interview:
    I was told within 1-2 weeks I would receive a final answer. I actually got a response days later. I am new to the process, so it could take anywhere between days and weeks, "results may vary." They call you if you got it, and they email you if you did well, but it wasn't the best fit. You will have some contingencies to clear if you get it. Best of luck!

    Interview Questions
    • "Name a time where you gave up on something and quit."   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Business Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at General Mills in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interviewing process starts with an Information Session, with a cheesy, flash based powerpoint delivered by a current Business Management Associate. During the presentation the Associate attempts to involve the audience with questions and the other employees try and offer their unsolicited advice. This part of the interviewing process is boring and the cautionary tales of General Mills asking interviewees not to "waste our time and yours" is gutless and needless.

    The interviews begin with you sitting in a holding room, with a few other interviewees. You talk with some other recruiters about anything, and this part helps to reduce the stress and pressure of the interview. Then you are collected by a recruiter and the interview begins in another room. The interview is not difficult, but the interviewer is typing away on the computer the entire time, which is distracting and makes it seem like you're lecturing.

    After that, you're summoned to do a second round of interviews the next day, which goes similarly to the first day, but with General Mills' IQ type test. And after that you get flown to the center, which you specify or is the best fit for your interests. The last round interviews are fun and getting to know the people in the office.

    Reasons for Declining

    I felt like I would get trapped in the hierarchy of General Mills and further investigation into the position made me think that the Business Management Associate job was just a glorified sales job.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Business Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at General Mills in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    1. Resume drop on university career website
    2. Interview time selection if resume is passed through their preliminary screening
    3. Information session
    4. First round interview just 1 day after info session, with invitations extended to those who moved on to second round later that evening
    5. Second round interviews just 1 day after the first interview
    6. Two career assessments due just 3 days later

    Interview Questions
    • What three things do you want in life 5 years down the road?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Management Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at General Mills.

    Interview Details

    Very professional and friendly. All HR personnel were extremely helpful and willing to answer any questions. On-site interview was demanding but not difficult. All behavioral type questions and leadership based. Really got a good feel for the atmosphere and culture. Interview on-site consisted of five 45 minute interviews with management and plant tour.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected. Be prepared to answer the same questions many times.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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