P&G Western Europe Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2014
Updated Aug 31, 2014
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    Junior Assistant Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Weybridge, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Weybridge, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at P&G Western Europe in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied in March and did not hear back until June. The initial screening consisted off the success drivers test and a logical reasoning test. Be warned, the reasoning test is not like common SHL tests so you would be wise to practise using traditional logic books. I had a telephone interview which lasted 20 minutes and focused on demonstrating the success drivers. Have some questions ready for your interviewer as P&G expect you to ask. I got to the final round which was held at the HQ in Weybridge, Surrey. I had to complete a test in person which was considerably more difficult than the online test but really, you'll be fine if you revise GCSE maths (especially if you have not touched maths in a while). They tell you the results of the test on the day. If successful, the tests are followed by 2 interviews with senior members of the company.
    They expect the best without being stuck up. All the people that I interacted with on the recruitment journey were personable and polite.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at P&G Western Europe in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I've applied online. Got an e-mail with a link to their success drivers test and a reasoning test. After finishing the online tests I got an invitation to do the IQ test on-site and 3 interviews. The IQ test is pretty straightforward and quite easy (just a little bit more difficult than their practice test). 65 minutes in total for three parts: maths, logic reasoning, inductive reasoning. After passing the test I had 3 1:1 interviews, each lasting for 1 hour. The questions are all behavioral and focused on past experiences. All the questions related to their success drivers: 1) power of minds 2) power of people 3) power of agility. They find leadership qualities extremely important, so prepare enough examples to illustrate your leadership qualities.

    Interview Questions
    • Give me an example about a time you had a clear vision and you had to convince your team members to go along with your vision   Answer Question
    • How many pampers are being sold in a year?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Assistant Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Geneva (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at P&G Western Europe in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied for a recruiting event Careers in Europe, held in Brussels in Dec 2010 and I got selected. I went there with the intention of finding out what the market might offer to me, a final year student of Business. There were a few companies at the event, but I was particularly interested in P&G, as some of my friends work for them, and it seems like a good company to work for. I took a P&G IQ test (screening test) during the event and, even though I hadnt applied online yet, I managed to set myself a 1:1 screening interview on the same day. I was applying for an entry position in Marketing. The woman that was interviewing me was very nice and quite impressed with my background, promised to pass on my application further, and also advised me to apply online (this is normally the first step of the recruiting process). I did that and 2 months later I got an invitation for a final interview in P&G Geneva headquaters. I was interviewed by a 3 people, each interview lasting an hour. So 3 hours in total - quite tiring. Questions were structured in the same way: you were expected to describe a situation in which you proved to be a leader/had to solve a problem/etc. and the expected answer was to describe the context of the situation, your action and its result. Questions are quite repetitive, so you may find yourselve giving the same examples a few times. The next day after the interview I got a phone call from one of the interviewers saying that they want to make me an offer :) Two months later I got a contract and I'm starting on the 1st of June. Keep your fingers crossed for me :)

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation in which you had to change or adjust a project/work done at a very short notice, because of a change in expectations. How did you manage that?   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at P&G Western Europe in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    First Step: Online application

    Second Step: Online Test
    I was emailed the link to take the online test within a week's time. The test consists of two parts. The first part is a personality tests (ca. 60 questions, no time limit) that requires you to assess your own skills (in comparison to others) and asks about how you behave in certain situations. While it is proclaimed that there are no right or wrong answers, it is fairly obvious that this is the first step to assess if the candidate matches the company's principles and values, or not.
    (Tip: Take notes of your answers and make sure to answer interview questions in a way that is consistent with your answers in the online test)
    The second part is a logical reasoning test (ca. 15 questions, 2.5 minutes per question). Example questions can be found at the P&G homepage. However, it should be noted that some of the questions I had in the online test were significantly more complicated than the ones that P&G provides for preparation purposes. I recommend to not click on “next question” after you have chosen an answer, as this will lead to the next question right away. Choosing an answer and letting the time run down will lead you to an intermediate screen and give you a break of about 2 minutes before continuing with the next questions.

    Third step: On-site Reasoning Test
    The reasoning tests takes place at P&G premises or at a recruitment fair, lasts 65 minutes and contains 40 questions that are separated in three categories (Numerical reasoning, Verbal reasoning, Logical reasoning). There is a practice test available at the P&G site. The real test, however, is harder than the practice test and I would recommend to not take the test without practicing the math exercises beforehand. The test is actually not that hard, but the time is fairly limited and you have to work very fast. The test is available in almost all languages and apparently most people (ca. 80%) that pass the online test also pass the on-site test.

    Fourth step: Interviews
    After successful completion of the test, I had two 1-to-1 interviews with two different interviewers. The interviews lasted about 1 hour, with time to ask questions at the end. Both interviews were very pleasant, with the second one being a little more probing than the first. At first I was asked to talk about myself and my CV, and questions were asked here and there about motivations and outcomes of certain stages (e.g. studies, internships). This was followed by typical behavioural questions. These included among others:
    “Tell me about a time when…
    …a project didn’t go as planned”
    …when you had to deal with conflict in a team”
    …you taught somebody else something. What was your approach, what was the outcome”
    …when you successfully lead a team. What is leadership for you? What makes a good leader?”
    To prepare for this type of questions, I recommend to think of your work and university experience, and to pick a few examples that clearly depict how you have managed situations in teams that have lead to tangible, positive outcomes. I would strongly recommend to use the STAR technique to answer all questions.

    Final step: Offer
    Originally I was told that I would have one or two more interviews to go through, but then I was directly offered a job after the second interview.

    Conclusion:
    I found the recruitment process to be straight forward, less challenging than I expected, and I was very positively surprised by the pleasant nature of the interviews which certainly made me more inclined to take

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you taught somebody else something. What was your approach, what was the outcome?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict in a team   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you successfully lead a team. What is leadership for you? What makes a good leader?   View Answers (2)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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