Philip Morris International Interview Questions

Updated Oct 12, 2014
Updated Oct 12, 2014
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Philip Morris International in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    Phone and in person panel interview

    Negotiation Details
    No opportunity to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Philip Morris International.

    Interview Details

    Series of interviews with HR, Managers, Case Interview and presentation. Professional skills, quantitative abilities and presentation skills were assessed thoroughly. Total personal impression was very important for the final decisions.

    Interview Questions
    • A series of examples from past experience demostrating my perseverance and leadership   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Staff Scientist Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Philip Morris International in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    - Applied online with the standard application package (CV, cover letter, certificates)
    - Received a first phone call 1 month later to schedule a phone interview with a recruiter
    - Had a standard phone interview with a recruiter 1 day after
    - Was invited for the one-on-one interview 2 days later
    - Got the job offer 2 days later, which I accepted

    The delay between the application submission and the first phone call can be attributed to the summer holidays. Otherwise, the process was smooth, organised, and very professional. The job they offered me was a 6-month contract with the possibility to be extended based upon my performance. I had a very good feeling with the recruiting staffs and the company looked great. The working conditions they can offer are outstanding and it was a no-brainer for me when they gave me the job.

    Although I was prepared, the pace at which the recruiting process happened after one month of silence surprised me a little, so I was somehow caught off-guard. It was however a very good test for me, which I apparently passed as they gave me the job. My advice is therefore to be ready and alert because this employer is very reactive when there is a need!

    Interview Questions
    • I did not have to answer very technical questions during the interviews, but rather standard motivation, CV, and behavioural questions in order to drill deeper into the reasons why I applied and if I would fit there. The technical part would then be learned on the job with the team of experienced professionals. My advice is then to stick to what you are without playing any role. Should this be the right opportunity for you, you would feel it right away!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation whatsoever, but the overall package they offered me was really good. Hence, I accepted without thinking for very long.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Philip Morris International.

    Interview Details

    Assessment Centre - full day - very draining and exhausting

    Interview Questions
    • Case study - bullied by managers instead of being challenged   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation possible
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    SAP Technical Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Philip Morris International.

    Interview Details

    initial interview with the recruiting agent then two formal interview with manager and senior specialist and Hr representative. it was very formal and they were writing each and every answer. most of the questions are formal interview questions

    Interview Questions
    • they ask me to give an example that happened with and how i reacted for each technical answer i gave   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no space for negotiation was there either take it or leave it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Based Competencies interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Simple
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Associate Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Philip Morris International.

    Interview Details

    Interview process consisted for four rounds of group interviews. Candidates were asked to perform in a mock environment of playing executive leadership roles. Scenarios were given and discussions were conducted.

    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation was N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    CapEx and Fixed Assets Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Philip Morris International in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    There were three (03) interviews. Initially screening was done by HR then by line manager and later with senior management. Interview questions were technical (related to the job requirement). Also checked positivity of attitude.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked that I started my career with banking and now I have changed the direction to manufacturing. Why?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Quality Assurance Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Philip Morris International in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial communication initiated by the HR Manager of PM. I was contacted by phone and invited for an intervieew. The first interview was with the HR Manager who seemed to be a very good profesional. It was for almost 45 minutes and she tried to find out details about my actual position and why I want to change companies. Also she asked a lot of questions related with my previous experience. The second interview tooked plane at the factory site together with the HR Manager and the QC Department Manager. For almost 1 hr and 30 minutes they performed a cross interview trying to get me "snap" and to see how much I can go under pressure.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you organize you activity in this position starting with tommorow?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The job location was to far from my home.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Philip Morris International in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    The first stage is a CV screening, if your CV is impressive and you made it through, the next stage is a phone interview. Pretty basic phone interview, they'd ask questions like, "what do you know about PMI?", "why are you interested to join us?". Here you cold also ask questions if you're not sure about anything.
    The third stage is a half-day semi-orientation/interview session. It's basically a morning where you attend simple talks by previous management trainee and they explain to you what the career is like and what is expected. Then you would proceed with a 1-on-1 interview, a pretty casual one. The whole purpose is to get to know you better. They'd ask questions like, "what do you think of the company?", "what is your stand on smoking?", etc.
    If you make it through this stage, there would be an online assessment. It's divided into three sections, the first is a numerical assessment, basically it's some simple calculations and math questions. The next section is logical reasoning, some sort of an IQ quiz, it can be a little bit tricky, most of it is predicting the next pattern in an assortment. And the last section is reading assessment. There will be a paragraph and questions following it. It is leaning more towards English assessment where there will be questions like, "what is the meaning of this word in the paragraph?".
    Making through this round would mean the final stage, which is a case study presentation. Basically it is a simple scenario and you are presented with three solutions to the scenario. You will need to pick one and then present it to a panel with justifications. The scenario presented are not related to PMI and the businesses they do, it's more of an open topic. During the case base session, they will also ask you regular interview questions. As this is the last stage, you will know if you managed to make it through or not after this stage.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult part is the online assessment. It is timed and some of the questions could be quite tricky and difficult to understand.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The overall interview experience was very refreshing and the career progression seems very promising. Yet, the social view on working in a tobacco company I could not accept. So before applying, do consider, would you be okay working in a company that manufactures cigarettes as their core business?

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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