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Assistant Brand Manager Intern Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in June 2007.
The first interview is on the phone. The questions were aimed at gauging how much marketing experience I had. Once it became clear I did not have much experience in that capacity the tone of the interviewer changed and I pretty much knew that I was not going to get the chance to gain the experience they wanted.
- Explain how you have succeeded in marketing projects. Answer Question
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Assistant Brand Manager Intern InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Lagos (Nigeria)) in September 2013.
I took the Global Reasoning Test and the success drivers test. There is a sample test for the Global test and it mimics the real thing. It tests basic knowledge of ratios, proportions, percentages as can be found in the GMAT and there is a part on verbal reasoning. The key is to study the sample test very well, and know that something cannot be true or false if it is not supported or rejected respectively with evidence from the passage. The success drivers test comprises about 60 + questions that are competency based. Show sincerity in your answers. Do not rush it, as you can always log out and continue. Even though I was successful, I was not invited for an interview. Rather, i took the proactive approach of calling the HR contact that visited my school, telling her that I passed the tests, and that I wanted an interview, and then she called me the next day. The interviews generally consist of three rounds with 1 interview in the 1st round, 2-3 in the 2nd round and 1 or 2 in the final round. They all folow the same format, and you basically do the same thing in all your interviews. This is because they are behavioral interviews. The interviewers ask you questions about your past experience to predict your future performance. They ask questions such as:
1. Tell me a time when you taught someone something.
2. Tell me a time that you led a team.
3. Are you a good listener? Give me an example of a time when you showed good listening. (I got this in my last interview )
4. Tell me a time that you contributed an idea to a team project
5. Tell me a time that you developed an idea from the scratch
The key is to be confident in your response and to follow a particular format known as CAR:
Mention the background in detail so that the interviewer understands it, but also briefly so that it doesnt take time (1 min. Max). Then explain YOUR OWN contribution to the situation in much detail. Remember that the interview is about YOU and ONLY YOU, and so you must mention what YOU did (you should say "I did", "I said", etc and not WE). After this, explain the effect of your action to the success of the event. Try to quantify the results if possible. For example, you can say that i taught 5 people this course, and then 3 of them scored A's and the other two had B, even though these people were normally D and C candidates. You can say, after i changed the logistics of the team, we doubled the attendance at the program.
You must be prepared to answer in detail any questions regarding your resume. Also, you should be able to answer the question: Tell me about yourself. You would talk about your personality, family(like how many you are in your family, etc) your love of sports, your desire to contribute to humanity in your own way, etc. Finally, you should have questions for your interviewer about the company. You may ask about his experiences in the company so far and you may ask about the opportunities for career development at the company. Try not to ask about salaries. You may be asked the question: Why P&G? You should be able to explain why you want to work here. Reasons may include: your interest in personal development, your desire to work with very smart people, your interest in working with interesting brands like Always, Ariel etc. Try and put up a smile. P&G is a really great place, and even if you eventually appear nervous, as long as you have provided interesting answers to the questions asked, the interviewers would mostly not mind.
Think deeply of your life experiences so that you can deliver on interview day and try to have more than one experience for every question. If you do not have this, there is no problem. Just make sure that you deliver in the format mentioned above and also try not to lie about your experiences. You may get away with it in some interviews, but other interviewers can see through lies by further probing. Do not hesitate to pick up a pen and demonstrate on the board so that your interviewer can visualize your story and show that you are really excited to be there. The interviewers normally have sheets of printed paper in front of them, where they record your story. The paper has many questions on it, and there are three boxes for every question. The boxes are for the CAR that was discussed above. Some interviewers may fill in the boxes as you speak, while others, may just listen and fill later. Do not let any of these actions make you fret. Also maintain eye contact, firm handshake, etc. Do not be afraid to ask for some time to think about your response.
The first interview is a screening/fit interview and is only about 30-40 minutes long. Subsequent interviews are about 1hour each, with some interesting ones stretching to 2 hours.
You can find many other questions on the P&G career website, and you can browse the web for more questions.
I wish you all the best.
- There were no difficult questions if you prepare Answer Question
The offer is the best any intern can get in Nigeria
Assistant Brand Manager Intern InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in January 2012.
Got the interview through college recruiting. They had me take a personality and IQ test both online and in-person. There was only one round of interviews. They said they used to have 3 rounds of 1 on 1 interviews but decided to combined the 3 into one 3 on 1 interview. All behavioral question like tell me about a time you worked on a project and the direction changed. All the questions I was asked are available online if you just google Proctor & Gamble interview questions. They were very nice and really were gauging for fit more than anything. Unfortunately I was up against graduate students for only one spot so I didn't get an offer.
- Tell about a time when you taught someone something and how you did it Answer Question
Assistant Brand Manager Intern InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in April 2008.
first round is a SHL style written test, a lot of questions, need to be quick and accurate
then hr sent me the famous P&G classic 8 question list, all questions to be asked in the fact-to-face interview, mostly behavioral questions to dig into your past experience and potentials
for the onsite interview, I met an ABM and a BM, both nice. the ABM did give me a mini-case to solve.
3rd round, i met a Director, who's very nice and told me straightforward that she'd give me the offer at the end of the interview
- describe a time when you accomplish sth. by overcoming difficulties Answer Question