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Procter & Gamble R&D Researcher Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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I applied through college or university and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in August 2010.

Interview Details – A total of 2 interviews.
1) The first interview was a phone interview which focused on asking questions related to my resume: work experience, extracurricular activities, etc.
2) The second interview was face to face with 2 interviewers. Like the previous interview the questions were all related to the information on my resume. However I was asked a few questions regarding situations in which I worked on group projects, how did I step up as a leader and what did I accomplish. The interview lasted over 1 hr, yet wasn't a really tedious process.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you worked on a group project and encountered difficulties with one of the group members. What did you do to resolve this issue? What was accomplished afterwards?   View Answer

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Interview Details – You typically will to take a test and three interviews.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you had a difficult decision to make, and what problem solving techniques did you use to resolve them.   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble.

Interview Details – The interview involved a phone screen, phone interview, then two online assessments (reasoning and personality), after that, they flew me to Cincinnati for a day visit which involved another reasoning and basic maths test, a panel interview, and a presentation on a topic of your choosing. It was long but fairly easy.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to go against procedure in the laboratory?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate an extra $2k from my starting offer.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2009.

Interview Details – Met with a recruiter at a job fair at my university. Then was called in for an interview on campus after I had submitted an application online along with completion of a reasoning test. Interview was fairly straightforward, basic interview questions. They were very interested in your personal experiences, getting to know you. Interview lasted about 1 hour. I was told that they weren't looking to hire for specific positions at the moment but they would keep my files in their system. I was contacted about 2 months following that 1st interview to come to an interview on their P&G campus. The interview lasts a day long with multiple meetings.

Interview Question – Why did you choose to go to this school?   View Answer

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I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in January 2009.

Interview Details – Applied online in March 08 and months later got two online tests: one about how I "ranked myself among my peers," and another that is more technical in nature. I got an on campus interview in November at my alma mater, even though I had already graduated in the spring. The on campus interview was very standard and focused on my research experience. The questions were not difficult, but rather focused on what you were interested in/good at doing in your previous experiences. A couple of weeks later, I had a 45 minute phone screen from a business manger. I was then asked to do a "day visit interview." The day can be described as long, wierd, and finally confusing. The day started with a test that was fairly easy for a science/math type. Then I had interview after interview with different people in the division. No one could/would ever really answer any of my questions directly about what position really was. So, I felt really frustrated and annoyed by the end of the day. I recieved all positive feeback, however they declided to offer me the position. They acted like my "file" would go into a seperate pool of applicants, but it never did. I am still being teased by them and it's almost Nov 09. If you are indeed thinking about interviewing with them, be prepared to be annoyed and furstrated with their "state of the art recuriting process." Good luck.

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  • Tell us about a time where you realised you made a mistake.   Answer Question
  • Tell us about a time where/why you were used as a scientific reference.   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in January 2009.

Interview Details – Originally received a phone call interview that took about 45 minutes. They asked about my educational background, what type of work I was interested in, etc. There was nothing specific implying where or what the job would be. I then received an email saying that one of P&Gs companies was interested in me and would I be willing to go for an interview. The actual interview day was LONG! I had to take a skills test and did interviews with every different section head in the R&D area. After that I was told I needed to take a hair follicle drug test, pass a background check and needed to get my transcript sent to them. When all of that was completed I received a call from my now boss giving an offer.

Interview Question – Describe a situation in which you were confronted with a shortage (of supplies, people, etc) and how did you overcome it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not able to negotiate. Take it or leave it kind of thing. I was advise that you think about cost of living expenses where you would be moving to in order to determine if the offer is good or not.

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I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in July 2010.

Interview Details – I was asked to have a test firstly which consist of numerical, verbal and figure reasoning. it was not tough. for interview questions, they definitely asked some competency questions. it was related to problem solve, team player and innovation ability etc. it is best to prepare these question before go to the interview.

Interview Question – what is your customer focused experience?   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in October 2009.

Interview Details – I got P&G interview opportunity through campus for a researcher position for R&D for PhD and PostDocs. Around 15 PhD/PostDoc candidates were selected for the interview on the campus. Interview questions were related to your research work and soft skills. Like describe your research work, how do you work in collaboration, how do you resolve issues in work environment, Describe a time when you could not complete or failed at work and why. Lastly they ask you to ask them questions regarding P&G.

After the interview process, it seems that the interviewer prepares a letter of recommendation for you, based on which you may be called for another interview by any research team at P&G that may want to hire resources. However, till now I never heard anything back from P&G in a span of around 4 months. To my knowledge no one from my school heard back after the first round. Well, similar to previous reviews by others I believe P&G takes a lot of time in their recruiting process and many people suggested me to apply to other companies because P&G has enough talent pool and one may not be called for next round for several more months.

I think getting the first interview call is just a boast; but you are not more than just 5% near to getting to be hired. I would suggest, with this boast apply enthusiastically to other companies and not keep waiting for next round.

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