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CMK Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
Interview Details – Recruited from college.
Interview Question – Give examples of how you demonstrated success. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
CMK Internship Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Procter & Gamble
Interview Details – The recruiters came to campus for on campus recruiting starting a few months before the interview. The recruiters accepted about 24 candidates for initial interviews. They conducted first round interviews on campus and then a phone interview for second rounds. Interview questions were all behavioral. Heard back with decision within a week.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to convince people who had more power than you to change their position on a project. Answer Question
CMK Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
Interview Details – Application process involved an online application, two online assessments, one in person assessment and an initial interview. Interview involved around 5-6 behavioral questions. They decided to skip the introduce yourself section and went straight to the questions questions. Through the interview process I seemed to get the sense that they were looking more for someone to crunch data and find trend.
Interview Question – Give an example when you used quantitate to predict a trend Answer Question
CMK Associate Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2011.
Interview Details – The online test is the first step - simple and obvious how to answer. Then a phone interview with HR followed by someone ~ 6-15 years experience. P&G has a very specific and consistent interviewing process and anyone who interviews must participate in formal training before doing so. Next up - an in-person 'timed' test similar to the GMAT or GRE, in a room with someone supervising. From what I hear, many have failed this test and if one fails, it an automatic 'no'. However, when I interviewed they said 'since we have significant gaps right now, we will consider waiving the test for people who do well in all other regards'. The test usually happens on the same day as the panel interview. The panel inteview will be with 3 CMK managers - they are usually all band 3 or a mix of band 3 and 4. A 'band 3' Senior CMK manager at P&G usually has 6-10 years of experience. It's the level right before assoc. director. Expect a group of young, well trained, articulate and enthusiastic people. Very pleasant, very positivie about their P&G experience. All interviews follow the "CAR" approach (context, action, results). This is not a laid back conversation. It's Q&A and they are looking for specific examples following this method. Depending on who you get, it can feel very canned or conversational. The latter depends on the person.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you were able to secure someone’s agreement to an idea or proposal, despite their initial resistance. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No, P&G will not negotiate for the marketing or marketing research functions. This is unlike any other company you'll encounter. They are very committed to their promote-from-within philosophy. The majority of new hires are new-grad or post MBA.
CMK (Entry Level) Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2009.
Interview Details – First there was a basic IQ test that was pretty straightforward as well as a personality screen. The interview itself was 45 minutes long with two individuals interviewing me. Questions were only about personal experiences and takeaways from those experiences. The interviewers were very friendly and kept the process relatively informal.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to be a leader. View Answer
CMK Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in October 2009.
Interview Details – I have applied through the normal website, after an ad on the university career website.
I have been sent an online link with questions to fill in, nothing very tough.
I have then been invited to a written test (math, comprehension and all the usual things), pretty tough, you will not finish it but nobody will. Some say it is similar to GMAT.
I have been communicated that I have passed the test, and I got a flight paid by them to go to the office for the face to face interview (Rome)
I had 3 interviews, partly in native language, partly in English. Questions were the usual one i.e. asking for example of leadership, asking for examples of smart behavior/communication, why P&G, why not any other company, why did you choose that path at University
Interview Question – There was no technical question nor business case. The interview was for an internship position - the tough part comes during the internship, as you get responsibility from day 1. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, salary is very high though (similar to consultancies)
CMK Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in February 2012.
Interview Details – Online test, then repeqt the test on paper and then 3 interviews with case studies, challenging questions related to P6G values and success drivers
Interview Question – Tell me something you have learned outside of school that you have later reapplied to real situation: Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation they offer you a salary and no chance to move
CMK Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2008.
Interview Details – 3 steps process. 1) on line test about general competencies, 2) Math logic test and 3) 2 interviews.
Interview Question – Which was the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you manage it? Answer Question
CMK Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in September 2011.
Interview Details – After my online application, I took 2 online tests: an aptitude test and a logic test. I was then invited to attend one of the function talks, followed by an on-site reasoning test. The interview process consisted of meeting 3 senior staff. If they interview you one by one, they you will have 3 rounds of interviews. On the other hand, if they meet you at the same time, i.e. a panel interview, then you only have to go through one round.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you have to analyse different sources to come up with a solution. Answer Question
Associate Manager-CMK Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in September 2010.
Interview Details – On campus recruiting
First round: problem-solving test
Second round: interview - behavioural questions: tell us a time when...teamwork, creativity, leadership, persuasion, problem-solving.
Interview Question – Tell us a time when you need to adjust yourself professionally and personally? Answer Question
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