Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through other source. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
To Apply Online > Students > New College Graduates > Job Title > Location > Apply > Assessment > Initial Interview > Final Interview > Offer (assessment) Assessment is timed online test where you identify pattern and select the option that fits to complete the pattern.
- Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead. 1 Answer
- Tell me about a time when you set a goal and weren’t able to meet or achieve it. 1 Answer
- Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa). 1 Answer
- Give me an example of a time when you used your expertise to solve a problem, 1 Answer
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
long and intensive . Based on STAR questions.The firs interview is over the phone and then you are invited to go to the office for a formal interview in front of 3 to 5 people asking you question based on the STAR
- STAR question Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2015.
Set-up account online. Complete online application. Complete invitation to step 2 that includes a 67 question Management Assessment and a timed 15 question Reasoning Assessment. Step 3 is Phone Screen with current P&G employee. Contains 9 questions that must be answered in their format. Next step is another timed Reasoning Test taken at their General Offices. 40 questions this time.
- Tell me about a time when you set a goal and weren't able to meet or achieve it? Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
I interviewed on their website. They contacted me for a Reasoning Test in the office. The test contained 3 parts: Language, Math and Logic. If you are selected, they will send you a sample to practice. Then I was called for a super day. I had a first interview with a HR person then right after another interview with the head of HR. Both interviews were very pleasant.
- All fit questions, nothing unexpected. Logical part of the reasoning test was quite difficult but very feasible. Answer Question
Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in October 2014.
P&G prides itself on being an extremely tough company in regards to its hiring practices. After submitting an application, you are immediately prompted to take a portion of their reasoning test. According to their hiring managers, the reasoning test eliminates a significant portion of their candidates. The Customer Business Development Internship this year had 1800 applicants and 83 of us were invited to the Global Headquarters in Cincinnati for the final round.
As mentioned above, you will first submit and application that includes both your resume and cover letter. Upon submission of your application, you will then take the logic portion of their reasoning test. I suggest before taking it, you take the practice version that P&G provides on their website. It is extremely helpful. If you are invited to the phone interview next, please familiarize yourself with the CAR method of interviewing. This is how all of the subsequent interviews are structured so get prepared early. The questions are straightforward; however, I recommend that you list out examples before the interview so you have things to pull from.
Next, this comes the fun part! You get invited to the Customer Business Development Internship Conference at the P&G Headquarters in Cincinnati. All expenses are paid and the company is extremely hospitable from the time you arrive. You will get to meet the other candidates as well as P&G executives. The first thing you will do is take the full reasoning test. Once again, familiarize yourself with the format with the practice test on the P&G website. I thought the test onsite was much harder than the version on the website, especially the math portion. Next, you can breathe a little as you will go on a company tour and just learn a little bit more about the company. The next day you will do your final interview and have a farewell lunch. They say you will hear back in two weeks, but I heard back in 3 days.
Following acceptance of the internship, you must then submit to a background check and a drug test. These are both time sensitive tasks and upon passing both, you will submit to a medical evaluation. Those are your only pre-hire contingencies and afterwards you are officially an intern.
Overall, it is a long process, but well worth it. The company has a wonderful attitude and they stress choosing them, not them choosing you. It was an amazing experience and I was fortunate enough to receive an offer. I am extremely excited to begin my position this upcoming May! I encourage everyone to at least apply because whether you receive it or not, it is a great opportunity.
- Tell us about a time when you had to work with limited resources to accomplish a goal. Answer Question
There wasn't an opportunity to negotiate because it was an internship offer.
- No OfferNeutral Experience
The whole process took 3 weeks from start to finish. The interview was all behavior based questions. I think I lost the job only because the other girl knew someone that worked there.
- Tell me about a time when you had to make a quick decision. Answer Question
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
Applied through college career website and within a week received a phone interview. I had a friend who had worked there in the past so knew somewhat what to expect. For the questions about me, they asked about what I was proud of, a difficult team situation and how you solved that, and other standard things. My friend told me that they would also ask about a company whose marketing strategy I admire, which they did. Be ready for that one and to explain why in a detailed and thoughtful way
- They also asked about a company you think has a strong marketing strategy and to describe why Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
Online application process is tedious but used appropriately. After you pass the online exam and submission a phone interview follows. Next is an in person interview and then a final "marathon" interview at P&G with 4 to 5 people lasting upwards of 6 hours. The whole process takes about 3 months.
- The dreaded "mock sales call". Answer Question
Helpful (2)Declined Offer
I applied through their website after hearing about it at a career fair. When submitting the application you are given a reasoning test. Then should pass the test you are asked for a phone interview with either some working full-time in CBD or an HR rep. They take your test scores and interview into consideration and then you submit to the final round which is a two visit to their headquarters in Cincinnati. There is another reasoning test, 2 on 1 interview and a tour of the building. After a certain amount of time they will inform you of whether you were given an offer or not.
- "What is your overall opinion of Procter & Gamble." 1 Answer
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in November 2012.
Applied online (basic resume, cognitive assessment, etc) and was contacted for a phone interview. Phone interview lasted nearly 2 hours (though it was supposed to be only 45 minutes) and was a behavioral interview. Interviewer was very comfortable and natural. Asked me to answer questions using the CAR method (Context, Action, Results) and allowed me to take my time when responding. The reason the interview took so long was because he would often ask secondary questions to get more out of my initial response. At the end he even emailed me a link to P&G's interviewing tips/guidelines page and offered his assistance to review my first interview later on to help me prepare for my on-site interview if I was called back for one. After being called back for an on-site interview, I was able to speak with my initial phone interviewer to review opportunities for improvement from my first interview, which was extremely helpful and definitely made the on-site interview less intimidating.
On-site interview (as part of the CBD Intern Conference at HQ):
On-site interview was with 2 current employees in the CBD function. Lasted about 20 minutes and was very laid-back. They seemed to have access to the responses from my first interview and bounced questions off of that (and off of each other). Was not very repetitive of the phone interview. My impression was that the phone-interview was where they really made cuts whereas the on-site interview was more of just making sure the applicant is socially competent and can be relatable, professional, and personable. Interview was followed by a math competence test.
- Give an example of a time you had to challenge someone who had authority over you (not exact wording, but more or less the same idea) Answer Question
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