Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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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.
- 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
I applied online – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
Phone interview, supervised reasoning test, interview with two people. Follows the CAR format - context, action, result.
- Name a time when you had to make a split second decision. Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in October 2013.
Apply with a logic and reasoning test. If you pass you get a phone interview. After that you interview at the HQ, they fly you out with all expenses covered. There you take a similar test again but on paper. then move on to a panel interview.
- Name a time you acompished something with little resources. Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in September 2013.
I went through on campus recruiting. I applied online, and had to do an online assessment. I was chosen to move on to the next round which was a math/logic test and an on campus interview. ALL of the questions in the interview were about their success drivers. They literally went down the list of them and asked me to describe a time when I displayed each driver, which was pretty exhausting.
- What is an example of a strong brand and what is an example of a weak brand? Answer Question
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
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I applied online – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
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.
- Give an example when you used quantitate to predict a trend Answer Question
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The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in November 2011.
The interview process for the finance internship is quite extensive. It begins by taking the online personality test followed by the reasoning test. If you pass both, P&G will then email you within 2 weeks regarding the next step in the process, the phone interviews. I had two, both were women at the associate director and director levels. They were about two weeks apart, and you must pass the first one to get to the second.
Assuming you pass both phone interviews you will be notified via email to come to P&G's headquarters in cincinnati for your final round of interviews. They pay for all travel expenses, as well as food and lodging. The night before your in-person interviews, a fellow P&G finance employee will take you out to dinner to answer any last minute questions you might have, NOTE: this is not another interview, simply a laid back Q&A and is extremely beneficial. Btw, the restaurants they take you to are some of the nicest in the city.
In the morning you will report to the main lobby where you will meet up with an HR employee who will show you around and introduce you to other employees. Before any interviews, you will be asked to take another reasoning test ( similar to the online version but more difficult), you should definitely prepare for this before hand (they will send you a link for a practice exam after your phone interviews). You MUST pass this to get a job offer. Once that is done you will be taken to your first 1:1 interview. Immediately following that you will do another 1:1 interview. Each interview (phone and in person is approx one hour in length).
When both interviews are over, you will be taken out to lunch by a finance employee. P&G tries to mach your personality with the person taking you out to lunch which is really nice.
P&G will contact you anywhere from an hour after you leave up to two weeks later to offer you the position (they called me an hour after).
Two weeks later they will ask you to complete a drug screen. IT IS A HAIR FOLLICLE DRUG TEST SO PREPARE YOURSELF AHEAD OF TIME!!!
That's pretty much it. Good luck!
- Give an example of when you had to analyze a lot of data and find the most important parts? Answer Question
- Give an example of when you displayed leadership Answer Question
- Give an example of when something significant was accomplished that you made happen Answer Question
- Give an example of when you were challenged by mulitple competing priorities? how did you overcome this? describe your results. Answer Question
The salery they offer you is between $1,800-2,000 bi weekly. It is one of the best paying internships I know of.
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in May 2011.
I applied at P&G on a whim in February, and then heard nothing from them. A friend of mine sent out feelers in mid April (I didn't follow up as I'd secured another position) only to learn that I had applied to the wrong job posting, of two identical job postings. They rectified the mistake and transferred online test scores to the new account and then the phone interviews commenced.
The phone interviews were extremely laid back. P&G cares about hiring passionate employees, so make sure you're passionate in a relevant way. If you can find a way to make them intrigued and display your passion after passing the online tests, nothing should be that difficult. My main point of discussion for most of the 2 phone interviews was something that isn't mentioned on my resume, and will probably never have a place on my resume, so I'd guess they liked that I was able to speak about it so fluently and clearly frame my answers (STAR/CAR method).
For the onsite they flew me to Cincinnati, paid for transit to and from the airport, paid for 4 meals, and put me up in the Westin Hotel.
The onsite interview consisted of another intelligence test (pattern recognition in shapes, deductive reasoning word problems, and math word problems if i remember right) that was around 40 questions in 60 minutes.
After that I had a 1:1 sit down with a guy to talk about where he was in the company and answer any questions I had. I had some good questions, but I was still reeling in awe at the magnitude of a company 130k people strong that sells basic consumer goods and how people can find their place in it.
Then I had a interview with a couple guys. One was asking behavioral questions, the other was a bit more technical. It was similar to the phone interviews, but they pretty much hit point for point on my resume. It ended with the more technical interviewer asking me "So why should we hire you?" I was a little taken aback at first, but then I thanked him for being direct and said something about how i want to provide creative solutions that bring value to a company. I then had a few questions prepared for them that I asked.
That ended, and then another guy came in to tell me about what he did. He pretty clearly articulated what he did and I was becoming strapped for questions. We ended and then I went out to lunch with a nice young guy who would turn out to be my manager. It was extremely informal, which is good as I was exhausted. He asked me if I wanted to meet his first manager, and I hopped on the opportunity (no matter how tired you are, it's usually best to network as much as possible). I had a quick discussion with her about her positions and Cincinnati as a town, and then she escorted me out the door.
There were not too subtle differences in the salaries of the interns (they ranged from 1800-2000+ bi-weekly). We couldn't pin-point the reason for this. P&G offers nice relocation packages. Perhaps salary can be negotiated with some effort, but I'd bet relocation is a constant- they also take into account families, transportation, and other needs.
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The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in December 2009.
P&G is one of the toughest companies to get into--apparently it is easier to get into Harvard. I started the process at a large minority conference. The hardest part by far are the initial online cognitive screenings----one is kind of like a personality test and the other is definitely a part of an IQ test. If you don't pass the online IQ portion of the test, you will definitely not move on to the interview. Thankfully, I was given a heads up about this because most people assume the online test is not that big of a deal. You should definitely take it in a quiet place where you can have maximum focus with no interruptions. I did a 1:1 inteview at the conference and then was invited to a hospitality event where I got to meet top executives. I was told during the conference my next step would be a day visit where they fly me out to Cincinnati. Unfortunately, they were a bit too excited about my candidacy--as that step only occurs for full-time candidiates. Internship positions only get phone interviews. Nearly a month later, I had two phone interviews---panel style and 1:1 with the main recruiter. And FINALLY, after all of that, you are asking to confirm your original assessments by taking a pencil/paper test (folks have lovingly dubbed it the P&GMAT). It's more of the same cognitive IQ reasoning PLUS critical thinking and some math. This takes some time to get set up because they have to find a remote location that is also proctored (unless you live in Cincin). Sometimes they use their satelitte offices for this--so be prepared to drive. After finally passing that, I got an offer for the position. Immediately after offer you get info on drug test and extensive background check. Drug test is a hair test.
- Typical Resume walk using the SAR/STAR method. All behavioral questions--no surprises. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
This is a dream company for someone interested in Consumer Products/Brand Management. However, be prepared to move to Cincinnati as that is where their headquarters are and where most people start out. The summer program doesn't offer many perks--no corporate housing even though the vast majority of interns are out of state but they will pay to ship your car and things back and forth. You have to figure out housing on your own (and pay for it too) although they do provide some assistance with a website etc. At the end of the day, I couldn't make the committment to move just yet---especially not when I would have to pay two rents for the summer. This was the toughest decision I've ever made!
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The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in November 2009.
They had an on campus interview with 2 interviewers. After that if you were accepted for a second interview they bring you down to Cincinnati to interview at their offices. They treat you pretty well by arranging a younger employee to take you out to dinner the night before and answer any questions you have. Then the day of the interview you are there with about a group of 4. The morning starts off by taking an hour long logic test that is similar to the mandatory test when applying online. Then there are two separate 1:1 interviews. They asked just behavioral based questions. All about "tell me a time". The two interviewers were pretty different. One guy asked about 12 questions in the base of a half hour, many almost exactly the same, and it becomes very difficult to think of different examples to use. Some examples are "tell me a time when you had to lead a group" "tell me a time when you saw a need in a change in direction and what you did" "tell me a time when you had a difficult problem to solve" "tell me a time when you had to work with a difficult person and how you handled it"
- Tell me a time when you had a lot of data to analyze and how you went about it. Answer Question
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