Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Applied through campus recruiter who I met at a career fair and online. Recruiter called to prep me for the assessment and personality tests. Somewhat difficult personality questions asking you what you would do in certain situations. In real life I would have done 2-3 of the given options, making it hard to choose between the answers.
- If you made a mistake, would you a) apologize b) fix the mistake c) acknowledge your mistake d) e) Answer Question
- Accepted OfferAccepted Offer
Need to have lots of real-life examples of problems solved, issues overcome, results achieved. They like to have answers in the CAR format - Context, Action, Results, with the most focus on your personal actions and the results
- NOt sure - it was too long ago that i interviewed Answer Question
- Declined OfferDeclined Offer
Interviewed on campus at college/university. The interview was mostly behavioral, nothing technical or too tricky. Interviewed in Cincinnati after that, again mostly behavioral with a few questions about marketing or brain teasers. Pretty straight forward interviewing stuff to be honest. Nothing to throw you off.
- What are you strengths and weaknesses? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in October 2013.
Behavioral interview. Questions are generally, "Tell me about a time when you..." No trick questions. They just want to understand your experiences and how you have handled situations in the past. Leadership is very important.
- No trick questions. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Ann Arbor, MI) in September 2012.
Mock Interview with P&G employee: Walk through Resume and then ask me " Tell me a time when..." questions. Lots of Follow-up questions, which are almost equal to another independent questions. 30 mins. As long as you have enough experience, it should be easy. Otherwise, no way to make up answers.
- Tell me a time when you need to change your work style. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in March 2012.
Applied through Alum Career Connector. Scheduled an on campus interview. Interview was behavioral and also focused on company culture. The recruiter was very nice but lacking genuine interest in the conversation. By the end of the interview, I felt like I was not going to fit in well with other employees. One month after the interview, I received a rejection letter.
- Describe a time when you had to convince people to change their mind. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in March 2011.
It was in a job fair. I had applied through the interenet cause they only accept internet applications and in the job fair after having done the 2 steps. Resume and Assesment & Skills test.. i was lightly interviewd by a recruiter. The people are very nice but they are very critical in what they are looking for. You have to be prepared. I am still in teh process, but what helped me was my knowledge of the company and the field.
- Why my major (marketing)? Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in October 2010.
I heard about the opportunity through an information session at my school. I applied online and got the first round interview. This included an interview orientation night with all of the people who made the first cut. My actual interview was with two people at P&G and me. Every question was "tell me about a time when..." and they wrote furiously during the interview. They literally wrote out C, A, R for every question- make sure you prepare answers using the context, action, and result. I thought the interview was difficult because many of the questions were not standard, like "What are your strengths and weakness", etc... It is really important to focus on the success drivers that are stated in the particular job description at P&G. Their culture is focused a lot on balancing teamwork and leadership.
- Tell me about yourself. Answer Question
- Tell me about a time when you introduced a modern way of thinking about something Answer Question
- Tell me about a time when you didn’t see eye to eye with someone Answer Question
- Tell me about a time when you led a team towards a common vision Answer Question
- Tell me about a time when you taught yourself a skill Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took a day – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in October 2010.
The interview process was pretty straightforward. I took the interview on campus. They had an information session the day before the interviews. Interview itself took around an hour and I was talking to two people. Most of the questions were behavioral, and they seemed very nice and were polite. 2 weeks after the interview I was given a call back.
- Tell me about a time when you had to make a sudden change to adapt to a new situation? Answer Question
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The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in November 2009.
My experience pertains to on campus recruiting for full time positions. I am unsure how useful this information will be for applicants other than undergrads and campus hires. I detail my experiences in chronological order of dealing with them.
1. Career Fair
I did not interact with representatives from Procter & Gamble at our campus' career fair. It did not appear to make much of a difference.
2. Online Screening and Reasoning Test
The online screening is exhaustive, and others here at glassdoor have detailed the experience accurately. The details of the online screening process are also detailed on the P&G website, and details are readily accessible by asking your campus recruiter(s).
If you are nervous about the online reasoning test, google the Procter & Gamble Reasoning test and you should be able to track down the practice test. They will send you this link AFTER you are invited to a second round interview, but it may come in handy to look it over before you take it online. Others may disagree, but I found the reasoning test fairly easy; I remember quit a few questions around percentage increases, decreases, discounts, and the like. You can't really study for the patterns portion. No worries if you do not finish on time. I didn't finish either the online portion or the second round interview one. Word is one only needs to score a 60%, so don't stress over this part.
3. First Round Interview (Two Interviewers, one hour and 15 minutes in length)
After a resume screen and the online assessment, I was invited to a first round on campus interview. The interviews themselves are fairly long, but also straightforward. No assessment centers, group exervises, or trick questions. Chances are you will be asked questions you have heard in other interviews. You can find these questions with a simple google/bing search of "Interview questions". So don't worry about the questions, worry about your answers. They will be listening very closely.
The interviewers seem fairly interested in you as a person, and there was a lot of stress on resume content, personal history and internship experiences. My two interviewers and I spent the first 15 minutes talking about ourselves. My impression was it would have been impossible to be invited to a 2nd round without at least one great internship -- in fact, I have never been asked about my studies or for my transcript (the latter will be turned in on my first day of work). If you have a record of leadership, great experiences outside of school, and you can communicate clearly how you produced substantial results in these experiences, you're in good shape. Also be ready to comminucate how you deal with deadlines, teams, people you have had to deal with who did not agree with or get along with you, and stress your ability to get results.
4. 2nd Round Interview (Three interviewers, over two hours in length for interview; 50 Minute Reasoning Test, two meals, and two informational meetings with CMK members)
After a week of anxious fretting, I was invited to the 2nd round interview in Cincinnati. This experience is a fun one, and, depending on your schedule, includes dinner, lunnch, and or breakfast. You'll be invited to a dinner the night before your interview date, and will do lunch or breakfast the next morning with a representative from your possible department. This all depends upon your schedule, and these two meetings before the actual interview will not affect whether or not you receive an offer. Within reason, of course, as I'm sure you could totally blow the whole thing if you reveal you're a steelers fan ;). Use the lunch, dinner, and/or breakfast meetings to find out more about the job, or the interview process itself. I was told I was not competing with anyone at this point, only myself.
The on-site proctored reasoning test was longer than the online portion, and I actually found it a bit more difficult than the online portion. Still nothing to be too worried about.
The on site and final interview was just like the first, save for a few differences. The three interviewers were, of course, different from those I interviewed with on campus, and there were three interviewers instead of 2. The questions were similar if not the same as those I were asked on campus.
- Tell me about a time when... 1 Answer
What others have said on glassdoor about P&G is true. There is no negotiating for these entry level positions. Salaries, bonus (there is none, but there is a handsome lump sum relocation package should you require it), days off, nothing is negotiable. Except start date. Even leveraging other, and higher offers did not get them to budge. The impression I got was that even if they didn't get you, they'd have dozens of other bright students to take your place.
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