Procter & Gamble Scientist Interview Questions

Updated Jun 5, 2015
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    R&D Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH).

    Interview

    The process focuses too much on what school you attended and "leadership" as though everyone aspires to be CEO. The screening questionnaire is designed not to assess people and give them a reasonable opportunity to show their value, but as "gotcha" questions with certain key words or phrases desired as answers.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a situation where you took leadership and solved a problem.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There wasn't one, but I learned that before I interviewed, they had already offered the job to someone else. That person declined their offer, so I was then offered.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Interview during recruiter campus visit, several phone interviews (about 2), interviews at the site in November

    Interview Questions

    • "Tell me about a time when you expertise or in-depth knowledge of a specific subject area enabled you to take charge and solve a problem, and what were the results?   Answer Question
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in February 2011.

    Interview

    There was an initial campus interview which was a one on one. Then I went to the website to look for positions which I applied for. Then I had a phone interview with two people on the phone. Then I was invited out for an onsite interview. There was a 1hr presentation on my research work and then most of the most of the Questions were about individual contributions to projects and leadership skills.

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    R&D Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Heard from them through an info session at my college. Applied online and took both tests. I was contacted by them the next day and was asked to be interviewed the following day. Interview lasted an hour.

    Interview Questions

    • basic questions like tell me about yourself, a time when you taught somebody something, etc.   Answer Question
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in May 2010.

    Interview

    I was contacted by the recruiting person that directed me to a online test that consisted of behavioral question regarding to leadership, creativity, etc. Next day I was contacted by a senior scientist of the division who interviewed me by phone. The phone interview lasted about 1 hour and 30 minutes. First part of the interview I was asked about my research, than all behavioral questions like "tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a colleague".
    The next phase I was invited for a onsite interview.
    I had a dinner the night before the day visit.
    I gave a seminar to about 15 people about my research. I was interviewed by many scientists and also had some project discussions

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when, if you had been more flexible, things would have worked out better.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you have different opinions from someone how did you handle the situation   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didnt negotiate, the offer was very good.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Three weeks after applying online to a posted position, I was contacted to completed a "success drivers" assessment and to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about an hour and consisted of behavioral-based "success drivers" type questions.I was invited for an on-site interview a week later, and this interview consisted of a 1-hr long presentation followed by project discussions and more interviews for the remainder of the day. The interviews and project discussions were with the associate directors and directors. Much of the questions during the interviews were again behavioral-based "success drivers" type questions. These questions are not easy to prepare for, and in order to perform well, one must be able to provide an articulate, intelligent and concise response to the question. I was given an offer the following week.

    Interview Questions

    • If you could relive your life all over again, what would you do differently, in terms of education or career choices?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    My attempt to negotiate a higher salary or signing bonus was not successful. The company seems to be pretty rigid with compensation. Not once during my interview did anyone ask what my salary expectations were and what my salary with my current employer was.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Gave phone interview to scientist applicant. Asked standard battery of questions regarding skills for the Scientist role (e.g. specific to microscopy - so what type of experience the person had - # years, types of instruments, what they used the most etc.). Asked what they look for in an ideal job - i.e. Do they expect to work in a lab most of the time, some of the time (what %), how much they like to manage projects, do basic research, write up reports/results. etc.

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    • What is the one thing, I did not ask about you, but I should have asked about you? (Asked at end of interview).   1 Answer
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in December 2009.

    Interview

    I submitted my application online in august. A senior engineer from P&G approached me and did a phone interview few weeks later. Then, several other scientists from the same group called me and asked me all sorts of questions again and again. After 5~6 round phone interview, they finally agreed to give me an on-site interview. That was already October. I arrived one day before the interview day, and had a nice dinner with few members of the group. Since I've spoken with most of them on phone, the dinner was quite easy, I actually enjoyed the conversion with them. In the 2nd day, I gave a 45 minutes presentation to some 40+ people (everyone had an evaluation form) from their R&D center. Then ...a panel interview ..all interviewers are senior technique managers . Then one to one interview by all members (6 rounds) of the group I applied for. Everyone came in with an evaluation form. During the process, I also had a lunch meeting with the director of R&D center. The lunch meeting went not very well. I think that's the reason I did not get a offer

    Interview Questions

    • First question: Tell me about yourself.   Answer Question
    • Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How did you resolve it?   Answer Question
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2009.

    Interview

    I posted my resume to a general resume book compiled by my department. The recruiter said she asked certain departments for the resume book and contacts the people she would like to interview. She and I happened to follow a similar educational path (we attended the same higher education schools) so that was a starting point for the conversation. She first asked me to describe my research in 6-8 minutes and since she and I worked in completely different fields, she stopped to ask me questions and it took closer to 20 minutes. I tried to apologize and she said I clearly showed enthusiasm and excitement about my research. She also asked me what I'm most proud of and times when I've led a team. At the end, she told me to go and specifically apply for certain jobs she thought I would be good for through the P&G website.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble.

    Interview

    I had interviews with several colleagues from different roles. Overall, very positive experience. My interview lasted the whole day, but everyone was very friendly and supportive. Most questions were behavioural- based. After the interview, I also had to make presentation about my previous work experience in front of the team, followed by questions.

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