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Cost Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in May 2010.
Interview Details – Online Screening, Written test, 3 interviews and medicals before an offer is made. Interviewing with P&G or any multinationals requires a lot of patience. The three face to face interviews includes scenerio questions about your past experiences.
Interview Question – Describe a time you had a difficult decision to make. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None. No room for negotiation for me.
Production Planner Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in June 2013.
Interview Details – Via agency, took one week, an interview of 1 hour with direct manager
Interview Question – Previous experience, achievements and training skills Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Working hours and place
Researcher Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in January 2010.
Interview Details – Verbal reasoning test, numerical reasoning test, abstract reasoning test, online application, online assessment of personality and panel interview.
Interview Question – Asked questions which required me to state the cause of the situation, the action taken and then the result for some scenarios. Answer Question
CBD Summer Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Procter & Gamble.
Interview Details – After passing through the online tests and a 1:1 phone interview (competency based - very structured, I had about 4 questions and used different experiences), you will be invited to the visit day. There will be a test in the morning (3 sections - numeracy, verbal, logicial) 40 questions in 65 minutes; it will be no problem completing if you passed through the first round and have experience in simple SHL. Because it is rather easy, the benchmark is high - I reckon you need to get about 80%+ correct, as one guy was asked to leave after the tests. You will then have lunch with a graduate and it is totally informal! First round interviews will then begin, it will be between 2-3 people and largely competency based. One interviewer will lead and the other interviewer will support and ask different follow up questions. Be sure to give eye contact to both. Then you would wait in the room while the interviewers decide and HR will tell you yes/no. So I got a yes and moved to the final round that was 1 to 1. It was by someone more senior but still largely competency based though this time he innovated on the questions a little bit and did a bit of CV/personality type of interviewing through the competencies.
All of them were conducted by CBD personell so do use the opportunity to show your commercial awareness.
Interview Question – I kept being asked repeatedly about certain competencies and interviewers would ask for other examples, so you have to be able to have many examples or link them differently. Answer Question
Process Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I interviewed at Procter & Gamble in February 2013.
Interview Details – Straightforward interview process: online application form, online logical reasoning test, paper based logical reasoning test, 45 minutes competency interview. Very friendly interviewers, told me to relax and enjoy the interview as they just wanted to get to know me better. All of the questions were competency based. It went well with no uncomfortable questions at all.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you faced an ethical conflict in a business situation. Answer Question
Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2009.
Interview Details – after online application, there is an online test to determine compatibility with the company. Once you clear that, there was a written aptitude test. Clearing that, there is the interview session (at least 2 interviewers).
The whole process (application to getting the offer) is about 6 - 7 weeks affair.
Interview Question – nothing that was very difficult or unexpected. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Procter & Gamble
Interview Details – 2 interviews in total. One 1-on-1 and One 2-on-1. The order is not fixed. Both interviews are competencies based.
Before the first interview, you will need to do a numerical, verbal and logical test on paper. If you pass on the day, you will be invited to the interview straight away.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you encountered a difficult situation. Answer Question
Research and Development Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in December 2012.
Interview Details – Online test, two hour long 1:1 interviews, another written test. Interviewers were friendly and pleasant, but asked very quick questions and every single questions required at least one example to illustrate your point. Don't be afraid to re-use your examples as they asked at least 15 different questions and obviously most people won't have 15 different 'team-building' or 'leadership' examples. The questions did get quite tiresome after a while, especially as the two interviewers didn't consult each other on previously asked questions and so I found myself having to answer the same questions between interviews. The written test was very similar to the online one but slightly harder and longer, it averages to about one minute per question. Some very wordy logic questions at the end.
Interview Question – Which past failure do you most regret? Answer Question
Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in June 2009.
Interview Details – Competency based interview.
Interview Question – Aptitude tests were very quickfire View Answer
Negotiation Details – Make a dispassionate case for a figure with evidence.
Information & Decision Solutions Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Procter & Gamble in January 2013.
Interview Details – Phone Interview - This is probably one of the harder phone interviews I have done because it was so extensive. Rather than lasting around 30 mins, I was told the interview would last an hour and it ended up running to around an hour and a half. Every question asked was followed by 5 or so follow up questions - it was extremely thorough. However the guy interviewing me was really friendly and seemed to really understand that it was a two way process and that I wanted to know that P&G was a good fit for me. I was asked about my biggest achievement, how i prioritise, great team working, bad team working, solving conflict, why i was keen about IDS, leadership leadership leadership!!
Assessment day - You sit a round of testing again (after being taken to lunch if you have an afternoon session) which isn't too difficult - the practice they give you is obviously extremely easy in comparison so do not use that as your benchmark.
The interview itself was extremely different from what I was expecting. I was interviewed by P&G when I was trying to get an internship the year before and I had a 1:1 interview and a 2:1 interview. Both were clear and structured with specific questions from a booklet being asked. This time was different - I only had one 2:1 interview (perhaps because of the heavy snow during my visit) and it was more of a conversation for an hour. They had booklet with clear things they had to ask but they started off by just asking me to tell them about what i done in my previous summer internship and they then went on with followed up questions. This made the interview good and bad at the same time. It was more relaxing and I really felt like I was able to show my personality and chat to the itnerviewers. However it was difficult in that as I wasn't getting specific questions I did not know what they were looking for and therefore could tailor or slant my answers to fit. However they must have liked what I said!
I was asked about the activities on my CV (mostly university societies), my previous part time jobs, how I deal with change, how i implement changes, ask extensively about activites during my summer placement which had elements of time management, project management and lots on team work. I was not asked something I could easily identify as a leadership question but i know this is very important to them so i weaved it throughout my answers.
Surprisingly, in neither interview was I asked why P&G or why me. However both times I was given the opportunity to add anything I wanted to say so I used that to show my passion for the company and why I was a good fit.
Interview Question – No difficult questions - just the format of the interview caught me off guard. Answer Question
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