Procter & Gamble Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 24, 2015
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    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    There are 5 stages to the P&G application process. As P&G often hires it graduates from the interns, you have to go through the full 5 stages to get an internship at P&G. The best interns get a job offer on the last day of their internship. This is based on their culture fit with the company, quality of their 3 projects and how they performed in the mid-term and final review (in-front of 3 managers). After passing the CV selection and online test stages, you will have your first telephone interview. This will be competency based (as all P&G interviews). Here you will we asked question about your CV and experiences (tell me about a time you showed initiative, leadership, faced a difficult problem, etc.) This will be with a sales person so make sure that you have some sales related questions at the end. After this interview, you will have the assessment test at the P&G office. Which is not difficult but the time you get is very short. So practise online before you take it. Depending on whether your pass or fail this test you will enter the last 2 stages of the application process, two final interviews. The first interview is with a panel of 2 or 3 managers and the second interview is with a senior manager. These interviews are very similar and will again focus on competency based questions, make sure you know the P&G success drivers very well and can provide personal examples for each of them. I didn't get any P&G related question, they really focus on who you are and what you have learned from your experiences. Just be honest, have relevant examples and answer their question in a structured manner (STAR or CAR approach) and you will be fine. And of course ask questions at the end of the interview and know why you want to do sales. The whole interview process is very professional and they will make you feel comfortable, so no worries.

    Interview Questions

    • - Tell me about a time you showed leadership - Tell me about a time you had to solve a difficult problem - Tell me about a time you failed - Tell me about a time you had to deal with limited resources - Tell me about a time you had to take different perspectives into account to solve a problem   Answer Question
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    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Procter & Gamble (London, England (UK)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I had to take several online tests: reasoning test that were quite easy and management skills tests. Both were straight forward, the management skills one took much longer than suggested. Got a call after a few days saying I had a phone interview. They said I it should take 30 minutes but it was only 3 questions and took 15. All behavioral ones.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to work with limited resources   Answer Question
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    Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble.

    Interview

    - Paper based Reasoning Test at the university (currently you can do it online... i think) - Online Test -> competency, fit with organisation culture - Screening Interview -> with two senior managers. - Comprehensive Interview -> with four senior managers

    Interview Questions

    • - How did you manage your difficult time, handling many complicate tasks at once ? - Manage the team that all members have a very strong personality... How? and if you counter with the setback, how did you manage that? Give an example - Describe the extracurricular activities that you did during your undergrad Please make sure that you have a very solid example (2 at least) when you do an interview with the company.   Answer Question
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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I applied to join the Day in the Life of a Finance and Accounting manager and was successfully put through to the telephone interview. The interviewer was very informative, discussing what the layout would be on the phone. The questions were all competency, following P&G's success drivers and it was mainly circulated around there values. After that, I was successful in being invited for the event and I will get the opportunity to be interviewed again for the summer internship.

    Interview Questions

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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online. Had online tests then called to invite me to a phone interview. Competency based phone interview after applying online. Lasted around 50 minutes. Caller explained the values they look for then asked if I had examples of it. Easy to prepare for.

    Interview Questions

    • When have you demonstrated your ability to listen well?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    n/a

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    R&D Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2014.

    Interview

    Very short and easy application process relative to other schemes I've applied to. Firstly, a fairly basic online application form. No capability-based questions, nothing time consuming, just simple questions about you and your education. Next step was the standard online tests, of which I believe there to have been two. This follows the published process on the company website, however subsequent steps differed significantly. Specifically, I was invited to an event at my university campus (which was great, no effort required) where I had to sit a 65 minute numerical test. Nothing unusual, same format as the online version. They will check ID to make sure you are who you say, and you are notified of success/failure immediately afterwards (they ask you to leave the room for ten minutes or so). I had my interview directly afterwards, which was with two members of the R&D team. This was my final step; unlike what is outlined on the website, I had one interview in total, not initial and final; this was because two independent opinions were formed in one go, a requirement for employment with P&G (they each make their own minds up separately and compare afterwards). The most important advice I can give regarding the interview would be not to worry about researching the company, market shares, brands etc too much. Unlike other interviews, I was not asked a single question about the company or why I wanted to join it, so know the very basics but not much more is required. The entire hour or so was spent discussing 9 examples of behaviours they wanted evidence of; they would generally ask for two examples per desired competence. Specifically, I was asked about when I'd shown leadership, overcome obstacles, shown drive and motivation, suffered a setback and persevered, etc. It's all in line with their three principles, agility of mind etc, discussed in depth on the website, but once again you don't need to know them. Very much about your experiences, not what you know, nothing technical whatsoever. Know what you've done, and what you learned from it. I heard back three weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • Provide an example of when you've successfully delivered a result when working with someone who didn't like you, or who you didn't like.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate, salary was very generous for an internship position.

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2014.

    Interview

    Application through the Day in a Life of a Finance and Accounting Manager Scheme. You send a cover letter (really optional, unless you have odd gaps in your CV) and a CV. Then there are some odd questions about achievements in school etc, and then a set of shape based IQ questions - Raven's Matrices. I then had a phone interview, for which I was given 24 hours notice. I imagine this would have been negotiable if necessary - they suggested an interview 1 hour after they called, which I pushed forward to the next day. I was then invited to interview. The first day is technically non-assessed and consists of some talks by senior staff, some role plays, and a 2 hour case study. You then present the case study to senior members of staff. There is then a dinner in the evening - get a good night's sleep before hand it is a VERY long day! (8:30am to 10:30pm, talking pretty much solidly). The next day there are repeats of the IQ tests, plus verbal and numerical reasoning. I believe these are usually done the previous day. If you fail these you are sent home. Then you have 2 interviews. The first, in the morning, is with one interviewer, and the second, in the afternoon is with two. Both are fairly similar, competency based interviews. I was asked about the most difficult challenge i had faced, and a time when I had failed, as well as various other normal ones - when I had led a team etc etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult challenge I had faced, and when I had failed.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate.

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    Senior Engineer R&D Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Procter & Gamble.

    Interview

    Via an internship. Internships are a very common method for P&G to recruit to R&D and seems a mutually satisfactory process. The interviews for the internship was quite demanding and focussed and all applicants had to pass a basic reasoning test. Once the job offer was made there was a choice as to location and start date.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewer was mostly focussed on understanding examples of personal initiative with very little asked about the company or the line of business.   Answer Question
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    CBD Summer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Weybridge, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Weybridge, England (UK)).

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you encountered a difficult situation.   Answer Question
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