Bunge Limited Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Human Resources Position Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bunge Limited in January 2011.
Interview Details – Relatively easy process. Started with recruiter and ended with hiring managers. Recruiter to HR Talent Acquisition Manager to Hiring Managers to colleagues to learn about the role and needs and clarify the backgrounds of those reporting to and working with.
Interview Question – How do you feel about working for a foreign owned company View Answer
Negotiation Details – Some wiggle room to negotiate salary and time off
Management Trainee (Finance) Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Bunge Limited in April 2013.
Interview Details – 1st round interview: HR + 3 Finance team members
1. Among all those internships or employment that you have done, which allows you to learn the most? Why?
2. Throughout your course of studies, which module that you enjoy the most? Why?
3. Do you prefer qualitative or quantitative work?
4. Feedbacks given by your supervisors regarding your internship performance?
5. What is the statistical software that you are skillful at?
6. For your research project on bank’s capital ratio, describe the process you undertake the project? How and where do you gather the data? How do you think the effectiveness of Basel regulations? Do you think the suggestion that you gave at the end of the project is practical in real world?
7. When you first arrived at Singapore, what did you do to cope with the new environment?
8. Among compensation, career progression and prospect of learning, how will you rank them in your career selection? Why?
2nd round interview: Corporate Controller + Treasurer
9.. What did you learn from your academic exchange programme?
10. Bunge is a global business, how interested are you in overseas assignment or relocation?
11. Tell me an experience that define yourself as a person or incident that demonstrates your philosophy?
12. How do you comment on the complaints of Singaporeans about inflow of foreigner stealing their jobs?
13. Do you know any knowledge of financial modeling?
14. Why are you interested in agribusiness industry?
15. You have proved yourself to your parents for the “studying” phase. What is next you want to prove to them?
Final round interview: CFO (Sonny Choong)
16. Tell me something about Bunge that I don’t know?
17. What do you understand Bunge does in Singapore context?
18. Current developments and biggest challenge facing Bunge?
19. You have interacted with several interviewers before this round. What do you think our management trainee programme is able to offer you at the end?
Interview Question – 1. Tell me something about Bunge that I don’t know?
2. Tell me an experience that define yourself as a person or incident that demonstrates your philosophy? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Being one of the Big 4 in the agribusiness commodity industry, I was disappointed by the surprisingly low pay offered by Bunge for its Management Trainee. It was not even on par with the current market rate of starting pay for fresh graduate in Singapore. Nonetheless, I did recognize that the career prospect and progression could be positive for working with Bunge. It was just a matter of perception difference about the pay among fresh graduates.
Trader Trainee Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bunge Limited in April 2012.
Interview Details – First I was working in a local office then they sent me to this trader trainee program
Interview Question – Interview was quite friendly there weren't much technical questions but you should know about agricultural markets Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Bunge Limited.
Interview Details – face to face interview with 3 staff including the manager
Interview Question – Expected questions such as what are your strengths and weaknesses Answer Question
Management Trainee (Trading) Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bunge Limited.
Interview Details – Interviewed for an Asia Trading position in the Management Trainee Program. Had 3 rounds and talked with traders and HR. Questions are mostly fit-based and to gauge my passion in trading.
Was offered a position on the same day the final interview was concluded, which I accepted. 3 weeks later, when I went to sign the contract, Bunge rescinded on the original offer, took on another candidate for trading and re-offered a back office position.
It's a massive show of unprofessionalism by a company that has been lauded as one of the big 4 of agri trading. Needless to say, I turned them down and have now found a better paying front office job with greater prospects.
My takeaway from this incident: If Bunge can be unprofessional today, it will get even worse once you join the company. Be thankful that you find out early and don't shortchange yourself by accepting something lesser. There's better opportunities out there.
Interview Question – Should physical commodity houses trade using fundamentals or technicals? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Not the position that I desire. Initially planned to approach the MD who hired me to argue my case, but changed my mind when I realised that I cannot work at a company without integrity and a basic respect for employees. Remember to have baselines when choosing your employer.
Young Engineer Trainee Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Bunge Limited in November 2011.
Interview Details – The interview went quite well. Most important of all the interviewers and also the GM(who asked me to introduce myself to him before he actually offered me the job sometime after all the interviews were over) tried to keep me comfortable throughout our discussion. There were questions about my projects and also those from my related technical subjects.
Interview Question – What i liked most about the company View Answer
Reason for Declining – I'd love to work with Bunge but had plans for M.S. which is why i declined it.