Colgate-Palmolive Interview Questions

Updated Jul 1, 2015
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    Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Colgate-Palmolive in July 2014.

    Interview

    When being interviewed, make sure to bring your resume even though they have a copy of it. They ask you a series of questions of different ways you've applied yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and why Colgate?

    Interview Questions

    • They were all fairly easy as long as you have experience with working with different groups of people and different situations you may have been put in   Answer Question
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    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in July 2014.

    Interview

    The interview was conducted as a Competency Based Interview where the panel of interviewers typically asks the candidate to describe situations which will ultimately result in a response that will highlight competency and skill set appropriate for success in the job applied for.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you were faced with a conflict and how you worked to resolve it   1 Answer
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    Research and Development Co-op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Piscataway, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (Piscataway, NJ) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Standard interview questions - I met with a manager and a Research Associate and it was done rather quickly. The best way to get your foot in the door at CP is to know someone.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical interview questions - strengths and weaknesses, what are your lab experiences, etc   Answer Question
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Contacted for an initial phone screen- no surprising questions there. She was very nice, but the interview seemed to go very fast. I wasn't expecting to, but I received a follow up email a week later requesting to set up another interview session (4 separate 1/2 hour interviews with 1-2 people interviewing for each one). I didnt feel like the professionals I spoke with were very enthusiastic about their career even when I asked them questions about themselves/the company/etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you anticipating a consumer need.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rutgers, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (Rutgers, NJ) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I went to my university's career fair and spoke with the recruiter who was extremely nice. I was asked a few questions , minimum GPA etc. Was contacted later that day and told I had gotten the intern position. Great experience overall!

    Interview Questions

    • Are you familiar with certain lab techniques.   1 Answer
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    IT Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (Newark, NJ) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Very professional interview. Technical and behavioral all in the same day. 45 minutes a piece.

    Interview Questions

    • In code, or pseudo-code, of your choice, write any sorting algorithm.   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer

    Interview

    Typical behavioral questions. Asked about skills on resume. So don't lie!

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about Excel and how to do a certain thing on there   Answer Question
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    Global Marketing Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Applied & interviewed through campus recruiting. Had several networking events first, then had 1 45-minute first round interview with a Senior Mgr., & 2 45-minute second (and final)-round interviews, one with a Senior Mgr. and one with an HR mgr.
    Interviews were heavily fit-based - - they basically try to make sure that you will fit with the culture more so than try to figure out your experience (though, my experience aligned well with the role I was applying for.) They also certainly will ask questions regarding any "holes" in your skill set - - i.e. I have a quant background, so they asked for times I had to work creatively. (The reverse is true for friends of mine who interviewed without data analysis backgrounds.) Overall, they want you to do well & it was conversational in nature.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with ambiguity.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you worked on a difficult team & how you worked through conflict.   Answer Question
    • What accomplishment are you most proud of?   Answer Question
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    Assistant Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Had a HR telephone call which went for about 45 minutes. It was very conversational and I really enjoyed it. Opened with the classic 'Tell me about yourself' and then went into various aspects of the role. I asked questions about a few people I knew who worked there (and that she knew) and what opportunities are available.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewed focused a bit more on 'big data' analytics than I originally expected. It's a core focus on my MBA and my summer internship before hand so was able to work through this.   Answer Question
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    Corporate Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I received a phone interview from HR in October 2013. The interview lasted for 30 minutes. A couple of days after the phone interview I got onsite interview invitation. In onsite interview I met two Corporate Finance managers and one HR manager. The whole interview process was very casual. I got the offer in the next week.

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