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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in November 2014.
I applied on campus and the first round was a phone interview. Not conversational at all, basically just ask and answer. It was about 15-20 mins but I felt it went very quick. The questions were all behavior questions, but some of my friends got accounting questions. I would say the interview was easy, but I was not well-prepared.
- Give me an example of your teamwork? Have you used Excel in any of your intern? and describe? Answer Question
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in July 2014.
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.
- Describe a situation where you were faced with a conflict and how you worked to resolve it 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult 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.
- Tell me about a time you anticipating a consumer need. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in January 2014.
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.
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY).
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.
- 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
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in November 2013.
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.
- No difficult questions Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in July 2013.
Phone interview with HR, followed by in-person panel interview in NYC office. HR phone interview screen for skills and advised that willingness to relocate anywhere was a prerequisite. Therefore, you need to demonstrate flexibility for career path into different functional areas, as well as geographical flexibility. When arriving to NYC for in-person interview, HR person took me to a conference room where two people interviewed me. The questions were situational and the experience was pleasant.
- HR person surprised me when asking if I had my presentation ready when she took me to the interview room. I asked her what she was talking about, and she said her email had advised me that I'd need to create and present an catman example to my interviewers, and that I was supposed to have hard copies for them. (I subsequently checked my emails, and confirmed that there was no mention of a presentation). After the interviews, she told me that she double checked her records, and that this position did not require a presentation. 2 Answers
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in May 2011.
The HR department was quite disorganized wiith the hiring and screening process. It took them over two months to issue out interview schedule after the deadline of the application. It took them over one month to issue out job offer notification after the interview. Scheduling was terrible; poor communication with interview candidates; no notification that there could be an interview that is to be done over phone rather an in-person meeting. The worst part was that when following up via phone. I get no return phone calls after leaving voicemails. When it is on the phone, they had no idea how far the screening process has progressed or how long it will take to give a definite answer. Very disappointed with the logistics and workflow of the HR department of a Fortune 500 company. Quite the surprise and unexpected! Interview asked many behavioral questions and background. Interviewers are are very courteous and professional in manner.
- How would you handle a difficult problem at hand with a team of people? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in April 2011.
I applied through my college recruiting system and got a response from an HR person for a on-site interview. Ended up being interviewed by 4 people total, half hour each. The questions were rather simple and mostly covered my qualifications, details about my resume and plans for future. Everybody was extremely nice and the whole interview process didn't feel formal, which reflects the overall culture of the company.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Colgate-Palmolive (New York, NY) in August 2009.
You see several people within the day. It usually lasts at least several hours. Depending on the position, the minimum number people you are being interviewed is about 5, sometimes 6 people. Do not expect an instant feedback as the company takes a very long time making a decision on hiring.
- Give me an example when you have implemented something. What did you do and what was the result? Answer Question
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