I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at General Mills in January 2010.
Interview Details – Long process with several tests, including troubleshooting, psychological, math, and personality tests; only about 1- 5% of applicants get hired. Team building test involving building a box in a team environment and evaluated by several team members. It took several months to get hired. Also, included drug test and background check.
Interview Question – Asked about electrical troubleshooting but did not have experience in that field. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No real negotiation
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – First Round- on campus interview
Second Round- on campus interview - personality and iQ tests
Final Round- office visit in MN.
Offer made a month after the office visit.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you missed a deadline and how you handled the situation. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – First contact was made by a recruiter via email. The recruiter expressed interest in pursuing my candidacy and scheduled an initial phone interview for the following week. The interviewer was very personable and friendly. The interview itself, which was expected to last 30 min but went nearly an hour, was quite informal and laid-back. I was asked four separate (albeit related) questions, all of which were behavioral. I was also given the opportunity to ask several questions. I'd say the breakdown was about 70/30 in terms of the time spent answering vs. asking questions. Some tips for the first round:
- Find a list of commonly asked behavioral-based interview questions. These lists can be very extensive and will include both positively- and negatively-framed questions. Narrow down that list by selecting a small handful of questions (maybe around 6-10) on which to focus.
- When formulating your answers, it helps to use a "storytelling" approach (structured in the STAR format). Not only will this help when it comes time to recall answers to specific questions, it will also make those answers more engaging from the perspective of the interviewer(s).
- Be sure to include an even mixture of the positively- and negatively-framed questions. Try to select questions that demonstrate/highlight your experience with typical, yet important, aspects of most jobs, such as leadership, dealing with conflict/adversity, working as part of a team, meeting deadlines, etc.
- Rehearse but don't try to memorize your "stories." If you have just a couple of relatively significant experiences (professional or otherwise), you'll likely find that they're applicable to a wide variety of potential questions.
Second contact by the recruiter occurred the day after the phone interview. I was informed that it went well and that I'd be moving on to the next round, which was an onsite. The onsite took place less than two weeks after the phone interview. All communication, including the pre-onsite planning process was very straightforward and streamlined. All travel costs, with the exception of out-of-pocket expenses (which were reimbursed), were covered upfront by General Mills. I was responsible for selecting/scheduling my flights, while General Mills handled hotel accommodations and all local ground transportation.
The onsite day started at 8 AM with an IQ/intelligence test. The rest of the day was spent in four separate interviews (2 one-on-one, 2 two-on-one). Each interview lasted about an hour, consisted of about 4-5 behavioral-based questions and ended with a short Q&A session. I found the overall environment (people, office, work culture) to be very welcoming and comfortable. While each interview had a somewhat different tone, all of the interviewers were friendly and easy to talk to. Their enthusiasm for General Mills was quite clear, and they all seemed very happy and proud to be part of the team. There was a one hour group lunch and plant tour halfway through the day. The group lunch provided an opportunity to ask candid questions to current employees and was not considered part of the interview process. At the end of the day, I met with an HR representative for a debrief and wrap-up. I was told that a final decision would be made and communicated within the next two weeks. I ended up receiving a verbal offer the next day, with the official offer coming through about a week later. Some tips for the final round:
- First round interview tips apply here, too. Practice telling stories about your various experiences. You'll be asked the same type of behavioral questions.
- Try to pace yourself throughout the day. While I didn't find the actual questions to be that challenging, the amount of talking/concentration required was quite exhausting. By the time I reached the last interview, I was very tired and felt as though the quality of my stories/answers had somewhat diminished. I'm not really sure if/how the fatigue factor can be avoided but just be aware of it.
- Have plenty of questions prepared that require some thoughtful consideration on the part of the interviewer. This is important. While their questions help them determine whether you're capable of handling the job, your questions help them determine if you're right for it.
- Don't be afraid to admit mistakes and/or failures if a particular question touches upon it. How you handled it is much more important (and revealing) than the failure/mistake itself.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when your actions conflicted with your morals. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate. Initial offer was very generous and highly competitive.
Interviewed at General Mills
Interview Details – Interviewed through my university. First round included a series of behavioral questions (30 min) and that night we found out if we got second round interviews.
Second round consisted of a hour of assessments (behavioral and analytical) and another 30-min behavioral interview. Was told that we were going to hear about third round by the end of the weekend. I ended up waiting for over 2 weeks before hearing any news.
Interview Question – All behavioral questions. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – It took about 3 months for the company to contact me. There are hurdles in order to stop anyone from actually contacting about an interview or really following up at all.
It's fairly frustrating to have to wait for so long for such a near-entry level position.
Mostly the entire contact was cold and mechanical, the woman who called didn't even say the right name at first.
Interview Question – Unexpected about what my ideal boss would be like. Also hinted at lowering my salary expectations. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Mills in October 2013.
Interview Details – On campus interview with two sales managers...a couple days later I received an email inviting me to second round interviews at HQ at the end of the month. I had to take 3 personality tests before the interview. There was a dinner the night before second rounds with 5 other candidates and 2 current BMAs. Dinner is completely informal and it allows the candidates to ask any question they would like. The dinner is not a part of the final decision. The day of second round interviews is long...starts with a breakfast around 8am and then 4 interviews throughout the day ending at 3pm. Recruiters will take 1-2 weeks to get back to applicants.
Interview Question – Behavior based questions...sales role play. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate...offer was very good.
I applied through college or university - interviewed at General Mills in October 2013.
Interview Details – Applied to a full-time, post-graduate position through my MBA recruiting office. First-round interview consisted of a 30-minute chat with the CMO, who was awesome, but didn't think the same of me, apparently! Really enjoyed the process, and would definitely consider applying to the company again. If I did apply again, I'd focus mostly on marketing cases for prep; there wasn't any need to prep FIT or behavioral for the first round.
Interview Question – Imagine you're called down to Washington to do a marketing campaign for the GOP. As a result of the shutdown, their approval ratings are down to record lows. How would you turn this around? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – On campus recruiting- met at career fair and applied via career center website
Interview Question – Very behavioral questions- tell me about a time when you experienced conflict in a team, tell me about a time when you had to juggle a number of different commitments, etc. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at General Mills.
Interview Details – General Mills focuses a lot of college career fairs. I talked to an engineer to referred me to the manager. He asked me a few questions about my resume and why General Mills. I was called the same day for on campus interviews the next day.
First round was just behavioral with a two employees. Asked the general questions you can expect.
Second round was a 12 minute quantitative exam (SAT style), a personality test online, and another behavioral interview lasting about 45 minutes.
My friend got an offer the same day. I did not get an offer and was contacted a month later.
Interview Question – The written exam is 50 questions in 12 minutes at a very, very early time in the morning. Answer Question
I applied through college or university - interviewed at General Mills in September 2013.
Interview Details – Career Fair resume review, received interview invitation via e-mail, first round interview, call back the next day for second round interview with assessment test. If you get called back for the third round interview they will fly you to one of your selected top three locations and have the interview there. It has been over a month and I am still waiting to hear back for the final interview round as they have been continuing to interview and recruit at their other schools they attend
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when someone was disappointed with your actions Answer Question
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