Philip Morris International
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Philip Morris International Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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SAP Technical Analyst Interview

SAP Technical Analyst
Melbourne (Australia)

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Philip Morris International.

Interview Details – initial interview with the recruiting agent then two formal interview with manager and senior specialist and Hr representative. it was very formal and they were writing each and every answer. most of the questions are formal interview questions

Interview Question – they ask me to give an example that happened with and how i reacted for each technical answer i gave   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no space for negotiation was there either take it or leave it

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Manager Interview

Manager

Interviewed at Philip Morris International

Interview Details – Based Competencies interview

Interview Question – Business Case to solve   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Simple

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Management Trainee Interview

Management Trainee
Curitiba (Brazil)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Philip Morris International in October 2010.

Interview Details – First, you need to take two different tests, both multiple choice questions: english skills & general knowledge (logical thinking, math, political geography).

Second step: their first opportunity to meet you live. You'll pass through group dynamics to see how is your behavior when working with other people. You'll have the opportunity to perform alone and show your individual skills.

Third step: Oral english test - someone calls you and talk to you in english just to double check if your language skills are good enough for them:

Fourth step: Group dynamics again, gathering the best ones from the second & third steps. Group dynamics, individual evaluation, they usually look at you trying to figure out how you deal with conflicts, tight deadlines and take decisions in a changing scenario (with short time to analyze the changing conditions). This fourth step is the most demanding one and you'll be evaluated by most of the managers and directors of Philip Morris Brasil.

Fifth step: If you get an invitation to have lunch at PMB's headquarters, it means that you've passed through step 4 and also that you are in. The invitation is to get the job offer from the HR, talk with your future director and start to get yourself used to the idea that you'll soon be working for them.

Interview Question – The most difficult part is when you have to solve a business problem with your team members and you get to a common point with them. You'll be observed by 6 managers/ directors while the task is being done. After the end of this part, the "observers" call each one alone and deal with the situation as if it was a real business meeting, putting some pressure over the candidate by changing the business scenario and letting you guide them to possible solutions.

With this task, they want to see how you deal with pressure and how your brains behave when you are in a fast changing business scenario (just like the tobacco) and how much guts you have to take brave decisions.
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Negotiation Details – I got the standard offer for a trainee, I didn't see much margin for negotiation.

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Intern Interview

Intern
Kraków (Poland)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Philip Morris International in July 2013.

Interview Details – The first round interview is done over the phone, to explain the different internship possibilities and the particular requirements for each one. The second round is done over Skype, followed by a face to face interview at the office you're applying for and possibly several tests. As I didn't get past the first round I can only comment on the phone interview questions.

Interview Question – I was asked several technical questions about Excel, e.g. pivot tables. The questions were more technical than what I was expecting for an HR internship.   Answer Question

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Associate Brand Manager Interview

Associate Brand Manager
Seoul (South Korea)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Philip Morris International.

Interview Details – Interview process consisted for four rounds of group interviews. Candidates were asked to perform in a mock environment of playing executive leadership roles. Scenarios were given and discussions were conducted.

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was N/A

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Export Supervisor Interview

Export Supervisor
İzmir (Turkey)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Philip Morris International in November 2011.

Interview Details – There had been only 1 interview with supply chain manager and HR Partner of the plant. It took almost 2 hours and discussed overall my experiences

Interview Question – there was no difficult questions   Answer Question

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Human Resources Specialist Interview

Human Resources Specialist
Lausanne (Switzerland)

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Philip Morris International in February 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online, was contacted after a month by shared services center who proposed a different position. A bit of confusion initially as I interviewed for that position but then was asked if I would be interested in yet a third type of role. Phone interview with hiring manager and on site interview with different managers

Interview Question – Not really difficult, but it's clear they wanted to explore around implementing and managing change in the organization   Answer Question

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Management Trainee Interview

Management Trainee
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Philip Morris International in August 2013.

Interview Details – The first stage is a CV screening, if your CV is impressive and you made it through, the next stage is a phone interview. Pretty basic phone interview, they'd ask questions like, "what do you know about PMI?", "why are you interested to join us?". Here you cold also ask questions if you're not sure about anything.
The third stage is a half-day semi-orientation/interview session. It's basically a morning where you attend simple talks by previous management trainee and they explain to you what the career is like and what is expected. Then you would proceed with a 1-on-1 interview, a pretty casual one. The whole purpose is to get to know you better. They'd ask questions like, "what do you think of the company?", "what is your stand on smoking?", etc.
If you make it through this stage, there would be an online assessment. It's divided into three sections, the first is a numerical assessment, basically it's some simple calculations and math questions. The next section is logical reasoning, some sort of an IQ quiz, it can be a little bit tricky, most of it is predicting the next pattern in an assortment. And the last section is reading assessment. There will be a paragraph and questions following it. It is leaning more towards English assessment where there will be questions like, "what is the meaning of this word in the paragraph?".
Making through this round would mean the final stage, which is a case study presentation. Basically it is a simple scenario and you are presented with three solutions to the scenario. You will need to pick one and then present it to a panel with justifications. The scenario presented are not related to PMI and the businesses they do, it's more of an open topic. During the case base session, they will also ask you regular interview questions. As this is the last stage, you will know if you managed to make it through or not after this stage.

Interview Question – The most difficult part is the online assessment. It is timed and some of the questions could be quite tricky and difficult to understand.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – The overall interview experience was very refreshing and the career progression seems very promising. Yet, the social view on working in a tobacco company I could not accept. So before applying, do consider, would you be okay working in a company that manufactures cigarettes as their core business?

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Supply Chain Executive Interview

Supply Chain Executive

Interviewed at Philip Morris International

Interview Details – Three or Four differente phases
First - Human Resourse
Then Manager from the Department
Final Interview - Managers or Director

Interview Question – Results expected that you dind't achieve   Answer Question

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Engineering Manager Interview

Engineering Manager
Istanbul (Turkey)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Philip Morris International in October 2009.

Interview Details – We write the job description and competencies required to perform specified job in the most efficient way. This document is submitted to well recognized head hunter companies. All of the tests and initial interviews required to identify candidates with qualifications/competencies matching our specifications are done by the recruiting experts of the head hunting company. Remaining three candidates are invited for an interview with the department manager in which job requirements are clarified in more detail and technical questions related to the job are asked. We try to understand whether the person is a team player and how she/he reacts under pressure from her/his superiors. Once the selection is made then he is invited for a final interview with the operations director to make sure that top level agreement is attained for the selection.

Interview Question – Please explain how you handle the situation in which you are asked by your manager to take a wrong action which conflicts with technical procedures ?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Philip Morris does not negotiate any item of their offer.

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