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# Procter & Gamble Purchasing Manager Interview Questions

Updated May 14, 2015
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Accepted Offer
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Application

I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2011.

Interview

Interview Questions

• Tell me what your strategy would be if you were the chief purchasing agent for the business you currently work in.   Answer Question
• Tell me about a time when you were viewed as the expert in a group.   Answer Question

Negotiation

ran out of space above...The next 15 questions are GMAT-style critical reasoning questions. This can be the hardest part of the test for someone who is unprepared. The questions would all be in the "very easy" or "easy" category if you classify them in terms of GMAT difficulty. These questions are very straightforward and have an obviously clear answer if you are familiar with the type of question. However, even the smartest people can struggle to find the right answer if they are unfamiliar with this type of question because all of the answers seem at least somewhat relevant to the question. My best advice to prepare for these questions before the Cincinnati on-site reasoning test is to get a GMAT prep book and learn the thinking that goes into how to answer these questions. Once you are well-versed in applying the logic that a GMAT prep book teaches, you'll do fine on these questions. If you're too cheap to buy a \$20 book, look to an online GMAT forum. These questions require the most time per question because they take a while to read. The last set of questions requires the least amount of time per question. This set of 20 questions involves recognizing patterns in a series of shapes, such as in an IQ test. The question style is very similar to that of the online reasoning test, but the later questions become a little harder. The patterns typically involve an increasing or decreasing number of sides in the series of polygons or a shape that is rotated in each step in the series. I'm glad I left myself a little extra time at the end because the last couple questions required several attempts at finding the pattern. I was able to negotiate only my start date. Salary is not negotiable for people coming straight in from college. Don't worry, promotions happen quickly in Purchasing and the raises are very nice from what I hear. P&G is known for paying very good salaries. Salary might be a little more negotiable for experienced people. Keep in mind that there are literally hundreds of qualified people right behind you who they can hire to do the job if you don't want to accept the offer.

## Other Interview Reviews for Procter & Gamble

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No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in September 2010.

Interview

Overall process was very efficient. Step 1: Pre-screen via phone - Wanted to validate that I was a good level 1 fit for the role. lasted about 15 minutes and questions were focused on describing my role and results. Not really my resume, but just about how impact-ful I have been in my role. Was able to pass this and was offered to come in for an interview. Step 2: The interview was enjoyable as the panel (3 interviewers) focused again on what my results have been in my past role. All questions were behavioral style questions. There was never a question directly related to my resume, but indirectly I answered with data that was on my resume. The scheduled interview was to be 1.5 hours, but ended up being about 1 hour. Step 3: The IQ test - If you make it this far, be diligent. It is a very challenging test and will make or break your opportunity. No black or white area here. If you pass the test, you have a good shot at an offer. If you fail, you are automatically denied a opportunity even if all else was brilliant. The test is is appox 45 questions and you are given 65 minutes. There are about 3 sections to the test and the easiest way to break it down is that it is a test very similar to the GMAT test for B-School. (Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical) Overall as I said it is a very efficient process from start to finish. Everyone was great in my interview and the opportunities abound if you get in. Just remember to keep your focus on the test in step 3.

Interview Questions

• Describe a time where you had a project plan and then mid stream had to change direction. How did you do that and what did you do to adapt and get your stakeholders on board for the change?   Answer Question
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No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble.

Interview

The online assesment process is customized on the position, and more precisely on the responsability level. For a manager position, they asess the leadership potential and the honesty. (The honesty type questions are tricky!). Many questions ( 65 items for my quiz), some of them redundant - but conceived for testing the corectness in the answers. The best answer is to be honest, but also smart to understand the sense of the quiz. They want to meet the people that suit a P&G profile. They search people that are leaders, curious, creatives, team players, honest, learning oriented etc.

Interview Questions

• 4 questions to asess the honesty - very tricky by the familiar formulation   1 Answer
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Accepted Offer
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Moscow (Russia)).

Interview

Intellectual test first, desk interview with few managers, a lot of questions, need to describe real projects and achievements.

Interview Questions

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Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Bucharest (Romania)).

Interview

Online personality test, on-site assesment test, 2 interviews with peer managers and 1 with the operational manager. The assesment is the usual P&G test of math, logic and IQ.

Interview Questions

Negotiation

I didn`t try to negociate, the offer was as good as expected.

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No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Singapore (Singapore)) in October 2011.

Interview

online test, follow by 1st round interview by direct report, and then the head of the department

Interview Questions

No Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Geneva (Switzerland)) in January 2011.

Interview

Passed online test and invited to maths and english test at Geneva site. Then invited to phone interview, then invited to final round interview again in Geneva. Interviewed by 3 people, asked by all about leadership skills, greatest weaknesses, greatest strengths, innovative abilities, times when you had to persuade someone to do something. The people were nice and the interview process was ok, although I think in general people show up to P&G interviews with highly rehersed answers to pretty much the same questions.

Interview Questions

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Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble (Bucharest (Romania)) in March 2010.

Interview

P&G has a very specific type of interview, it was a nice experience overall but not too easy to pass.

Interview Questions

Reasons for Declining

the salary was not as expected

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No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Procter & Gamble in August 2009.

Interview

Took an online personality test, followed by an in-person reasoning test (numerical, figural, and reading). 4 days after the reasoning test, I was contacted for a 1:1 interview at the head office with the Marketing Brand Manager. A week after that, I was contacted again for a second interview, which included even more detailed competency questions and a tour of the company.

Interview Questions

• 3. Had to think through a complex problem, which involved analyzing data, developing options and implemented a solution. (Outside academic work where possible).   Answer Question
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