I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at SABMiller in January 2014.
Interview Details – There are typically FOUR STAGES:
1st telephone interview with HR: screening and validation of CV
2nd stage: interview with line manager & HR-representative or HR Manager
Competency-based interview. They will test you on many different personality traits, professional skills, challenges, etc.
You will be asked in great detail about your stories; hence you have to be very specific. Your examples have to be precise: mention clearly how your actions impacted the outcome. The atmosphere is very friendly.
3rd stage: full-day assessment
You will participate in a full-day assessment with psychologists.
General recommendation: BE YOURSELF - YOU CANNOT PREPARE FOR THIS!
1st part: psychometric/ which type of work you appreciate. You will be asked to explain different situations throughout your professional life and HOW YOU FELT DURING THESE.
2nd part: cognitive assessment with psychologists.
This second part last for about 3 hours (with breaks). There are a lot of different tests, of which some are timed, some or not. The purpose of these tests is to test
verbal reasoning (e.g. explain relationship between two (random) words,
handling non-verbal information (e.g. putting together a 'puzzle', solving equations, etc),
working memory (e.g. remember random numbers, repeat numbers forward/ backwards, solving simple mathematical equations)
Processing speed (e.g. choosing symbols out of a 4-6 pages of symbols)
Personality questionnaire: Extensive questionnaire.
3rd stage: about 3 interviews (less than 1 hour each) attended by line-manager & another representative whom you will be working with.
Competency based interview again. You have to know very clearly what your role will include. You will be asked (in great detail) how you are going to complete certain activities, where you have done similar things.
GENERAL PERCEPTION OF THE INTERVIEW PROCESS:
Excellent interview process. Very pleasent, very friendly but challenging. I would say that it has been the most complete interviewing process I have ever attended.
Also, a great advantage is that you will receive extensive feedback, especially if you are invited to attend the assessment.
Interview Question – Explain the relationship between two words. This one part during the psychometric assessment. Example: yes <--> no View Answer
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at SABMiller in March 2012.
Interview Details – 1. Telephone screening interview with HR
2. Face-to-face interview with hiring manager and HR
3. Face-to-face interview with hiring manager's direct report and a peer of the hiring manager
4. Psychometric Assessment
(3 and 4 were on the same day).
Interview Question – Is it important to be organised? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't need to negotiate as I felt that the offer was great and what I was expecting.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at SABMiller.
Interview Details – GD & Interview
Interview Question – Basic concepts about Inventory control, operations, strategy etc. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at SABMiller.
Interview Details – Interview process was challenging and dynamic. People listened and the flow of the interview was guided by conversation rather than a rigid set of questions.
Interview Question – 5 hours of psychometric testing was daunting but was interactive and fun and surprisingly accurate results. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at SABMiller in July 2010.
Interview Details – After an initial evaluation of my CV followed by an interview, a local HR recruitment company has recomended me as fit for the position that SAB Miller was recruiting for.
The interview was held at SAB Miller's office and it was run by the PM Coordinator and a member of the HR team.
At that moment I had a project management experience of about 3 years. My impression was that the interview was conducted in an intimidating manner - asking situational questions, receiving an answer and then dismissing it. The probable intention was to simulate a stressful situation in real life but the method used was questionable.
Interview Question – How many projects could you be running in parrallel? View Answer
Reason for Declining – A different understanding of the Project manager's role inside the organization compared with what the potential future boss had in mind
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at SABMiller in July 2012.
Interview Details – Was contacted almost immediately after submitting an online application. I had phone and skype interviews with recruiters and managers who were located abroad which was followed by a couple of in person interviews locally. I completed all of the interviews but it took nearly two months for them to follow up with their final decision.
Interview Question – The most difficult question was that on company strategy. Knowing little about how the company operates, it was somewhat difficult to provide a strategic plan within an interview setting. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at SABMiller in October 2011.
Interview Details – They started off with a Group Discussion. The groups were large (15 people) and topics very simple and generic. The motive was not to test the knowledge of the subject (topics where you have an opinion) but to test your ability to make your point in a huge-noisy group. You need to be calm and in the difficult situation, also be able to show your leadership ability. On an average about 2 people per GD were called for panel interview. By the way, my topic was "Which is more important for the success of a product, Push or Pull?"
The interview panel consisted of 3 members - 1 Marketing guy, 1 Lead HR, 1 asst. HR or Operation's guy or Finance guy (depending upon the profile of various applicants). The start was exactly like in the books - tell us about yourself, blah..blah..., slowly getting deep into the interesting things mentioned. About 20-30 min interview after which all the final candidates were called in together for a feedback - this was a very good gesture.
The perception was of a very respectable MNC where the office culture is semi-formal (i.e. fun is allowed). The office at Bangalore is very nice and people are good-natured and supportive.
Interview Question – Your passion is cars, you love cars, your hobby is watching TopGear, you have even built a car (as mentioned in the resume); then why are you sitting here? I think you are a misfit, you should be sitting in the other room with TOYOTA. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiations for fresh hirees. Though negotiation might happen for laterals.
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SABMiller in September 2011.
Interview Details – 2 interviews, one with the Talent Acquisition team and another with the business area. First interview was good, interviewers were interested in past experience and what would bring to the table although technical skills for the role were untested. Second interview with the Head of the department did not test technical skills either and interviewer did not seem interested on the candidate. Interviewer did not provide enough insight as to the role and department, despite significant questioning on the part of the candidate. Candidate did not think the company would be a good fit and dropped out of the process.
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