Competency- based intervew with Kerry Group

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6 October 2010 - 4:50pm

Hi everyone, I would like to ask you if anyone has already been to a competency based interview with Kerry Group. I am applying for the graduate program in Finance this year and I am almost in the end of the selection process. I have read almost all post in regards to the competency based interview in Wikijob but I feel a little bit confused because I think I won't have enough time to prepare my responds to all questions. I am going to have my interview after two weeks. I would really appreciate if someone could give me some advice in relation to the Kerry's Group competency- based interview. Thank you

11 October 2010 - 7:24pm

I have my phone interview in 3 days and I think its a general phone interview based on your competencies citing examples of teamwork, initiative, hard work etc etc. Background knowledge on the company might be essential.

12 October 2010 - 10:03am

Thank you very much and I wish you a success with your application.

14 October 2010 - 2:27pm

Hello guys, I also have a phone interview for the same position next week.Please provide some info when you have yours!



14 October 2010 - 2:36pm

Hi George, which country do you apply for? I think the best way to prepare yourself for the interview is to answer as many question as you can in the sample questions provided by wikijob. On which day is your interview?



28 October 2010 - 8:06pm

Hi guys,

How it is going? I wish a luck to both of you and I hope we all get a chance to go to the last stage.

See you!!


28 October 2010 - 8:12pm

Hello George,

I am also waiting for their decision regarding the assessment centre.I received very positive feedback regarding my interview, but as you said we have to wait until Friday or Monday, because the HR Manager will decide who will be shortlisted for the a/c!Fingers crossed ;)

Yeah, they told me the same dates, but it's not yet confirmed when will the a/c take place.Will it be in Ireland??I thought it will be in London..

Hopefully, I'll meet you there. If you have an answer , let me know.It would be interesting if we knew how many positions will be available, and how many people will be invited in the a/c.Just to calculate our chances!


28 October 2010 - 8:13pm


31 October 2010 - 6:45pm

Hey guys,

I also had an interview last week. But they guy who I had the interview with told me that the position I am being considered for is an entry-level position instead of a graduate position. Did they tell you anything about that? The guy told me that there are 17 positions and they are interviewing around 50 people. Not sure though if its the same thing for you guys.. And I reckon the a/c will be in Dublin probably in 2 weeks or so..Lets see... Good luck to you all....

31 October 2010 - 6:58pm

Hello Tiger,

No , they didnt tell me anything about entry-level position.. Did you apply for Kerry Ingredients EMEA Finance Graduate Program?

Will you also know tomorrow, if you are invited to the assessment centre?

31 October 2010 - 7:41pm

Well I received this general email talking about the procedure afterwards and stating to hear back from them November 1st onwards...

13 November 2010 - 4:23pm

Hi All,

Have you got any updates with regards to your telephone interviews?

What did it involve?

I have mine next week and not too sure what to prepare.



13 November 2010 - 4:38pm

Hi mate, which graduate scheme do you apply for- in ingredients& flavours or in kerry food? The recruitment process in kerry ingredients and flavours is almost done. Good luck with your application!!!



13 November 2010 - 5:05pm

Hi George,

I applied for the Finance Programme at Kerry Foods.


20 November 2010 - 1:04am

Anyone with an a/c experience with Kerry Group???

25 November 2010 - 7:14pm

is anyone going to attend the finance assessment day in Dublin on 6th Dec ?

25 November 2010 - 11:16pm

Hello kaczkat,

I have an assessment centre for Finance next week.

Did you apply for Kerry Group or Kerry Ingredients?

26 November 2010 - 8:47am

kerry ingredients and you??!

30 November 2010 - 3:14pm


Anyone staying in @ Carlton Hotel, Dublin today (30/11/2010) for the assessment center for the 1st of December 2010??

May kindly reply back because I am there and it would be a good opportunity to meet up before hand.

Kind Regards,


4 December 2010 - 4:32pm

So how was the assessment centre for anyone who already went there? Did it take much time? Was it really tiring and involved a lot of excercises.

Any repply will be much appreciated.


8 December 2010 - 10:42am

Hi guys,

Any info on the phone interviews for Grad Programme would be appreciated


8 December 2010 - 11:23am

Just a competency based interview with a recruitment firm. Expect quite a few commercial based questions with some technical questions too.

I applied to Finance, had my telephone interview just over a week ago, not heard back yet.

What have you applied to?

4 January 2011 - 9:36pm

Hello people.

Happy New Year.

I have a competency based interviewwith Kerry Food which should last 40 minutes and I was wondering if anyone has passed this stage?

What sort of questions were asked please?

Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks

19 November 2011 - 9:27am

Had my Kerry Foods interview a few weeks ago and got the following questions (don't remember all of them and I'm paraphrasing as well) : What do you think about the food industry? What has made Kerry's successful? and What have they not done well? Describe a time when you have communicated effectively with people? Why do you think it was effective? What did you do well that facilitated the communication (or something along those lines) What about Kerry's values makes it the right place for you? (Why do you want to work for Kerry's?) Why your chosen field? and Which other places have you applied to? Describe a time when you have taught somebody or people and how this made you feel? Describe a time when you have had a challenging course or project?

23 January 2012 - 4:49pm

Hii Everyone, :) Anyone applying at Kerry graduate program this year and have already had their phone interview? I'm applying for the ICT position and just had my phone interview!

25 January 2012 - 3:31pm

Hi there,

I have applied for the ICT position too and have my telephone interview tomorrow!! I'm a bit nervous, and would love if you have any info. or tips on the questions they asked?

Hope yours went amazing!!

25 January 2012 - 3:31pm

Hi there,

I have applied for the ICT position too and have my telephone interview tomorrow!! I'm a bit nervous, and would love if you have any info. or tips on the questions they asked?

Hope yours went amazing!!

27 January 2012 - 11:27pm


I've applied for a marketing position through the Kerry Graduate Programme. I've completed the online tests and have my competency based phone interview on Thursday - any advice??

Any help would be great, thanks!

28 January 2012 - 12:42pm


I had my phone interview last Thurs. The lady was really nice and made sure that you understood the questions. The only advice I could give is have a lot of problem solving examples prepared. I was asked three, and I only had two prepared. Also, know the competitors, some financial info and how Kerry maintain their competitive advantage.

Hope it goes really well.

28 January 2012 - 3:25pm

Eeey, :)

KOD -Sorry! I didn't get to reply on time, but hope your interview went great.

Creminal1- The question that I wasn't really prepared for was the competitive advantage of kerry as KOD said up there! but I sort of remembered what I wrote in the application form where they had a similar question. All the best with your interview!

16 November 2012 - 3:41pm

I have recently had a telephone interview for Finance in Kerry Foods and to be honest I thought the interviewer behaved disgracefully. Granted, my answers may not have been the best she had heard but sarcastic comments after several of my answers were not acceptable. This has really put me off the company. One thing I would mention question wise if you are wanting to apply is do a lot of research into the food industry, several aspects, because it will be asked.

18 November 2012 - 6:31pm

Really? What was the interview like? I'm just about to submit my online application - have done all my company research and now just need to actually answer the two 200 word questions.

19 November 2012 - 1:11pm

It was just little things and I may have been being touchy I guess. An example was when asked how I knew an audience were following what was saying in a presentation, I said I made sure to have plenty of eye contact to assess whether they looked engaged and interested in what I had to say, so her response was "so you basically just looked at them". You never know people's situations and I guess she may have just been having a bad day, but that attitude is really unencouraging for an interview.

19 November 2012 - 2:04pm

wow, that sounds quite aggressive! maybe she was playing bad cop to try and put you off, and was challenging to see if you remained calm under pressure? i can't think of a worse environment to have to do that in than over a telephone interview! hope you make it through to the next stage :).

22 November 2012 - 1:50pm

I had my telephone interview last month and I haven't heard anything yet either. I also got a very unpleasant woman on the phone, so maybe she was just trying to put us off! I asked her where the interview would be based and she said Dublin of course which is why at the start we asked if you would be able to move. But I asked because what I applied for was UK & Ireland! The interview questions were 2 competency based ones, one about teamwork, the other was about a difficult colleague you had to work with, then there were questions about the food industry and competitors. Just do some research and have good competency questions I think and hopefully you'll get a different woman because I've been put off by her too!

8 December 2012 - 6:27am

Need some guidance...I am not from UK and the matter is not related to UK... I am applying for a graduate program in Germany where I did my studies.. but I am from India and presently in India... so does these factors like distance and visa issues etc affect my chances to clear a telephonic interview ? kindly help if anyone has a idea.... warm regards

10 January 2013 - 9:14am

What's the number of applicants generally selected for telephonic interview in case of one vacancy?

11 January 2013 - 11:01pm

please has the accounting and finance scheme officially closed because it is still on the system

12 January 2013 - 11:15pm

I have a telephone interview this week for Sales Marketing and Category Management for Kerry Foods Grad Scheme 2013.
Can anyone outline what questions are likely to come up???

Would reeally appreciate any help thanks x

14 January 2013 - 5:13pm

Hey, got a telephone interview for Kerry Group this week. Anyone else had theirs recently?

14 January 2013 - 8:03pm

Hi pg1989 what day is your telephone interview??? I have mine on Thursday

14 January 2013 - 8:04pm

Hi pg1989 what day is your telephone interview??? I have mine on Thursday

14 January 2013 - 8:35pm

Supply chain bonnie, what about you??

15 January 2013 - 12:25am

Sorry I completely misread the question,lol I thought you asked what I applied for. Mine is on Wednesday.

15 January 2013 - 5:49am

Supply chain bonnie... Yours is for UK or EMEA?

17 January 2013 - 8:07pm

Hi any one had their telephone interview recently??? any tips? Thanks

25 January 2013 - 9:03pm

hi, could someone please share their telephone interview and assessment centre experience..... thanks
and for finance graduates, what psychometric tests were you required to take? thanks

26 January 2013 - 7:40pm

Hi, is anyone be contacted to attend assessment center in the beginning of Feb????

27 January 2013 - 8:34pm

@Joyce.... you have been contacted already? u have applied for UK or EMEA?

27 January 2013 - 11:28pm

EMEA. I havnt been contacted until now. I just received a mail from them which said that they would contact shortlisted candidates during this time.

31 January 2013 - 11:52pm

Hey guys, anyone attending the assessment centre week beginning the 11th?

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