BAT management trainee program

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30 January 2009 - 7:44am

Is there anybody who applies for BAT MTP?? I was wondering how their numerical and verbal reasoning tests look like, interview, assessment center??

10 March 2011 - 2:23pm

double post

10 March 2011 - 3:39pm

Actually I must sound weird. For some questions I talk and talk, others like:

What challenges face tobacco company HR in the current situation on the market? How to search for candidates to work in the company of tobacco? What difficulties can meet recruiters?

I tried to say what I think, but I just wasn't prepared for that so I ended mumbling with a great lack of words... like i couldnt speak english at all...

So my feeling is not too good :/

This is my first application to BAT - and must say that I was suprise that recruitment process is so International... I was sure that if I got to AC it will be in Poland. But i dont worry... i think there's no way I get so far after that interview... ;)

So really really good luck to you!!!!!!! ;)

10 March 2011 - 5:12pm

No, don't say that. Sometimes we judge ourselves too hard. Yes, you might had a little difficutly in expressing your view but still, the interviewer might liked what you did say after all.

Thank you for your wishes although i also believe that it is going to be too hard to get to the next stage :)

11 March 2011 - 10:47am

Thanks Thea ;)

They've just called me again out of the blue.... "Just to catch up after my interview" but the lady asked again about my motivation. She said that further information will be at the end of april... Quite long to wait :(

11 March 2011 - 12:01pm

that's weird.. i've never heard of such a 'catch up' before. yeah it's quite long.. well, what to do?

14 March 2011 - 10:35am

Hi guys :) I've applied to the HR division. I've already taken the numerical and logical reasoning tests on Friday and I'm waiting for a response. I'm a bit scared after kamea said they ask some strict HR questions. How long did you have to wait for the phone interview after you took the online tests, kamea? :) Good luck to all of you :) BTW, I think that the 'catch up' call is a good sign so don't worry :)

14 March 2011 - 4:21pm

I got an email to schedule interview a day after taking logical test.

good luck to you too ;))

Thea, how are you? Nervous?

14 March 2011 - 5:29pm

mine was two days after the logical test.. they're quite quick! so good luck livia! if you have any further news about your application, please post!

yes, quite nervous! more nervous about the hr questions and the ones about tobacco!

i was wondering, did they ask you kaema about the economic recession? or about the graduate programme itself?

lucky kaema, you're done!

14 March 2011 - 6:04pm

Thea no, they didn't asked about economic recession. Why are you worry about tobacco question?? Just say what you think! ;) I said (maybe it wasnt't so good I dont know...) that buissnes is buissnes and as long as they give all the informations about consequences of smoking I don't have nothing against it. I chose BAT because of opportunieties they give... doesnt really matter to me if its tobbaco company or food company....

And yes im lucky :> I will wait longer for respond :D

14 March 2011 - 7:31pm

you're right, thanks a lot anyway for all the support and help! fingers crossed it goes well!

15 March 2011 - 10:58am

Hey Shayira, As I said above, it was about 10 days before they contacted me to schedule my interview. I can't recall exactly what were the questions, but they were very similar to what is asked usually on competency based interviews. I prepared some of the above on the forum and I was fine. This is a competency based interview, so no technical questions, in the end the lady is from HR so she doesn't know more than you about the operational part. I believe that the questions you get are also related to what are your answers. Good luck,

15 March 2011 - 11:01am

Hey Guys, I think I did well in the interview, but I am still waiting to know if I get the final call for the assessment center that I think it will be held in May. The lady from recruitment told me the provisional dates were in the end of May what is I reckon pretty late. Does anyone of you has more information on this? (dates)

15 March 2011 - 11:20am

Hey :) Congrats on your interview. If you feel you did well, you'll definitely pass to the next round :) Which dep have you applied for? I'm still waiting for any info about the results of my tests. I'm getting worried. All the best ;)

15 March 2011 - 1:32pm

Hey I applied for the Leaf Operations program in the UK. Yeah I hope so nevertheless I am a little bit worried for the AC being so late. I'm in several other recruitment processes that will have developments sooner. If you know anything about the AC let me know. Cheers,

15 March 2011 - 6:08pm

kaema: I have applied here and there, had some interviews but I only made it to one AC and wasn't successful. What about you? hey, how the telephone interview went?

15 March 2011 - 7:59pm

Hmm something strange is happening here....

Thea??!! How did the interview went???!!!!

16 March 2011 - 12:34pm

hey! what it happening? does my pc post messages on its own? anyway i think it was ok, the questions were pretty hard at one time i was left with no examples to give for the competency questions and i was like.."i am really sorry i do not have any further examples of that". and the questions were soooo many!!! the interview lasted an hour. and tip: she told me to speak slowly because she was taking notes so do not speak very quick bc it is not for your benefit.

livia and anyone else interested some of the numerous questions were:

why bat why hr salary expectations are u in other recruitment processes a time u proposed something new depsite opposition how do u feel working for a tobacco company how to search for candidates how can hr help an organisation deal with change a time u pushed yourself to achieve a difficult goal a time u received an unexpected feedback do u have questions for us

i am sure there are more that i have already forgot but this is pretty much what they ask. they said they will give me an answer in two weeks

16 March 2011 - 1:15pm

Oh my God... an hour? you had so much to say? :) wow, that sounds impressive. And I have to say that when I read all the qs, I don't feel prepared at all... :( Salary expectations? unexpected feedback? proposing sth despite opposition? :) Well, maybe I won't have to worry since they still haven't responded ;) Thanks a lot Thea, it's very nice of you to share your experiences and qs :) Good luck.

16 March 2011 - 2:44pm

i wish i had a lot to say!:) i didn't... she asked me to speak slowly so i did.. and i was also caught off guarded with some qs like 'how can hr help an organisation deal with change' and i was trying to think what to there u go! of course some qs were easier to answer but some were quite hard to answer..actually i think it was one of the most difficult telephone interviews i've undergone. if i remember more qs i'll post them, if i can help why not? anyways, thank you livia. good luck to you too.

18 March 2011 - 11:26pm

anyone got an email saying they passed the telephone yet?

19 March 2011 - 8:51am

Hey, I still haven't received any information about the numerical and logical tests, but they sent me an e-mail yesterday saying that they are aware of this and ask for patience. They also said that they'd received so many applications that they'd decided to extend the deadline for accepting them. It's now till 25th March. I don't know if it's the same in each and every country, though. I'm from Poland.

19 March 2011 - 10:19am

Hello guys,

I also got the same e-mail saying that the outcome wil be available before or after the 25th March. I completed my tests in the end of January and still do not have any news if I passed or not them. I have applied for the Finance graduate scheme in the UK.

Good luck to all of you. Btw I am from the Netherlands

19 March 2011 - 12:32pm

Got my email yesterday about passing the telephone interview but it was quite vague. They said congratulations that they were going to recommend me to the company to go on to the assessment centre holding on the 27th / 28th of april. I'm sort of confused because I assumed there'd be a second phone interview and it seems that even if you pass the interview with gti the company's HR decides who goes on to the AC. They said they'll be passing on the full list of candidates to BAT on the 8th of April. This is for finance though. Good Luck everyone.

19 March 2011 - 12:46pm

Hey, Has anyone done the assessment centre and is willing to share their experience with us?

19 March 2011 - 2:34pm


Got exactly the same e-mail yesterday. Although mine mentioned that they "will provide the list to them week commencing the 8th April". (?) I have no idea what this means.

Also, that "the provisional dates for the HR Management Trainee Assessment Centres are 12th / 13th May".

19 March 2011 - 3:09pm

Oh you're right the email says the week commencing 8th of April. It seems different programmes have different dates for the AC just don't have a definite understanding of the BAT AC process? Do you have an idea? I googled and saw on a forum that there's a group discussion, presentation and role play, but I doubt that's all.

19 March 2011 - 7:39pm

Hi, I didnt get any e-mail about AC. Just that catch up call I told you about. They said that AC will take place 12th/13th May and that they will give me an info if Im in, at the end of April

Thea youre for HR MTP just like me right??? And Livia whend did you send your application??? (Im from Poland too)

19 March 2011 - 9:41pm

Can you send us the link to that site please?

19 March 2011 - 10:20pm

kaema: Yes, I applied to the HR MTP. Why they told you at the end of April? They told me in two weeks.. strange.

therealjemima: I know nothing about the AC process.. to tell u the truth i did not google anything because i don't believe that i will reach the AC stage. and.. role play? seems difficult :S

but how can we find out more? anyone already been in the AC?

19 March 2011 - 10:23pm

Thea, they told me two weeks but during the interview - two days later they said end of april... I think that if you got email - this could be their response... I don't get it :/

19 March 2011 - 11:11pm

Thea, Why don't you think you'll get to the AC stage Have they told you that you have to do another interview? Plus you've passed the application stage, the tests and the interview so you're doing something right best to keep positive.... but i guess i understand where you're coming from the fact that they short list the canditates that have passed the interview stage sort of makes me wary. there's really not a lot of recent info on the BAT AC as well which doesn't help.

20 March 2011 - 12:13am

All i've been able to find is a post from 2006 for the AC in a completely different country and a different graduate scheme so I would take this information with a pinch of salt "This is a whole day interview. There are a few tests conducted here. There are 4... Presentation, Case Study, Interview, Group Presentation. So, they will give you a case study to study and you come out with the solutions and stuff. Then, you will present (individually) your ideas and stuff to one of the interviewers in one of the hotel rooms. Then, you will go to another room for an interview session. The interview questions are guided ones. It is like a normal interview session. Then, comes the group part. Its not like a group presentation where all of you stand in front and takes turn to speak. It is a meeting-based presentation. Everyone will sit in a round table and discuss about the case study given earlier, changing views and stuff for 30 minutes I think. So, the more you speak, the more you got noticed by the interviewers. Make sure you talk about usefull stuff. Make it like a formal meeting. Then, thats it.

The sequence of the 4 tests might be changed but the overall is something like that. Hope that helps. Oh yeah! Another thing. Please do the case study as fast as you can. I personally think thats the toughest part as you dont have much time to think too much. Good Luck!"

20 March 2011 - 9:00am

Hi kamea, Yes, I'm from Poland and I submitted my application on 27th Feb. I took the tests a week ago and since than haven't heard from them (except for that e-mail that they remember) :) Hey guys, do you know if AC is done separately for each country or for each department? And how many people do they choose? Is it one for each department separately for each country or just a few people altogether?

26 March 2011 - 12:39am

hey guys :) what you said about salary?I really have no idea what to say.. I have no benchmark... xcan you give me some hints?

28 March 2011 - 11:43am

Hi guys, just had a phone interview with bat and wanted to add that all the questions are similar to those outlined by thea. I would just add the question: what are the most common and uncommon recruiting sources? or smt like that. I have applied for the HR MTP in italy.

I was told that the ac would be held on the 12 and 13 of may in uk nd that I would receive a reply in 2 weeks time, good luck everyone :-)

5 April 2011 - 4:52pm

Does anyone now how much does the BAT pay for the graduate programme in Operations in UK ?

Also, does anyone know anything about BAT AC?

8 April 2011 - 10:49pm

Hey Guys, One question do you know when is the programme supposed to start? Graduate positions are usually in September but when beginning or middle? Thanks!

10 April 2011 - 10:47pm

any body here applied for the IT track? ac at the end of June... sigh...

11 April 2011 - 7:23pm

nfs63: I was told that the graduate salary is 25.000 but I was interviewed for the HR programme..I don't know if it's the same for every stream.

Anyone heard from them about the AC?

What kind of structure does the BAT AC have? :S

11 April 2011 - 7:32pm

Hey Thea, who told you about the graduate salary? Has anyone heard from them yet? I believe what they meant by the week commencing on the 8th was in fact the week that started today... Thanks

11 April 2011 - 8:32pm

Googled BAT management trainee AC and all I could find was the one for Uzbekistan and for that one they do 4 things - Research planning meeting (I guess you have to discuss in a group about planning a research proposal or something) - Fact finding task (maybe a case study) -Presentation -Strategy group meeting

And the criteria -communication -ability to analyze information and make decisions -putting forward new ideas -ability to work together and achieve common goals

I don't know if they use the same format for the BAT's all over the world and whether its different for different programmes because I've seen other different descriptions of the AC but hopefully they'll have some similarities.

13 April 2011 - 9:25pm

Hey, So, did anyone else get a call from BAT for a "catch up session" which turned out to be another telephone interview? It was mainly a motivational interview and was in the form of a chat and the man was really nice. So like in the 1st telephone interview they asked Why BAT? What do you know about the role? What are you doing now? Why Finance? What do you think about the qualification you will have to get during the programme (CIMA)? Have you applied to other firms? and they asked about some things on my CV as well. I also asked about the format of the AC and they said it was -presentation -role play -group exercise and something else another interview or something It was really out of the blue so be prepared. Good Luck

13 April 2011 - 10:20pm

woh that's really useful! i'm travelling abroad next week and will stop using the telephone number which I'm currently using for a while. think i should tell them then. it's kinda strange because during my interview i asked for like twice if there would be a second interview since they write so on the website, and he said no.

anyway it's nice to know about this. any one here applied for IT and got any thing after that vague mail? just the AC is hell late... at the end of June...

14 April 2011 - 12:41am

As far as I remember, the person told me tht next is AC which will b final stage and details will be sent out at least a week before... Btw, he told me tht thy do let candidates know if thy are through to AC or not in couple of days.... But I m yet to hear from thm... Anyone applying for operations? And specifically what?

14 April 2011 - 10:17pm

Alright, I received a call today from BAT but in my case it wasn't a catch-up, it was just to clarify some things from my CV and was asked questions like why do you want to work in London?what were you doing during 2009? why HR? have you applied to other companies?

It was very quick though it was not like an interview. I am quite nervous now because I don't think it's good that it did not last long. But that was maybe because I was not home and there was traffic noise and as a result I could not hear her well. Aahh and the woman was typing my answers.

She also informed me that they will let me know until the 26th of April if I pass to the next stage and that the AC will be held in London in 13 and 14 of May if I remember well.

14 April 2011 - 11:54pm

Hey Thea,

Mine was basically the same they asked me some questions and discussed some things on my CV as well. Juts checked my phone and the chat was actually less than 15 minutes so it wasn't that long as well.

15 April 2011 - 5:47pm

I am applying for BAT mgmt trainee, finance and after telephone interview they called me to catch up and told me they will come in contact me in the end of this week. But I haven't heard anything from them yet... Has anybody else got to know whether you have been accepted to AC?

15 April 2011 - 11:22pm

Hey dowille, Same here had the call on Wednesday and they said they'd get back to me on Thursday but still haven't heard anything as of today.

16 April 2011 - 10:40am

Well at least I´m not the only one! But they told you they will let you know either if you have gone further or not, right? Well, I hope we get an answer on Monday then...

17 April 2011 - 8:16pm


they called me od wednesday as well and told almoust the same what thea said. On 26th they will call to say whether I'm in - but they told me the AC will be held on 11-12th of May. So... I think that there are really many candidates for HR MTP and there will be more then one AC...

Thea what do you think??