Procter & Gamble Application Process

Applying to Procter & Gamble

(also see Procter & Gamble Interview Questions)

Graduate applicants should have, or be expecting a minimum of 2.1 degree and 280 UCAS points.

Application Process

The application and assessment process at Procter & Gamble is as follows:

  • Online Application
  • Online Questionnaire
  • Reasoning Test
  • First Interview
  • final Interview

Online Application

You will need to apply online for a graduate position at Procter & Gamble. Visit the Procter & Gamble website and check current job vacancies. If you find a position that suits you, click 'apply now' to begin your application.

To make an online application you will need an electronic copy of your CV (in English) and a summary of your latest grades to input into your application. Once you have successfully applied for a graduate role you will receive a confirmation email.

If rejected you will not be allowed to re-apply for 12 months. Successful applicants will be invited to complete an online questionnaire (although not all roles require candidates to complete this).

Online Questionnaire

Based on the position you have applied to, you will be asked to complete a 20 - 30 minute online questionnaire. This will be relatively straight-forward but will be used to discern which candidates to invite to the next stage of the assessment.

The online questionnaire is composed of two parts:

1. Success Drivers Assessment - Involves a series of short questions that ask how you would respond to a particular situation or problem in the workplace. Some questions will also ask you to evaluate your own academic standing and leadership qualities.

2. Reasoning Screen - Involves 15 questions that test your figural reasoning. This test is strictly timed, 2.5 minutes per question. Make sure you accomplish this test in an environment free of distractions.

Reasoning Test

If you successfully complete the online questionnaire you’ll be invited to complete the Procter & Gamble Global Reasoning Test at an office location, or on campus during a company recruitment event.

This multiple-choice test lasts for 65 minutes and contains 40 multiple-choice questions. This test has three sections: (1) Numerical Reasoning, (2) Logic-based Reasoning, or (3) Figural Reasoning questions. A calculator and extra paper are provided.

As an example of Numerical Reasoning:

1. In 2001, a company marketed 730,000 units of its product. In 2001 its yearly volume was 50% of its volume for 2004. The 2004 volume represents how many units for each of the 365 days of 2004?

A. 5,000 units
B. 4,000 units
C. 2,000 units
D. 1,100 units
E. 1,000 units
Correct answer: B

As an example of Logic-based Reasoning:

2. Purchasing can have a significant effect on an organization’s total profit. However, the success of a purchasing function relies on competent buyers and a purchasing manager who employs systematic purchasing methods and implements technological advances. If an organization’s profitability is in jeopardy, the efficiency and skill of its purchasing function may determine whether it operates at a profit or at a loss. As such, the purchasing function bears a significant amount of the responsibility for an organization’s profit, and, whenever an organization strives to produce profit, it will expend the effort required to hire capable and qualified buyers as well as a knowledgeable, intelligent purchasing manager. From the information given above, it can be validly concluded that:

A. If an organization’s profitability is not in jeopardy then the competence of its purchasing function will not determine
whether it operates at a profit or at a loss.
B. There are at least some purchasing functions that are not responsible for a significant amount of an organization’s
profit.
C. A non-purchasing function will not bear significant responsibility for the profit of an organization.
D. An organization whose profitability is in jeopardy may depend on the efficiency and skill of its purchasing function to
determine whether it operates at a profit or at a loss.
Correct answer: D

Recommended preparation would be to answer sample GMAT questions under timed conditions. Work as fast and as accurately as you can. This test is not negatively graded, so DO guess if you need to, or if you are running out of time.

Note: The Reasoning Test replaces the P&G Problem Solving Test. If you have taken the Problem Solving Test in the past, you are still required to take the new Reasoning Test.

Interviews

If you successfully pass all the testing stages of the Procter & Gamble assessments, you'll be invited to an interview at an office or possibly on campus. Most interviews last 45 - 60 minutes and typically involve up to two senior leaders from the function you are applying to.

Most interviews are competency based and you should prepare for competency based questions about your academic and personal history.

Procter & Gamble are looking for evidence of what they call “Success Drivers” at the interview. These are specific core competencies that define how P&G people succeed in today's business environment. They are also how P&G measures performance in the Company.

Procter & Gamble "Success Drivers" fall into three categories:

The Power of P&G Minds - This is about your attitude to display an infinite curiosity, be eager to create with a healthy disregard for conventional thinking, to discover the world around you and your profession and form your idea of all this to then move your business forward.

Essentially, you need to show interviewers that you are willing to "think outside the box" and should show evidence of this if asked competency based questions about your past.

The Power of P&G People - Procter & Gamble want to establish a working environment where everybody feels free to contribute at their own best. You will need to show interviewers that you listen to other people's opinions and are prepared to keep an open mind to new ideas.

The Power of P&G Agility - Procter & Gamble are looking for potential employees who can jump from issue to issue quickly and decisively. You will need to show evidence of this in your interviews.

If you are successful in your first interview, you will be invited to a second (and possibly final) interview. For more information on the Application Process, please visit https://pg.sitebase.net/pg_images/taleo/stepsToSuccess.html.

Now see - Procter & Gamble Interview Questions.

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