Competency- based intervew with Kerry Group

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

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  • 12 November 2014 - 4:02pm
    • xinyi-328

    Hi, I had my telephone interview 2 days ago with Kerry Group and they sent me an email to inform I have successfully completed the telephone interview but my application will be forwarded for final review before being invited to the a/c. Is that means I still haven't secure a place for A/C? Is that means I might not be able to attend the a/c at all? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you =)

  • 16 February 2015 - 12:06pm
    • xinyi-328

    Hi ya, anyone being invited to the Kerry's AC next week? Willing to share any additional information that relate to the AC? Thank you :)

  • 4 February 2015 - 10:07pm
    • Mkal18

    Hi xiniyi-238,

    I have my telephone interview comping up soon could you please give me some insight from your interview?


  • 9 January 2015 - 5:31pm
    • lareb_ahmed25

    Hi, I have my telephone interview next week. What kind of questions did you get asked? Would really appreciate it! Thank you :)

  • 4 February 2015 - 10:06pm
    • Mkal18

    Hi lareb_ahmed 25,

    I have an interview coming up too could you please give me an insight into your interview?


  • 5 February 2015 - 12:11am
    • lareb_ahmed25


    Basically, there were motivational questions, technical questions and of course competency. The lady that interviewed me was quite rude so just remain calm and confident (I don't want to scare you instead just want you to be ready for it). For me personally there were no questions such as tell me about the company or any industry questions which was disappointing as I did a lot of research in those areas! (Still research on these areas)

    These were the questions I can remember:
    -Why have you chosen to apply at Kerry?
    -Why have you chosen this program to apply too?
    -Give me 3 ways in which the strength of the finance function can be measured
    -How does the finance function affect the commercial activities of the business?
    -Tell me about a time where you came up with a innovative solution to a problem where you faced resistance (competency)
    -About 2 more competency questions that I cannot remember! But I have a good feeling they were on team work and something else

    Feel free to ask me anything else and best of luck!

  • 23 July 2014 - 1:36am
    • misha.mehta.54

    Hi, I've been invited to take a telephone interview with Kerry group foods on Friday. The position I applied for is within their HR graduate programme. Anyone have any experience for this post? What to expect? Any help would be appreciated.

  • 13 November 2013 - 8:37am
    • ValioMM

    Hi guys, I don't know if you've already had your interviews, but I just had mine. It wasn't exactly what I expected, so I had to improvise a lot haha.
    Questions (not in this exact order):
    Why do you want for Kerry?
    Why do you want to work in the Food industry?
    How is the current economic conditions affecting the Food industry and how is this affecting Kerry?
    What do you think makes you suitable for Accounting & Finance?
    Which area of Finance are you most interested in?
    How could Finance contribute to Kerry's future success?
    Tell me about a time when you felt strongly about an idea and how did you make sure it was implemented?

    * If I remember any more I will let you know.

  • 13 November 2013 - 2:52pm
    • Shaye

    Hi ValioMM, thanks for posting, my interview is coming up and this has helped a lot. How many questions were you asked?
    Thanks again!

  • 2 November 2013 - 2:07pm
    • xpridex


    I am having an interview with Kerry Group next week for A&F role. Has anyone been to their telephone interview this year yet? If so, could you please share what questions were asked? Your help would be much appreciated!!! Thank you!

  • 9 November 2013 - 6:53pm
    • Shaye

    Hi, how did your interview go? I'm about to have an interview with Kerry group ... what questions did they ask you/any tips? Thanks in advance.

  • 24 May 2013 - 8:46am
    • eunit

    Well they did asked a few tricky questions (competency) so I am a bit pessimistic about getting through tot he next stage, but we will see...make sure you prepare lots of competency examples and maybe try and link them to the job you are applying to, as how you would add value. Lastly, know your weaknesses and strengths as they might ask about it as well!

  • 23 May 2013 - 2:42pm
    • eunit

    luhsuan21, i was just wondering how long did it take after the interview to get invitation for the AC?;]
    Jerry to summarise: career plane2,5 years time, time management, why kerry, know a lot about the company as well as competitors and lots of competency based questions on teamwork,when u had to handle difficult colleague and so on. Good luck with the interview and let us know how it went!

  • 23 May 2013 - 5:18pm
    • JerryL

    Absolutely,I will let you know. Thanks again.

  • 23 May 2013 - 8:35am
    • luhsuan21

    Hello Renetalis
    How's your AC? Hope it's all well. Would you like to share your experience of the AC? If you would like to I would be very grateful. Many thanks.

  • 23 May 2013 - 8:33am
    • luhsuan21

    Hello Jerry, just like Eunit said, those questions they asked are like those opening questions they asked at the online application. For example, give a example that how you solved a problem, how did you manage several complicated tasks or projects, how did you work well with your team members and so on. Also, they also asked me some questions about the company, I think they wanted to make sure the candidates have good understanding of the business. Good luck for you telephone interview.

  • 23 May 2013 - 5:12pm
    • JerryL

    Thanks! It sounds great! I'm just worried some tricky questions will be asked.I will prepare well. Hope to see you in the AC.

  • 22 May 2013 - 11:43pm
    • eunit

    Pretty much all the questions that are mentioned on this thread!

  • 22 May 2013 - 6:30pm
    • eunit

    Has anyone received invitation to AC recently? I had my interview recently still waiting for the outcome!

  • 22 May 2013 - 10:25pm
    • JerryL

    Hi eunit,do you remember what have you been asked in the telephone interview please? I'm applying for procurement position.Thanks!


  • 16 May 2013 - 6:48am
    • eunit

    Hi bjs345! Yes i received my telehpnoe invitation for the interview as well!;]

  • 15 May 2013 - 7:40pm
    • bjs345

    Hi eunit, I completed tests on Sunday and Monday, got an email to book telephone interview now.

  • 13 May 2013 - 12:06pm
    • eunit

    Hey everyone, has anyone applied for the accounting and finance programme recently? If yes have you received feedback yet? I have done my tests early last week and still waiting if i am through to the next stage;]

  • 7 May 2013 - 3:51pm
    • luhsuan21

    Hello everyone, I've done my telephone interview and finally was contacted to the assessment centre. But they said it might be on July, still a long time. Does anyone would like to share their experience of AC? Such as what kind of activities would be included, group exercise, case study, presentation,paper tests and so on. Thank you for your help!!

  • 22 May 2013 - 11:57am
    • JerryL

    Hi,Luhsuan21. Could you share what have you been asked in the telephone interview please? I will have mine in the next week.

    Many thanks!

  • 28 February 2013 - 4:20pm
    • george_t7

    Did somebody attend on the assessment centre for the grad sales and marketing 2013?

  • 28 February 2013 - 6:50am
    • et883


    I have applied for the Operation/Production Management graduate position. I have a telephone interview next week. Has anyone passed this stage? I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what sort of questions was asked.

    Thank you!

  • 16 February 2013 - 7:24am
    • gideon13

    Could someone please give a breakdown of how the assessment centre day went? This will be highly appreciated. Thanks

  • 11 February 2013 - 10:20am
    • camdonald

    anyone on the 19th-20th feb?

  • 9 February 2013 - 4:25pm
    • ShabzM

    Anybody attending the assessment centres on Tues 12-13th Feb??

  • 5 February 2013 - 4:17pm
    • Lurker

    I will possibly be attending on those dates, @nicky1 where will you be coming from?

  • 5 February 2013 - 3:11pm
    • nicky1

    Hi all,

    I'm attending the assessment centre on the 13th and 14th of Feb in Dublin. Anyone else??

  • 5 February 2013 - 9:22am
    • camdonald

    research and development and assessment day is in dublin

  • 5 February 2013 - 12:26am
    • patelz

    anyone have the telephone interview questions for the accounting and finance scheme?

  • 2 February 2013 - 9:58am
    • camdonald

    anyone attending the assessment day week beginning 19th feb? i am!

  • 6 May 2013 - 6:20pm
    • rene1986


    I am attending the AC for an HR role in few days. Could you please give me some tips such as the topic of presentation and the group exercise. Some examples of interview questions and if the numeracy tests were paper based and difficult.
    Thanks in advance.


  • 5 February 2013 - 12:37am
    • patelz

    what scheme did you apply for? and where is the assessment day?

  • 31 January 2013 - 11:52pm
    • Lurker

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

  • 1 February 2013 - 12:10am
    • JoyceTian

    @lurker have u be contacted to attend the assessment center?? If so when? Thanks~

  • 27 January 2013 - 8:34pm
    • gotham_uk

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

  • 27 January 2013 - 11:28pm
    • JoyceTian

    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.

  • 26 January 2013 - 7:40pm
    • JoyceTian

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

  • 25 January 2013 - 9:03pm
    • Ita Chi

    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

  • 17 January 2013 - 8:07pm
    • bonniecomet

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

  • 15 January 2013 - 5:49am
    • gotham_uk

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

  • 15 January 2013 - 12:25am
    • pg1989

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

  • 14 January 2013 - 8:35pm
    • pg1989

    Supply chain bonnie, what about you??

  • 14 January 2013 - 8:03pm
    • bonniecomet

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

  • 14 January 2013 - 5:13pm
    • pg1989

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

  • 14 January 2013 - 8:04pm
    • bonniecomet

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

  • 12 January 2013 - 11:15pm
    • bonniecomet

    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

  • 11 January 2013 - 11:01pm
    • Ita Chi

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

  • 10 January 2013 - 9:14am
    • gotham_uk

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

  • 8 December 2012 - 6:27am
    • superra2012

    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

  • 22 November 2012 - 1:50pm
    • geek91

    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!

  • 19 November 2012 - 2:04pm
    • sloegin

    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 :).

  • 19 November 2012 - 1:11pm
    • tbcad123

    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.

  • 16 November 2012 - 3:41pm
    • tbcad123

    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
    • sloegin

    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.

  • 27 January 2012 - 11:27pm
    • Creminal1


    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
    • KOD


    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.

  • 23 January 2012 - 4:49pm
    • MisJulez

    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
    • KOD

    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!!

  • 28 January 2012 - 3:25pm
    • MisJulez

    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!

  • 25 January 2012 - 3:31pm
    • KOD

    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!!

  • 19 November 2011 - 9:27am
    • therealjemima

    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?

  • 4 January 2011 - 9:36pm
    • brown

    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

  • 8 December 2010 - 11:23am
    • Knowslian

    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?

  • 8 December 2010 - 10:42am
    • randomness

    Hi guys,

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


  • 4 December 2010 - 4:32pm
    • sunaina

    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.


  • 30 November 2010 - 3:14pm
    • Rawal


    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,


  • 26 November 2010 - 8:47am
    • kaczkat

    kerry ingredients
    and you??!

  • 25 November 2010 - 11:16pm
    • lost7

    Hello kaczkat,

    I have an assessment centre for Finance next week.

    Did you apply for Kerry Group or Kerry Ingredients?

  • 20 November 2010 - 1:04am
    • lost7

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

  • 25 November 2010 - 7:14pm
    • kaczkat

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

  • 13 November 2010 - 5:05pm
    • Irfan_1987

    Hi George,

    I applied for the Finance Programme at Kerry Foods.


  • 13 November 2010 - 4:23pm
    • Irfan_1987

    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
    • George_1985

    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!!!



  • 31 October 2010 - 6:45pm
    • Tigerbait

    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
    • lost7

    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
    • Tigerbait

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

  • 28 October 2010 - 8:12pm
    • lost7

    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
    • lost7


  • 14 October 2010 - 2:27pm
    • lost7

    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
    • George_1985

    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
    • George_1985

    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!!


  • 11 October 2010 - 7:24pm
    • Rawal

    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
    • George_1985

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