12 January 2010 - 12:25pm

Hi All,

I have just been invited to do the Unilever online tests starting with the Logical Reasoning Test.

Has anyone had any experience of the Unilever application process or know what a logical test is/where to practice them? Is it just a different way of describing a non-verbal or diagrammatic test?

Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

Thank you

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  • 11 August 2014 - 2:20pm
    • ondixez

    I had my interview with Unilever collide wit another interview in a big firm...after lotsa thinking i had to forsake the one for Unilever without informing them..but through God's grace the Unilever HR called and gave me another chance...I did the interview and passed all stages all the way to the Selection Day (Assessment Centre).

    Two weeks later I received this mail:

    "Thank you once again for the time and effort you have put into your application for the Unilever Future Leaders Programmme.
    We are writing to advise that we have progressed your application onto the next stage for further review. Once this is complete, we will be in touch again to advise on your progress.
    In the meantime, thanks again for your patience and continued participation. "

    it's now a month since, no communication yet.Anyone with the same case? How much longger should I wait

  • 11 August 2014 - 6:07pm
    • Frutazz

    Ondixez, call them and ask for more information. I do not know if you have applied for the UFLP or the industrial placements or something else, so they are the ones that can let you know what are the next stages in your application. Good luck!

  • 11 July 2014 - 2:28pm
    • red.otty

    Hey, guys! I'm thinking of applying for a 2015 R&D summer placement. If anybody had such an internship could you please give some details about the project and how hard it was for you to obtain it? This post is amazing and really helpful. It gave me a great taste of what the selection process is like, but mostly for HR, Management or Finanace. There isn't too much about the R&D area, so any little help would matter. Thanks!

  • 15 July 2014 - 11:54am
    • Frutazz

    Hey! You can check the Unilever graduates blog, they post info both for UFLP and their summer placements. Just search unilever graduates on google and you'll easily find it.

  • 27 June 2014 - 11:15am
    • Frutazz

    Hey guys! So we're about a month and something away from the start of applications for the 2015 intake... Anyone thinking of applying?

  • 9 June 2014 - 3:18pm
    • Frutazz

    Hey guys!! I thought I'd ask this just in case any of you can help me out. I am thinking about applying to the 2015 Unilever future leaders programme, but I was wondering if Unilever accepts international students that did not study in the UK. In my case I am an EEA national so I can work in the UK without a problem, but my degrees are from Portugal and Spain. If someone can give me an idea if this is possible I'd be really grateful! Best of luck to all of you!!

  • 26 May 2014 - 3:40pm
    • ondixez

    Guys I've just been invited to the Assessment Center for Unilever- HR Mgnt Trainee...from your posts here i understand the process takes too long....this event collides with another interview which I also value so much....would you advise that I cancel the Unilever one? seeing that the other interview is shorter and very viable

  • 7 April 2014 - 8:20pm
    • browningsnotation

    went to a unilever BTM test day a couple months ago...was a few of us there together, all testing for BTM.

    hardest part by far is the case study, i had read on here that you get given loads of information to deal with but i still wasn't ready for what we were given. booklets full of information, with detailed and complicated tables to analyse and draw conclusions from. we were the decision makers for a company that specialises in healthy products, and the government were about to bring in regulation about having more healthy products for sale or something. we had to look at loadsa information about how well our different factories are performing, and choose a product to expand and give reasons why. that was 45 mins to prepare for, the next one was also 45 mins (you have to prepare for them both in a solid 90 minute window) and was BTM focussed - the same company but you're now working in the tech department and they're rolling out an e-commerce platform where your sales team can makes sales through their ipads. you have to review loadsa feedback from the team about how they've been performing with their ipads and decide if we should spend the money on rolling out the ipads to all staff members or not bother.

    it pissed me off cause it wasn't a test of your technology skills, or creative thinking, or intelligence. just a test of how good you were at skimming through tons of information and coming up with decisions, but at a speed much higher than any job would ever demand of you.

    the case study exercise is annoying too, all of you have to read information about two different companies and then decide which one to invest in or something. you're given a company to argue for but nobody really bothered with this. there was one guy in the group who insisted on just chatting garbage the whole time and got up drawing matrices for stuff that didnt warrant a matrix, and just spent the whole time talking over people and adding nothing.

    as you might have guessed from my tone i didnt get offered the job. good luck to anyone yet to attend an assesment day with unilever, i would recommend taking some kind of study drug before you go cause its 8 hours of being bombarded with shit, and the only time you actually get to talk about your skills and why you'd be good there is in the interview, which is a small part of the whole process

    they love those standards of leadership too, be ready to come up with lies about when you've demonstrated them and be ready to exaggerate those lies when questioned

  • 11 March 2014 - 7:55pm
    • hardysarah077

    Hey, thanks for your response! i really appreciate it. Did you have to re do the numerical/logical test?

  • 10 March 2014 - 1:29pm
    • hardysarah077

    Hi i was wondering if anyone has had a recent assessment/selection day event with unilever for the financial management position?

  • 10 March 2014 - 2:39pm
    • D.cooper1

    Hi Sarah, I have recently been to one of these. What would you like to know in particular?

    There were 3 tasks:

    1. Interview - this is a relatively standard 1 hour interview, very similar to the phone interview. You can expect questions on why you'd like to join Unilever, and your reasons for being there/choosing that particular programme. You can also expect 5 competency based questions based on the 5 standards of leadership - they might go into each one in slightly more detail than the phone interview, depending on how informative your initial answer is that you give.

    2. Case Study - this is the toughest part of the day for most people. You will get 90 minutes to prepare (and 2 case studies to do in this time). The first will be a general case study that everybody will be asked to do, and then a second that will be specific to finance. They purposefully give you far too much information and it's up to you to answer the questions provided in the allotted time. Be strict with your time; 45 mins per case study, 22.5 mins reading, 22.5 mins writing. If you lose track then you'll struggle when it comes to presenting your answers (20 mins per case study to explain your answers). When your answers aren't good enough they will prompt you with additional questions giving you clear direction of where to go with it, and you can talk off the top of your head a little. From memory, one of the case studies was to do with an acquisition of another company, and the other was to do with launching a new range of healthy food products.

    3. Group task - you are given 40 mins to prepare, and will have to weigh up the pros and cons of two separate acquisitions. You will initially be given one of the two companies which you have to support (and have to talk about why to choose this for one minute), but after that you can support either decision. Make sure you don't get caught up preparing a case for only the company you've been asked to support, you really need to know both relatively well. You'll then discuss this as a group and to be fair, it's pretty relaxed. You have to ensure that the points you make are well made and persuasive to the group to the point where you are contributing to the overall decision, and not just agreeing with other peoples points.

    If you have any questions let me know and I will try to answer them from memory.

  • 13 November 2013 - 9:35pm
    • moni00

    Hey, has anyone had a telephone interview already? If so, how did it go?

  • 19 December 2013 - 1:23am
    • D.cooper1

    The description on page one of what to expect is still very accurate.

    - 6 competency questions based on the standards of leadership (Tell me about a time...)
    - Why Unilever, and why this particular programme.
    - Who are the competitors, and what seperates them from Unilever.
    - What makes a good leader, and why would you be a good leader.
    - Something difficult Unilever are facing in the current climate.

  • 24 October 2013 - 10:52am
    • QueenieRen

    Has anybody been invited to the selection event of China Programme? I passed the telephone interview a month ago, still waiting...

  • 5 November 2013 - 4:54pm
    • 115235285

    hi. Queenie. hv u got the reply yet? when is the AC. and how long did u wait for the outcome of the telephone interview? i am still waiting..thx

  • 10 December 2013 - 11:24am
    • nocelle

    I was told I passed my telephone interview on 21 Oct, but I still haven't heard anything about the AC. There is no contact number, which is ridiculous imo! Have you heard any news?

  • 10 March 2014 - 1:27pm
    • hardysarah077

    Hi, I was wondering if you have been invited for your assessment center yet?

  • 19 December 2013 - 1:24am
    • D.cooper1

    You could try 0870 154 3550, this puts you through to the recruitment team.

  • 11 September 2013 - 4:04pm
    • jarrain.hu

    Hi there, anybody here can tell me which company Unilever used in their Logic Reasoning Test?

    Thank you!

  • 9 September 2013 - 8:37pm
    • User10

    NRT is the numerical reasoning test I think its from Kenexa you basically have to do 20 question in 20 minutes. These questions are usually basic math questions like how to read a graph, percentages, ratios, addition, subtraction etc etc. Now it sounds easy, but believe me you need a lot of practice because you can only spend 1 minute per question. I will give you one tip read the question first then look for the answer in your graph. This way you know what you're looking for. Anyways good luck!

  • 7 September 2013 - 1:01am
    • buttermilch

    hey guys, this thread has been so helpful already. thank you everyone!
    i just submitted my application and then was re-directed to complete Unilever English (enGB) NRT test. what is it for? and my web browser closed down before i could do anything. is that going to be a problem?

  • 9 September 2013 - 5:24pm
    • Angela86

    hi buttermilch, I had the same problem before. Just sent an email or phone them to explain what happened, then they would check and let you start your test again (only if you didnt start the real test before). As for the test, a sample test is available and its really helpful. Good luck :)

  • 9 September 2013 - 5:56pm
    • buttermilch

    Hey angela86, thank you. I will ring them on wednesday. Where did you find the sample test? Im nervous about it, I never did one before. Thanks and good luck to you too :) x

  • 5 September 2013 - 8:46pm
    • ewurama7070

    Hello there, how do I start answering a question like ' Please indicate why you think Unilever should employ you'?

  • 6 September 2013 - 5:11am
    • Namy90

    hi, begin by saying how you feel your skills and interest are congruent with the objectives & principles of Unilever and how you look forward to the opportunity to bring in your strong interpersonal and leadership skills into a dynamic and fast paced workforce/team. hope this helps...basically this is to convince them that you are a good choice as employee and that you know what you're getting into. Good luck and please update here what happens :)

  • 6 September 2013 - 6:56pm
    • ewurama7070

    Hi there, thanks a lot for your help.

  • 5 September 2013 - 1:17am
    • User10

    Hey Namy90, Well I guess I am not the only one and yeah I'm in the same boat as you had the same thing happen to me. I think they are looking for nationals from GCC countries or Emiratis. The reason I suspected it was because of the nationality was that when I told him I wasnt a GCC national he gave a long "OOOOH" and got silent for a few secs.

  • 3 September 2013 - 10:00pm
    • User10

    There is not a lot of info regarding the Unilever graduate program for UAE. I am going to tell you how it went for me. I Applied in August got the link to do the numerical test right after submitting the application. Did the test after 7 days. On the 10th day I had call from a Unilever recruiter asking me if I had a few moments to answer his question. It didnt seem like an interview as it was very short, but basically went over my CV particularly my education. During this call he asked if I was a national of the country I'm living in (He assumed I was) I replied no and told him I was an expat living here. At the end he asked me if I had done the numerical and after knowing I had done both the test asked for a day or 2 to go over my results.

    The very next day he called me again and asked if we had talked before like he didnt remember and asked where we left off. I told him again about the tests and he asked for end of the day. The next day I got a rejection email from him.

    It would be really sad if I got rejected based on my nationality since that was the same reason I got rejected from another application. I dont think it was because of the test as researching about them I found it if you dont pass the numerical you dont get the logical test link and I just gave a logical reasoning test for another company and passed. Since I didnt get any email telling me I passed the test or not I can not assume anything.

    As for the call I guess it was a screening call or Maybe they just call everyone? I dont know

  • 4 September 2013 - 3:31pm
    • Namy90

    hi user 10, I too applied for the Graduate programme in Abu Dhabi.i completed a numerical test alone.then a phone interview by a recruiter named Sharif jomaa
    2 days later I got a reject saying they won't be taking my application any further.so I guess that was because I too am not a national plus I stay outside UAE. Yeeeesh!! :-S

  • 13 February 2013 - 3:10pm
    • missrosell

    Ive got an assessment next week, does anyone have any tips?!

  • 15 February 2013 - 1:19pm
    • HR20

    HI Missrosell.. The assessments are very simple if you practice the online tests.. Its quite straighforward..

  • 15 February 2013 - 1:18pm
    • HR20

    HI Missrosell.. The assessments are very simple if you practice the online tests.. Its quite straighforward..

  • 4 February 2013 - 11:00pm
    • dkoti

    Hi HR20 - I'll have the interview tomorrow evening, I'll write a post about it. But I think if you have a look at previous posts, you can get a fairly good insight in what to expect.. :) And have a look at Targetjob, they have quite a nice summary of the company as well! Good luck! :)

  • 5 February 2013 - 11:25am
    • HR20

    Thanks a lot dkoti! I have prepared the questions mentioned on this forum, Targetjob and Glassdoor.. But none of the questions were specific to HR so thought of checking.. Are you also appearing for the HR programme? Good luck with your interview tomorrow..Any inputs would be much appreciated :)

  • 6 February 2013 - 1:00am
    • dkoti

    Hi - yes, I'm applying for HR as well. :) The general questions were no surprise, so you should be fine there. Just prepare with loads of different examples, I had a set of few and sometimes I was asked about situations that I had mentioned in previous answers, so I had to come up with random new ones.. that was a bit tough. And do the research on the company. There were some HR-related questions as well, like why did you choose it, why do you think it is suitable for you, what is its role, etc. But not so much technical ones. The interviewer was nice, so there's nothing to worry about from that side. I was told to get the results within a week, so I guess for 2 or 3 I won't hear from them.. :D Anyway, good luck and keep me posted! :)

  • 15 February 2013 - 1:17pm
    • HR20

    Hey Dkoti! Replying so late because I have been so confused if went well or not so much.. It's a week for me today so hopefully I will hear something soon.. Any news for you?

  • 6 February 2013 - 10:55am
    • HR20

    Great! Good to hear it's not that tough.. I have about 3 examples for each question..Hopefully should be enough..I will let you know once I am done! :)
    Thanks a lot! Hope to meet you on the Selection day :)

  • 4 February 2013 - 2:56pm
    • HR20

    Hi, has anyone had a telephonic interview for UFLP in HR recently? What sort of questions were asked? I have mine on Friday! Please help..!

  • 2 February 2013 - 9:12am
    • CriTiX

    It's been now 9 months since I passed the interview and no words for the AC. My account still reads selection board. Anyone had the same situation?

  • 30 January 2013 - 3:28pm
    • Xty

    I had my phone interview on the 9th and still no response! I am a candidate for Customer Management scheme.

  • 29 January 2013 - 11:00am
    • mariamyy

    I had my telephone interview yesterday, the help from this trend is immeasurable. nothing is different from all what you guys have said. Thank you all.

    In addition all that i will like to add is to be high on energy and be relaxed. Smile Smile Smile.

    I am still waiting on the response and assessment center.

    If there is any one that are on the same recruitment stage as I am.

    I don't mind practicing some group work/ case study in a group of 4 or 5 via Skype or Yahoo messenger just to get familiar with it. If any one is interested, please drop an email.

    Good luck every one.

  • 24 January 2013 - 1:16pm
    • chris09

    I was wondering if anyone has recently had a telephone interview for Supply Chain? Or an assessment centre date? Eagerly awaiting news on my telephone interview!

  • 23 January 2013 - 12:50pm
    • Hunting4Jobs

    Anyone else been invited to AC on 28th/29th? Was a bit short notice and I might not be able to go! Is there a chance they will hold more?
    This is for the R&D stream

  • 15 January 2013 - 5:09pm
    • Xty

    I was interviewed last week and the questions were more or less the same. The recruiter was very nice! Do have several examples for each of the possible questions because I used up all that I prepared and thus, I had to think about new examples during the interview.
    Also my status is blank but I just got an email telling me that my application is under review, and that they will let me know soon.

  • 14 January 2013 - 11:02am
    • sam_cot

    Update about CIMA questions

    Just had the interview, no questions about CIMA, read this forum I didn't get asked any question that wasn't posted here


  • 14 January 2013 - 9:33am
    • Hunting4Jobs

    I had the telephone interview on friday and now when I log in to the account area online my application status is blank...is that a bad thing?

  • 11 January 2013 - 6:45pm
    • mcoleman

    I had my telephone interview on the 28th December for a Supply Chain Internship position. The information on here gave me some great insight as to what to answer. Questions that came up were (vague from memory):
    Describe a time when you were innovative or creative in your decision making?
    When you faced a problem and how did you deal with it?
    Why you want to work for Unilever?
    What do you know about the Supply Chain Operations?

    Advice i can give to anyone having an interview is be prepared for the interview as it really does help yourself and the interviewer. Coming up with examples on the spot wastes your own time as the interviewer is on a very limited (30mins) schedule. They need to get to the bottom of your answer as quickly as possible so they can get the most information from you.

    I do recommend the STAR approach to answering questions, very good structure and helps the interviewer.
    I definitely recommend not looking at your notes during the interview however. I did this and the interviewer could tell i was nervous and searching for my planned answer. If you've managed to get an interview, you can definitely answer a couple of questions without notes, trust me, from experience, it helps.
    Finally, research your position in-depth, i had an idea of my role and this really helped answering the question as it shows to the interviewer you know what you will be doing in your job, good background information helps too (competitors, product range).

    All this got me a position in an assessment centre on the 21st January so good luck.

  • 11 January 2013 - 4:32pm
    • sam_cot

    Thanks for all your information here, really useful! just a question, for the FINANCE graduate scheme telephone interview, did anyone get any QUESTIONS about CIMA??

    Thanks and I will post any advice here after my interview!


  • 28 December 2012 - 9:58pm
    • apcn20

    I had my telephone interview for supply chain grad scheme on the 11th Dec, and its been more than 2 weeks now and still no news from them. I called up the HR office and unfortunately they didnt have any information regarding my application. Does it always take so long? Or does this mean I've been rejected?

  • 19 December 2012 - 12:28am
    • mcoleman

    From what i have looked at in this discussion board, telephone interviews consist frequently of 5 leadership competency questions, which i should try to answer using the STAR technique, but maintaining a clear and concise focus on the actions i undertook more than the situation.
    Whilst the 3-4 general questions related to Unilever may need the provision of information regarding particular role applied for, fmcg environment, competitive advantages of Unilever, close market competitors, and why i would like to work for Unilever.

    I have my interview on the 28th December for a Supply Chain Internship so if anyone has any tips or hints on what in particular Unilever will look for in a Supply Chain intern, it would be most appreciated.

  • 14 December 2012 - 12:17pm
    • jerry123

    Hi Suf123. Do you think there was any way that was good for preparing for the case study?

  • 14 December 2012 - 11:25am
    • CriTiX


    You do not actually have to lead in order to beat the group exercise.

    In ACs, It is not always about who leads the group or who holds the marker but it is about the quality of what you say, how assertive you are and how you listen and interact.

    Good Luck

  • 13 December 2012 - 3:53pm
    • KXT131

    Anyone knows why there is nothing under the headline of the online application status? I have been waiting for 4 weeks, and yesterday, it still currently under review. thank you.

  • 13 December 2012 - 2:12pm
    • Jobs12

    Thank you for that.. I had mine on the Thursday (so the day before yours), so not looking too hopeful.
    Can I ask Bear_blue which programme you have applied for?


  • 11 December 2012 - 6:41pm
    • Jobs12

    Has anyone else had this email, when I called they said I had passed the interview,but were still assessing my app..does anyone know why or how they decide?

    I am writing with regards to your application for the Unilever Future Leaders Programme.

    We would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with us during your recent telephone interview. Your application is currently in the process of being considered for a place on our final selection stage, our Selection Board event.

    If you have any queries regarding this please contact us on 0870 154 3550.

    We will be in touch again shortly.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Alison Poulton

  • 11 December 2012 - 6:50pm
    • bear_blu

    Yeah I got this last Wednesday. Basically what it means is that because they've got so many candidates you've entered a short listing process.
    It basically means you've passed the telephone interview but you'll still have to wait to see if you've got through to an assessment centre. Its a nerve-racking wait but hopefully you'll be fine.

    I suggest giving them a call anyway just to show that you're interested in what the email means

  • 11 December 2012 - 6:51pm
    • boncica

    hey guys

    just wondering how many days did you wait after the interview to have received that message?

  • 11 December 2012 - 7:00pm
    • bear_blu

    I had my interview on a Friday. Then on the Wednesday I got that email and today I got another email saying I've been accepted on to an assessment centre.
    I'm not sure if that's the same for everyone though

  • 11 December 2012 - 7:01pm
    • boncica

    ok i had mine last thurs so i guess i will hear back pretty soon! thanks for the info ;)

  • 11 December 2012 - 5:22pm
    • bear_blu

    Just confirmed my attendance for an assessment centre next week (18/19). Give me a shout anyone else going too, would be good to start getting to know peoples before the 18th!

  • 7 December 2012 - 3:19pm
    • suf123

    Just had the selection day...it is tough and you really need to be on your A game throughout.....the case study was the most difficult....you are given two tasks and have 90 minutes to complete both and then present your answers....each task contains 20 pages of info which you have to use to answer the questions...manage your time and be ANALYTICAL

    The interview is fine....just DO NOT use the same answers from your application...they have your application to hand but it is ok to use answers from your telephone interview

    In regards to the group task, it is not difficult....but you HAVE to lead and do not stay quiet...lead right from the beginning, sum up ideas and be passionate about what you say.

    The night b4 is amazing...the hotel is mint...my room was the size of old trafford lol...just make the most of it but do not go 2 the selection day and expect it 2 be easy!

    Hope this helps!

  • 7 December 2012 - 12:15pm
    • feliznavidad

    I just had my telephone interview, thank you to everyone who posted helpful tips here. I'll reiterate what the others have said - All the questions revolve around the 5 competencies. Then a few on your chosen function + the industry as a whole. Have lots of ideas up your sleeve and elaborate on them. I was repeating a few points and the interview kept prompting me to explore new areas instead!

  • 6 December 2012 - 4:53pm
    • kyle203

    Hi everyone!

    I recently had a telephone interview with Unilever, it was literally just the 5 competencies and then standard Why Unilever, Why this division etc. The posts on this forum were really helpful.

    I have been invited to a Selection Event next week (12th/13th December), is anyone else attending this? The details I have recieved about the day at the Head Office seem very straightforward, but I am more unsure about the evening at the hotel before. Any ideas on what we are supposed to wear or anything? I doubt we're supposed to suit up as it is just a meal with some graduates, so maybe just smart casual, but it doesnt say anything (and I dont want to be the only one dress inappropriately!).


  • 6 December 2012 - 4:08pm
    • Jeffrey

    Hi, everyone
    I took the telephone interview for UFLP last monday,26th Nov, and recruitor told me they would contact with me this week. However, it is thursday now and i did not get any upgraded information. Have anyone alreay received results or faced the same situation with me? .
    Best Regards

  • 29 November 2012 - 2:59pm
    • apcn20

    I advise you to call up the HR department. I actually did that just now and was able to choose the interview slot according to my availability. So yeah try to do that.

  • 29 November 2012 - 10:59am
    • Lexus

    Hi all
    I recently receive an email to book an telephone interview slot but there was only one available time slot which I was unavailable for. I'm a bit worried that this time slot was for me and I missed my chance. Currently my application says currently there are no booking events at this time. Should I wait for contact Unilever?

  • 29 November 2012 - 10:41am
    • PinkyFlamy

    To those asking me about the telephone interview : It is about the 5 Unilever competencies - have a look at the forum and you should find people describing the process in very much detail!

  • 28 November 2012 - 7:03pm
    • apcn20

    Hey how did u get to book your tele interview? online or did they give you a call? I am still not able to book it since last Thursday!!

  • 28 November 2012 - 7:33pm
    • bear_blu

    well the status on my application changed on monday, and it said "there are no bookable events at this time..." (I didn't receive any emails)
    but today the status changed again with the option to book a slot online via the application page.
    and then a couple of hours after doing that i received an email confirming my slot

  • 28 November 2012 - 4:33pm
    • kissbangdie

    Hi bear_blu

    I guess you could try to give an example of how you solved a problem analytically during your time at PwC, as long as it is relevant.

    Hope it helps!

  • 28 November 2012 - 1:34pm
    • bear_blu

    Booked my slot for the telephone interview, I'm pretty nervous already.

    Also, could someone give me some advice. Basically on the competency questions, is it a bad call to talk about things that I've done at school?

    And I have another dilemma, I want to try and squeeze in something about when I did a work placement for PWC if they ask me about something analytical related. However this placement was in 2007 so is it worth me mentioning it or should I avoid it.

    Anyones thoughts will be massively appreciated

  • 27 November 2012 - 9:58pm
    • nah

    Pinky - I heard back from them the next day but I'm not sure if this is the case for everybody. I know some people on this forum are still waiting for an invitation to a Selection Day even though they were interviewed way before I was, whereas I passed my telephone interview only a few weeks ago and my Selection Day is next week.

  • 27 November 2012 - 5:05pm
    • PinkyFlamy

    Hello guys!

    I've recently been through the telephone interview and it is exactly as described in this forum!! Competency based questions and then why unilever, fmcg, competitive advantage etc

    I was wondering, those of you that went through the interview, did you wait 1 week to find out about the outcome? Am I right to believe that if you don't hear from them within 1-2 days you are in fact rejected?

    Thank you and good luck to all of you!

  • 27 November 2012 - 7:50pm
    • bear_blu

    Hey PinkyFlamy

    I'm sorry I don't have an answer to your query. I was just wondering what the Competency questions were based on?/What were your competency questions?
    Were the predominantly to do with leadership or did they ask you questions like "Give an example of when you had to influence a group of people to your thinking"

    Thanks! And good luck with the remainder of your application

  • 27 November 2012 - 11:38am
    • apcn20

    Hi bear_blu, I got the same message as well since last Thursday. I guess they are still receiving and evaluating lots of applicants to come up with a finalised list of people for the tele interview. I'm sure they will inform us soon.

  • 27 November 2012 - 10:12am
    • bear_blu

    Hey guys

    I've applied to the Marketing scheme. I've passed the online test stage, but I haven't received any emails confirming this, however on my application page it says:

    "There are currently no bookable events available at this time, please check again later. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused"

    Has anyone else got this message?

  • 25 November 2012 - 9:23pm
    • Jobs12

    What edge do Unilever have over our biggest competitors

    How did people answer this??

    Any help will be appreciated :) thanks

  • 24 November 2012 - 11:25pm
    • nah

    Anybody else going to the Selection Day in December for supply chain?

    Previous posts in this thread suggest there are five activities during the day - but the email I received from Unilever states there will only be three 1) Analyse information and present to a manager 2) Group activity and 3) Competency interview.

    Apparently they also interview at the end regarding where else you've applied so that they can get an understanding of the types of industry you're interested in and also so that they can make a decision quickly if you've been offered elsewhere.

  • 13 January 2013 - 2:04pm
    • missrosell

    hey nah, i have the selection day for supply chain at the end of Jan
    how did it go? have you got any tips?

  • 7 December 2012 - 2:43pm
    • kyle203

    When is your Selection Day? Have you had it, or is it on the 13th (which is when mine is). Hope it went well if you have already had it.

  • 11 December 2012 - 9:55pm
    • feliznavidad

    Best of luck with that kyle203! I just had my interview a few days ago, and i'm yet to hear the outcome

  • 24 November 2012 - 10:04pm
    • suf123

    hi guys

    In regards to the telephone interview then it is important to review unilevers standards of leadership and make sure u r specific in what u say...the interviewer is restricted in their time as they quickly move on to the next question so be concise and avoid waffling

    you will be asked about 6 comp questions and a few questions on why unilever, competitors and why the position you have applied for

    Has anyone been to a Selection Day yet? If so, could you provide details as to what actually happens in the tasks and what questions you are asked in the face to face interview?

  • 23 November 2012 - 11:13pm
    • nah


    Congratulations to all those who got to the telephone interview stage. The questions they asked were to give examples regarding their standards of leadership. Other than that, they asked about my knowledge of the specific program I was applying for, why Unilever and competitors.

    Good luck!

  • 22 November 2012 - 1:48pm
    • Dips90

    I got mine within 2 days - it showed up on the website before they sent the email!

  • 21 November 2012 - 4:48pm
    • apcn20

    Can anyone give a rough idea on how long Unilever takes to get back to us after completing the online tests? Thanks!

  • 20 November 2012 - 3:06pm
    • Dips90


    I am applying for the research and development graduate program.

    I have just completed my online tests and have been invited for a telephone interview.

    Will the questions for R&D be similar to the other questions that have been posted here? (obv apart from the question about why you chose that sector lol)


  • 11 November 2012 - 10:39pm
    • nah

    Hey all

    Had my telephone interview on Friday (9th Oct) for UFLP Supply Chain. I got an email today inviting me to a Selection Event in December - anybody else in this situation?

    Didn't expect it AT ALL because I felt my interview was a disaster - mobile phone signal was poor (didn't have access to a landline), had my own voice echoing for the entire 45 minutes, I had a sore throat, there were some really unexpectedly in-depth questions, she interrupted me about 30 times which screwed up my STAR technique, and I accidentally burped towards the end :o

    Really nervous about the Selection Event - I've got two interviews with other companies before that but Unilever is the one I really want.

  • 23 November 2012 - 10:37pm
    • Echo131

    Hi Nah,

    I am going to have a phone interview soon. Would you mind shedding some lights?
    Thank you.

    Good Luck with your AC!

  • 23 November 2012 - 12:48am
    • apcn20

    Hey nah, I am applying for UFLP Supply Chain as well. and i just got to know that I'm through to the telephone interview. Do you mind telling me what sort of questions should I expect? Thanks! Congratz on getting to the AC!!!

  • 19 November 2012 - 10:22pm
    • Jeffrey

    Hello, nah
    Congras for your entry into selection event, i am still waiting for telephone interview. I wanna have an overall expression of timetable, could you tell me what time exactly you will go to the selection event.

  • 23 November 2012 - 11:16pm
    • nah


    I think it varies but for me it was as follows - application, 2 weeks later online tests, 2 weeks later telephone interview, 2 days after I got an invitation to an AC early December.

  • 10 November 2012 - 11:41am
    • JonMottershead


    People who have had the telephone interview already: When asked the competency questions did you talk about new examples of work experience or use the same examples you gave in the initial application? I feel like I would just be repeating myself if I used the same example as I have before.


  • 26 November 2012 - 4:34pm
    • Jobs12


    congrats on passing the telephone interview.]]Just wondering how you asked why unilever and how does unilever have a competitive advantage over its competitors?
    And why fcmg?

    Your help will be greatly appreciated as I am very stuck

  • 9 November 2012 - 10:19pm
    • apcn20

    Hey I just completed my application form for the UFLP Malaysia and I submitted it last night. I read over my application form again today, and I found 1 spelling mistake and a typo, I was pretty devastated because I knew it might ruin my chances of getting through the first round! Does anyone here know do I stand a chance of getting through? :(

  • 10 November 2012 - 1:36am
    • CriTiX

    Hi Adeline

    Relaaaxx. It is just a typo. Everyone makes mistakes and it doesnt mean you do not have a chance for the next round. You still do.

    chill out

  • 6 November 2012 - 9:44pm
    • DrK

    As agreed with Avalqz above I found the exact same questions this morning. just make sure you've got 2/3 examples of each of the leadership behaviours and a good answer as to why unilever.

    Has anyone been invited for an assessment centre for UK marketing/customer development for 2013 scheme?

    Good luck everyone

  • 5 November 2012 - 2:03pm
    • Avalqz

    I just had my interview today, it's exactly 45 mins, I was asked questions about innovation, customers, making quick decisions, 3 leadership questions focusing on the plan, actions taken, showing your leadership qualities respectively.

    Also why marketing, why Unilever, which area in marketing do you want to do most, what research have you done on Unilever, how marketing role in Unilever interact with other roles in Unilever and why do you want to be a leader.
    I was told I will get an email within two weeks if I success

    Hope this helps, good luck guys

  • 3 November 2012 - 3:57pm
    • MMzone

    Hi guys!
    Can anyone please share recent experience of Assessment Centre? Does Unilever have Intray exercise in final selection stage?
    Many thanks!

  • 30 October 2012 - 5:02pm
    • sarahhoist

    Heya angela

    I just checked my email account it took them 1 week and 1 day for them to get back to me, I was getting pretty worried aswell.


  • 30 October 2012 - 12:27pm
    • Angela86

    Hi all

    It has been over one week since I submitted my application, and my Unilever account status remains under review. How long have you guys waited for the online test after application? I am a little worried now. Thx!


  • 30 October 2012 - 1:11am
    • sarahhoist

    hey nasier

    i reckon u should give em a ring or email and ask them


  • 29 October 2012 - 11:07pm
    • sarahhoist

    hey gabi

    thank you for your response. sorry for my late reply. may i ask...did you talk much on unilevers competitive advantage? as ive researched quite abit especially on thier innovation, but i would imagine they do not allow you to talk much about it?

  • 29 October 2012 - 3:33pm
    • nah

    Hi everyone

    I did the tests for Unilever's Future Leaders grad scheme (supply chain) a few weeks ago and, having heard nothing, I checked my account today. It says the status of my application is 'Telephone Interview'...but then states that I am currently unable to select any slots!!

    I'm quite worried - is there a chance that I missed the 'deadline' to select a slot? I didn't receive an email or phone call telling me I had passed to the telephone interview stage. Looking at the other posts suggests that other people have been able to select slots and have already done interviews.

    Any guidance would be much appreciated!

  • 24 October 2012 - 8:17pm
    • sarahhoist

    thanks for this Gabi :) did they mention anything about feedback? did they mention when they would get back to you

  • 26 October 2012 - 7:27pm
    • Gabi4801

    she said i should receive an email in a week or so... nothing about the feedback, but from what i know most companies offer feedback after interviews.

  • 24 October 2012 - 1:23pm
    • DeonEmyr

    I have sent a private message to you Shirley

  • 23 October 2012 - 1:02am
    • sarahhoist

    wish me luck :)

  • 22 October 2012 - 5:32pm
    • CriTiX

    Good Job Deon

    The best of luck in the AC.

  • 21 October 2012 - 10:15pm
    • sarahhoist

    Well done Deon

  • 21 October 2012 - 9:34pm
    • DeonEmyr

    Hihi everyone! I have been invited to the Assessment Centre for next week in Surrey. As you know it is best to get to know each other before we go. Is anyone from London and going to the centre? Please PM me if you are :-)

  • 23 October 2012 - 11:18pm
    • ShirleyZhuang

    Hi Deon, this is Shirley. I have received the invitation to the AC next Wednesday to Thursday. I am in London now too. Which program did you apply? How are ur preparing going?

  • 19 October 2012 - 6:19pm
    • sarahhoist

    Hey, just got past the two online tests, has anyone had a telephone interview for the the Business and Technology Mangement scheme. if so do the questions differ from what has already been posted? also user sandyjing17, can I please ask, what did you mean by 'innovation time' in your post? did you mean they asked 'when was a time where you have been innovative' or something to that extent. :)

  • 14 October 2012 - 11:35pm
    • sandyjing17

    Hi everyone,

    I just had my telephone interview last Monday and I am still waiting for the results.

    Thanks for all information you guys provided since all questions had been covered by previous posts: 1.innovation time 2. leadership qualities 3. made decision quickly and persuaded others 4. involve in conflicts 5. went out of your own way to satisfy customers 6. why financial management 7. why FMCG 8. industry news affect FMCG 9. who are competitors 10. Unilever's competitive advantages. Hope these can be helpful to any potential applicants.

    The only question I was not sure about is 'why financial management'. Unfortunately I was too nervous during the interview so I misunderstood the question. Hope that it would not affect my progression to the selection board.....Finger cross!!

    Hope again that I would be informed soon of passing my telephone interview.


  • 12 October 2012 - 1:29pm
    • Gabi4801

    Hi all,

    I have just been invited to do the online logical reasoning and numerical reasoning tests. Does anyone know what type of tests they're using? I am a bit concerned about the logical test as i have never done it before. Any tips from someone who's passed this stage already would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks a lot and good luck to everyone !

  • 14 October 2012 - 5:40pm
    • Alexa Irina

    Hello Gabi. Just finished mine. Take a look on graduatewings.co.uk. You will find there the kind of logical reasoning questions Unilever gives. They are quite easy. I finished 23 out of 24 in 12 minutes.

  • 16 October 2012 - 12:04am
    • zifzhao

    Hey Alexa, I just finished the test today. Do you know when we can get the result?

  • 16 October 2012 - 12:24pm
    • Gabi4801

    Hi! I completed the tests on sunday evening and got my results first thing in the morning on monday. I still haven't received an email informing me of the results however my Unilever account shows that i have progressed to the phone interview stage (huraaaay). I booked my interview for next wednesday.

    Alexa, thanks for the info. How did you do in the tests?

  • 24 October 2012 - 4:41pm
    • Alexa Irina

    Hello again Gabi. Yesterday Unilever called me to tell me that I have passed the online tests. I have my interview on Friday. Did you have your interview and if yes, how were the questions? Best of luck from now on

  • 24 October 2012 - 7:28pm
    • Gabi4801

    i had my interview today. the questions were: time you solved a problem creatively, time when you made decision quickly and persuaded others, went the extra mile to satisfy a customer, time when you showed leadership qualities, time when you gave responsibilities to others based on their skills, time when you had to plan/organise something (focus on the planning/organising process, not the situation); time when you had use your analytical skills, did some research and proposed a course of action; unilevers competitors (give 4-5 examples), unilevrs competitive advantage, why fmcg, why financial management, issues affecting unilever, and the last question was something like why do you want to become a leader ( refer to their standards of leadership)

    you have to be concise and on the subject, cut any additional details (she interrupted me quite a few times because i was giving too many unnecessary details), emphasize you skills and actions as much as you can. structure your answer using the STAR approach, however focus on what Actions you took and give as many details as you can on how you convinced the group to go your way or how you organised that task and so on. I can't stress enough how important this is, basically that's the only thing that matters to them.

    hope this helps, if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

    good luck for friday

  • 23 November 2012 - 10:32pm
    • Echo131

    Hi Gabi, Thank you so much for sharing the telephone interview questions. I have seen my application status changed to telephone interview, though I have not received date of the phone interview.

    I just want to ask you something about unilever's competitors. You mentioned it's better to have 4-5 example. Do you mean examples on product wise, figure wise (market shares, etc) or something else.

    Many thanks.

  • 14 October 2012 - 10:48pm
    • Gabi4801

    Hi Alexa Irina. How was the numerical?

  • 15 October 2012 - 2:20pm
    • Alexa Irina

    Hello! Well the numerical questions are time consuming but not hard. I only got to question 15 out of 20 to be honest. If you practice more than I did before you proceed to the actual test you should not have any problems. You can find two tests on assessmentday.co.uk. There are 60 questions you can practice. And you can find more online.

  • 10 October 2012 - 9:30pm
    • CriTiX


    Welcome to the waiting area. It's been now five months since I passed the interview and no words about the SB.

  • 10 October 2012 - 8:33pm
    • ModupeM

    Hi Number14 and MMZone, don't be too bothered, they didn't get back to me until over a month after my phone interview (Interview was August 29, I got feedback on October 2). Still waiting for word on the selection day...

    Good luck to everyone.

  • 10 October 2012 - 8:21pm
    • M.R.90

    Hi everyone!

    I received an email today telling me that I have passed the telephone interview. It would have been 2 weeks tomorrow.

    However they are saying that they cannot confirm a place at the Selection Board, I shall be assured, though, that they are currently considering me.

    I guess that means they are still not sure....


  • 10 October 2012 - 7:51pm
    • CriTiX

    Nothing so far.
    Waiting. I am still waiting. Actually, I enjoy waiting :(

  • 9 October 2012 - 3:14am
    • couchman.f

    It took exactly 1 week to get back to me, you might want to call them up and find out?
    Has anyone else heard about assessment centres?

  • 6 October 2012 - 3:27pm
    • MMzone

    Hi M.R.90,

    I had my phone interview 2 weeks ago, but still no feedback from them. Waiting is killing me!!

  • 4 October 2012 - 10:48am
    • M.R.90

    Hi everyone.

    I had my phone interview one week ago today. How long did it take for them to get back to you?

    Many Thanks

  • 3 October 2012 - 4:52pm
    • MarianaSolano

    Hi everyone, I just got an email by Unilever but I want to practice before start the test they sent me, do you have any online and free website I can use??? THANKS!

  • 2 October 2012 - 7:25pm
    • wendy ngcobo

    hey guys... i just want to know, what does it mean when you have submitted your application and the status says "added to Requisition" and also when there is no comment under the Status column on the Unilever application.

    and also how soon after you have applied do they call you or or let you know if you have been short-listed?

    Thanks guys

  • 2 October 2012 - 7:57am
    • CriTiX

    Yeah but I dont think that the ACs start at the same time in different countries.
    Do they?

  • 1 October 2012 - 8:52pm
    • LisaFuchs

    well, at least end of October is not that far away anymore :) congrats to passing the phone interview!

  • 29 September 2012 - 2:21am
    • couchman.f

    Thanks for the congrats!
    They told me the first assessment centres would by end of October, so guess we're all waiting to find out :)

  • 25 September 2012 - 6:06pm
    • CriTiX


    Congrats and welcome to the waiting area.

  • 25 September 2012 - 4:15pm
    • couchman.f

    Hey everyone, had the phone interview for UK grad scheme and found out that i've passed it today, but not no news on assessment centre. has anyone else heard back?

  • 20 September 2012 - 9:40pm
    • Sky4

    hi guys, does anybody have practice questions for the unilever learning capabilities test (the second psychometric test of 280 questions)?

  • 20 September 2012 - 9:40pm
    • Sky4

    hi guys, does anybody have practice questions for the unilever learning capabilities test (the second psychometric test of 280 questions)?

  • 20 September 2012 - 10:44am
    • Ghalia Khan

    Right, just had my telephone interview, not sure how it went... But I'll let you know as I find out. I had applied for a marketing placement year, and I will just let you know some details I found out and the questions I had.
    Basically marketing is based in Leatherhead, but you may travel around to the manufacturing companies to help with manufacturing and packaging.

    On to my questions, I wasn't asked specific questions as such, but I was asked to expand on my other answers.
    1)Describe a time where you showed innovation.
    2) Describe a situation where a project didn't go well and how you dealt with it.
    3)Describe a time when you showed leadership.
    4) Why Marketing?
    5) Why FMCG industry?
    6) Describe the main competitors of Unilever, and how Unilever has the competitive advantage.
    7) There are many different areas in the marketing programme, where do you want to work in the most?

    I think there were a couple more related to my answers, but I can't remember them sorry!
    Feel free to ask me if you have any other questions :)

    Hopefully I'll get through!

  • 11 September 2012 - 2:08pm
    • CriTiX

    Hi Exupery

    They do and what killing me is that passing the interview does not necessarily mean you will participate in the selection board. They might just cancel your application. They MIGHT do it. I'm not fully sure about it.

  • 10 September 2012 - 8:54pm
    • CriTiX

    Waiting is killing me :(

  • 10 September 2012 - 9:06pm
    • exupery

    hi Ali,
    Do they still reluctant to give a timescale? At least you know you're clear the interview, I have not heard back since submitting.

  • 20 October 2012 - 6:08pm
    • Jeffrey

    I found you've applied for Unilever's China program, congratulate you passing the first stage. Btw, do you apply for china programs of other multinational companies?

  • 10 September 2012 - 6:44pm
    • couchman.f

    ModupeM - what country are you applying to? thanks!

  • 10 September 2012 - 7:53pm
    • ModupeM

    Hi couchman.f

    I'm applying for the Nigeria FLP. It's through the UK office, so it's the same process as the UK FLP. Still haven't got feedback about my phone interview, anyway.

    Good luck with your interview!

  • 7 September 2012 - 6:42pm
    • MMzone

    hi exupery!
    i applied for China program and got feedback in about one wk after submitting the APF.
    Be patient and good luck!

  • 7 September 2012 - 8:20pm
    • exupery

    Hi mmzone
    Thanks for the reply,
    I applied for financial mgmt, what function you applying to? Are you in interviewing stage? Also may I ask if you've done a Masters (or if you have a degree from top 5 etc), I know it's not required by them, but given we are applying for China I thought my lack of one could have been holding me back. Worried, oh so worried...
    pm me if you like, thanks a lot

  • 7 September 2012 - 12:10pm
    • exupery

    I hate nagging, but anyone heard back from Unilever, applied for non-UK ?thanks

  • 3 September 2012 - 6:12pm
    • CriTiX

    Let me explain something about the test.

    It's provided to you in a special folder. It has 6 or 7 types of questions. Each type has it's own questions, information, table or graphs. You first solve the first questions of each type then you move to the second questions of each type etc.

    Some questions are easy to solve and some are super tricky but not difficult to solve.

    The idea is that you need to work AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

    Good luck guys

  • 3 September 2012 - 12:01pm
    • exupery

    Anyone applied to China has heard back? Apps are reviewed by hr in China (respective countries) ? Seems to be a long wait.
    Can you give me a shout if u heard back please, cheers

  • 30 August 2012 - 7:56pm
    • CriTiX


    Did you get any update about the phone interview. I got the update of passing the interview after only 3 hrs.

    They should let you know in two weeks.

    For me, It's been now three months and no update about the selection board.

    I dont really know what Unilever takes too much time getting back to us.

    Good luck guys

  • 29 August 2012 - 5:29pm
    • ModupeM

    Hi guys, just finished the phone interview. Was exactly 45 minutes, here's what they asked:

    Growth Mindset - time when you solved a problem creatively; Customer Focus - time you did something different from your norm, in order to satisfy a customer; Bias for Action - time you had to make a tough decision quickly and convince people to go with your decision; Accountability & Responsibility - time you have full responsibility for a complex project; Building Talent & Teams - time you had to assign tasks to people based on their different abilities

    Career Questions - Why unilever? - Why marketing and customer development? - Why fmcg? - What research have you done about unilever? - Unilever's competitors and unilever's competitive advantage - Key issues affecting unilever - Describe a time when you showed leadership qualities

  • 10 September 2012 - 4:57am
    • couchman.f

    Hey, thanks for this. I am going to take the phone interview soon, what country what this graduate programme for? I am applying for UK FLP.

  • 29 August 2012 - 6:21pm
    • exupery

    Thanks a lot mate
    How long after submitting were you asked to do tests?
    Good luck with your next rounds

  • 29 August 2012 - 7:11pm
    • ModupeM

    I got invited for the test about a week after I applied, then another week before the interview.

    Good luck with your application!

  • 27 August 2012 - 8:13pm
    • jojowong

    Hi, hope you went well in the online test. I want to apply for the Unilever China program this year, can you give me some tips for the online opening questions? I heard that only 1/3 for the candidates will past the first round! I am having a headache on questions like how you get help from other when solving a big problem or how you spot an opportunities and make it happen! Thanks a lot!! good luck!


  • 29 August 2012 - 6:02pm
    • ModupeM

    Hi Jojo,

    You could check this out: http://targetjobs.co.uk/employer-research/unilever-insights/recruitment?tab=selling-yourself-in-writing

    Hope it helps

  • 27 August 2012 - 8:11pm
    • jojowong

    Hi, hope you went well in the online test. I want to apply for the Unilever China program this year, can you give me for the online opening questions? I heard that only 1/3 for the candidates will past the first round! good luck!


  • 21 August 2012 - 6:48pm
    • LisaFuchs

    hi ModupeM,
    any tips for the onilne tests? will do them tomorrow....

    thanks and good luck with the phone interview

  • 21 August 2012 - 7:08pm
    • ModupeM

    Hi LisaFuchs,

    Thanks. The online tests aren't too bad, but the practice ones on the grad site are a bit easier than the actual ones, in my opinion. You can do some practice on psl.com, coz that helps. You have to be really fast, too, but not so much that you get answers wrong. I couldn't finish any of the tests (had 1 left in the LRT and about 4 left in the NRT), but I guess I answered the ones I did correctly. Just try to practice 2 or 3 times, and you should be good. They'll get back to you in about 2 days, but if you're impatient, you can probably just check your profile on the grad site and find out for yourself by the next morning.

    Good luck!

  • 26 October 2012 - 7:02pm
    • DemolaM

    Hello Modupe.
    Did the link to the Numerical Reasoning Test appear immediately after you completed the Logical Reasoning test in your account area? I have completed the Logical reasoning test, Had just one left and am sure abt the ones i answered but i am yet to see the Link to the NRT.

  • 29 October 2012 - 8:44pm
    • ModupeM

    Hi Demola,
    Sorry I'm replying so late. Did you eventually see the link to the NRT? It should have just shown up. Hope it went well.

  • 21 August 2012 - 3:34pm
    • exupery

    Anyone applying to future leaders grad have heard back? thanks

  • 21 August 2012 - 5:30pm
    • ModupeM

    I sent in my application on the 8th of August, done the online tests and passed, so waiting for an available day for my phone interview. Was pretty quick. How about you?

  • 17 July 2012 - 5:14pm
    • CriTiX

    Hi camis767

    Unilever's test is extremely tricky not difficult though. With working harder you can easily pass. The only test that resembles the one Unilever has is the GMAT and it is called numerical REASONING or Psychometric ( APTITUDE TESTS )

    I cant post any links here but I will send you a message with few links to free tests you can practice.

    Good luck and update us with good news ..


  • 13 July 2012 - 11:31am
    • camis767

    Hi guys,
    I am currently going through the online part of the application. I would like to do some practice tests before hand though. Does anyone know a website with tests typical of Unilever (logic and Numerical). I keep trying www.psl.co.uk/practice but it doesnt work!!! It redirects to another site. Anyone else have this problem?

    If anyone knows a website with online practice tests (especially free ones!) then please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks :)

  • 5 June 2012 - 4:49pm
    • CriTiX

    Hello Guys

    I have passed both the test and the interview and arrived to the selection board. Just waiting to their call.

    One advice to pass the interview is that YOU HAVE TO SHOW THEM THAT YOU ARE A REAL MANAGER. It's all about tell me about a time type of questions.

    I remember these questions:
    1- Tell me about a time when you took a difficult decision.
    2- Tell me about a time when you showed creativity.
    3- Tell me about a time when you leaded a team. What was the task, and what was your role and what was the outcome.

    Also, few questions such as why Unilever and what are your weaknesses.

    Wish me luck going through the selection board. I am excited for it.

    Unilever finance future leaders program - Middle East

    Thank and hope this helps :)

  • 21 May 2012 - 4:28pm
    • patrick_d

    Dear All,

    A week ago I had an phone interview regarding Unilever Future Leaders Programme (Finance). I took about 45 min, lady who I talked with was quite nice however did not explain the purpose, meaning of the questions. I had few questions that were mentioned in previous posts and a few new, so these are the new ones:

    1) Name a time when you were involved in a conflict.
    2) Explain why you would become a very good manager.
    3) Name a time when you were an leader or manager of project/task.

    All advices mentioned in previous posts are extremely useful. In addition I would like to give my own advice (based on the feedback from Unilever):

    - you should refer to those situations when you have an opportunity to be a leader or worked in a group
    - you should show your managerial competencies understand as a leader abilities and other soft skills, but remember show that you were the BOSS of a project
    - keep in mind Unilever 5 competencies and try to indicate them in your answers, all of them or at least few

    They are looking for a future managers so prove them that you are the one.

    In case if someone is curious - unfortunately I did not pass the phone interview stage, barbecue I did not show enough evidences of my managerial skills.

    Thank you all for your advices and I hope that my will be also useful for others.

    Take care,

  • 17 May 2012 - 11:10am
    • HRGRAD


    I am in the process of applying for the 2012 HR grad scheme - can anybody shed some light around the AC?

    Is the format the same for all functions?


  • 22 February 2012 - 9:04pm
    • birdy


    I have a phone interview scheduled over the next few days. Kind of nervous. I've prepared and done loads of research so fingers crossed it pays off!!

    I'm applying for the Business Technology Management placement and everyone's contribution has really helped!!

    Can anyone give me any advice on competency questions that may be asked?

    Thank you!

    Wish me luck!!

  • 22 February 2012 - 10:59am
    • adp1989

    OK, just did the selection day..didnt get through but never mind!

    the whole day is based around the launch of a new product (probs a hair care brand, then within that diff products with diff focus's i.e. sustainability, quality at low price etc.)

    Case study:

    You have to write two reports. The first is the most difficult and time constrained. You are given a lot of information (similar to what you might receive in a normal etray) which you then have to identify the main issues of and suggest how you would tackle these issues for example. You also have to devise an action plan. You must keep an eye on the time as its easy to get carried away writing too much for the first couple sections and then forgetting about the action plan.
    The second report you write is basically a brief that someone might read before giving a presentation to a buyer about the product. you just have to highlight the key issues.


    The interviews varied depending on which interviewer you get. Mine was fairly informal and we had a general chat.. not asking many comp questions. have questions prepared to ask as my interviewer almost used what I asked to direct the interview itself. Other people on my selection day had much more formal interviews though asking the comp questions directly.

    Case study 1:

    i cant actually remeber much about this one.. again its to do with product launch , looking at the main issues and devising an action plan I think. So it might bve worth thinking about what factors affect product launches right through from retailers to manufacturing and staff issues such as training etc.


    This is how your function fits into the company and works alongside the other functions. It is within the context of a product launch,. Put in your own opinion ie strategies you would suggest to launch this product.

    Case study 2:

    You are all given a set (different) opinion which you have to introduce and advocate. The group then has to decide on the two most important to deal with immediately. Some of these will have immediate impact on brand reputation (ie need to recall faulty batch), others will be looking at long term strategies for development of the brand (ie restructuring company). I didnt get through because I didnt develop my own points enough, I only introduced them then let the rest of the group discuss so make sure you develop yours and others ideas.

    Hope this helps! :)

  • 25 February 2012 - 2:15am
    • lindynamic

    Hi adp1989!

    Really sorry to hear that you didn;t make it through! Thanks for your massive information! That's extremely helpful!
    I have one question, were all these case study, presentation exercises based on the same scenario? And is it necessary to consider the information provided in last exercise say case study when doing group discussion or presentation?

  • 21 February 2012 - 7:58pm
    • sandra88

    hi everyone , how are you all ?

    i passed the three stages of Unilever future leader program (graduate program)b

    1- Application

    2-Assessment test

    3- Competency based interview

    i passed all of them and am invited to the selection board event ....plzzzanyone can give me wat happens that day ?? .....what shall i do ? ,,,how can i be prepared ???

    plzzzz anyoneee ...THNXXXX XOXO

  • 22 February 2012 - 9:08pm
    • birdy

    Hi Sandra,

    Congrats on passing!! Could you shed some light on the questions asked during the phone interview please.


  • 14 February 2012 - 7:22am
    • lindynamic

    I'm applying for R&D.
    Did they say so when inviting you to the AC? I'm worried as I didn't hear about things like this or do you mean all the places for HR are filled up?
    Anyway, best luck with your AC!

  • 14 February 2012 - 9:50am
    • adp1989

    must just be HR places, they rang me a few days ago to let me know, so they would have told you im sure if it was relevant to the other streams!

  • 11 February 2012 - 4:56pm
    • lindynamic

    anyone here have been to the assessment center for UFLP? I'm invited to go to the assessment center on 23/24th Feb, it will be great if you could share your experience with me. BTW, anyone get invited to the same ac too?
    Many thanks

  • 13 February 2012 - 1:37pm
    • adp1989

    Hi, I;ve got one this week so will give you some info once i'm done :)

    Would be useful if someone could share their experiences toooo


  • 13 February 2012 - 8:02pm
    • lindynamic

    Hi adp1989,

    Which function are you applying for?
    I'm looking forward to your good news!
    Good luck this friday!

  • 13 February 2012 - 9:32pm
    • adp1989

    Im applying to HR, although all places have now been filled up so if i'm successful it will be deferred a year! what function are you applying for?
    Hopefully it will be good news, AC sounds pretty tough though!!

  • 24 January 2012 - 2:03pm
    • dimang

    Hi everyone, is anyone else waiting for a update on their application at the moment? I applied a few days before New Year, got an email on 30/12 saying that they will get back to me "shortly" and nothing since then. I sent them one email during this time (2 or 3 weeks ago), I was told that I will get contacted once the decision is made... I am quite disappointed as I am very interested in their Russia programme.

    So is anyone else in similar situation?

  • 21 January 2012 - 10:39pm
    • WastedFun

    It should be pretty quick, if not instant. How well do you think you did?

  • 21 January 2012 - 6:20pm
    • larmank1


    I've just done the logical reasoning test and on my application form it now says 'You have now successfully completed your Logical Reasoning online test'. How long does it take for the maths test to appear? A couple of hours, days??


  • 5 January 2012 - 6:20am
    • berosh

    Hi everyone,

    I've been accepted to join the Selection Board regarding Finance MT position in Unilever Turkey. I am very grateful for your Selection Event posts but have no idea about the case studies about finance position. For example, is "the branding of an entirely new product" case still common in finance position in the Selection Board?

    Please inform me as soon as possible because the event is going to be in less than 5 days..

    Thanks for all your support!

  • 8 December 2011 - 10:25pm
    • mostly


    I had a telephone interview with unilever last month for the Supply chain grad scheme and I thought Id post the questions up here so people could use it to help with their prep if anyone's at that stage. They were:

    1) Describe a time you showed innovation
    2) Describe a time when you showed leadership
    3)Name a time when you had to make a difficult decision quickly
    4) Why Unilever
    5) Why FMCG
    6) Who are our competitors
    7) What edge do Unilever have over our biggest competitors
    8) Why supply chain
    9) What issues would they be facing now
    10) Describe a time when you've been completely responsible for something

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck.

  • 7 January 2012 - 8:23pm
    • WastedFun

    Awesome. Thanks a lot for this. How did the interview go?

  • 10 January 2012 - 7:58am
    • berosh

    the selection board wass an awesome experience for me however, i wasn't qualified for the job but whatever..
    I went through all of the above cases and presentations so the process was exactly the same, only there were no logical based tests.
    HR and other staff was so respectful and gentle and the most important thing was that they told us what should be done in order to eliminate our inabilities in addition to our posiitve abilities for a successful career.

    Before the Selection Board, the interview was entirely based on competency based questions and how you behave in front of a professional person. You shouldn't be anxious and just be yourself! That's what its all about!

    Good luck!

  • 13 February 2012 - 1:06pm
    • denden

    Hi Berosh!
    I have a couple of questions to you, because I have been also selected to join selection board for MT in Turkey, and I couldnt find proper information about it.

    On that day, 5 tasks that are told before above are followed, right? and could you please give me more detail about case studies and group works that you did?
    My other question is about the other candidates are also selected in the same position like me, for MT programme?

    I hope you did great on your selection board, and got the job!

    thank you in advance!

  • 11 January 2012 - 11:45am
    • leeds

    Thanks for your post berosh !
    Could you give us a bit more information, please?
    Like, how long it takes to get the selection board invitation after your telephone interview ? what the presentation is about ?
    Thanks berosh~

  • 8 January 2012 - 4:50am
    • blueblueblue

    Hey, has anyone applied for the Unilever Customer Development Grad Prog?

    Any tips for the last 3 competency based questions on gaining support from others, taking up an opportunity and seeking help from others?

    Thanks a lot :)

  • 6 December 2011 - 9:27pm
    • BellaYujiaoBi

    Hi guys, I have a very urgent question and I need your help--I applied for the China Programme and after the online test, I was sent an email--the last email I got from them---saying that " We will be in contact shortly with details on how to book your telephone interview with us." I thought the information on booking telephone interview would be sent via email so I did not check my online status at all...........lol But today I found that my application status was BLANK!!! I didn't know the telephone interview should be booked online because on one told me to!! is it expired now?? what should I do now??

    Thank you guys!!

  • 28 November 2011 - 11:23pm
    • VK_89

    So... I had my assessment day about a week ago which did not go very well and unfortunately I did not get an offer, but I hope the following information is helpful for those of you who have the AC coming up.

    Basically, the day runs from 8am to 5:30pm and you are assessed on 5 different tasks.

    The night before the event, Unilever put you up in a hotel about 30mins away from the Leatherhead office where you will have a dinner with the other candidates and a current graduate on the Unilever scheme.
    This dinner is good for building up a good relationship with the other candidates so that you don't feel uncomfortable in the group exercises the next day. Luckily the guys who I had the AC with were all pretty cool. Also this is a good chance to find out more information about the company but to be honest the graduate who was hosting our dinner just took the opportunity to get tipsy on free drinks lol.


    Before you do anything, make sure you have the Unilever 'Standards of Leadership' memorised and use them to tackle every task in the day as it is their marking criteria for you on the day. They want you to reflect leadership in the way they see it, so keep this in mind.

    1st TASK: CASE STUDY (written exercise)
    This task is probably the easiest to mess up and even though it seemed pretty pointless to me, it's all about using your time efficiently and making sure you answer all the questions properly. You have about 60 mins to look through a load of information like emails and statements from managers etc. and then use this information to analytically tackle the questions. The key to making sure you do well here is to be really ANALYTICAL and not be too superficial with the answers you give (which can easily happen, due to being under tight time constrictions). There's not much else I can say to help you with this task except for don't underestimate it just because it's written because they will reject you on the smallest stuff, this grad scheme is really competitive.

    The interview will be with a senior member of staff. The structure of the interview will be pretty similar to the telephone interview but they will expect you to have a lot more knowledge about the company and the FMCG industry, so make sure you do your revision. Other than that it's all competency based and about your previous experiences with leadership. You can use answers from your application and telephone interview, but they might pick up on this so try and come up with a few new answers. Try and structure your answers using the Situation, Task, Action, Result (STAR) technique. For information on the FMCG market use this website http://www.about-fmcg.com/home.

    You'll have about 30 mins to read the information given to you (probably about the launch of a new hair product) and makes notes to bring in with you to the meeting. All of this preparation will be done individually so you will not confer with the other candidates before you meet in the board room for the group exercise. The key here is to try and lead (which everyone will be trying to do) but you have to push to get your voice heard and your points put forward but at the same time be understanding of everyone else's views and take them on board. Remember this whole scheme is about leadership so you have to come across with confidence (but don't be a controlling dick type, they won't like it).

    You will have about 45 mins to look over information and make notes on what the presentation will be about. The case study, group exercises and presentation all link and are going to be based on the same thing. After this preparation, you will meet one on one with a senior staff member and present your ideas to him/her for about 10 mins. Then they will grill you with questions for another 10 mins so make sure you know what you are talking about and try answer with confidence. Key here is similar to the case study, just be analytical and try to get into as much detail as you can.

    This group exercise is easier than the first. Similar to the first one you'll have around 30 mins to prepare and make notes individually, however you will each be given an issue which you need to bring forward. The point of this exercise is to try and push for your issue to be given the most importance, so you need to stress how the particular issue will affect the company and why it needs to be resolved as soon as possible. Like the first group exercise, you have to come across confident and show your natural leadership and when analysing the issues, keep the 'standards of leadership' in mind.

    The day is quite intense but at the same time the hosts of the day do a good job of keeping you relaxed. You get a tour of the office, which is probably the nicest office I've ever seen in my life, definitely one of the biggest incentives to work for the company imo.
    Only thing else I can say, is even if you feel like you f**ked up any of the tasks just make the most of the day because it's really good experience and will be helpful even if you get rejected.

    Anyway, hope this helped :)


  • 19 October 2011 - 11:23pm
    • VK_89

    Anybody waiting to hear back from Unilever, beware they take a long time to get back to you. I got told I passed my telephone interview back in august and only got told the date for my assessment day today.
    After my assessment day I will post a recap of it regardless of the outcome. The information given on this thread has been a big help :)

  • 25 September 2011 - 10:27pm
    • abhilash08

    Hello guys, anyone applied for Unilver's Finance Graduate 2012 intake?, I sent my application today, does anyone know how long they take to invite us to the next stage, ie psychometric testing?


  • 3 July 2011 - 1:51pm
    • Lotak

    Hey guys, I just had my Telephone interview for the Financial Management Scheme today and there were 8 questions in total: 5 were competency based and 3 were about Unilever and the scheme.

    1) Describe a time when you had a particularly challenging task
    2) Describe a time when you showed innovation
    3) Describe a time when you showed leadership qualities
    4) Describe a time when you went out of your way to meet customer satisfaction
    5) Cant remember :(

    1) What do you know about Financial Management
    2) What research have you done on Unilever
    3) What qualities do you posses that would be suited for the role.

    Hope that helps.

  • 19 April 2011 - 5:17pm
    • Dawn7119

    Hi everyone....

    I am going to apply Unilever China program next year. Would love to meet people who have gone through the interviews!!


    if anyone may kindly share any experience.....


  • 15 April 2011 - 11:45am
    • shoegirl

    Unilever got back to me pretty quickly and invited me to the next assessment centre this coming Monday and Tuesday.

    Has anyone got any advice or information concerning the presentation and case studies given within the Business and Technology Management function?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

  • 8 April 2011 - 1:36pm
    • Seiya

    Any news on the assessment center? My interview went pretty well too.. the feedback was that I should receive an email in the second april week (next week) if I made it to the assessment center or not.....

    Anyone already got a response? If yes, positive or negative? + What further did they mention in the email (Dates, etc.. )

  • 8 April 2011 - 8:23am
    • shoegirl

    Hi Andreana,

    I really like this grad scheme and this particular function so I thoroughly researched the company and prepared examples beforehand so my interview went quite well. How did your interview go?

    They emailed me yesterday to tell me I passed the interview stage however could not confirm a place on the A/C yet but told me that I am still being considered.

  • 8 April 2011 - 12:21am
    • grad 5

    Hello shoegirl

    I too applied for Business and Technology Management line.. Have not heard anything from them..

    How was ur interview??

  • 8 April 2011 - 12:18am
    • grad 5

    I submitted my application 2 months back and still had not received anything!!!

    By the way, I am applying for grad programme in UK.. They are taking a long time indeed than many firms do...

  • 28 March 2011 - 9:20pm
    • abchahaha

    im also applying to the china programme. submitted my app way back in oct 2010. did the telephone interview in early Jan. and only heard back today that i got rejected. and apparently it will take another month to get feedback on the telephone interview.

    @showgirl, im not sue if they will ask the same question. but it was pretty standard. if i remember correctly, there were questions on teamwork, go extra mile to achieve results, a time you exceed customer service. also research the company, why FMCG and the why the area you want to work at. read the info on the first page. they were really helpful when I was preparing for my interview. and good luck!

  • 28 March 2011 - 9:58pm
    • shoegirl

    thanks for your help abchahaha! i can't believe how long they have taken to reply back, good luck in your future applications!

  • 28 March 2011 - 8:38pm
    • shoegirl

    I've got a telephone interview for the business and technology management programme in a couple of days. Does anyone have any examples of the competency questions they might ask? Thanks.

  • 23 March 2011 - 12:01am
    • Ting

    very much time....be patient. I've been waiting for updates for the 7th week already. So rest, it takes time.

  • 23 March 2011 - 1:26pm
    • Zongyan

    haha, ok.
    Assessment one -- Patient.

    That's why they need invest more in Chinese Markets.

  • 22 March 2011 - 4:11pm
    • Zongyan

    It has been two weeks since I submitted application. still no news.
    emailed them, haven't got reply.

    How long it normally take for you guys?

  • 17 March 2011 - 7:53pm
    • Tennessee


    Has anybody have/had an assessment for the customer development role?

    Any tips gratefully appreciated

  • 12 March 2011 - 2:54pm
    • Zongyan

    Hi, I am appling China Marketing Programme too.
    Finished the application form last week and waiting for updates.

    Thanks for everyone's contributes!!!
    hope see you all in near future.

  • 10 March 2011 - 11:11am
    • bluefeeling

    Dong, have you received any update? I also applied the China Marketing Programme, good luck... :)

  • 5 March 2011 - 12:03pm
    • Dong719

    Me too~ I am also applying for the China Marketing programme~ which stage have your guys reached? I am still waiting for the result of the telephone interview....since a long long time ago. How about you~?

  • 16 April 2011 - 10:16pm
    • Dawn7119

    Hi Dong,

    I am going to apply Unilever china program next year, did not catch this year's one. is it possible you keep an record what questions / case u have been asked during the assessment centre?

    Many thanks,

  • 19 March 2011 - 11:45am
    • Ting

    Hey Dong, when was your tele interview? Mine was on 8 Feb, and still no update yet. What a long time!

  • 20 March 2011 - 1:07pm
    • Tennessee

    Mid Feb and I found out about my assessment centre a couple weeks later. I only found out because I checked my actual Unilever account by chance. So check that

  • 4 March 2011 - 3:22pm
    • fareskhaled

    Can anyone give me an example of a case study examined at Unilever Assessment Center, or Selection Board?

  • 26 February 2011 - 1:34am
    • Aidan-China

    Thank you everybody who has contributed information! It is being really helpful.

    Is anyone here not a Chinese national but applying for the China Marketing programme?

  • 5 March 2011 - 12:37am
    • hycherry

    Hi Aidan, I am a Chinese national and applying for the China Marketing programme. How about you?

  • 16 April 2011 - 10:19pm
    • Dawn7119

    Hi Aidan,

    I am going to apply Unilever china program next year, did not catch this year's one. is it possible you keep an record what questions / case u have been asked during the assessment centre?

    Many thanks,

  • 26 February 2011 - 1:34am
    • Aidan-China

    Thank you everybody who has contributed information! It is being really helpful.

    Is anyone here not a Chinese national but applying for the China Marketing programme?

  • 18 February 2011 - 6:25pm
    • Irfan_1987

    Got my telephone interview tomorrow, yes on a Saturday!!!

  • 28 October 2012 - 10:54am
    • VickyXu

    Did they call you to invite you to a telephone interview? Did you know the date of tele interview before hand?

  • 28 October 2012 - 1:25pm
    • Gabi4801

    you need to book your interview online. check your unilever account and you should have the available slots there.

  • 29 October 2012 - 4:29pm
    • nah

    Hi Gabi

    I did the tests for Unilever's Future Leaders grad scheme (supply chain) a few weeks ago and, having heard nothing, I checked my account today. It says the status of my application is 'Telephone Interview'...but then states that I am currently unable to select any slots!!

    I'm quite worried - is there a chance that I missed the 'deadline' to select a slot? I didn't receive an email or phone call telling me I had passed to the telephone interview stage. Looking at the other posts suggests that other people have been able to select slots and have already done interviews. :(

  • 28 October 2012 - 10:01am
    • VickyXu

    Did they call you to invite you to a telephone interview? Did you know the date of tele interview before hand?

  • 10 February 2011 - 10:20pm
    • Irfan_1987

    Hi All,

    Got a telephone interview coming up, whenever I can book a date after the 18th of feb.

    Kind of nervous about this one, really don't like telephone interviews!

  • 29 January 2011 - 8:00pm
    • Sinfear

    I've just done my numerical test and was told after submitting that my online test got cancelled and that I needed to retake it =S

    Thing is, when I logged back into my account it said I'd completed my tests, I've emailed unilever about it but I'm just a bit worried. Don't want to have to redo it all over again. Mind blank

  • 29 January 2011 - 11:25pm
    • hycherry

    I also had a technical problem and I called them, they immediately solved it. So I suggest you call them directly on Monday, they don't reply email quickly...

  • 29 January 2011 - 11:16am

    does any 1 have a telephone interview pls help me I have one in few hours???

  • 15 January 2011 - 12:46am
    • hycherry

    Hi guys, I am just asked to book my telephone interview, but I found that the only available date is next Tuesday, which I can make. Will they release more dates and times later? And they said I will get the guidance of telephone interview once I book. Is the guidance very important or just some general instruction? Thanks a lot!!

  • 13 January 2011 - 11:10pm
    • bluefeeling

    @RBK: pls see the previous posts... it says Unilever uses the following company for its online testing: http://www.psl.co.uk/practice/

  • 13 January 2011 - 11:06pm
    • bluefeeling

    Good luck, Dong... Can you contribute us what questions you are asked when you finish the telephone interview tomorrow?

    @ Oksana29: For me, it takes around one week to get the results. So just be patient, it must be peak time nowadays...

  • 13 January 2011 - 10:29pm
    • oksana29

    Hi guys,

    How long does it usually take to get back with results of on-line aptitude tests. I did mine on the 28th of December. Still didn't here anything back.

    Thank you in advance

  • 12 January 2011 - 7:18am
    • RBK


    Just want to know if the Numerical Test our from the SHL site.


  • 9 January 2011 - 8:49pm
    • Dong719

    I will have mine on next Friday..I am still wondering what exact questions they will ask.

  • 7 January 2011 - 4:10pm
    • Dong719

    I finised my numerical test on Monday and they gave me the result and invited me for telephone interview today(Friday).

    Could anyone give some example questions that the interviewer will ask~??

    I will very appreciate that.


  • 9 January 2011 - 7:05pm
    • fragheap

    how was your interview on friday? do they just ask you about the leadership competencies that they've got on their website? if so is it all of them and how are they phrased?

    any info/help would be greatly appreciated, many thanks.

  • 30 December 2010 - 1:06pm
    • bluefeeling

    @Weilin: After you log in your account, and find that you are invited into take the numeracy test, then it means you passed the logical one...

  • 30 December 2010 - 3:12pm
    • WEILIN

    Thank you! I have done the numerical test and I am waiting for the reply. Now I knew that I have passed the logical test, thank you for telling me that. After a lot of practices, this is really an encouragement for me.

  • 22 December 2010 - 11:06pm
    • nfs63

    @ RBK: In my opinion, it is how you've persuaded someone.

  • 22 December 2010 - 12:00pm
    • tamzin

    Hi guys,

    They take a very long time to get back to candidates (based on last year) so I would not worry too much. I am not sure why but they always extend the deadline (this year first 17/12, now 07/01, they will probably extend that too), not quite sure why (since they don't seem to read the apps until later and I am sure they get a pretty large pool to chose from without the extensions anyway).

    Oh and the buy in question - yes, it is regarding how you persuaded someone.

    Good luck! :)

  • 22 December 2010 - 12:03pm
    • tamzin

    Sorry - double post.

  • 7 December 2010 - 11:29am
    • Oukka

    Hi guys,

    I know that once you've done the logical test you find out immediately if you passed, but what about the numerical? Do you get sent an email straight away if you failed?



  • 28 December 2010 - 1:18pm
    • WEILIN

    Hi, WokSz, how do u find out that u have passed the logical test?



  • 3 December 2010 - 4:47am
    • nfs63

    I just applied for the Supply Chain grad scheme. Could someone pls tell me how long they take to get back ?

  • 22 December 2010 - 8:02am
    • RBK

    Hi nfs63
    Just wondering how you answered this Question??

    Describe a time when you came up with an idea that you had to obtain buy-in for.

    Is it regarding how you persuaded someone? or actually purchased something for a lower price?

  • 17 October 2010 - 7:27pm
    • Donno

    Hey guys, just been through the whole process which ended two days ago. Everything just went horribly wrong and on my birthday no less. I'll outline the process for your'll:

    1st Phase: (Case study and interview)

    Once Unilever reviews your response to their extensive application form, your called in for a case study and an interview. The whole process lasts about 6 hours and your grouped with approximately 40 candidates. They have two sessions like this a day just as a process of elimination. Anyway, from the 40 candidates, they split you up into groups of 8. Each group is taken to a separate meeting room and has two assessors. You are then given a case study. This usually involves about three pages of information on a business in a particular situation. In my case, it was about a company called ABC Meats who manufacture a very popular consumer product known as Grand Pies. The issue was that a retailer which stocked the pies wanted ABC Meats to create a pie of similar quality but sell it to them at 10% less than the cost price of Grand Pies. So basically, you had 20 minutes to read up on this, then had an additional 10-15 minutes to discuss whether or not ABC Meats should go ahead with it. Make sure you aren't the 'loud and noisy' or 'quiet and passive' one. If no one suggests it, just prior to your group discussion, politely ask your group if each person could take about 2-3 minutes to express their thoughts, going around the table in a clockwise fashion. When doing this make sure your able to pick out the majors flaws in the proposal, when it was my turn, i spoke about the cost to the company in additional sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, storage, logistics, etc. The assessors don't participate, they just sit back and observe. They award points for those who think out of the box, considering issues others wouldn't usually think of, those who stick to the decision and most importantly, those who talk up and I don't just mean saying a few words every know and then, make sure every time you speak lasts for at least a minute. Be constructive in what you say, always back it up with facts and figures from the information they provided you with. I really enjoyed this, I always spoke up and always questioned someone else' point of view if it contradicted with my own.

    After the case study, we were given about 10 min to get something to drink and nibble on. One of the main reasons i enjoyed the process was the food, lol. Anyway, the next activity was a one-on-one interview with an assessor, they call you name, you go with them. Lasted for about 30 minutes. Questions were basically a recap of everything in their extensive application form. Nothing to worry about, just study your application form the night before and you'll be fine. Went really well for me, my answers just arrived like clockwork, didn't have any 'uhms' whatsoever, lol.

    And the last activity for the day was me grabbing a few finger desserts on the way out, hehe :-D

    2nd Phase: (Psychometric assessments - Part 1)

    This was another half a day assessment, all involved in the process of elimination. We were once again divided into groups of about 8-10, each group had it's own assessor. First each of us had to do a numerical reasoning test. 20 questions in 20 minutes. I was only able to go up to question 11 as were most others. The questions are based on bar graphs and pie charts, so nothing major, even though i'm an engineer, it was more relevant to high school mathematics than anything else. Next was an abstract reasoning test. We had 24 questions to do in 12 minutes. Basically what comes next in the sequence. I went up to question 16, much like everyone else. It was all multiple choice. You just need to work fast and be accurate.

    There wasn't any finger food in this phase, so grabbed a cup of coffee instead, lol :-D

    3rd Phase: (Psychometric assessments - Part 2)

    This threw me off because i wasn't even aware that there was another psychometric assessment. This one ran from 8am till about 2pm. They once again divided us into groups of 8 and we each had our own industrial psychologist. The tests were based on learning capabilities. There were several tests, maybe 15 in total. We had about 10-15 minutes to do each one. In between each test, the psychologist would talk to us, outlining what the next test was about. Stuff like identifying the shape that doesn't fit and placing it in the correct box, etc. There was a range of questions. At the end of the learning capabilities test, usually five hours later, they give you a personal assessment to do, there's no right or wrong answer to this, they want to know about you. Don't try and crook the test, i.e. make your answers match that of unilever's values and principles, etc. The test picks up if your lying. Oh and there are about 280 questions in this assessment.

    This time the food provided was finger fruits?!! Basically fruit cut up into small pieces, quite upsetting really. But i had my fair share, lol :-P

    Final round: (Assessment day)

    The invite to the assessment day is usually included with the 3rd phase invite. This is a whole day event. Starts at 8am and finished at 6pm for me yesterday. There are only 8 of you this time, for the entire day! First you are given an in-tray test and asked to read and answer the questions on it, all within 60 minutes. Read Aniliop's post above, it's quite similar to that. I was given about 50 pages on information on a company wanting to launch a new shampoo and conditioner line. There's a lot of information so you won't be able to read everything, instead just skim through what they give you and answer the questions. There are only three questions about identifying the issues, addressing them and you plan of action. The answers to each question must be four pages long. I barely got to the planning, the time just ran out. You have to work extremely quickly for this. Once that is done, they give you another in-tray test to do in 30 minutes. All of this is done on your own, everything at the assessment day is done individually.

    Next, you have a one-on-one interview with an engineer which lasts for 60 minutes who works for unilever. I applied for supply chain so naturally engineers would be involved at this stage. The questions aren't that difficult, it's once again a recap of everything you mentioned in your application form. Sadly, this was the only activity that went well for me.

    After the interview, you engage in a case study. Similar to phase one but the company and everything else are just more complicated. This will last about 60 minutes. Make sure you talk, give it everything you got, remember your competing against the other seven guys and now all four of the assessors are giving points. I just stalled, i couldn't say anything constructive at all, my input was the least from everyone else, must have had something with me not sleeping the night before......hmmmm

    After that, you are given a specific topic to read up on. It's about a page of information but you had to consider all the other information you've been given thus far which they take away after each activity. You are given 30 minutes to read up on it, understand it and create a presentation on it . The presentation is done on an A2 piece of paper. Your presentation must last at least 10 minutes and is delivered to one of the assessors. After the presentation, he/she questions you on it. This was the ultimate low point for me because after my fumbled presentation with more 'uhms' than I care to remember, the assessor politely told me "Good luck, it's only going to get harder!".....i smiled, shook his hand and said thank you for your time.

    At this point i just felt like leaving, at the rate things were going, I knew what my fate was.

    After the botched presentation, there was another 60 minute case study. I spoke up a little more than i did in the previous case study but still not enough. That was the end of it, I left the Hilton at around 6pm and never even looked back.

    The best advice i could give you is to please please please ensure you have your 6-8 hours of sleep. I cannot emphasize just how much you need to stay alert and on the top of your game. There's no technical questions whatsoever, these activities are used for all functions from HR to Marketing to Engineering. They test your ability to quickly analyze information and make accurate and concise decisions. I really did my homework on this company, I know it's website inside out as though i was the one who created it, lol. I even knew it's performance in the market, it's acquisition of Alberto Culver and resultant share price increase. But all of it was for NOTHING!! They don't care about that, it's all to see how you are able to work. At the end of the day, they know more about you than you do yourself.

    There was one small highlight though..................you guessed it...........the fo0o0o0o0o0o0od!! lol. Enough deserts for a lifetime and a huge variety as well. Come to think of it, I should have grabbed a tray on my way out, dang lol.

    Oh well, that's just my 2 cents review on it, hope it helps. Oh and the reason I spent all night researching unilever and not sleeping was due to the time i lost researching Standard Bank. Had the SB Leadership Development Programme interview the day before unilever. But i'll post my review of the SB LDP interview on the SB thread soon.

    Anyway, take care. All the best. Pm me if you need anything else. I've got several tests if you need em. And a very BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU to Aniliop!!!! :-) Thank you so much for your post and the links you provided. Even though i didn't get the job, your post helped me get to the final round. :-)


  • 23 July 2013 - 1:21pm
    • Namy90

    hi donno,
    I received a mail yesterday asking to complete the online assessment tests which was a numerical test on bar graphs and pie charts,20 mins 20 questions- barely reached the 14th and I'm not sure i did that great.nevertheless I'd like to know when did you hear from them after the online assessment? much thanks in advance!

  • 11 August 2013 - 12:10am
    • Arieli

    Hi Namy90,
    Would you mind to share the name of the test provider? Are they still using PSL or Kenexa? I attempted to find the practice tests on Unilever's official site but it turned out to be a dead link. Did you only do a numerical test? Was there a logical test afterwards? Thank you in advance!

  • 11 August 2013 - 5:58am
    • Namy90

    Arieli it's Kennexa.and yes I did do only a numerical test so far.It was 20 questions in 20 minutes, mostly pie charts,bar graphs data interpretation. practice those plus some logical reasoning questions too.

  • 11 August 2013 - 12:54pm
    • Arieli

    Hi Namy90, thank you so much for your reply. Wish you the best of luck!

  • 28 December 2010 - 1:21pm
    • WEILIN

    Hi, Donno,

    Could u still remember how long it takes for Unilever to reply to u about the On-line test results? And how many days u have got to prepare for the Phone interview?

    Thanks a lot,


  • 12 July 2010 - 8:47am
    • frendu

    I have been able to get through to their AC stage, but they got it cancelled a fews before the date. Now they are saying they will get back to me if and when they fix another one. That really gets me worried.

    1. Do you think there really will be another one?

    2. Does this action of theirs have any implications?

    3. Is anyone in similar situation?


  • 19 June 2010 - 12:16pm
    • niezapamietajka

    hey everyone!
    Thanks for all the posts! I have slightly different questions. Dd u finally get to the program and can u give any feedback on the company itself? What's the corporate culture? And where the marketing department is located - London or Leatherheads?

  • 18 June 2010 - 8:45pm
    • frendu

    Has anyone been invited to Unilever's selection event for 21st and 22nd June?

    Please let me know as I think they have canceled the event?

    Many thanks...

  • 14 May 2010 - 2:34pm
    • aniliop

    Hello, I've gone through the whole process even the selection day (which went badly) and I can give you detailed insights into this.

    1. The logical reasoning test is diagrammatic - you will have to determine patterns in a set of pictures they will show you. Pattern recognition designed to show your spatial awareness. There is also a numerical reasoning test too in which you will be given 20 minutes to answer 20 questions on graphs
    I did NO verbal reasoning test for Unilever

    Unilever use this company for all their tests even their selection day exams, so practise from these exercises: http://www.psl.co.uk/practice/ as well as this: http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/

    2. Phone interview (I did this a night before new year's eve!) you arrange your slot with them online, and they call you up at the exact time they have told you. It lasts 45 minutes and the interviewer will have a script of only SIX competency questions (e.g. describe a situation where you had to...) these will be divided into SIX different categories, and the interviewer will use a layering technique - asking you about your answer and wanting to develop it further. There were a lot of leadership and teambuilding questions and including one where they'll asks you about how you contributed to a situation where the project did not go so well, and how you reacted in it. Read up on the latest FMCG and marketing news and be prepared to talk about your favourite Unilever products and why you so passionately want to be one of their minions. Don't just say 'oh because I am interested in the way people think', it needs to be more specific and related to Unilever.

    Tip: have all your notes infront of you in bullet points, colour coded into themes against their key competencies AND structure all of your answers in this format: Situation, Task, Action, Results (STAR)


    Smile and be very nice to the interviewer, they cant see you but they can hear the effect a smile has on your voice! Don't worry if you can't think about something immediately, say 'let me think about this,' and take a few seconds and respond (it looks much better than launching into the question).

    3. You WILL NOT hear from Unilever again for another 2 months at least. So put your mind at rest and apply for other jobs.

    4. When you do hear from them, they will call you one week before an assessment centre day, and put pressure on you to move your other commitments around, by saying that it is unlikely that there will be another assessment day for you. Don't let them pressure you into doing this. If you can't make it. Don't do it. I wasn't able to make the first one and told them so. I heard nothing from them for another month and a half and then suddenly got an email from them inviting me to another assessment day a week before the actual day. This time i was able to attend!

    5.There will be between 4 to 6 candidates with you. (they have SEVERAL assessment days contrary to what they tell you on the phone and have most likely gone through 100 candidates already). The assessment centre days are split into one evening and one full day. The evening is held at a hotel in Leatherhead with one or two previous Unilever grads who will chat to you and are instructed to give you a 'warts and all' description of Unilever, when pressed, however, their most critical statement of Unilever is that 'it's like one big family'... uhhh yeah... 'warts and all' eh?
    The next day you will have to be ready by 7am to have your breakfast and then leave by 7.30 in a blacked out people carrier à la Apprentice - cheap and gimmicky.

    You arrive by 8am at Unilever HQ in Leatherhead and then it all starts:

    - Interview: competency based - very like the telephone - asking similar questions DO NOT REPEAT ANSWERS YOU HAVE ALREADY USED

    - Case study: the first of these is a 1 hour exam where they throw a massive booklet full of tonnes of emails and email attachments and you will be asked to draw up an action plan for the launch of a product, in this case it was a new hair care brand (if you think its just branding and product naming, think again: the role of a brand manager is the same as an overall project manager, you will be asked questions about factory workers and supply chain and procurement and other parts of the biz. BE ANALYTICAL, PROS AND CONS in everything you write down - they will ask you for your opinions and advice on how to go about the launch. For help on this, go to Reckitt Benckiser's careers site.

    - More case studies: the case studies will go through the same brand but with more scenarios developing

    - Group activities: this is when they test your resilience working with others. Summarise what others are saying, and introduce your points, carefully and logically (throughout the whole thing, there will be 4 people watching you and writing down notes about YOU - no pressure!) Do not lose your patience with others, and when confronted with an aggressive candidate, try and appease them saying 'I completely understand your opinion right now, however, given the scenario...', and include others points of views in your speech. Also if someone is trying to say something but not doing so, put them forward, although most likely everyone will be contributing and climbing on top of each other to be heard - the standards are very high, it's not like a university group project work with people who just tag along silently. If you recognise your point is not supported by the rest of the group, determine this QUICKLY as part of Unilever's key competencies is 'action not debate', don't let it lag. Keep trying to move discussions forward. You can win the discussion even if your points aren't accepted by the rest of the group, by showing a logical mindset and being prepared to make concessions - above all - following their key competencies. Memorize these key competencies as they will come to haunt you throughout everything you do.

    I didn't get through because I was A. very tired - had just finished my dissertation the day before b. didn't have much of a passion for Unilever or shampoo c. didn't take enough risky decisions (they didn't give enough information to make a decision was what I kept on repeating - they want big sweeping statements and conclusions with pros and cons) d. wasn't analytical enough - because their information was bull.

    One thing to note though, a lot of candidates do come from having previously worked for a year in a full time job in a similar role - so if you haven't done so already, this is what you'll be up against.

    Main thing to remember, keep cool and remember that they are all falible just like you, have been in exactly your position and are just very ordinary, standard people doing a very boring job - one of the interviewers/assessors had been working at Unilever in the same job for 22 years and had nothing interesting to say about himself when introducing himself (this is what I keep on telling myself).

    Good luck! Any questions - please feel free to ask!

    p.s. Unilever have a selection of universities previous candidates have come from, and will give an unfair advantage to candidates from these universities by providing them with information on what to expect throughout the recruitment process. A useful document can be found here: http://tiny.cc/at8dp

  • 20 May 2012 - 9:09pm
    • vincenzo1986

    Hey frinds, I can't find the document that you posted. please can u help me? could u give me another link? If i click on that link, I only can find a lot of html code.... but no documents... please help! It's very important!

  • 5 June 2012 - 4:50pm
    • CriTiX

    Hi there

    What type of document you mean??

  • 17 March 2011 - 7:58pm
    • Tennessee

    I have an assessment centre in the next few weeks.

  • 14 May 2010 - 11:07pm
    • SP1

    Great post mate. I know exactly how you feel after getting the dreaded rejection letter because I went through a similar thing with the NHS Grad Scheme.

    I have a phone interview coming up next week but I already know I have no passion to work for Unilever and so I decided to at least make some effort and research the company. Thankfully, I came across your brilliant post and I must say that I am going to send an email stating I have no intention of wasting anymore of my time with this recruitment process.

  • 5 May 2010 - 11:18am
    • Little_Bunny

    Dear all,

    I have a Unilever telephone interview tomorrow and I was hoping if someone could kindly let me know of the types of questions that will come up. I know it's a competency-based interview, but if anyone could offer any actual examples then that would be great. I shall offer any advice for any other interview I go for (if I am lucky enough to be able to go to them that is!).

    Thank you all in advance,


  • 4 February 2010 - 1:42pm
    • Hafly

    Hi GKumar!

    I am also still waiting to hear back from Unilever regarding my telephone interview. Several other people have told me that they had to wait a bit though, as it can take a little while for Unilever to process all the many interviews etc that they are still conducting.

    I called them about mine though, and they were very nice. They just told me that they don't have any information regarding my telephone interview just yet, but that that should change soon, and I should expect to receive a notification via email in the next few days.

    I didn't wait 2 weeks until I called them either! You are very patient!! :-)
    In my telephone interview I was told that I should expect to be told the results of my telephone interview within 1 week though.

  • 29 January 2010 - 11:17am
    • gkumar

    Did anyone hear back from Unilever after their telephonic interview? Its two weeks now, since i had mine and so far no news. Do you guys think it would be prudent to call them to ask about the status or should i wait?

  • 17 January 2010 - 6:23pm
    • gradapp055

    they take quite a while, lots of applications to get through!

  • 15 January 2010 - 7:22pm
    • lawtorisk

    hi everyone,

    how long did it take everyone to get to the interview stage?
    i am still waiting to hear back

  • 15 January 2010 - 4:08pm
    • gradapp055

    I remember the logical reasoning test being diagramatical - I think - was some time ago now. I had my telephone interview, was successful, but still haven't had a place at the selection board confirmed? Anyone else in a similar position?

  • 15 January 2010 - 4:40pm
    • gkumar

    Hi gradapp055,
    I had my telephonic interview this week aswell. Did they tell you the results immediately? I have been asked to wait for two weeks.

  • 15 January 2010 - 3:14pm
    • lufbragrad

    Just a quick questions...when they say logical reasoning test, do they mean verbal critical reasoning test (with a passage of text followed by statements out of which you have to decide which one is correct) or diagramatical reasoning test (number of figures and you have to guess the missing one).

    I've completed a couple of sets of test already but logical reasoning test seems to mean different test with different emoloyees!!

    Thank you!

  • 13 January 2010 - 10:48am
    • narekor


    The tests are pretty easy, don't worry. Did mine on December 31 (what a good way of finishing the year!). The questions are really logical. Usually there are figures that turn or rotate, and they expect you to guess the one missing and select it from a list.

    Good luck!