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Applying to P&G and worried about the recruitment process? We’ve got you covered.

GF’s 2019-2020 Definitive Guide to the P&G candidate assessment process will tell you how. Read insider tips, take practice tests and try assessment center exercises created by our team of top organisational psychologists and recruiters – today.

In the article below, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step overview of how to prepare for (and pass!) the P&G job application and assessment process for the 2019–20 recruitment cycle.

Our experts have gone through the P&G application process themselves so they know exactly what it’s like. Their insights and tips in this guide will help you improve your performance while applying for the job.

Procter and Gamble Co (P&G) is a multinational fast moving consumer goods(FMCG) company producing thousands of products in the areas of cleaning agents, personal care, hygiene products and food.Each year, tens of thousands of candidates apply for a variety of positions in the company. Use this guide to understand what lies ahead and increase your chances of passing the P&G job application and assessment process – first time.

Remember, candidates normally only get one chance to apply to P&G – here’s how to get it right.

Fast track: 5 Best Tips to help you pass the Procter & Gamble application process:

 

  1. Learn about the company.
    • Find out as much as possible about the company, its markets, main competitors, recent developments and use of new technologies.
    • Increase your confidence by thinking about what implications these factors might have on P&G, wider industry and even your particular job. Read enough so you’re ready to talk about it!
    • You might be surprised, but many candidates don’t even carry out basic research like looking at the P&G website to understand their products, key brands, how and where the company operates.
    • Create a personal pitch describing WHY you want to work for Procter and Gamble. Candidate selection is not only about perfect assessment scores. It also comes down to your passion for a company and its brands.
  1. Practice online assessments.
    • P&G, like many other multinationals, use various assessment tools to sift through thousands of candidates each year.
    • Psychometric tests are used to reject between 60-80% of candidates
    • You should familiarize yourself with the types of assessments P&G use (later in this guide). Practice and prepare!
  1. Connect and network with P&G professionals
    • By attending company events and career fairs. Find out what their roles are and what they believe an ideal candidate to P&G should embody. Then, reflect these ideas in your application form and during interviews.
    • Use LinkedIn to stay connected with those you met or get introduced to new connections.
  1. Stay calm during the online assessments and interviews
    • To perform at your best, you can’t let stress or distractions get in the way of your performance. Always work in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
    • Before the interview, practice answering typical questions (e.g. CBI questions) out loud in front of a mirror.Record yourself on a smartphone or sign up for our AI-powered practice video interview to get personalized feedback on unlimited number of your recordings.
    • Practicing interviews is like practicing public speaking – it will pay off at any interview.
  1. Know the P&G application process by heart
    • Understand what you’re expected to do at each stage
    • Find out what tools are used to assess you
    • This will help to lower your anxiety levels

 

If you found the above useful, continue reading to maximize your chances of landing a job at Procter & Gamble.

The competition for jobs at P&G is fierce, and the vast majority of candidates get rejected on the basis of online application forms and psychometric tests – so if you want to stand any chance of passing, you need to make sure you perform your best at each and every stage of the recruitment process; starting with your online application, through to your online assessments and interviews.

These are the 4 steps to the P&G job application process:

  1. P&G Online Application
  2. P&G Online Aptitude Tests:
    • Peak Performance
    • Reasoning Screen Test
  3. P&G Initial Interview
  4. P&G Final Interview

P&G Recruitment Stages 2019-2020

P&G Recruitment Stages 2019-2020

STEP 1

P&G Online application

Once you’ve done your background research about P&G and decided on which programme you want to apply for:

A. You need to complete the online form which includes

  • The schools you attendedand your A-levels
  • Your CV
  • A questionnaire about specific skills required for the role

B. Make sure you have provided accurate information before your submission, and don’t leave this until the last minute.

P&G online application tip: apply as early as possible as this increases the chances of your application being reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case the organisation’s HR department needs any clarification or further details.

STEP 2

P&G Assessment Tests –

Online Aptitude Tests

Every candidate applying to P&G is required to take online assessment tests. P&G use these tests tosee ifyou possess the required competencies and skills, as this is difficult to gauge from interviews alone.

Depending on what role you’ve applied for, you may be required to take up to two assessments.Check the P&G website for more details regarding assessments.

P&G PEAK Performance Assessment

PEAK Performance Assessmenttest assesses your interests, work-related attitudes, experiences, background and compatibility with key P&G competencies.

The questions revolve around common scenariosyou might experience when working for P&G. Your task is to identify the course of action you deem the most appropriate.

Peak Performance Assessment is a P&G branded Situational Judgement Test.

Examples of Procter & Gamble Peak Performance Assessment questions:

1) When organising a work team, you select those who

  1. Have different strengths
  2. Have the most technical expertise
  3. Cooperate with each other
  4. Follow instructions
  5. Think like you

2) When given a project deadline, you are most likely to

  1. Begin working on the project immediately
  2. Spend time thinking how long the project will take and plan accordingly
  3. Start work on the project a week before the deadline because you are busy with other projects
  4. Ask for an extension on the deadline because you are pressed for time

This type of online assessment test is very similar to the Situational Judgement Test developed by Graduates First.

Peak Performance and Situational Judgement Tests assess your competencies in a work-related scenario by asking you to choose the best course of action.

Want even more help to pass? Watch our video to find out what is and how to pass a Situational Judgement Test.

What is a Situational Judgement test (SJT)

P&G Peak Performance Test Tip:

  • Before attempting the real Procter & Gamble assessment, practice first with our Situational Judgement test. It replicates what you will experience in the actual assessment with the same style of questions and a similar format. Take our practice test now at a discounted price.

P&G Reasoning Screen Test

This test measures your cognitive ability, as well as your ability to spot changing patterns. It’s an abstract or conceptual reasoning test, which means all questions appear as diagrams with shapes and images.

There are 15 questions on this test, and you will only have 2 ½ minutes to answer each one. If you’re thinking that sounds like plenty of time, think again. If you don’t know what you’re doing, this is extremely tricky. But with the right preparation and sufficient practice, you can learn how to nail it.

 P&G Reasoning Screen Test Tip: The time pressure is often the biggest problem for candidates and the only way to deal with that is practice, practice, practice.

Procter and Gamble Style Reasoning Screen Test Example Question

Procter and Gamble Style Reasoning Screen Test Example Question

This type of online assessment test is very similar to the Logical Reasoning Test developed by Graduates First. Both aptitude tests assess your ability to quickly recognise patterns and use logical reasoning to identify the right answer.

For more FREE QUESTIONS,similar to P&G assessment tests, register with Graduates First and take a free Logical Reasoning Test now!

Procter and Gamble Reasoning Test (in-person)

Depending on what role you apply for, you may be required to take a paper-and-pencil Reasoning Test. This assessment test is delivered on-site as part of your final interview. It measures your reasoning skills using numerical, logic-based and figural reasoning type questions.

The questions will typically vary from strictly numerical and problem solving tasks, to abstract reasoning type questions (with shapes and images).

P&G Reasoning Test Tip: Don’t even think about getting help from anyone else! If your scores differ you will be disqualified so integrity is crucial. In the actual test, remember that sometimes it’s fine to skip difficult questions – after all, you need to work through questions quickly but also correctly. If you’re stuck, move on.

Procter and Gamble Reasoning Test Example:

If a machine produces 150 units of product per minute and 15 units of product are packed in a case, how many cases can be filled by a machine in 22 minutes?

  1. 112
  2. 220
  3. 22
  4. 350
  5. 410

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONSsimilar toP&G assessment tests, register with Graduates First and take a FREE set of tests!

STEP 3

P&G Initial Interview

If you pass the online testing stage, you will be invited to a one-on-one interview with an HR professional from P&G. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest and outline the skills that make you suitable for the role.

P&G Interview Tips:

Read a full article prepared by recruitment experts here

This interview will involve a combination of behavioural and situational interview questions to get to know you better; this will include your background, personal motivation and interests.

Before the interview make sure to research P&G, its position in the sector and any recent events that could affect the company.

STEP 4

P&G Final Interview

This will be a one-on-one interview with a manager from the business area you want to join, or a panel interview.

It should be competency based and more in-depth than the initial interview. This is your final chance to demonstrate your passion, skills and enthusiasm.

What makes you unique? Which of your accomplishments and experiences make you stand out from all the other candidates? Focus on your specific knowledge and relate everything you say to the demands of the position at P&G.

Prepare some thought-provoking and interesting questions that will demonstrate your determination to work for P&G. Now is also the time for you to ask any questions that will help you decide if this role is right for you. Once the formal interview is over, don’t be afraid to engage in conversation! Employers want to see the real you.

 Procter & Gamble interview tips:

  • Prepare some examples that you can use during your interview by looking at the most common types of interview questions.
  • Remain relaxed and focused. Even though the questions might not specifically refer to work at P&G, each and every one of your answers needs to demonstrate your key strengths, and these must be supported by a range of different experiences.
  • Practice questions out loud in front of a mirror. This will make you more comfortable when faced with the real interview. You can also record yourself on your smartphone or using GF’s video interview technology, and then play back and analyse your performance. It might seem crazy to do this alone at home, but better to feel awkward now than on the day!

If you’re not sure what questions to practice or ask, use the Graduates First Interview Question Identifier Tool (QIT) to find out which questions are most likely to come up in your interview.

If you want to pass your Procter & Gamble assessments first time, you need to be prepared. Use practice tests to gain confidence, learn how to manage stress and discover tactics to help you pass. Prepare now – pass later!

Our experience of working with businesses and public institutions shows that the vast majority of applicants get rejected at the online aptitude testing stage. It’s an efficient and economical way for companies to sift through large numbers of job applicants, but the method is brutal. Remember, the majority will not pass.

According to our research, a candidate can at least double their performance during a real test if they have practiced beforehand. There is very little chance that you will pass first time without deep and deliberate practice. You will never get exactly the same questions, but you will understand the specific logic behind the answers,learn how to cope with stress and discover useful tactics.

If you want to practice tests, try signing up for the assessment tools offered by Graduates First,the only aptitude practice test experts who provide tests to over 90 UK universities and their students, as well as others across Asia and continental Europe. We have firsthand experience designing CEB SHL and IBM Kenexa aptitude tests to help you with all the preparation required for the P&G assessment process.

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P&G Reasoning Test (in-person) – answer to the example question: B

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