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In the article below, we will provide you with a step by step overview of the best tips for successfully passing the P&G assessment process during recruitment.

Procter and Gamble Co (P&G) is an American consumer goods corporation producing a range of cleaning agents, personal care and hygienic products. Each year, tens of thousands of candidates apply for a variety of positions offered.

The competition for jobs at P&G is very 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 to 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 four steps to the P&G job application process:

  1. P&G Online application
  2. P&G Online aptitude tests
  3. P&G First interview
  4. P&G Final interview

STEP 1

P&G Online application

Once you have done the necessary research about P&G and have decided on the programme you wish to apply for:

  1. You need to complete the online form which includes
  • Schools that you have attended and A-Levels taken
  • Your resume
  • Questionnaire about specific skills required for the role

2. You need to make sure you have provided accurate information before your submission, and you should never leave this until the last minute.

3. Tip: apply as early as possible as this increases your chances of being reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case the organisation’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.

STEP 2

P&G assessment tests
aptitude test online

  • Every candidate applying to P&G is required to take online assessment tests as a way of determining if they possess the competencies and skills that are required by P&G, as these do not emerge from interviews.
  • Depending on the role you have applied for, you may be required to take up to two assessments.

P&G PEAK Performance Assessment

  • This assessment test will assess your interests, work-related attitudes, experiences, background and compatibility against key P&G competencies
  • The questions you will be asked will revolve around some common types of situations experienced when working for P&G, and will require you to identify the course of action you deem the most appropriate

Example of Procter & Gamble Peak Performance test questions:

1) When organizing a work team, you have selected 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, what have you been most likely to do

  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. Both aptitude tests assess your competences in a work-related scenario by asking you to choose the best course of action.

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P&G Reasoning Screen Test

  • This test measures your cognitive ability, as well as your ability to spot changing patterns. All questions appear in a figural form.
  • There are 15 questions on this test and you will only have 2 ½ minutes to answer each one.
  • Tip: the time pressure scares most of the candidates so it is best to get plenty of practice beforehand.

Procter and Gamble Reasoning Screen Test Example Question

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

Procter and Gamble Reasoning Test (in-person)

  • Based on the requirements of the role that you applied for, you may be required to take the paper-and-pencil Reasoning Test. This assessment test is delivered on-site as part of your final interview. This test measures your reasoning skills using numerical, logic-based and figural reasoning type questions.
  • The questions on this test will typically vary from strictly numerical and problem solving, to figural reasoning types of questions.

Tip: Under no circumstances should you be 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 is fine to skip difficult questions – after all, you need to work through questions quickly but also correctly.

Procter and Gamble Reasoning Test Example:

If a machine produces 150 units per 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

You can check the answer at the bottom of the page.

STEP 3

P&G Initial Interview

 

    • If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to a one-on-one interview with a HR professional from P&G. This is an opportunity for you to show your interest, and outline the potential skills that make you suitable for the role that you applied to.
    • This interview will involve a combination of behavioral-based and situational interview questions to get to know you better; this will include your background, personal motivations and interests.
    • Before the interview make sure to research about the company, its role in the industry and recent events that could affect P&G.

STEP 4

P&G Final Interview

  • This will be a one-on-one interview with the manager from the business area you wish to join, or a panel interview.
  • It will be competency based  and more in-depth than the initial interview. It is the final chance for you to demonstrate your passion, skills and enthusiasm to work for P&G.
  • Focus on your accomplishments and experiences that make you unique from all the other candidates. Use your specific knowledge to relate that to the demands of the position you applied for at P&G.
  • Prepare some thought-provoking and interesting questions that will demonstrate your enthusiasm and determination to work for P&G. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions that will help you decide if this role is right for you, so do not be afraid to engage in a conversation, when you are allowed to do so, at the end of the interview.

Procter & Gamble interview tips:

  • Prepare some ideas of examples that you can use later during your interview based on the most common types of interview questions.
  • Remain relaxed and focused throughout the interview. Even though the questions asked 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, and then play back and analyse your performance.

If you do know not what questions to practice or ask, you can use the Graduates First 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 get prepared. Use practice tests to gain comfort, learn how to manage your stress and to find out the tactics behind passing the tests. Otherwise, the real assessment becomes a testing ground and you risk not getting the job you wanted.

Our experience of working with businesses and public institutions shows that the vast majority (up to 90-95%) of applicants get rejected at the online aptitude tests stage. Companies use these tests to sift through large numbers of job applicants at a low cost. 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, will learn to manage your stress and will learn useful tactics.

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

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