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In the article below, we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of the best tips to successfully apply to and pass the Unilever recruitment process to start your career with Unilever. If you are a professional changing job, or a student looking for an internship or graduate scheme at Unilever, this text is for you.
Unilever is a Dutch-British international consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands and London. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Career opportunities at Unilever include many different roles in a variety of business divisions. Each year Unilever receive thousands of job applications for just a few job openings. To make the selection of the best candidates easier, Unilever divided their recruitment process into four stages of assessment. Competition for their jobs is extremely tough, so you need to be prepared to do your best at every stage of the recruitment process.
Unilever assessment Tip: Throughout the application process, remember to show that you possess the skills and characteristics that would make you an ideal candidate. Demonstrate your appropriateness for the job role, by being committing yourself to the attributes and competencies that Unilever look for in their candidates. These are as follows:
Growth Mindset: Competitive leadership; positive, realistic, attitude to the company’s future.
Customer Focus: able to see Unilever’s brands through our customers’ eyes.
Bias for Action: urgency in decision-making, prepared to think things through to take risks.
Accountability and Responsibility: taking responsibility for your part in Unilever’s overall performance.
These are the four steps of the Unilever job application and assessment process:
Once you have done the necessary research about Unilever and its business divisions, and have decided on the programme you wish to apply for:
You will need to register to their job portal and complete the online application form, which requires:
your A-Level results,
your academic background,
relevant work experience and
motivational questions on your reasons to join Unilever
You will need to make sure you have provided accurate information before your submission, and you should never leave this until the last minute.
Unilever online application formtip: Apply as early as possible, as this increases your chances of being reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case Unilever’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.
The difficulty level of the assessments will depend on the business area and position you applied to, so be sure to carefully read all the information in the email from Unilever’s recruiters asking you to complete the aptitude tests.
Unilever Numerical reasoning test
If it has been a while since you did Maths – do not worry! All you have to do is a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. What makes Unilever’s numerical reasoning test difficult is not the knowledge tested, but how you cope with the information presented under the time pressure.
Unilever numerical test tip: You need to learn to manage your stress and work quickly, but correctly through the questions – and the best way to achieve this is by practicing tests in a safe environment before your actual test.
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If you are looking for Unilever-style numerical reasoning tests with answers, worked-solutions and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance – then Graduates First has it covered.
Unilever’s logical reasoning test does not test any particular area, but rather presents candidates with 5 diagrams with changing shapes and spatial arrangements, and requires them to identify the right pattern and determine what would come next in the sequence.
The main difficulty of this particular logical reasoning test is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be; in terms of the: size, arrangement, movements and colours of two- and three-dimensional shapes
Sound complex? In fact, it is actually not that difficult. What you need to do is to have a look at sample questions to get comfortable with what these questions are after, and the only way to achieve this is by practicing specific Unilever-style logical reasoning tests, such as the ones offered by Graduates First (see sample question below).
Remember: you will never get the same questions as those in the practice tests, but you will gain experience in recognising test patterns and managing your stress and time pressure.
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You will also get detailed expert reports with worked solutions and personalised feedback that will help you improve as you progress.
After you successfully pass the online tests, you will be required to take a short, self-recorded video interview to tell Unilever more about yourself and your background. This is an opportunity for you to show your interest and demonstrate the potential skills that make you suitable for the particular role that you applied to.
This interview will be made up of two sections, including three hypothetical questions.
Before your interview, you are advised to think of some ideas that you could then use during your interview. If you are looking for Unilever interview questions, it is a good idea to check the most common types of interview questions. For each idea remember to follow the STAR model: always describing what the particular Situation was, what Task you were faced with, which Action you took to accomplish the goal and what was the Result of your work.
Unilever interview questions tip: If you are expecting a video interview, make sure you find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed, and make sure that you are settled at least 10 minutes prior to the interview start. Remind yourself why you would like to work for Unilever, and what your key achievements are – both in personal and professional life. You need to convince the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job and the company, and need to prove that you will stay equally determined and enthusiastic throughout your time with the company.
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Congratulations: this is last stage of the recruitment process. During the Discovery Day, you will get the chance to meet Unilever employees, other candidates for the position, the management team and participate in some welcome sessions. Although it might seem less stressful than other parts of the recruitment process – do not relax just yet. The recruiters will still observe you closely to see if you have the potential to make the most out of this role.
For examples of case study questions that you may experience, look at our in-tray exercises prepared by experienced occupational psychologists at Graduates First. The best way to prepare for this type of assessment is to practice your skills on sample case studies; once you learn how to critically analyse a piece of information and present your findings, you will be able to cope with any topic!
You may also look at other materials to prepare for your assessment centre. Graduates First provide a comprehensive explanation of e-tray and in-tray exercises, presentation exercises, role-play, group discussion and written exercises. We also offer the assessment preparation toolkit which contains all the above.
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