Kimberly-Clark Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Sales and Marketing Graduate Scheme

    1.8571/5 | Interview date: May 2013 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Marketing

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    Interview process

    The initial stage was a phone interview that lasted about 30 minutes with a member of Ochre House - the company responsible for the recruitment for Kimberly Clark (KC). The phone interview was really relaxed and was competency based. At the end we went through availability for the assessment centre which would be the following week.

    Most difficult question

    Questions were generally easy and straightforward. I was asked, "What are your 3 main strengths?", "Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult team member and how did you adapt to this?" and finally, "What makes you a suitable candidate for the Kimberly Clark graduate scheme?"

    Interview tips

    After my case study preparation I kind of had an inkling i wouldn't be offered the job. But i would advise anyone applying to be good with numbers (my weakness), research KC's core values, at the assessment centre really speak out and don't let others take control. Ensure everyone in your group is involved. I'd also say you need to be very confident and prepared for a long, intense day. I did loads of research on the company but to be honest, most of it wasn't required on the day. It was more about your skills.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was intense. We were put up in a hotel for the previous night and all expenses were paid for. The day began quite early, about 8.30am and we first had an icebreaker task. There was about 12 other candidates and around 20 members of staff from KC in the room which made it extra daunting. We had to describe ourself as a brand and say why we would be that brand. After we were split into groups. The first task was to prepare for a case study interview later on in the afternoon. We worked in silence for an hour and the case study was about launching a new product in Boots. After, we had the group presentation which was to make an advert for a KC product. This part was quite enjoyable, but as to be expected there were some people who were quite overbearing and took control. We had to present to the KC staff and after answer some questions. There was also a networking lunch where we got the chance to speak to some graduates currently on the scheme and other members of staff. Everyone was really nice and relaxed. The first task after lunch was the case study presentation. This was the scariest and most intense part of the day. I presented alone to two members of the sales team, and it was a role play where they were acting as members of the buying team from Boots. They really got into it and picked holes in my presentation and threw out random numbers to throw me off. It was really intense, but a glimpse of how buyers in the industry could be. The final part of the day was an interview with a member of HR, Marketing and Sales. I was asked 5 questions based on KC's core values and then asked about my CV. At the end of the day we were given a goody-bag which was a nice touch.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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