Smurfit Kappa Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 2 Year Graduate Trainee Scheme

    3.5714/5 | Interview date: July 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Management

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    My one to one interview consisted of around 10 competency based questions. Each of these questions required me to give reeal life examples of situations e.g. in work or extra cirricular, and how I have acted. They also wanted to know the outcome of each, and how I would act if I had the opportunity again.
    The interview was with a company called Cloud9 recruitment, who worked on behalf of Smurfit Kappa. This was the second round of the whole interview process, by which I had already completed a telephone interview with Cloud 9. The format was strictly to these competency based questions, and little attention was paid to other possible questions or conversations. MY CV was also briefly discussed, and my reasons for applying to Smurfit Kappa, as well as a brief company background.

    Most difficult question

    I found the most difficult questions to be generally based around how have you influenced a group? What was the influence? And what was the result?

    I found the complexity of this questions quite difficult.

    Interview tips

    Look to stick out and show that you are not just a robot in your answers. Show a variety of working and social activities as Smurfit are looking for a rounded individual.
    Practice psychometric tests before, this is a mistake I made as I didn't think there would be any, so was slightly naive. Show enthusiasm throughout, even though it is a demanding 2 day assessment centre. At the end of it all, be yourself. Dont be something your not. Even if it gets you the job, you will be found out on day 1.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Firstly we received a factory your of the Northampton site of Smurfit Kappa. Then we had to complete numeracy tests, with there being around 7 individual tests, each lasting around minutes.
    After this we attended a night meal and met the Smurfit team, and management on different levels. On the next day, we were split into two groups of 5, and completed various tasks. This included group presentations, debates, team building (getting X amount of items out of a production line in the given time) and individual activities with designated preperation time.

    Interview steps


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


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


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

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