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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published October 9th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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If Procter and Gamble hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
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When you start a new position, it is important to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.
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1.
If Procter and Gamble hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
When you start a new position, it is important to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. If I were hired today, my goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. My goal, consistent with Procter and Gamble's values, will be to focus resources to achieve leadership objectives and strategies.I plan to make a positive impact very quickly and show that I am a perfect fit for P&G's culture of mastery, innovation and passion for winning."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I know you mentioned that the average tenure in this position, before promotion, is anywhere from six months to a year or more. I intend to prove over the first three months that I am a rockstar in the organization and that I can live out Procter and Gamble's corporate values of leadership, ownership and passion for winning - treating the Company's assets as my own and behaving with the Company's long-term success in mind."
2.
Sales performance is of utmost importance to Procter and Gamble. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
Talk to the interviewer about your sales targets, results, and contributions in the past. Be sure to highlight your biggest wins and talk about the ways you will bring the same performance to Procter and Gamble if hired.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I plan to contribute to your profitability through hard work, strategy, tenacity and paying close attention to the needs of my customers. I have solid results in my most recent position and look forward to bringing these same successes to Procter and Gamble. I'm encouraged by the fact that P&G says it hires based on the potential leadership sees in people - that easily leads to new ideas, entrepreneurial thinking and disrupting the status quo. That's exactly the kind of approach I've taken in my career, and I look forward to continuing that mindset."
Michelle's Answer #2
"My first step would be to examine current performance against KPIs and then develop a 30-, 60- and 90-day plan for how I can help the company achieve, and even exceed, them. I have a solid history of identifying strong lead measures that help support overall organizational strategies, and then leading a team to achieve those measures."
3.
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Both tenure and performance are important, but I do lean toward performance incentives. I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on the documented value they bring to the organization. This approach is a strong motivator - a new employee would be greatly encouraged by being rewarded for performance, and this approach also facilitates a healthy competition with more tenured employees."
Michelle's Answer #2
"This is a classic question, isn't it? Experience and company knowledge are so important and are certainly of value to an organization, while performance is the documented articulation of an employee's value to the company. I believe the best compensation programs figure out a way to honor both, with the emphasis on performance. Doing so encourages good employees to stay, since they know they're valued for their tenure and experience - but it discourages people from getting so comfortable in a long-time role that they don't strive for their highest performance."
4.
We believe in strong work/life balance at Procter and Gamble. How often do you take work home with you?
The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home. If you do take work home with you, make sure to express that it is due to overachieving and not procrastination or poor time management.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Only occasionally. I make every effort to utilize my work hours efficiently so that the only time I take work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline or some type of emergency. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. Now, that's on the execution side, but on the ideation side, I can tell you that I'm constantly thinking about new ways to do things, new innovations to try or new approaches to problem, so that 'script,' if you will, is constantly running in my brain!"
Michelle's Answer #2
"I try very hard not to take my work home with me. For me, it's very important to compartmentalize work and life and keep them separate so that I can give each of them my full focus in the moment. That means I have to be very disciplined throughout the workday, stay focused, and use effective time-management techniques to help me maximize my performance. This way, I'm meeting or exceeding goals, while still enjoying time with my family to disconnect from work and just 'be.'"
5.
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentorship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I definitely see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. Leadership is more of a mindset than a title or specific position. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model, enthusiasm and work ethic of the organization. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership."
6.
At Proctor and Gamble, we seek to hire those who want a long-term fit. What is your long-range career objective?
Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open with the interviewer about your dreams within Proctor and Gamble, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to be employed by the company for many years to come.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have some pretty lofty career goals. I want to make a big impact within an industry, to push technology and press for always bigger, better ideas. After researching P&G and learning more about this position, I feel that this role fits beautifully with my future aspirations. The company shares the kind of values - things like integrity, respect and passion - that I hold dear, plus I'm attracted to its sense of corporate responsibility on everything from animal welfare to environmental sustainability."
Michelle's Answer #2
"This particular position is a goal that I have set my sights on for quite some time. I believe it is the next step in a long and fulfilling career in the consumer products industry. The industry leadership that P&G offers, as well as its culture of innovation, passion and interdependence among team members and partners, are key for me, and I feel confident I will gain skills in this role that will make me successful."
7.
Work volumes can become very high at Procter and Gamble. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stressing out about the multitude of tasks ahead of me. With P&G's focus on interdependency, I also believe that I could reach out to team members and/or colleagues in order to effectively divide and conquer particular challenges that lead to a heavy workload."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to take a few deep breaths, review my list of tasks, and concentrate first on those that are of highest strategic priority to the organization - in other words, the tasks most likely to positively affect the company's bottom line. If I can put my highest expenditure of resources there, I'm more likely to make a positive impact on the organization overall."
8.
Despite more current trends, many consumer products have been tested on animals. What are your thoughts on this?
The testing of products on animals has been a long time controversy in the consumer products realm. Discuss with the interviewer your thoughts on testing consumer products on animals.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Science has come a long way, and the need to test products on animals is minimal, if not non-existent. Overall, I'm of the mind that products should not contain harmful chemicals and the more natural they are, the better. That's one of the attractive elements of the Procter and Gamble philosophy - I'm impressed that the company has invested more than $410 million in developing alternative, non-animal testing methods and is committed to getting them accepted by regulators around the world."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Overall, I do not support testing on animals. I believe that science has come far enough that this practice is unnecessary. Consumers, on the whole, expect for their products to be ethically sourced and manufactured in a cruelty-free fashion, and are even amenable to paying a premium for ethically produced products if that's what it takes. I believe my philosophy fits well with that of Procter and Gamble - I was so happy to learn, while preparing for this interview, that P&G does not test its products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law."
9.
Procter and Gamble is a global corporation with brands and employees all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about and can handle an environment that offers diversity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The global nature of the Procter and Gamble business is one that I'm most excited about. I'm accustomed to being around people who aren't exactly like me, and I've been able to learn from exposure to a lot of different perspectives. However, I believe that truly being part of the global economy will be a life-changing experience that I will relish. I love that at P&G, the people who use your products every day are as diverse as our entire world. The more you team reflects them, the better you can understand their needs."
Michelle's Answer #2
"In my current company, we have a very diverse group of people that range in age, race, experience, gender and more. I embrace it fully. I love that, as a global company, Procter and Gamble's teams reflect the diversity of your customers and enable stronger discussions, better insights and breakthrough solutions. I love that your employees are encouraged to bring their unique selves to work every day, and bring out the best in each other."
10.
What does it mean to you to be an ethical company?
This is a nice chance to show the interviewer that your sense of ethics and integrity meshes with that of the company. Make sure to do some research in advance so that you understand Procter and Gamble's position on various issues.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I really love this question, and it's one I've given a lot of thought to. For me, a company is ethical when it follows fair and unbiased reporting practices and when it sources its materials and drives its production cycle in a way that is sustainable and responsible with both people and natural resources. From what I've learned about Procter and Gamble, the way you operate as a company and as individuals is based on the principle of doing the right thing. I love the idea of being a force for good and a force for growth."
Michelle's Answer #2
"There are many facets to being an ethical company, from the way you treat your employees to the manner in which you garner your raw materials. From what I've researched, I do believe Procter and Gamble is an ethical company - the organization is very up front and open about many important ethical issues in the consumer products industry: reporting practices, sustainability, human rights and animal welfare, just to name a few. These are some of the touchstone issues that define a company's ethics, and I believe my own sense of integrity fully aligns with P&G's - to lead the charge in doing the right thing."
11.
Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
The interviewer would like to know if you are specifically targeting positions within the same industry. Talk to the hiring manager about your desire for a role specifically in their industry. Be sure to reiterate your keen interest in the role with Procter and Ga.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have applied to a variety of roles within the consumer products industry and am currently interviewing with one other company. My primary interest, though, is with P&G because your products align perfectly with my product expertise, and I believe your overall focus on your purpose, values and principals meshes well with my own personal values."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I am active in my search and previously have interviewed with two of your local competitors. With one, I have advanced to a second interview. With the other, I participated in a telephone interview just yesterday. With that said, I am most interested in this role with Procter and Gamble - this position is the best fit for my education and experience, and your corporate values of integrity, leadership, ownership, passion and trust describe the kind of environment in which I believe I'd be most successful."
12.
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on. I believe this fits well with P&G's focus on innovation - every failure can take us one step closer to a major breakthrough for our consumers."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Setbacks happen no matter what, and for that reason I try not to let them affect me emotionally in the least. I am a pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite challenges that come my way. I once had a colleague who described setbacks as "forward fumbles," which is a philosophy I have internalized and try to share with others. What looks in the moment like a setback can often, in retrospect, be a catalyst for change or an inadvertent step toward a successful outcome you weren't even able to imagine."
13.
How would you handle a situation where your Procter and Gamble supervisor did not properly communicate information to you?
Others don't always communicate with you in the style that you would prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like or that is clear to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I first try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. I also try to ask a lot of questions and document instructions in writing as much as possible in order to make sure I'm understanding."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I try to be independent and find as many answers as possible on my own. As much as I would love to always work with supervisors who are great communicators, that is not always a realistic ask. I also try to repeat instructions just to verify that I'm hearing and interpreting what the supervisor really wants."
14.
Change is par for the course with Procter and Gamble. When have you had to adapt to change?
Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is a crucial skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. How did you handle the change? Was it a positive reaction?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current role there is a lot of turnover when it comes to our management team. I have had to adapt to three new managers in the past four years. For a company like P&G that values strategic focus, innovation and being the very best, I'd imagine that team members move up and around a great deal within the company. I'm fully prepared to handle that kind of change and adapt to both new team members and changing market conditions."
Michelle's Answer #2
"In my previous role at a high-growth tech startup, the sales organization was restructured a number of times, from a new boss to new teams and territories. This can be very frustrating if one doesn't approach it with the right frame of mind, but I was able to thrive there. In this situation, if all team members are acting in accordance with P&G's value of doing what is right for the business with integrity, that means we'll all be ready to take advantage of developing opportunities, being nimble and capitalizing on market changes with strategic focus."
15.
Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
Public speaking can be intimidating, so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations should it be required in your role with Procter and Gamble.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my last two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of more than 200. I have also been part of my local Toastmasters group, which helped a great deal. Overall, I feel that I am a confident public speaker."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I do not have a lot of experience in presenting to large groups, but I do present regularly to groups averaging around 4 to 6 people. I am a confident speaker in that setting and am sure that I could present in front of many people - I'd be happy to take on that challenge."
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  1. If Procter and Gamble hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  2. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Procter and Gamble. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  3. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  4. We believe in strong work/life balance at Procter and Gamble. How often do you take work home with you?
  5. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  6. At Proctor and Gamble, we seek to hire those who want a long-term fit. What is your long-range career objective?
  7. Work volumes can become very high at Procter and Gamble. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  8. Despite more current trends, many consumer products have been tested on animals. What are your thoughts on this?
  9. Procter and Gamble is a global corporation with brands and employees all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?
  10. What does it mean to you to be an ethical company?
  11. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  12. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  13. How would you handle a situation where your Procter and Gamble supervisor did not properly communicate information to you?
  14. Change is par for the course with Procter and Gamble. When have you had to adapt to change?
  15. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  16. Procter and Gamble wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  17. As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
  18. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  19. What questions do you have for me about working with Procter and Gamble?
  20. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  21. What are your salary expectations?
  22. The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Procter and Gamble. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  23. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  24. Procter and Gamble puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  25. Environmental quality and sustainability are very important to us at Procter and Gamble. How do you feel about that?
  26. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  27. Procter and Gamble likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  28. The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
  29. At Procter and Gamble we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  30. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  31. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Procter and Gamble?
  32. At Procter and Gamble we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?
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