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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published September 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Reckitt Benckiser likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.
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Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!
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1.
Reckitt Benckiser likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.
Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment of my career thus far was graduating from college as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was at the top of my class, plus working full time. This showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and to be recognized for my dedication."
Michelle's Answer #2
"My greatest career accomplishment so far is being promoted the fastest in the entire organization's history and topping it off by closing a major deal less than 48 hours later. I was not only proud of myself, but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was a really special moment. I took a pay cut to move into my original role, so to exceed expectations, be promoted, and be financially ahead of where I was previously was exhilarating."
2.
Sales performance is of utmost importance to Reckitt Benckiser. 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 Reckitt Benckiser, 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 Reckitt Benckiser. I'm encouraged by the fact that RB says it's looking for new ideas, entrepreneurial thinking and those who are willing to disrupt 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.
At Reckitt Benckiser we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education, being sure to highlight the best parts of your performance. If you do not have the formal post-secondary education, you will need to sell the interviewer on the idea that you have gained the knowledge required to succeed with Reckitt Benckiser.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I value post-secondary education as well. Although I do not have a completed degree, I do bring a plethora of related experience from previous work experience. My previous organizations provided me with exceptional training. In addition to this formal, on-the-job training, I have also read numerous business books and attended a variety of industry related workshops. I have taken advantage of every opportunity I can for professional development and continuing education, and I'd look forward to continuing to do so in this role."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I have a bachelor's degree in marketing from Concordia University, and I am proud to say that I graduated at the top of my class. I have a lot to offer Reckitt Benckiser when it comes to my knowledge of consumer products, marketing and advertising, and I look forward to learning additional skills and tactics from my colleagues who have been working in the industry for some time and have knowledge and experience to share."
4.
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 Reckitt Benckiser.

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."
5.
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I moved here from Ukraine when I was 8, speaking only Russian, and learned English from my Palestinian neighbor who spoke zero Russian. How? I'm still not sure, but we were pals and hung out daily and somehow figured out how to communicate!"
6.
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your experience with confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Absolutely not. Confidentiality agreements allow for complete trust between an organization and its clients - and an organization and its employees. I have never broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer or client in any way."
Michelle's Answer #2
"No. Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization, its clients or customers and its employees. I fully understand these aspects of confidentiality and take them very seriously. I have never broken that trust."
7.
Change is par for the course with Reckitt Benckiser. 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, our sales goals can change frequently based on marketplace behavior or trends, and sometimes this happens at the last minute. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes, and to respond with creativity. This really speaks to the heart of what it means to be successful in the consumer marketplace. I believe in making sound plans, but also being prepared to abandon those plans based on last-minute changes in circumstances."
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. Some of the accounts I had been nurturing but had not yet converted were now handed off to another sales rep who received the fruits of my labor. Of course, this can be very frustrating; however, by sitting down with management to understand the "why" of the change, I was able to see the bigger objective and ultimately increase my sales performance."
8.
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 Reckitt Benckiser.

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 Reckitt Benckiser because your products align perfectly with my product expertise, and I believe your overall philosophy on everything from corporate expansion to sustainability meshes well with my 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 Reckitt Benckiser - this position is the best fit for my education and experience, and your corporate values of responsibility, ownership, entrepreneurship, achievement and partnership describe the kind of environment in which I believe I'd be most successful."
9.
In your opinion, what is the most innovative consumer product you have seen in the past 12 months?
When you are discussing innovative consumer products, be sure to include products created or distributed by Reckitt Benckiser. You want to assure the interviewer that you have a keen interest in their particular products. This answer is where research, before your interview, becomes very important.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have seen many innovative products come onto the market in the past 12 months. The one product from Reckitt Benckiser that I was most impressed by was the Air Wick Life Scents. I love that it offers the consumer a realistic sensory experience, rather than fragrance that seems canned and artificial. This allows your consumer to create a pleasant sensory environment within his or her own home that feels authentic and relaxing - something no other product on the market can offer."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I love this question, because I appreciate Reckitt Benckiser's focus on innovation for the purpose of making a real difference in consumers' lives. One of my favorite recent innovations from the company is the Scholl Electronic Nail Care System. Healthy, shiny nails are key to a polished and groomed appearance, and the development of this product gives your end user a practical tool to ensure that their nails present a well-groomed and professional look."
10.
What do you know about Reckitt Benckiser and our work environment?
Do you know anyone who has worked for Reckitt Benckiser before? Have you researched employee reviews online? Talk to the interviewer about your findings when it comes to the work environment at Reckitt Benckiser.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched Reckitt Benckiser a great deal in preparation for this interview. My findings were, overall, tremendously positive and a good match for the kind of environment I'm looking for. I appreciate that the culture is entrepreneurial at heart and provides team members the opportunity to make a real difference. I'm intrigued by the fact that career possibilities are described as 'limitless' because your employees are not defined by rigid career paths."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I know that your employees are granted accountability and autonomy from day one. I love that you say you're looking for disruptors, game changers, people who have ideas and then act boldly to put them into action. Based on what I can tell from my research, your team members are happy, they're challenged, and they feel as though their work serves a higher purpose. I'd love to be part of a team like this."
11.
Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Reckitt Benckiser?
Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for wanting to work for Reckitt Benckiser specifically. With all of the competitors out there - why them? Be as specific as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would like to join Reckitt Benckiser because I love your vision of a world where people are healthier and live better. I'd like to believe that the work I do serves a higher purpose, and I believe your organization shares that goal. Both personally and professionally, I feel invested in the responsibility to help people lead fitter and happier lives, while making the right kind of social and environmental impact."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Reckitt Benckiser has been on my radar for some time now. I'm especially intrigued by your sense of corporate responsibility. I love that you do the right thing, even when it's hard, and that you insist your team members act with the safety of your employees and your consumers at all costs. I want to be part of an organization that exemplifies integrity, and I believe that Reckitt Benckiser is just such a place."
12.
The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
Being up to date on current trends is incredibly essential in the consumer products industry. Assure the interviewer that you are engaged and interested in what the market trends look like.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree - the consumer products market is incredibly fast moving. I keep up to date on new trends in the news and online through several business- and consumer-goods-focused blogs. As a matter of fact, Rakesh Kapoor's blog is one I try to read on a regular basis. I subscribe to a variety of industry publications as well."
Michelle's Answer #2
"It's tough to stay up to date on current trends, in such a fast-moving industry. I like to follow any blogs from the C-suite within the consumer products industry to get a feel for various company strategies and philosophies. I think it's also important to join professional organizations and travel to at least one professional conference per year. That allows me to hear from leaders in the field and to swap stories and experiences with those who hold similar roles in other companies across the world."
13.
If Reckitt Benckiser hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
When you start a new position, it is essential 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 and hired at Reckitt Benckiser.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My first priority would be soaking up as much information about culture, process and KPIs as possible. I'd embark on a 'listening tour' in order to engage in deep conversation with my team and with my colleagues to discover the greatest current needs and how to prioritize them based on company goals for the quarter. Overall, I would strive to meet or exceed all KPIs for the business quarter as efficiently as possible."
Michelle's Answer #2
"If hired today, I would start with analyzing all quantifiable data from the last month, quarter and year to identify any challenges and set a plan to address them. I'd also look for team and company strengths in order to capitalize on or expand them in order to increase the company's bottom line. Overall, I'd be looking for patterns that help me make an immediate contribution to the team and the organization."
14.
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!"
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."
15.
Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on consumer product regulation. Be sure to remain positive and avoid going on a rant if there are regulations with which you do not agree.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that regulations are essential for the protection of the consumer, as well as, ultimately, for the companies that manufacture and distribute consumer products. Like many people, if I could change anything, I would wish for some approval processes to be more streamlined; however, I know that when regulations are understood and planned for on the front end, the overall approval and regulatory process can be managed relatively painlessly."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I feel that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies ultimately have all of our best interests in mind - both the end user and those of us involved in the manufacturing and distribution process. I appreciate the regulations and the protection they provide for consumers - I know they add a layer of complexity and sometimes uncertainty to the whole process, but as long as that is factored into an initial timeline, it can be tackled without drama."
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Interview Questions
  1. Reckitt Benckiser likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.
  2. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Reckitt Benckiser. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  3. At Reckitt Benckiser we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  4. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  5. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  6. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  7. Change is par for the course with Reckitt Benckiser. When have you had to adapt to change?
  8. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  9. In your opinion, what is the most innovative consumer product you have seen in the past 12 months?
  10. What do you know about Reckitt Benckiser and our work environment?
  11. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Reckitt Benckiser?
  12. The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
  13. If Reckitt Benckiser hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  14. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  15. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  16. Reckitt Benckiser puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  17. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  18. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  19. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  20. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  21. What is your greatest weakness?
  22. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  23. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  24. After researching Reckitt Benckiser and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?
  25. What are your salary expectations?
  26. How did you bring value to your last position?
  27. Reckitt Benckiser wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  28. We believe in strong work/life balance at Reckitt Benckiser. How often do you take work home with you?
  29. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  30. Despite more current trends, many consumer products have been tested on animals. What are your thoughts on this?
  31. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  32. At Reckitt Benckiser we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?
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