We all know that every interview requires thorough research and preparation to make sure you demonstrate you’re the right person for the job and the company. If you’re looking for a career in FMCG – here are our top 3 tips on how to nail the interview.
1. Be patient—the application process can take a while
With so many applicants to choose from, retail companies and FMCGs tend to invest a lot of time in finding suitable candidates, while giving them an opportunity to shine in interviews, tests, and other assessments. As a result, it’s not unusual for the graduate application process to span several weeks, or even months, with candidates expected to complete interviews, group assessments, psychometric tests, online assessments, and so on. While some of our insiders felt that the process took a bit too long, almost all agreed that, in the end, it was worth the trouble—a competitive position at a globally recognised retail or FMCG organisation is a terrific way to start your career.
2. Know and exemplify the prospective employer’s values
Many large businesses codify what they stand for as a set of values or propositions. You can find these values easily by performing a quick search. Whatever the values of your prospective employer, it’s highly recommended that you know them word for word before your interview and write down a couple of examples of how you’ve demonstrated them during your studies of previous work experiences. This will show that you can offer more than just your skills—you also have an attitude that already fits with the company’s ethos.
3. Know the products well
If you’re interviewing at a large retailer or FMCG, there’s no excuse for not being familiar with its most popular brands. Bear in mind that some FMCGs are responsible for hundreds of brands—you shouldn’t waste time trying to learn all of them. A good tip is to familiarise yourself with brands that are representative of the business’s overall portfolio, from foods to cleaning products (if applicable).