AB InBev offer jobs across the world, and recruit at a range of levels, including Interns, Graduate Management Trainee and experienced hires. Every recruitment process contains several stages and assessments, although the exact tests you will take depends on the role you are applying to. Graduate and Intern recruitment follows the same process and contains the same tests across Europe.
The first stage is the online application form. Your application is the first opening you have to a job with AB InBev, so take care to complete your form carefully, answering all questions and choosing the information that best answers the questions asked.
If your application is progressed, the next stage for graduate and intern applicants is a set of online tests. Most applicants will take the first two tests and either the verbal reasoning or numerical reasoning test.
The purpose of this test is to get a picture of your personality and values and a measure of how well these will tie in to AB InBev’s culture. In this type of test you are asked to choose the trait that is most or least like you from a list of personality characteristics again and again. Some clues as to what AB InBev are looking for in their people with their 10 principles. Take a practice test to familiarise yourself with the concepts, terms and traits included in the test.
Situational judgement tests examine how you respond in workplace situations. In this type of test you are usually given a scenario similar to one you may come across at work, and a list of possible responses. Your task is to choose the most suitable response. Learn more about situational strength tests and how to prepare with our online SJT practice pack.
Verbal reasoning tests are designed to assess your language communication skills. In this test you are given a passage of text and asked questions examining your ability to understand and use the information you have read. Verbal reasoning tests are usually timed, requiring you to read quickly and understand what you are reading first time. Prepare for your test with our range of verbal reasoning practice packs.
Numerical reasoning tests examine how well you can use numerical information to answer questions. In this type of test you are given numerical information in charts or tables and asked questions on the data. In order to pick the correct answer from a list of options you must know how to use the four basic calculations, work out percentages, ratios, currency and more. Adding to the pressure is the time limits placed on the test. Learn more about the test and how to prepare with our numerical reasoning practice packs.
Most recruitment processes include at least one phone interview, with two interviews for the graduate programmes.
This phone interview is a general interview with the purpose of finding out more information about your interest in AB InBev. You are asked four questions in an interview lasting 10-15 minutes.
The questions you are asked are usually a variation of the following four questions:
Ahead of your phone interview, plan out answers to the questions above. Think of examples from your previous experience that can illustrate your answers. Take a look at our online interview preparation pack and interview guide for more advice on how to approach this interview.
Half an hour before this phone interview you are sent a pack of business data including balance sheets, details on production figures, targets, ingredients, costs and competitors. Your task is to analyse the data and decide which 2 products (from a list of 6) to launch, and be prepared to discuss it with the interviewer in some detail. This interview is challenging, you need to be able to pick out the relevant information, understand it, and answer questions using this information only. Ahead of your case study interview, practice case study exercises with our online practice pack.
If you impress at the ABI phone interviews, the next stage is an assessment day (ABI Day). This AB InBev assessment day and the final panel interview may be conducted in Belgium. You will be advised of where you are going ahead of time. The assessment day is an opportunity for you to meet a wide range of other candidates and impress the recruitment team in person. You are tested through a range of assessments including a group exercise and interview. In some cases you may be asked to take the aptitude tests again.
For this exercise, you are put into a group of around 8 candidates and given a brief to discuss and finalise amongst yourselves. In many cases you are asked to discuss a product and the direction and strategy for it, including investment, pricing and marketing. You are assessed throughout the discussion by a team of assessors. They will be looking at how you contribute to the discussion, and may ask you questions as you go along to explain your thinking. You may also be asked to assess your team mates during the discussion. This can be a challenging exercise, so it is best to go in prepared. Ahead of the day, plan your group exercise strategy, as well as reviewing your case study preparation for ideas on how to pull out the relevant information to prove your points.
The assessment day interview is carried out by two current employees, who will ask you questions about why you want to work with AB InBev, your motivations, skills, and experience. Ahead of this interview you may want to consider preparing some key examples to talk about in a variety of answers, thinking particularly about examples that highlight the skills that AB InBev are looking for in their candidates. Don’t forget to prepare using the STAR method, so that each example covers all the information you need to give.
The final stage of the recruitment process is the panel interview. This interview may take place in Belgium, and once again the day may involve some online tests. You will be told in advance, so don’t forget to read your invitation carefully, and revise for the tests.
This interview is a strengths based interview, meaning that the interviewers will ask you questions designed to assess your strengths and weaknesses. As with all other interviews, think about your strengths against the person profile for the job you are applying to. Prepare examples with the STAR method (situation, task, action, response). Think about your answers to common questions, and most of all, don’t forget to read up on the company to impress your interviewers. Think of some questions to ask if you have the opportunity. Give the importance of this interview to your final offer, you may want to ensure you ace it with a mock interview with a trained assessor.
The list below are examples of questions that have been asked at various AB InBev interviews in the past. They are an example only of the types of questions, although you may want to think about how you would set about answering them!
AB InBev is an exciting place to work, with jobs and opportunities all around Europe and the world. However in order to get that job, you need to impress the assessors at every one of the many assessments you will come up against.