Lion Graduate Program, Psychometric Tests and Interviews Preparation

Are you applying for a job with Lion in either Australia or New Zealand? Lion only want to employ the best people, and have designed a recruitment process that gives you the opportunity to show Lion why you are a great fit for the company. This article will guide you through this recruitment process stage by stage.
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Lion is a leading beverage and food company, producing many household-name brands (Corona, Yoplait, Just Juice, Milel, Cracker Barrel and more!) for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Lion employ close to 7,500 people across a range of jobs. In 2013, Lion was ranked no.9 in the Top Graduate Employers in Australia list. Competition for a position with Lion is fierce, and they can afford to take the people who really stand out to work with them. The recruitment process for both graduate positions and experienced jobs is long, and this article will set out the process for each before discussing the individual stages and the resources available to prepare for each stage.

Lion employ a large range of people in a variety of professions. The detail of the recruitment processes reflect the variation in job descriptions, and so will differ slightly for different jobs.

Candidates are expected to reference Lion’s core purpose and values throughout their applications.

Core purpose - growing sociability and wellbeing in our world.
Values - integrity; achieving together; sociability; well being; and passion.

Lion Application Form

The application form is your first opportunity to tell Lion why they should employ you. Use your application to tell them about your strengths, what you like to do, and what motivates you. Applicants for an experienced position will attach a covering letter and CV to the application, whilst graduate applicants will answer some open ended and behavioural questions on the form.

The covering letter should contain information about the role you are applying for, why you are applying for it, and why you think you are suitable for the position. There should be no overlap between your covering letter and your CV. The letter should be tailored to the role with Lion, addressing the key selection criteria with your experiences and behaviours. Don’t forget to use the covering letter to sell yourself.

You are also required to attach your CV. This should be concise, and kept short. It should contain the following information: personal details; career objective; education; personal associations; employment overview; employment history; additional skills and training; interests; referees. Lion receive a lot of applications for each position, so you need a CV and covering letter that can help you stand out from the crowd. Try the JobTestPrep CV builder to create a better CV.

Psychometric Tests

Lion use online assessments to recruit to all jobs. You may be asked to sit up to three psychometric tests on top of a personality test. The exact test you sit will depend on the role you are applying for. Lion will notify you in advance of the tests which tests you will be taking. In this article we will discuss the main tests you are likely to sit, although there may be some variation. It is also worth considering that the pass mark may be different for different roles, especially as some jobs will have greater emphasis on verbal skills, others on numerical skills. Practising is key to improving your score in the tests. JobTestPrep have created practice packs for the tests you are likely to sit.

The tests are provided by Saville Consulting, and the core tests are:

Numerical Test

The numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to evaluate numerical data presented in the form of tables and graphs. In addition, you are tested on other abilities including making numerical inferences, evaluating quantities, and comparing data. The test is taken in timed conditions, with 16 minutes to answer 32 questions. JobTestPrep can help you prepare for these tests with our numerical reasoning practice packs.

Verbal Test

Verbal reasoning tests assess your ability to evaluate complex written information. In this test, you are given a short passage to read, followed by four questions on that passage. You must base your answer solely on the information in the passage, even if you disagree with the information provided, or feel that some information is missing. The test is time limited, with 32 questions to answer in 16 minutes, just half a minute to answer each question. Practice is key to improving your ability to read and process information quickly and accurately. See how JobTestPrep’s Saville Consulting style verbal reasoning practice packs can help you.

Abstract Reasoning Test

An abstract reasoning test examines your ability to reason and form logical conclusions without using words or numbers. In this test, there will be a sequence of shapes based on some form of logical pattern. Your role is to pick the next shape in the sequence. Practising for abstract reasoning tests helps you learn how to identify the pattern in the sequence and improve your chances of improving your score. JobTestPrep’s Saville abstract reasoning test practice can help you learn these skills.

Error Checking Test

Some candidates are asked to take an Error Checking test. In this test you are given lists of information to check through and spot errors. You need to compare the information in the transposed list against the original information also included on the page. You are given a coding key for each question to help you understand the information included. There is a lot to do in this test with 6 minutes to answer 24 questions. Learn more about it and how to prepare with our Saville style error checking test practice pack. 

Personality Test

You may be asked to take a personality, or professional styles questionnaire. This test will look at the match between your personality profile and the personality profile on the job description for the role you are applying to. Preparing in advance for a personality test can help you identify the personalities they are looking for, and how your personality matches this requirement. Prepare for the personality tests with JobTestPrep here.


In all application processes, you will have at least two interviews. Experienced hire candidates will have a first interview with the Hiring Leader and a Leader from People & Culture, and a second interview with the Hiring Leader’s Leader. Graduates will have a telephone or video interview, and a final interview at the Lion assessment centre.

In each interview you will be asked a similar set of questions. The interviewer wants to know about you, your career aspirations, your choice to work for Lion, and in the role you are applying for. There are questions about past experiences in employment, school or extracurricular activities, and there are some behavioural and skills based questions. Lion place a strong emphasis on how you back up your answers, giving examples from your past experience to demonstrate that you have the skills they are looking for. It is recommended that you use the STAR method to answer these questions. For more information about the STAR method, see the JobTestPrep website here.

Lion tips for the interview:

  • Do your research on the company website, read the newspapers and anything else you can find, to find out all you can about company, and what they do.
  • The interview will contain behavioural based questions - asking you to give examples of experience, including the situation, the action you took, the outcome and what you learnt. There will also be questions about your functional and technical skills. Make sure you prepare examples in advance.
  • Review your CV ahead of the interview as you will be asked questions about what is on there.
  • Other questions will include asking about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Practice ahead of your interview.
  • Prepare some questions to ask your interviewers at the end of the interview.

Examples of some interview questions with Lion include:
  • Why should Lion hire you?
  • Why do you want to work for Lion?
  • Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
  • What would you do if you were suddenly asked to run the company? (experienced)
  • Can you give me an example of a time when you could have managed a situation better and how would you approach this situation again? (experienced)

With two interviews in each recruitment process, preparation is extremely valuable. As well as preparing answers for common questions, it is beneficial to rehearse your answers in real interview conditions. JobTestPrep have created a Skype based interview practice session in which you can practice your answers in real time, and receive feedback on your answers.

Assessment Centre

Applicants for experienced jobs may be asked to attend either an assessment centre or a social get together. Graduate applicants who have passed all the previous stages will have a full day assessment centre in either Sydney or Melbourne following the format below.

Assessment centre and final interview:

Lion notify all invitees to an assessment centre of the tests that they will have on the day. JobTestPrep’s website contains resources to help you prepare for the different types of activity you could face at an assessment centre. See our website for more information.

In Summary

Lion is a popular company in Australia and New Zealand, and competition for jobs with the company is high. The recruitment process is testing on many levels, and you are required to display your skills and your fit to the company at every stage. In this article we have taken you through the graduate program and the experienced hire application process stage by stage, highlighting the resources available to help you prepare for each stage. We hope you have found this useful, and good luck.

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