The Unilever assessment centre is the final part of the recruitment process for applicants to the Unilever Future Leaders Programme and internships. The assessment centre lasts for a whole day plus the night before, which is an opportunity to meet the other applicants as well as some current graduates and find out some more about Unilever. There are usually 6 to 8 applicants at each assessment centre, and you will be put through a range of exercises, each looking at a different skills. Prepare for your assessment centre with JobTestPrep.
The exact assessments you will get can vary from scheme to scheme or job to job, but the basic assessments you can expect at a Unilever assessment day are detailed below.
These assessments are all based around a business case study, giving a very real feeling of the type of work you may find yourself doing at Unilever. Throughout the day you are assessed against the Unilever Standards of Leadership, so don’t forget to review them again before you set off.
The case study exercise focuses of business issues relevant to the role you hope to have at Unilever. You do not need to have in-depth business experience for this exercise, the recruiters are looking for evidence of skills such as your ability to think logically and laterally, as well your team working and communication skills. In this exercise you are given a package of information about a business situation, eg. possible launch of a new product, to read through and understand.
You are then asked to write a report or recommendation based on findings in the information pack, or answer questions on what you have read. You are given about an hour to complete all the tasks in the exercise, so time management is crucial. Gain tips on how to approach the case study assessment with our case study practice exercises.
Once you have completed the case study, you are given a new exercise and 30 to 40 minutes to prepare a presentation to deliver to a panel of interviewers. This presentation may be about either your case study exercise, or a new topic entirely. You must prepare a 10 minute presentation as well as know what you are talking about well enough to answer 10 minutes of questions on your presentation. The assessors are marking you not just on your content, but on how well you can communicate your points verbally, and how well you understand what you are talking about. Giving a presentation can be a nerve-wracking experience. Build up your confidence ahead of time by memorising a strategy for creating and delivering a great presentation.
Each assessment day contains one if not two group exercises. These can take the form of discussions or tasks to be completed as a team. One of these discussions may be based on the case study theme that runs through the day. Example group exercises include tasks when you are given information about a business situation, a launch of a new product, or a business looking to reduce costs and maintain quality, and a task to discuss strategies for dealing with it, or asked to create a list of priorities for action.
Throughout the exercise, a team of assessors are watching for your contributions. You are expected to speak up and get your point across without dominating the group. Remember that Unilever place great emphasis on “leadership”, and think about what that means in a group setting. Read up on group exercises and prepare your strategy with our group exercises pages.
The final assessment at the Unilever assessment centre, as well as in many other Unilever recruitment processes, is the competency based interview. In this interview you are asked questions about your skills and how they relate to the Unilever Standards of Leadership. This interview is similar to the telephone interview you have had earlier in the recruitment process, so you can also expect questions about your CV, your motivation for applying to Unilever, and what you know about Unilever.
In the interview you should give examples from your previous experience to back up your answers demonstrating your skills. Prepare these examples ahead of the assessment centre, as well as researching Unilever and the market further. You should also prepare some questions to ask the interviewers. Once you have pulled together all of your research, the final stage is to rehearse delivering your answers. The best way to test yourself and keep fresh is to have a mock interview to simulate the real thing.
Some questions asked at Unilever interviews in the past are listed below. These questions are here to give you an idea of the type of information you need to gather and learn ahead of the interview. Think about how you would answer these questions ahead of your interview.
Once you have completed the Unilever assessment centre or interview you have completed the entire recruitment process. All you need now is to wait for a response in the next day or so. Getting this job is a testament to all the preparation you have put in up until that point in the process. These pages have set out just how you can do this preparation efficiently and get yourself that job you desire. Good luck.