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'Revise the basic maths rules. Be aware of the clock. You don't have much time at all. I took verbal, numerical, and visual tests. The tests are not hard but you don't have much time.'
United Biscuits is a multi-national snack brand with employees based in the UK, Europe, and India. The company has a global workforce of about 6,500 employees and puts a large emphasis on equal opportunity when hiring. The UB recruitment process is designed to seek out hardworking, committed individuals at all levels of the company.
As the most detailed process for applicants is UB’s graduate scheme and work placement, we will concentrate on this. However, many of the tracks also follow this process. Make sure to check your application correspondence to be sure you know what you are being tested on.
Specifically, in the graduate scheme, United Biscuit’s aptitude tests come in two stages: the first stage includes the numerical reasoning test after submitting an online application. The second stage is after the telephone interview and includes the inductive reasoning test. With only a few spots open in the graduate scheme, it is vital that you excel at every stage of the recruitment process.
The online application form asks you to provide your personal details and work history as well as provide a cover letter and relevant CV. Your application is reviewed against the United Biscuits PACE framework which looks at Performance, Ambition, Competitiveness, and Energy.
You will receive an email within two weeks letting you know whether you have been accepted to the next stage or not.
Once you have passed the first stage, you will be asked to complete a number of aptitude tests. The United Biscuits aptitude tests are provided by CEB’s SHL and include numerical, inductive, and spatial reasoning.
The United Biscuits numerical reasoning test assesses your mathematical skills. You are presented with a number of different numerical data ranging from charts and diagrams to basic numerical functions depending on the position you are applying for. The best way to prepare is to practice CEB SHL-style numerical reasoning test questions.
The United Biscuits inductive reasoning tests, also known as non-verbal reasoning tests, are designed to assess your cognitive and logical abilities. Inductive reasoning tests tend to consist of 24 questions where a series of shapes and patterns are presented. You have to choose from the options given which shape fits the pattern. You can prepare for your test by practising inductive reasoning questions.
Depending on the graduate scheme you are applying to, you may be asked to sit a CEB SHL spatial reasoning test. The purpose of the test is to assess your orientation skills in two dimensional and three-dimensional space. You will be asked to determine what shape continues a pattern of shapes you are given or to find a mirror image of a given shape. A great way to prepare is by practising with spatial reasoning questions.
For United Biscuit work placement candidates, if you perform well on the numerical reasoning test, you will be invited to a telephone interview with a member of United Biscuits’ HR department. You can expect personality questions such as “Do you prefer to work in a small, mediumת or large company?” or “What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?”. For advice on questions like this, see our free guide to interviews.
For graduate scheme candidates, upon passing United Biscuits' aptitude tests, you will be invited to an assessment centre. During your time at the UB assessment centre, it is important that you show enthusiasm and take initiative during both the tasks and interviews - these are two things assessors are looking for in candidates. There are a number of different activities you will be expected to complete throughout the day.
These are in addition to the numerical and inductive reasoning tests you took earlier in the process and may include another numerical, verbal or spatial reasoning test depending on the scheme you are applying to.
During the assessment day, you will face two United Biscuit competency interviews. Throughout these interviews, representatives from UB’s hiring team will be assessing your behaviour, communication skill, situation judgement, and strengths and weaknesses. This is done through a series of questions such as “How do you evaluate your ability to handle conflict?”, “What quality of yours or personal trait matters the most in your career?”, and “What kind of personality do you work best with and why?”. When reviewing possible interview questions, prepare answers based on the STAR method for interviews.
In addition, think about what questions you have about United Biscuits. There is time at the end of your interview for you to ask questions so make sure to do your research about the company and have a few questions to ask your interviewer.
The group exercise is an opportunity for UB’s hiring team to assess how you work as part of a team. You will be grouped with other graduate scheme candidates and given challenging and complex tasks to complete. Working in teams can reveal group dynamics and behaviour that is an important aspect of UB’s hiring process. Find out more information about group exercises to prepare yourself.
You will be expected to prepare a 20-minute presentation on a topic you are given a few days before the assessment centre. The presentation is a real chance for you to demonstrate your skills directly to the interviewer. Gain tips on how to prepare and deliver a presentation from our website.
For work placement candidates, once you have passed UB’s aptitude tests and telephone interview, you will be invited to the final interview with a hiring manager from United Biscuits. You will be asked competency-based questions in order to assess how well you will fit into the United Biscuits workforce. This is your final opportunity to speak with a United Biscuits recruitment person directly and it is important to make a lasting good impression.
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You can practise answering interview questions with our interview preparation service. In addition, think about what questions you have about United Biscuits. A knowledgeable and curious candidate is very attractive. When reviewing possible interview questions, prepare answers based on the STAR method.
United Biscuits is a fun and interesting place to work at. In order to ensure you get your dream job, you need to be fully prepared for each new assessment of your skills. On this page, we have highlighted the best resources available from JobTestPrep for you to prepare for these tests. We hope you find these resources useful and wish you good luck.