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Nestlé USA
Procurement Intern was asked...11 June 2009

If you were a brick in a wall which brick would you be and why?

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Having been a brick layer during college, I learned that each brick is at least slightly different, and the placement of a brick is essential to the overall performance of the wall. Here are some brick laying tips to consider when formulating a response to this question: - The first brick layed at the corner of a wall determines the position of every other brick in that wall. - One brick laid with too large of a head joint, or not being level or plumb can effect rows of brick beside and above it. - A soldier course of brick provides visual interest to an otherwise monotonous wall. -Bricks are made of natural clay fired in a kiln; close up each brick has a slightly different design , texture, shape, and color patterns, though all have almost exactly the same basic dimensions, though these can also vary. The keystone, or last brick placed in an arch helps support all the weight above the arch (which equally distributes that weight to the ground). Every brick in the arch shares the load equally. - I invite other masons to post further food for thought. Less

These are what I call questions from the Barbara Walters' School of Human Resources. Questions like this one are asked when the interviewer is in over his/her head and knows nothing about the job he/she is interviewing the candidate for. Recall the widely ridiculed Katharine Hepburn interview (1981) where Walters asked the now infamous "If you were a tree" question. I have been asked a dozen variations of this question (fish, tattoo, wall, etc). I even laughed in an interviewer's face the first time thinking that because I had a media background she was making a Barbara Walters joke. She, sadly, was serious. This question is a warning that you're not dealing with an engaged interviewer and in my experience, it's a red flag about the company when they send ill-prepared interviewers to make all important first impressions. In other words, do more research before accepting an offer from such a company. Lest you find yourself a doer in a company of B.S.ers. Less

This could be a very insightful or very stupid question - depending on who asked it. Viewing the wall as the organization, are you going to fit in? (strength in numbers angle), Or it could be a "are you a dull minded follower" as in Pink Floyd's "The Wall", All in all, just another odd question LOL Less

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CDK Global

Introduction and work experience. Why you want to join the company Why you left the previous job Strength and weakness

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Elaborated my self and work experience. Answered all question and good interactive session about my goals and objectives Less

My Process has ramp down so looking for new opportunity. My Profile matches with your requirements. Less

Hardworking, detail oriented, Punctual, Positive attitude, Supportive & Patience. Less

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How will you ensure that a project you implement will also meet Unilever's goals and values?

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Tough question with a lot of layers to it. Do a lot of research into Unilever's values - that's what made me fall in love with the company. Less

Hi! Did you automatically received a level 2 email after you submitted your online application form? or you waited for several weeks before receiving the level 2 (online games) email? :) Less

Hi! Would like to ask how did you answer the question above? I'm trying to apply for their procurement management programme. TIA! :) Less

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Explain what is procurement, P2P cycle

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Procurement is the process of getting material to the shop floor for production order which was requested , keeping all the criteria like quality price, on time delivery etc Less

Procure to pay. Means procurement person has to know that from initial state to ending stage. Less

Procure to pay. Means we need know from initial stage to ending stage.

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Universal Technical Institute

Please describe a time in your career when you had a disagreement with a co-worker and how you resolved it.

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They are not asking because vthey need an answer. do you not know this? They are asking to gauge how you handle the question. Less

I had same question. It seems they ask alot of HR questions vs experience questions. Less

I felt confused about the question, as a supervisor/manager, this type of question made me wonder if the company has a lot of internal conflict. Why would this question even come up unless the firm has a history of problems? When I questioned the recruiter, she became defensive and assured they did not have behavioral problems among workers/management in the organization. Less


Questions are situational so come prepared to tell them about real life work situations that you rescued

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Boeing does use selected recruiting agencies for contract (temp) work. You will interview with Boeing though. Less

Overall experience was average. I worked at the company for 9 years

I received an email from a recruiting company for Boeing procurement agent in WA. Is this the norm? Or Boeing HR would contact you? Less

Estée Lauder Companies

How old are you?

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Excuse me?

Did you mention to her that the question she asked is illegal?

I sort of stuttered because she just kept asking inappropriate things....but she was French and the recruiter basically acted like it was ok because they have different styles. Yes if I was interviewing in Paris, that would be fine. But it was in NYC. Less


why did you apply and why do you want to leave your current job?

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I am still strong and willing to contribute more to communities and myself job satisfaction. Less

Retiring to me is not the best thing to get at this age; my age because it will leave me isolated and deprived from activities and people I used to interact with and contribute to their well- being. Retiring will also deprive me from seeing other parts if the world and enjoying time exploring and understanding the world around me. Less

I lived in my home country Sudan and some longer time in north America. Now I am very much interested to live and work for sometime in the eastern part of the world; the middle- east. Less

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Qatar Airways

Why I was interested in working at Qatar Airways

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Hello, Could you please share more details on your face to face interview? - How did they arrange it? - How long did you spend in Doha? - How long the interview face to face last? - How many person interviewed you? Was it only Procurement people? - Did you have any test to perform and /or Excel tests ?? - Any tricky question or special advise? Thank you very much in advance for your help. Wishing you lots of success in your career. Regards, Less

NJ - answers to your questions: Could you please share more details on your face to face interview? -> Please ask specifics, was too broad to be able to give you details. - How did they arrange it? -> Everything was arranged via emails and phone calls. - How long did you spend in Doha? -> Total time was 3 days as I was transiting from North America - How long the interview face to face last? -> Approximately 1.5 hours, I chose to also meet others at the organization as well to see how they found the organization. - How many person interviewed you? -> Total of 3 people Was it only Procurement people? No HR Rep, the Hiring Manager and a potential colleague - Did you have any test to perform and /or Excel tests ?? -> No tests were required, however pending your background they may request this. - Any tricky question or special advise? No tricky questions, do your homework on the company. Each role that's being interviewed for is different. I was over-qualified for the role, and there was a miss-match in terms of compensation range. Less

In hance more knowledge and sharpen the carrier

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