Monsanto Company Interview Questions

Updated 21 Apr 2015
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    Process Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Monsanto Company.

    Interview

    The interveiw process is fairly easy. The questions asked were average. But the interveiwers are never on time. People have to wait the entire day for only 3 rounds of interveiw.

    Interview Questions

  2.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Monsanto Company.

    Interview

    They had an initial screening round, with HR/co-ordinator. 2 rounds followed soon after - reporting manager and his peer. Was followed by 5 on-site interviews, at which point it got tiresome and repetitive. Offer was made 3 weeks following the last interview.

    The company is an agri-business Co. Since i came from a different background, almost no questions were asked to check my knowledge. A few were asked to check my interest in the area. A lot of behavioural questions were asked. Would say 70% of all Qs started with either "give me an example where..." "have you been in a situation where..." "What would you do if...". limited difficulty level, but can get tiresome after a point, and I started to slack off a bit towards the end.

    The process itself was smooth, and people were more or less approachable.

    Interview Questions

    • What is brand You? (sounds little lame, but in context, it made sense). Wasnt most difficult, but it just sprang out on me.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiated for a slightly better offer.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mumbai
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Mumbai) in April 2013.

    Interview

    1. CV shortlist
    2. Telephonic Interview (30 mins) (questions related to your past work ex and practical questions related to the role for which you are being interviewed)
    3. Telephonic Round - (Commercial IT head) - (15 mins) - basic questions related to past work experience and assessing fit for the role and company.
    4. FTF - at the company HQ at andheri mumbai (30 to 45 mins) - Detailed role expectations discussed (more of an discussion than an interview)
    Office & Work Culture - Flat Hierarchy, Open Desk policy

    Interview Questions

    • How would you convince the area sales manager or the field managers about the implementation plans initiated by the top sales manager who is not working on the field ?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Was not comfortable with travel to villages if need be. Also did not want to pursue agro domain. got another domain of better liking.

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    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore).

    Interview

    Behavior based interview. Interviewers insisted that I DO NOT disclose any confidential information from my previous and then current employer. Allowed and encouraged me to be myself and express the kind of roles I was interested in. Apparently the role they interviewed me for was not the right match. They called me again for an interview for a different role that fit much better with my aspiration. Another 2-3 rounds of discussions and presentations including with senior people in US headquarters. Made initial offer, they sweetenend it wherever possible and offered a good compensation within the feasible band mentioning that they would like to be fair to their current employees and would respect their internal benchmarks. Subsequently revised compensation based on performance and expertise.

    Interview Questions

    • If you are doing so well in your current job why this role?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Yes. I compiled my CTC very well and approached the expected compensation discussion with sound rationale. It went back and forth 2-3 times till I had the gut feeling that there may not be a further headroom. Checked with industry peers on benchmarks and accepted the offer. They sweetened it with a quick revision with cycle that followed a few months later.

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    Testing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore) in January 2012.

    Interview

    applied through a recruiter and the process took about 2+ weeks. I began with applying through one of the recruiting agencies and then someone got in touch with me. I was then told that I had made it through to the final interview which was a 3-4 hours interview at their Paddington office with 3 people. One of them being HR, another one was a senior manager and some other person who asked me behavioural questions. The interview began with the first person asking me about myself; about how I found out Cerner and what do I know about them. I had over researched the company and the person was really impressed with my knowledge. I had also done my final year project on healthcare industry which is what they do, hence that made a good impression on the interviewers as well. It lasted for 45 minutes and then I was given a short break before I could go to the next person.
    The second person was HR who was interested in my background, my interests alongside competency based questions etc. This interview lasted for about 30 minutes, where I had to provide my details such as nationality, right to work etc.

    Interview Questions

    • used STAR techniques for most of the answers, make sure you use it as it gives them the impression that you analyse each situation you have been through in your career/life and that you understand how you would go about solving it if you faced it again. Another thing is don't panic if you don't know something, just say you don't know. We are graduates with no experience or may be one year if you do placement, so they don't expect us to know everything.What they do expect is that you should be capable of and eager to learn new skills   Answer Question
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    Technical Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a weekinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore) in May 2011.

    Interview

    round 1. technical discussion on java and j2ee .
    round 2. they will give one problem to design . i got to design checkers game .
    you need to do a presentation of design to the panel .
    folllowed by technical discussion
    discussion on the design presented.
    online coding on editor shared on microsoft live meeting . u get 30 min for coding . problem was to implement an object oriented solution for below report :
          bulb watts unit total energy
    energysaver bulb 40 10 xxx
    energysaver bulb 80 10 www
     glolight bulb 60 45 rrr
     glolight bulb 100 45 aaa
     fluroscent bulb 80 24 ttt
     fluroscent bulb 30 24 yyy

    discussion on the code u did .

    they took three days to give my over all result , i chased the hr which was negative.

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    Technical Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Just had a phone for about 15 minutes. The interviewer's English was very bad and I could barely understand his thick India accent. He was rude, didn't even introduce himself and had absolutely no knowledge on any subject matter. Kept saying HELLO, HELLO every time I paused for one second.

    This was kinda fun for me, I would stop for a second in mid-sentence, just to hear: HELLO, HELLO :-)

    He seemed more interested in why I am leaving my current company that anything else.

    They are looking for a someone who can refactor (comment) legacy (ugly) code and manage a few (unhappy) laborers: One person to do the work of two or more people. Lovely.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I never really received an offer but judging by the quality and education of the person who spoke to me on the phone, I knew I wasn't going to work there; I told the staffing agency not to go forward.

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    IT Team Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Ergonomics and the work culture impressed me at this place. Interview was detail oriented.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me an incident you failed horribly   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I could have negotiated better. One should ask for the best before finalising the offer.

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    Senior Test Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore) in February 2011.

    Interview

    One Telephonic round then followed by face to face interview with two of the team members and then managers round. Once through you need to come up with a presentation to US Team Lead.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I asked for something more then 6.5L as I had already had offer from other company. They gave me 7L.

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    IT Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Monsanto Company (Bangalore) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Pretty long interving round with usually 4 to 7 rounds

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about a time when you had a disagrement with your manager and how did you go about telling him in a group setting   Answer Question
    • Talk about your top failure that you had in recent past   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not negociate

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