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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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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

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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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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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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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Your reason of leaving

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For future career development

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A123 Systems

Explain how you would go about getting a cost down for this particular assembly.

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Very general question, but appropriate. Had to ask questions to frame the response properly. Less

Why would you like to work for RAP?

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Because my friends is tell me everything best for rap

R.A.P is good factory


If you start your work tomorrow, given your current skill set, what can you do to make significant contribution to our organization ?

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Strong background encompassing purchasing, inventory, customer service and production management within a variety of industries. Committed to excellence with a proven record of outstanding performance. Possess a broad range of abilities including sales and shipping processes, inventory tracking and control, and customer service with emphasis on building and generating customer loyalty. Less

I possess exceptional analytical skills, strong understanding of effective business principles, adaptability in high performance organizational culture, good project management and organizational skills, high level of internet metric, and professionalism. This job is a good fit for what I've been interested in throughout my career. I have developed a good Sales & Marketing network which will help me to create new business opportunities for my employer. Therefore, my gained experience/knowledge in Business Communications will help me to start contributing from day one in order to perform the associated responsibilities at the desired professional level. As well as I have previously worked in a similar type of working environment and responsibilities. Less

Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

How would you respond to an under performing work colleague - What are the Trust values

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Trust Values Can be found on GSTT website

1. Invite colleague to informal meeting to probe into factors affecting colleague that may link to underperformance 2. Allow the colleague to propose solutions as well as map out solutions for the colleague 3. Prepare set goals with time frames for achieving the target 4. Have follow up meetings to review performance 5. Where all else fails take the matter to a formal stage in line with the TRUST's policies as well as consult with the Human Resource team. 6. Ultimately employ elements of emotional intelligence at all stages of the process. Less

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