There are a few questions you should be able to answer (besides knowing technical questions very well). Why work in personal care or food products rather than oil or some other field? Why work at Unilever rather than one of its competitors?
Former Research and Development Intern at Unilever
over 3 years ago
Any previous intern experience you have would be a great thing to highlight, even if it is not in the same field you are looking to join. I would also try to highlight any team experience, especially if you are the leader of that team. Be prepared to answer technical questions in which you can highlight quick-thinking skills and any technical knowledge you may have that would be relevant to the job (i.e. general processing, heat transfer, surfactants, etc). Show a willingness to learn and don't feel like you need to have all the answers before going into an internship!
I think Unilever is looking for candidates that are passionate in whatever they do-- there's not necessarily certain experience that they are looking for. I think it's helpful to highlight knowledge from higher technical classes, but they don't expect you to know a whole lot when you come in. Being a good communicator and team player are of the most important qualities at a bigger company like Unilever.
The interview process is much like that in other organizations - there is an assessment center, a case study with an individual presentation and then an interview session with a panel, the composition of which is dependent on the role for which recruitment is being done. The important thing is to be relaxed, confident, and prepared. Be sure to have an understanding of the requirements of the role, if possible (as it may put you at an advantage), and leave them with a great impression of you and your abilities.
Be yourself. I think often times people get caught up and nervous in interviews. It is important to be comfortable and showcase what it’s like to be you. Interviewers want to know that you have a personality as that is key in connecting and working with others in the workforce. Other than this I would say to showcase what you know. When asked a question explain your answer and give an example use the “STAR” format. Even if the example is not related to packaging it can still showcase your skills in other ways. I think these two things allowed me to have a successful interview, not to mention the fact that the interviewers were very nice!