Wondering how to get a job in the world’s largest food and beverages company? Read on to learn more about Nestle’s recruitment process for technical roles.
In 2018, Nestle was ranked 31st by CNNMoney in their annual list of the World’s top employers for new graduates. It is no surprise considering Nestle’s brand image — they are known for their quality and trustworthiness.
Founded in 1866 in Switzerland by Henri Nestle, it is now the largest food and beverage company in the world. Nestle markets its products in 130 countries and sells more than 1 billion products every day. They are ranked 64th in the Fortune 500 list and employees nearly 3,30,000 people world over.
Remarkable figures, isn’t it? So, if Nestle is one of your dream companies, be sure to read on to get an overview of their recruitment process for technical roles. We cover everything from frequently asked interview questions to an overview of Nestle’s work culture.
What does Nestle look for in a candidate for technical roles?
Nestle’s work culture is built around values such as consistent quality, safety, and respect. They want employees who will never compromise on these values under any situation.
Nestle’s recruitment process
Most of Nestle’s technical openings fall under two sections, factory level operations and supply chain operations. Nestle fills these vacancies mostly through online portals and on-campus recruitment drives.
a. Off-campus portals
Nestle posts their job vacancies on LinkedIn, the career section of their website, and iimjobs.com. They also have an internal referral network for their employees. So, if you know anyone who works in Nestle, get them to refer you.
- Engineering graduates with specialisations such as mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation.
- You must have a minimum of 2 years of experience, preferably in food tech or dairy tech.
Here are the steps involved in the hiring process:
Application screening: Your application will be evaluated to see if your profile fulfils the basic criteria. Be sure to customise your resume according to the job description. Another way to grab the recruitment team’s attention is to highlight important and relevant keywords.
Phone interview: If they are impressed with your resume, they will schedule a phone call with you. Here the interviewer will try to get to know you more — your background, educational qualifications, and work experience. They will also try to find out your expectations — geographical limitations, salary demands, and so on.
Interview round 1: On successfully completing the phone interview, you will be asked to go over to their campus for final rounds of interviews. The panel for the first round will consist of both HR and technical managers. So, you can expect both technical and HR questions.
Typically the questions will be around your experience — the challenges you faced, your learnings, the kind of processes you dealt with, and how you managed people around you. You may even have a written test. For instance, if you worked food tech before, you can expect questions such as what was the production process of a particular food item.
Interview round 2: Senior-level managers will conduct the second round. Again, the panel will feature both HR managers as well as technical managers. They will mostly test you for cultural fitment.
You can expect a lot of behavioural and situational questions. They will give you a problem, and you will have to come up with a solution. The idea is to find out if you would compromise on values that Nestle holds dear — safety, quality, loyalty, and respect.
b. On-campus drives
Nestle mostly hires candidates from prestigious institutions such as IITs, NITs, and BITS Pilani. The recruitment process is pretty simple. It includes three stages:
- CV or application review
- Group Discussion
In the interview, the focus will be on evaluating your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to work in a team, self-motivation, and discipline. Along with that, you can expect situational questions that aim to evaluate your cultural fitment.
Few tips to ace your interview
- It is critical to communicate to the interview panel that you are keen to join Nestle. Read up about the company; visit the career section of their website to learn more. Watch videos about what they do, understand their value proposition, and how the company exists in society.
- This may sound cliched, but you have to ensure that you prepare well. Learn as much as you can about the role you have applied for.
- Expect basic questions related to your work experience or your areas of interest (for freshers.
- Try to match your values to Nestle’s values.
- Don’t get bogged down or nervous. Ensure you communicate clearly.
- When you get situational questions, ensure you never compromise on values such as respect, quality, and safety.
Frequently asked interview questions
Share an instance when you argued with a co-worker and how you managed to handle it?
Have you ever been forced to do something you are not comfortable with at work? And how did you handle it?
Your strengths and weaknesses
Why do you want to work with Nestle?
Describe a time when you took the initiative to do something without being asked.
Why do you want to work in food-tech?
The review phase and onboarding
If you are selected, Nestle will send you the offer letter within a week or so. Should you accept it, they will do a background check to verify your credentials.
The onboarding process differs for both freshers and experienced candidates. Freshers have a separate technical trainee program that lasts for four months. You will learn how different departments work and the daily process involved.
Once the four-month period is complete, your final role will be confirmed. Then, two mentors will be assigned to you — a mid-level manager from the same office and a senior-level manager on a remote basis.
The career graph is the same for freshers as well as experienced candidates. Even if you start out as a trainee and can grow all the way to roles such as the Head of Technical function or the CTO of a country.
Also, high-performing employees get a separate career development program that aims to accelerate their growth.
Nestle’s work culture
Nestle is a people-inspired company. They believe that a satisfied workforce is key to satisfied customers. Nestle’s work culture promotes autonomy, inclusiveness, and holistic development of their employees.
They offer talent development programs like YTDP (Young Talent Development Program) and International Development programs which aims to help young professionals learn and grow faster.
Moreover, Nestle being a huge multi-national company, you’ll get chances to go abroad on talent exchange programs, workshops, and seminars. They also have an International Training Centre in Switzerland that offers a variety of executive education programs. All of this can help expand your perspective, stay up to date with the latest trends in your industry, interact with your counterparts from other countries, and so on.
This article is part of our Recruitment Process series where we offer insights into how some of the top companies go about their hiring process — from expected questions to an overview of their work culture.