Careers at Nestle
Nestle uses the Nestle Academy to grow future leaders; each applicant can make one application to the academy per year on the graduate schemes.
There are ten sections to choose from when making an application: sales, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, product development, supply chain, packaging engineering, finance, quality and electrical automation/engineering functions.
These functions include a variety of work placements on real Nestle brands at various offices around the UK (York and Gatwick to name two). Coaching and mentoring is offered as part of the programmes.
You will need to carefully consider your qualifications and aspirations, and choose which function suits best your skills and personality.
Nestle Application Process
The application process has five stages which include pre-screening, an online application form and online tests. Successful candidates are then invited to carry out a strengths-based video interview.
Lastly, there is an assessment centre day, which might be a half or full day depending on the role for which you have applied.
The pre-screening questions are designed to make sure that only candidates who are eligible to work in the UK and Ireland are able to make an application. Other questions may include ones in relation to your employment history and gap verification.
You must be able to answer yes to all the questions before you can go on to complete the online application form.
Nestle is looking for a particular blend of strengths, skills and values which mirrors its working culture. Remember to research and showcase your suitability on each of the questions on the online application form.
Nestle online application form
The online application form is a series of short questions in which you will need to balance showcasing your strengths and values with your own personal preferences.
This is your first chance to stand out from the thousands of other applicants. Your answers will also form the basis of any future interview questions, so you should research carefully the role and Nestle as a whole.
Upon successful submission of your application, you may be invited to take some online assessments.
Nestle Aptitude Tests
The online aptitude tests are used by Nestle to shortlist top candidates from their talent pool. This is a critical stage in the hiring process and your test score and performance will determine if you will move on to the next stages in the recruitment process.
Nestle situational strengths test
The first test is the situational strengths test. These tests assess whether you are likely to be successful at the workplace in question. They also allow you to gain insight into the sorts of scenarios you might encounter, allowing you to make a better decision as to whether the role is right for you.
You will watch a series of video clips, each of which sets out a scenario, based on real-life situations that you could encounter or could arise if you were to work at Nestle.
After watching each video, you will be presented with a number of different options or outcomes. You will need to either select the best or least likely, or rank the options.
Remember there may not be a perfect answer that exactly matches your thoughts, so you will need to make a judgement call as to which is most (or least) appropriate, bearing in mind what you know about the role and the values at Nestle, as well as your own moral code.
Situational strengths tests are similar to situational judgment tests - practicing either can help prepare for this type of test.
Nestle numerical reasoning test
The next test is numerical reasoning. This test measures a candidate’s numerical aptitude and their ability to interpret, analyse and draw conclusions from sets of data.
The tests are based on those likely to be found in a working day in the role you have applied for, so could include basic maths skills like calculating percentages, etc. There is no time limit to the test, but it will be record the length of time it took you to return a correctly submitted test.