Unilever has a reputation for being among the biggest transnational consumer good companies in the world, with a € 52.7 billion turnover in 2016 and a cohort of 169.000 employees working in over 50 countries. You can join Unilever through their 3 – year comprehensive graduate programme called Unilever’s Future Leaders (UFL) designed to prepare graduates for business leadership roles.

The Future Leaders Programme runs across different departments: Customer Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Marketing, Research & Development and Supply Chain.

Details on the Unilever Application  Process can be found below.


Unilever Application Process

There are 4 stages in the Unilever Application Process

Stage 1:  Online Application

Stage 2:  12 scientifically-valid games

Stage 3:   Online Interviews

  • Recorded
  • One-to One

Stage 4:  Assessment Centre


Unilever Psychometric Games

You will be asked to play a series of 12 online psychometric games. These games are verifying your cognitive skills, personal traces, and situational response. After completing this stage you will be given a feedback on your performance. The task should not take you more than 20 minutes in total.

Although Unilever doesn’t give you a chance to try playing these games in advance you can improve your pattern-recognition, deduction skills and work on your timing by practicing the traditional psychometric tests.


Unilever Numerical Reasoning Test

The multiple – choice Numerical Reasoning Test assesses your ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret numerical information that will be provided to you in charts, graphs, and tables. One way of achieving it would be getting all the calculations executed quickly and accurately in one go. We know that you can do it, but If you really want to master the Numerical Test  – it can be easily learned through our online tests and video tutorials available on the website.


Unilever Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Skills

These tests will assess your sequence and pattern identification skills, logical thinking and ability to approach a problem as well as how good you are at solving it. Questions are comprised of numbers, figures, and shapes arranged in a particular pattern. Your task is to deduce the underlying logic of patterns presented to you in an exercise and guess what is next to follow.


Unilever Digital Interviews

Recorder Interview –  If everything went well you would be invited for an online video interview. This is a typical question and answer evaluation, the only difference is the format.

You will be directed to one of the automated interviewing platforms, on which you need to log in. Questions will be asked in a text format and appear on the device on your screen. A typical recorder interview for Unilever involves one case scenario question and a couple of situational questions. You can practice situational questions here.

At the time, there will be no human being present listening to your answers, so you might find it a bit more easy-going than a regular interview, however, it might be useful to get comfortable with a camera presence beforehand.

One-to – One Interview – after being successful in the one-way recorded interview you will be invited for the two-way online interview. This will be a typical behavioural interview validating your skills and detecting strengths necessary for the job. If you need an advice – don’t just list your skills, try to find a variety of examples to prove them


Unilever Assessment Centre

Congratulations, you made it to the last level! The  Assessment Centres hold by Unilever are usually a mix of individual and group exercises and are followed by final evaluative  interview at the end of the Assessment Centre Day.

Group Exercise: the exercises will vary, but the general skills that the assessors are looking for is a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might be a great leader, but approach the group exercise as a test of your collaboration and teamwork skills. Communicating in non-aggressive manner will get you few extra points.

Case Study: Usually the task is sent to the candidates in advance to prepare and present during the Unilever Assessment Centre and varies depending on the area you have chosen. The exercise not only verifies if you fit the role but also gets you ready to dive straight in into one of the responsibilities you might have while on the scheme. It can a simulation of a problem encountered by the company, for instance – you might be asked to deal with clients complaints or to carry out a rough risk assessment. Therefore we can’t stress more that it is important to do the research and read carefully all materials provided.


Application Process

Stage 1:  Online Application
Stage 2:  12 scientifically-valid games
Stage 3:   Online Interviews
Stage 4:  Assessment Centre





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  • Practice Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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Unilever’s graduate scheme, like many others, is split into business areas and so the first thing to do is to ascertain which area interests you the most and suits you the best. The programme lasts for 2-3 years and requires the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree – the subject of which is not important as they consider all disciplines. Whilst on one of the schemes offered by Unilever you will have in-house training, hands-on project work and the opportunity of working alongside experts in the field. The areas you can choose from are Customer Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Research and Development and Supply Chain.

Customer Development – throughout this scheme you’ll experience all areas of customer development, from account management to customer service. Some of the areas you’ll experience include retail channel exposure, customer marketing and customer and account management to name a few.

Finance – this puts you in heart of budgets, strategy and planning and you will have input into Unilever’s future plans and various programmes. You’ll gain experience in business partnering, finance transactions, expertise and customer development or supply chain.

Human Resources – this scheme is very much people based, giving you the opportunity to help create and drive business performance. You’ll gain experience in business partnering, HR services, expertise, factory HR, customer development and HR partner organisation.

Information Technology – in this scheme you will learn all streams of the function, including managing IT infrastructure, discovering solutions for relaters and developing tools for new ways of working. You will experience IT innovation, services and geography as well as customer development.

Marketing – Unilever manages many of the top brands and in this scheme you will work on these brands. You’ll develop your skills in brand building, brand development, digital media and customer development.

Research and Development – throughout this scheme you will join the teams who create innovative, effective and sustainable products for the customer, gaining skills in design, discover and deploy as well as cross-functional exposure.

Supply Chain – this scheme exposes you to all areas of Unilever’s largest business unit. Supply Chain gets brands to customers and consumers and plays a large role in the organisation’s sustainability. You’ll gain experience in ‘plan’ (demanding planning), logistics, customer service, ‘make’ (understanding how factories improve efficiency and adapt to change), procurement and customer development.

When completing the application form for the Future Leaders Programme (which lasts around 45 minutes) make to take note of Unilever’s ‘Standard of Leadership, outlined on their website. This includes the following subheadings; Growth Mindset, Consumer and Customer Focus, Bias for Action, Accountability and Responsibility and Building Talent and Teams. You will be assessed against these criteria throughout the entire selection process so ensure you are well versed on them.