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Responsibility:
3.7/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.6/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.3/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.5/5
 
Company Culture:
3.7/5
 
Career Progression:
3.8/5
 
Colleagues:
4.1/5
 
Training:
3.6/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.4/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

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Average end time: 17:00

Average number of working hours: 8.5

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Application Advice:

Online application including numerical and verbal reasoning tests.
1st round technical interview.
2nd round assessment centre.

Interview Advice:

Read up about the company and products, understanding of science relevant to paint, ability to think scientifically about problems, Situation, task, action and results approach to general questions re: problem solving and team building.

Project Leader, at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

My tips would be:

Be clear on why AkzoNobel in particular is an attractive employer.
You might want to consider: the industry itself, the company culture, the impact on the rest of the world.
You may be interested to know that they are just now introducing YAN (for those employees new to the company).
Be clear about how your skills and experience give you an edge.
Likewise consider what development you are hoping to see from the role.
Have a think about how your previous experiences align with the company values.

Interview Advice:

As above.

Group exercise – balance of team play and “best result for the group”, whilst being firm for making your own case.
Ensure you stay true to the company ethics throughout.

Shift Manager, Operations / Decorative Paints at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be genuine and show an aspect of your personality not only your academic background.

Supply Chain Graduate, Quality at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be open minded and show passion.

Interview Advice:

Show commitment.

Raw materials and packaging buyer France and Italy, Procurement raw materials and packaging at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Focus on your actual experiences and link them to the company's values.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared by having reviewed your experiences that you would like to talk about. This way you won't just be blabbering but will be communicating your message clearly and effectively

, at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Take the time to understand the business you are applying to. I love this business, I am passionate about what we do and how we choose to do it - if you don't feel the same way then perhaps this isn't the organization for you.

No organization is perfect, but if you're aligned to the employer value proposition then you'll find lots to engage you on a daily basis.

Interview Advice:

About the Company's brands, strategies, history.
Competency based questions centering on the organization's values.

HR Business Partner, Retail at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and try to demonstrate your passion and determination where possible. Research the company, prove you have taken an interest and think before hand why you want to join.

Interview Advice:

Why Akzo? Big question.

Retail Finance Business Partner, Commercial Finance at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Good breadth of skills.

Interview Advice:

Good situational examples essential, particularly for managerial and technical aspects.

Team Leader, Product Development Centre at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Read up on the corporate values as AkzoNobel are keen to see that you match with their culture as well as have the appropriate experience/skillset.

Interview Advice:

Brush up on your STAR format for competency based questions.

National Account Manager, SALES at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Use the online tool and do the sample test questions when provided. Do some dummy-online tests as practice and to get used to the type of questions.

Interview Advice:

Prepare with the company values and principles; get familiar with the behaviour based interview questions and answer techniques.

Supply Chain Graduate – Logistics, Supply Chain Graduate UK at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Concentrate more on your willingness to learn and develop into the role, than only your experience for the specific job role tasks involved.

Interview Advice:

Confidence is very welcomed!

Graduate Reporting Accountant, Accounting and Reporting at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be flexible and you will get a lot of opportunities.

, at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Research the company and be aware of all of its brands, understand the link between the UK business and HQ in Amsterdam.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality as well as your skills.

Financial Controller, Supply Chain at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

It is very important that you demonstrate that you are proactive and not reactive. Being organized is an advantage.

Interview Advice:

You will have to give examples of how you have demonstrated the values of the company so make sure you are familiar with all of them.

Digital Activation Manager, Shopper Marketing at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Use examples from a wide range of different aspects of life whilst ensuring you follow the STAR approach. Think about how your examples relate to the company values.

Interview Advice:

Understand the company as best as possible from undertaking store visits beforehand and looking at recent marketing activity. Gain an understanding of the different customer segments that AkzoNobel brands appeal too.

Think about examples for all the key competencies which appear during the questions at the interviews. Develop questions which you can ask after the interview about an area of the business you are passionate about.

Category Manager, at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

It is unusual that when applying for graduate schemes you feel if you don't get one, then how will you get any? But it is true that each company is looking for a certain type of person not just what grades or experience you have. For instance 4 R&D graduates were recruited in my year and we all have a very similar approach to structuring our work and dealing with people and teams.

Interview Advice:

For the R&D graduate scheme there was a face to face technical interview, which was mainly a discussion about my university masters project and a bit related to paint (but they don't expect you to know everything about paint straight away). A week or so later there was a 2 day assessment centre which was quite exhausting, involving presentations, interviews, group exercises etc.

Research and development graduate, Global interior walls expertise and research group at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Go for it, use your broader experiences, try not to apply the same way you are applying everywhere else but be innovative

Interview Advice:

Standard questions which you can easily answer based on the S.T.A.R. approach (look it up!). A lot of competition at the final assessment center. Beware of other candidates - they WILL try to undermine you if it increases their chances. Do not do the same (can be seen negatively) but be ready to defend yourself and fight for your chance.

Project Engineer, at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be honest. Helps to have a year in industry/ other appropriate work experience

Interview Advice:

Research company thoroughly, and if going for a research role, read up on paint ingredients

Graduate Scientist, Product Development at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Read through the corporate report with the different customer segments, corporate values and vision and mission. Be yourself!

Interview Advice:

Prepare the typical questions: why did you apply, what differentiates you from other candidates, and answers to behaviour based questions.

Supply Chain Graduate, Continuous Improvement at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to work long hours if you want to prove yourself but at the same time it is really important to promote yourself. If you are someone who finds that difficult to do then make sure that your line manager knows this.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, this company looks for people who are confident in who they are and what they can bring to the table. Do not be afraid to be challenging or controversial during the interview.

Territory Manager, Distributor Team South East at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Research the global company and know your facts.n

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions.

MSU Fixed Cost accountant, Fixed Costs at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Online application and tests, face-to-face interview and then an assessment centre
Spend time writing a decent online application and preparing for online tests if you haven't done them before.
You will be asked some company specific questions in the written application, it is good to give considerable thought to these.

Interview Advice:

Reseach the company and role prior to the interview, if applying for a scientific role learn some of the science behind the products, think of examples of when you have demonstrated problem solving, team working skills etc

Research & Development Graduate, Research & Development at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Research the company values and make sure the company is a fit for you also. Assessment centre is attended by senior management emphasising what is expected from graduates.

Supply Chain Graduate, at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Know about the company, and why you are suited for the role.

Interview Advice:

Know the values.

If you get through to the last round, the final assessment centre is the best I've been to. It simulates a real day in the office, and the company is keen to give detailed feedback to all attendees who wish to receive it.

Supply Chain Graduate, Rotational at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, show your character, follow the rules but be noticeable, show them you are different, strong, confident and you will be brilliant at this job

Interview Advice:

Various questions depending on the interviewer, use your experience from school, college, part time job, placement, univerisity projects and outside of work

Buyer, Purchasing at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Be honest and persistant.

Interview Advice:

Study the company values beforehand to make sure your speech shows how you're using those values daily.

Graduate buyer, Procurement UK&I at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Skills you need/will require to develop:
Explaining complex things in simple way/presentation skills
Excel/VBA
Problem Solving/Process Improvement
Soft Skills

Interview Advice:

Once again be yourself

Fixed Cost Accountant, Finance at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Make sure you have an idea of what area of finance you are interested in before applying as there are sometimes different rotations available

Interview Advice:

Very good assessment centre that is different from your normal assessment centre.

Financial Accountant, Finance at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

The company is a complex one to work for, in some ways this can be immensely frustrating but this in itself is an incredibly valuable experience. Do not be put off by layers of complexity in the recruitment process, or if you are than this is certainly not the right company for you.

Interview Advice:

Take time to understand the company values and focus on sustainability. We are a principled company and are held to account on our values by our managers and peers daily.

HR Business Partner – R&D, IBD & LTS, Business Partnering at AkzoNobel
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Interview Advice:

Learn about what the company does, our brands and the scientific background of our products. Have examples of when you have demonstrated various skills e.g. teamwork, problem solving prepared.

Research & Development Graduate, Research & Development at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Only apply for jobs you really want, as you can tell when someone isn't interested in the business area, and if it doesn't interest you, you wont enjoy the job.

Interview Advice:

Research the company brands etc, have pre-prepared answers for possible questions relating to the company core values.

Research graduate, Polymer chemistry at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Strong application with extra curricular activities is key to demonstrate breadth of skills aside from good scientific interest.

Interview Advice:

Research paint.
Have good competency question answers ready.

Graduate Scientist, Colour and Delivery Form at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

The company is very strong on their values. Therefore all questions in some way are related back to these. It is essential to learn these values and make sure your application relates to these and shows you can demonstrate these values.

Commercial Graduate, Distributors – LSO at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Do a little research beforehand in order to understand what the company is about and what are its values.

Interview Advice:

Prepare "situational" Q&As (see STAR method) for 10-15 basic scenarios and you will be covered for pretty much anything they might throw at you.

Project Engineer, Supply Chain at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

If you are interested in learning about Supply Chain as a whole and being part of an international company, this is the place. Be brief about your achievements but concise and prepare for the tests.

Interview Advice:

Open and friendly culture, you just need to to be yourself and let your qualifications speak for themselves.

CI Process Consultant, Supply Chain at AkzoNobel
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Application Advice:

Submit application early.

Interview Advice:

Prepare good example/case for team work.

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Application Advice:

Expect to be put through your paces in the application process, and graduate roles are real job roles with real responsibilities and accountabilities so you'll need to hit the ground running!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, ensure you look at the AkzoNobel values as a lot of the questioning is centred on these and how you match with them.

National Account Manager, Account Management at AkzoNobel
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