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How to Get Hired
We asked General Mills for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
At General Mills, we recruit for long term careers versus short-term job openings. When we look at candidates, we want to know more than whether they have the skills to do a specific job. We want to know about their values and motivation, and what inspires them to get out of bed each day. We want them to know about the kind of company we are and what makes us unique versus other opportunities. This understanding is important to ensure that it is a good match for both the company and the candidate. Different groups at General Mills may look for specific functional competencies in potential candidates that are listed in the job overview. Overall we seek top performers who are passionate about nourishing lives and have a drive for winning and innovation. Our employees are motivated by the connections at work and the impact on others and their communities.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
General Mills seeks the best and brightest—individuals who have risen to the top in their previous endeavors, have excelled as leaders in ventures both in and out of the workplace and who know they can make a valuable contribution to our brands, our organization and the broader community. We also want employees who don’t crave the individual spotlight but find joy and fulfillment by working collaboratively with others to win as a team and make a positive difference in the world. Most importantly, connect with us! We are always looking for excellent candidates to fill open roles of today or for future opportunities. We meet great talent on campus, at career fairs, and online on our social networks.
Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?
Hiring a prospective team member is a very important decision for both General Mills and the candidate. That’s why the entire recruiting and interview team works to be as helpful as possible throughout this process, whether the candidate is interviewing for a position at headquarters, Sales business centers or one of the plant locations. Each position will have a unique interview team and a series of questions related to that role. Throughout the interview process, we strive to ensure candidates really get to know our people, their teams, our brands and responsibilities during their interview process. As candidates learn about us, we get to know the candidate’s values, strengths and experiences. We use several interview methods and assessments, which often include a leadership assessment, critical thinking assessment and several behavior-based interviews. This provides a holistic look at our candidate — including multiple assessments to get the most comprehensive picture possible.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Ove the course of the last few years our recruiting has shifted, previously we would hire more entry level roles from universities across the country. Our hiring now is closer to 50/50 hiring entry level and experienced candidates. There isn't a position we know we will hire for more this year however we are committed to bringing in top talent at all levels that can make an impact.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
To learn more about a career at General Mills visit our website at careers.generalmills.com. There you will learn more about the different career opportunities, and ways to connect with us via social media or join our talent network.