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    General Interview Preparation​​

    As you prepare for interviewing with the Altria family of companies, we wanted to provide you with some tips on how to be successful throughout the interview process.  In general, you can expect there to be two components to our process if you progress through all interview stages: (1) phone screen interview, (2) on-site panel interview.  Depending on the position, there could be an additional technical phone interview, job testing, presentation or case studies.  The Recruiter, who will be your initial contact, will outline the steps specific to your interview process during the first call with you.  We truly believe a position at Altria will offer you challenge and opportunity and our interview process reflects those principles.​

     
    Phone Screen Interview Preparation
    Be sure to do your research.  Some helpful topics include reviewing the job description and researching the company Mission, Values and products we sell on the Altria website.  We also recommend doing some outside research on recent news articles, company financial results, and reviews.

     

    You should be prepared to discuss your work experience, job qualifications, leadership or campus activities, and goals.  If there are gaps in your resume such as a missing GPA or long gaps in your employment history, be prepared to discuss these as well.​

     

    Technical Phone Interview
    If applicable to your position, the hiring manager or team member may ask you job specific questions that focus on the depth and breadth of your knowledge of the skills required for the position.  Be ready to discuss past job experiences that relate directly to the work you would be doing as outlined in the job description.

     

    On-site Panel Interview Preparation​
    Be prepared to answer behavioral based interview questions during a 60 to 90 minute interview.  These types of questions ask you to share examples from your past experiences.  Examples of these are:

    • Tell me about a time when you looked beyond the obvious to find a unique solution to a problem.
    • Tell me about a time when you were able to gain the trust and support of team members to achieve a goal.

     

    When answering behavioral based questions, consider using the SCAR format: 
    • Situation  / Challenge – Explain the situation and challenge you were faced with
    • Actions – Highlight the actions you took (if in a team setting, highlight your own actions)
    • Result – Share the quantitative and qualitative results

     

    Here are a few more tips to help with answering these questions:
    • Choose your strongest example but remember the more recent the example, the better
    • Be clear and concise; the interviewer will ask follow up questions if more information is needed
    • Prepare leadership examples from your past that may align with our company values
    • Interviewers are looking to see how well you work with and lead others and how you handle tough situations

     


    Interview Best Practices
    In addition to how you answer questions during the interview, here are some general best practices to use throughout the interview process.

    • Apply online before your interview and write down your candidate reference number
    • Dress appropriately for interviews:  recommended dress is business professional
    • Bring copies of your resume
    • Give yourself plenty of time so that you arrive early to the interview
    • Avoid using jargon, slang and curse words
    • Maintain a positive attitude when sharing your experiences of working for other companies
    • Feel free to ask an interviewer to repeat a question or ask for time to think about your answer
    • Keep eye contact with the interviewer
    • Be confident and share examples of work or school experiences that showcase your strongest skills.

     

    We hope you have a successful interview experience and learn more about Altria through our hiring process.  Altria strives to offer an experience you can’t beat!  Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions and share your success stories.

     

    Good luck!