Hiring Process - Altria

​A​pplying ​at Altria

At the Altria family of companies, our goal in the job search process is to identify talented candidates who are a good fit for our organization.
To achieve this goal, we aim to really get to know candidates and allow them to do the same with us. While we understand that searching for a new job can lead to a range of emotions, we’ve tried to ease job search stress with a simple process that supports our getting to know each other. 
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Our Application Process

1.

Build a Profile and Submit Your Resume and Cover Letter

Once you’ve found the position you think is ideal for you, create a profile with us. Then, use your Altria profile to upload a resume and cover letter.
Your résumé is our first introduction to you, so be sure to prepare a résumé that helps you stand out. The best résumés are concise, focused, error-free and simple to read.​

For resume preparation tips, download the attached, Resume Preparation document. For additional guidance, view sample resume​.
2.

We’ll Get in Touch

If our recruiters feel that your skills are a good match for the position, they will contact you via phone or email to invite you to participate in an initial conversation.
 
3.

Start the In-Person Interview Process

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.​
4.

Offer

If you are the right fit for the position, a contingent offer may be extended and we will begin the background check and drug screen.
5.

Welcome to Altria!

You will receive a welcome email to complete the onboarding process prior to the first day.

* ​Please keep in mind that we recruit for many of our Operating Companies and may have slightly different processes based on the business needs.

* Depending upon the position, the interviewing to onboarding process could be 45-60 days (possibly longer for certain positions). ​
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​​​Interview Preparation​

Phone Screen Interview Preparation​​
​​Be sure to do your research. Some helpful topics include reviewing the job description and researching the our Mission & Values and Our Companies​. 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 d​escription.
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​

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.​
  • Dress appropriately for interviews:  recommended dress is business professional
  • 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
Phone Screen Interview Preparation
Be sure to do your research. Some helpful topics include reviewing the job description and reviewing our Mission & Values and Our Companies. 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, 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.
Be prepared to answer behavioral based interview questions. 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​

Panel Interview Preparation
This interview will include additional behavioral based interview questions and a selling scenario. To prepare for the selling scenario, think about situations where you sold an idea or good to someone. What made you successful? What facts did you provide to support your recommendation? The selling scenario also works to test your analytical capabilities.  Be prepared to calculate simple formulas such as margin, mark-up, cost of goods sold, and a breakeven analysis.
Before the interview begins you will be given a preparation period. During this time the goal is to create a plan and be prepared to sell it. Think about possible objections to your solution and how to overcome them. ​​
Day in the Field Preparation
During this experience, you will go out into the field to learn about the job we do first-hand.  The goal is to show you what you would be doing on a day to day basis and for us to observe you in our work environment. Remember to be engaged and ask questions to learn more about your next potential career opportunity.​
Interview Best Practices
I​n addition to how you answer questions during the interview, here are some general best practices to use throughout the interview process.
  • Dress appropriately for interviews:  recommended dress is business professional
  • 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
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