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You can speed up your application by having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile. Follow these tips for more on how to make the best of your application to Unilever's Future Leaders Programme.

Application process summary

1. Online application

Complete the online application form. It is a simple and easy process, with the quick option of filling out personal details using your LinkedIn profile. You may only apply to one function in your application and the types of functions available varies according to each region.

2. Profile assessment

Complete a profile assessment, which consists of 12 short online games that look at different elements of your cognitive, emotional and social traits. These will help to evaluate your level of fit for the UFLP as well as the suitable function for you. You will receive personalised feedback after completing the games.

3. Digital interview

You will be asked to solve real-world problems using Unilever scenarios, giving you the the chance to learn more about our company culture and the way we do business.

The interview will be split into two components, which consists of three short hypothetical questions, followed by a business case. You’ll be able to record and complete your interview anytime (up until a deadline we’ll set) and anywhere, whichever suits you best. All you need is a computer, webcam and/or smartphone, and most importantly, a good and stable internet connection

4. Discovery centre day

This is the final stage of the recruitment process and provides you with a truly immersive experience and the chance to live ‘a day in the life’ of a Future Leader at Unilever. You get to experience a number of exciting activities and projects that include:

  • Project meeting with colleagues from your function
  • Short meeting with Senior Management regarding a current business challenge
  • Team meeting with the other candidates
  • One-to-one meeting with your Line manager

These exercises are designed around a real business case study, enabling us to assess your potential, while giving you a further insight into what it is like to work in Unilever.

How to get the best out of your application

How can I start my application?

Pull information from your LinkedIn profile to help you save time in the application process - and fill in your application carefully. Check that your contact number and email address are correct, as these are the only ways we can contact you.

How can I prepare for the profile assessment games?

No preparation is needed - and no gaming experience is required for you to play these games, but feel free to try out some of the sample games that we will send you if you have passed the first round of the application process.

How can I prepare for the digital on demand interview?

Create a distraction-free environment. It is important to treat the on demand interview as though it was a face-to-face interview. You want to give the best impression possible, and having a quiet, distraction-free background is one step to ensuring that.

Look at the camera, not at the screen. Looking at your webcam while speaking gives the feeling of eye contact to the assessor.

Dress as you would for a traditional face-to-face interview. Your dressing will play an important part in making a good impression.

Log in early to run the system set up; check your camera, connection and microphone.

Do the practice questions. Attempting the practice questions will help you get comfortable with the style and pace of an on demand interview.  These are NOT real questions from your interview set, and will not be assessed by Unilever.

Advice for the Discovery Centre selection day?

Make the most of it. The selection day is designed to give us a realistic picture of you and your abilities – to find out exactly what makes you tick and see if you possess the innovative, drive and ambition to help propel Unilever to greater heights. In addition, it will also give you an insight into the way we work and give you the opportunity to meet some of our senior leaders as well as our current graduates.

Speak up. During the team meetings, it may be difficult to voice your opinion with other candidates trying to do the same thing, but make sure you get your point across and give your input. If you do not contribute to the team meeting and say nothing, we will not have any evidence to evaluate you for that exercise.

Prepare. Build up an understanding of the business and your business area of interest in advance. While this is an important part of the recruitment process, try not to be too stressed about it, and don't forget to smile.

Ask your own questions. This selection process is a two-way process, so feel free to ask any questions at any stage.

Top tips

Be yourself. We cannot stress this enough. There is no point in telling us the politically-correct answer or what you think we want to hear. We hire people because we believe their personality will flourish here, so pretending to be someone you are not will not do you any favours.

Be engaging and enthusiastic. Take your time in answering the questions. Do not be afraid of a short silence while you thinking an appropriate response. A brief, well-thought-out answer would be the best. If you are unclear about the question, take your time to think and answer clearly.

Review your feedback from each stage. What have your learnt about yourself? Reflect on any key messages and how you might use them in the future.

Where can I get more information?

To find out more about application details in a specific country, please visit one of our local careers websites by clicking on 'Unilever Global' at the top of this website, selecting the relevant country and browsing to the careers section.


Take a look at this infographic showing our end-to-end recruitment process (PDF | 154KB) (PDF | 154KB)

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Application openings vary per country.

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