University Recruiting Interview Tips

Georgia‐Pacific utilizes behavior‐based interviewing techniques to determine a prospective candidate’s alignment with our company’s culture. To better understand what these values and beliefs are, please review the complete list of our MBM® Guiding Principles.

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Behavior‐based interviewing is a widely‐used technique by employers, where applicants are asked to respond to questions by providing specific, historical examples. When responding to an interview question, be prepared to describe a situation relevant to the context provided by the interviewer, along with your involvement or role, and the outcome or results of the example you are sharing.

Pro Tip #1: When giving your response to a behavior‐based question, remind yourself to tell the whole story – What happened? How did you behave or react? What was your contribution and how did it impact the outcome?

Pro Tip #2: Try to avoid speaking in general or vague terms. Be specific and provide detailed examples, so that interviewers have complete information and really get to know you!

Pro Tip #3: Spend time researching Georgia‐Pacific, and our parent company Koch Industries. Understanding a company and being able to discuss what you have learned demonstrates sincere interest and may set you apart from the competition!

Pro Tip #4: Show interest in your interviewers and the job opportunity by asking questions about their unique career experiences, as well as follow‐up questions about your research on GP. Come prepared with a short list of questions, and be ready to ask the most important ones first, in case time is running short.

Pro Tip #5: Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself while learning more about GP and the job opportunity! We do not intend for our interviews to be formal and uncomfortable, and we will not put you on the spot with any surprises. We simply want to get to know you as a person and to be completely transparent about our careers and company culture.

Example Interview Questions

Example 1: Tell me about a time when you refused to take the easy way out ‐ you avoided compromising yourself and your values even though it would have given you a short‐term advantage.

Example 2: Tell me about a time when you thought you had a great idea for something and someone challenged it. How did you react? What was the outcome?

Example 3: We are not always satisfied with our performance. Tell me about the most memorable time that you were not pleased with your performance. What did you do about it?