About MARS

Mars is an American maker of convenience foods, best known for its chocolate bars, also produces pet food, chewing gum, beverages, instant food and canned sauces. Major brands include Mars, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, Bounty, M&M's, Pedigree and Uncle Ben's, and the corporation also owns a series of brands from the absorbed Wrigley Company. It is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Largest confectionery company in the world as of 2021.

Mars owns the following brands: M&M's, Twix, Snickers, Dove (chocolate), Mars, Extra, Orbit. In the pet food business, Pedigree, Royal Canin and Whiskas are also each worth more than a billion dollars. Three brands in the company's portfolio - Mars, Juicy Fruit and Spearmint - are more than 100 years old. Six brands are over 50 years old: Milky Way, Snickers, M&M's, Doublemint, Uncle Ben's and Whiskas.

Globally, the corporation operates in 6 categories:

  • chocolate;
  • pet food;
  • chewing gum and confectionery (under Wrigley);
  • food products;
  • beverages;
  • science division.

MARS recruitment process in 2024

  1. Online application form
    • One of the first stages of the recruitment process is filling in the application form on MARS Careers website.

    • The online application form is usually presented as a questionnaire with the option of importing data from a LinkedIn or CV file.

    • The applicant is required to provide information about work experience, education, skills and other necessary details.

    • There may be questions both about job preferences (e.g. desired type of employment, country and city of residence) and more personal questions (e.g. race and ethnicity, religion, disability)

  2. Phone / Video Interview
    • Successful candidates are invited for a 15-20 min. phone call.

    • Soft skills are usually assessed during this call by the MARS recruiter.

    • In some cases, MARS hiring manager may invite you for a video interview (most commonly conducted with HireVue.) For software engineering positions, candidates may be asked to complete a coding challenge (problems on algorithms + take-home challenges.)

  3. Online tests
    • The next stage of the MARS recruitment process is an online assessment. The candidate will be sent an email invitation to complete MARS tests.

    • MARS uses different types of recruitment tests to assess candidates and their suitability for the position they are applying for.

    • Candidates are most often asked to complete the following tests:

  4. Assessment centre
    • Successful candidates are invited to visit the nearest MARS headquarters or office.

    • Candidates will have a chance to personally meet the hiring manager, team leaders and seniors during the assessment day.

    • MARS may organise a group exercise with candidates as part of the hiring procedure.

  5. Partner interview
    • The final stage of the recruitment process.

    • The candidate will have a chance to meet the hiring manager, department director and/or division lead.

    • Normally, there is no assessment at this stage.

    • Candidates are mostly expected to demonstrate soft skills and a desire to join MARS.

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