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British American Tobacco Jobs: How to Apply for Vacancies

Guide to Applying and Getting British American Tobacco Jobs

I’d posted about several other companies. It’s time to share guide to get your space within BAT's wall. You can also read my posts about other companies and organizations right below this post.

Let’s get straight to work.

Before you apply for BAT jobs, it’s important you understand what the company looks for in their prospective applicants. You should know how to go about their application processes and avoid any form of errors. That’s what this post will guide you about. It will equally take you to their vacancies page to see if you can immediately take your chance.


Background of British American Tobacco (BAT)

British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of the British American Tobacco Group.

British American Tobacco has had an operational presence in Nigeria since 1912. The Group held a 60% shareholding value in the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) while a 40% shareholding value was held by the Nigerian Government.  By 1978, there were three operating factories located at Ibadan, Port-Harcourt and Zaria.

However, the domestic industry experienced a decline when an influx of illicit trade and the deteriorating infrastructure created an uncertain business environment and investment slowed. This led to closures of the Port Harcourt and Ibadan factories and a downscaling of the Zaria operations.

The election of the 1999 civilian administration brought a renewed focus on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which led to the incorporation of British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited.

What BAT looks for in Job Seekers

From BAT job application experiences, it is easy to know what they want from you as an applicant.

BAT Requires Degree Graduates, HND, OND/NCE

BAT can be so friendly with all qualifications. They accept literarily all qualifications and grades. Possessing good grade can be added advantage of course, but you can apply for their jobs with any grades (except otherwise stated).

I had recently posted some of their vacancies on my BAT job updates page. You can check to see what they demand for each position. NOTE that, where degree or HND is required, NYSC discharged certificate may be necessary.

Ability to Undergo BAT Application Stages

BAT takes their applicants through what can be termed “international standard employment processes”. You must be ready and able to pass through these before you can secure a position with them. These stages are well detailed in one of the sections below. Read on.

Why you may want to work with BAT

British American Tobacco Nigeria is a thriving, dynamic and exciting and a great place to work because it bring their difference to work everyday and have excellent prospects for the future.  Our standards are uncompromising and we prefer to leave an opening unfilled than to recruit someone who does not meet their criteria.

Their business strategy is to attract and retain only the very best talent who can really bring and make the difference in the business.  New people bring fresh ideas, different approaches and individual flair.  The synergy created between new and experienced managers, who know their business inside out, is one of their unique strengths.

At British American Tobacco Nigeria there is no stereotype to conform to.  The look for people who will not only excel in the target jobs but who have the ability to develop further.

They however know that recruitment is a two way street, just as it is a big thing for them, they recognize that making the right career move is important for you.  Their commitment to getting it right is reflected in the time, rigor and energy they invest.  They are determined to make the experience itself worthwhile for you.


Learn About BAT Global Graduate Programme

Their Global Graduate Programme is a unique programme that offers you a real job from day one. It develops your potential through world class training, connects you with fellow graduates and senior colleagues from across the globe and ultimately sets you up for a successful career ahead.

It’s fast-paced, it’s exciting, it’ll stretch you to the limit and prepare you for a management role in just 12 months. If you have what it takes, then no other organization offers a graduate experience quite like BAT’s.


BAT Selection Stages - Your step-by-step guide

In brief, below is the picture of all you have to undergo before you can be lucky to work with BAT. Don’t mistake it for being tedious – any multinational organization follow the same or similar processes. It’s important to know that these are official BAT recruitment stages.

Step 1: Online application form

The first step is to click on the ‘Browse job and Apply’ button and complete the application form. Your CV and application will be reviewed and if you match the skill-set we are looking for, we will invite you to the next stage in the selection process.

Please do not apply to more than one function as multiple applications will lead to instant disqualification.

Step 2: Online ability tests

If short listed you will be asked to complete a series of ability (this could be online or computer based) tests. Each one is a hurdle which you'll need to get past before progressing onto the next stage.

Step 3: Screening and Interview

If you are successful with the online test, we will invite you for a screening and an interview session with our consultants. Your credentials as stated during your application will be reviewed and confirmed.

Step 4: Structured Interview

Upon successful completion of the previous steps, you will be invited for an interview at BAT.
This lasts for about 40 minutes and gives us the chance to hear you. It also gives you the opportunity to ask us any specific questions about the company and the programme. At this stage it is important that you present yourself in the best possible way and hopefully leave an impression that makes us believe you have what it takes to thrive in the programme.

Step 5: Assessment Centre

Depending on the outcome of the interview, we may invite you to one of our assessment centres. An Assessment Centre is not a place. It is a technique for objectively assessing the strengths and development needs of potential employees, like you. Here you’ll demonstrate your skills and suitability through your performance in a number of stretching but fun, participatory and individual exercises.

Step 6: Head of Function/Department Interview

If you are successful with the assessment centre, you will meet with the head of function/department for the department you will be joining. This is the final stage in the selection process.


Understanding Steps Involved in BAT Job Application

Step 1: Online application form:

  1. Print out the instructions. This will allow you refer to them while you are completing the online form to ensure you understand the questions.
  2. Gather all the information you need. For example, you may need to view your qualifications to ensure you have accurate information (This may be important when checking on references later on in the process).
  3. Make sure all your contact details are correct. We may wish to invite you for a telephone interview and if you're unreachable you may miss out on it  

Step 2: Online ability tests

  1. Read the instructions carefully. Manage your time so you can answer as many questions as possible.
  2. Don't wait too long to answer a single question.
  3. When faced with a difficult multiple-choice question, start by ruling out the least correct option.
  4. Be honest and take the test yourself as you may be asked to participate in another test onsite as part of the selection process.
  5. Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Remember, you only get one attempt, so make sure you choose a time and place that lets you perform at your best  

Step 3: Screening and Interview

Follow instructions in Step 4.

Step 4 : Structured Interview

  1. Make sure you know where you're going and plan your route. (In many locations we have different offices, so make sure you go to the right one).
  2. Be on time. Ensure that you leave plenty of time for travel delays, building security check-in. And if you're early take some time to prepare yourself.
  3. Remember the contact details of the resourcing manager, so if you're delayed you can contact them.
  4. Switch off your mobile phone before your interview starts .
  5. What to wear: It is very important to look smart and present yourself in a professional way. All interviewees are required to wear business attire.
  6. Your communication skills will be crucial for whichever business function/department you join. This will be your first opportunity to demonstrate how well you express yourself, especially when under pressure.
  7. Think about what you're going to say before answering a question. Try to ensure that your responses sound natural. We are not looking for candidates who will repeat what is on our website. We want to hear what you really think, so be yourself and give honest answers to questions.
  8. Give examples of what you have done and the skills you have gained. However, do not exaggerate your accomplishments. It is alright to say 'I don't know' or 'I haven't  experienced that before.
  9. Ask questions. As much as this interview is about us getting to know you, it is also an opportunity to get to know us better. After all, you are making a big career decision.
  10. Project yourself positively. Be sure of yourself and try to avoid responding to questions with a straight 'yes' or 'no'.
  11. Smile when you speak. It will help you feel more comfortable and will also put your interviewer at ease.
  12. Your body language. Make sure you keep your posture open and avoid crossing your arms or legs. Look at your interviewers directly in the eye when responding to questions. This will also help build a good rapport  

Step 5: Assessment Centre

  1. Advance   preparation   is   not   really   possible   or   necessary   for   the   Assessment   Centre exercises.
  2. Essentially, the most important thing you can do is to relax and be yourself on the day. There is  no  “revision”  or  “cramming”  that  you  can  do  to  improve  your  chances  in the  Assessment Centre.
  3. Bring reading glasses if your require these.
  4. The  assessors  will  mainly  be  interested  in  the  way you  respond  and  act  to  situations  and problems as they are presented.
  5. The Assessment Centre tends to involve a long day of hard work.
  6. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before the Assessment Centre.
  7. If you are travelling to the Assessment Centre, make sure you arrive in time to get an early night.  If  you  are  travelling  in  the  morning,  allow plenty  of  time  to  get  to  the  Assessment Centre.   

Step 6: Head of Functional Interview and Personality Test

Follow instructions in Step 4.

Ready to Apply for Open vacancies?

BAT regularly employs people, especially graduates. See my BAT vacancies page for latest jobs or visit their official vacancies for updates. You can also search vacancies by countries.

Also read about other organisations below.
  1. Diamond Bank Plc Jobs: How to Apply for Graduate Vacancies.
  2. Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc Jobs: How to Apply for or Get FMN Jobs.    
  3. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Jobs: How to Get or Apply for Jobs.    
  4. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jobs: How to Get or Apply for Vacancies
  5. United Bank for Africa (UBA) Jobs: How to apply and get offers.
  6. Fidelity Banks Nigeria: How to get jobs or Apply for Vacancies.


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