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JobTestPrep specializes in helping job applicants get hired. Responding to candidates’ need to pass the Professional Learning Indicator and PI Behavioral Assessment tests required as a part of IKEA’s pre-employment assessment, it has compiled exclusive practice materials. 

Our PrepPack™ includes simulations of the PLI and PI tests that closely approximate the official aptitude and personality tests so that you can familiarize yourself with the tests’ format and refine your answers. Designed to improve your cognitive abilities to analyze and solve problems, our preparation resources will help you demonstrate to IKEA's employers that you will make correct forecasts of expected demands for products in their business. 

JobTestPrep can also assist you with creating an impressive personality profile. Prepared by us, you will show not only your professional skills but also behavioral tendencies that will play to your strengths as a Demand Planner. 

To help you create a good self-image not only on the PLI and PI tests but also in interviews, we have compiled a list of the interview questions actually posed to candidates vying for the position of the Demand Planner at IKEA. Go over these questions and prepare for your pre-employment assessment with our practice materials, answer keys, and study guides, and prove to IKEA’s employers that you have all required qualities to play an integral role in the supply chain within the company. 


IKEA’s Hiring Process 

After you submit your application form, résumé, and cover letter online, you will have a phone interview with the company’s representative. 

Phone Interview: Your interview with IKEA’s Human Resources manager will center around your work history and expectations from your new role at IKEA.  The manager will also ask you personal questions to get a sense of your personality. Your phone interview may last up to 20 minutes. In some case, you may have an interview online instead of a phone interview. In an online interview, you will be given one minute to submit a reply to each question. 

The PLI and PI Tests:  If you impress the Human Resources manager, you will be invited to take IKEA’s aptitude and personality tests. The PLI test aims to evaluate your general cognitive capability. It measures how well you understand and implement complex data, reason, analyze, solve problems, and plan actions and events for the future. The PI Test assesses your conduct and predicts how you will behave in specific situations at workplace. 

Face-To-Face Interview:– Provided you did well on the PLI or PI tests, you will be scheduled for the second interview in one of IKEA’s locations. In this interview, you will talk with the Human Resources representative and your prospective managers. Questions posed in the interview will be competency-based. Prepare also to answer situational questions testing your behavior and reaction to specified working circumstances. As a person competing for the position of the Demand Planner, you will also be asked specific technical questions. 

Job Offer Interview:– The final stage of IKEA’s hiring process is a background check and credit report. If both your credit and criminal history are confirmed to be clean, you will be invited for another in-person interview, during which you will be offered a position. 

Note that you receive an opportunity to impress IKEA’s representatives in a personal conversation only after you successfully pass the company’s aptitude and personality tests. Practicing before the test is, therefore, essential to your success. Go through a few dry runs with JobTestPrep’s practice materials and be shortlisted for the applied position.


IKEA’s Interview Questions for the Demand Planner Position

You will have several interviews during the hiring process at IKEA. One is the phone interview conducted by the company’s Human Resources representative. In this interview, you will be asked to elaborate on your work experience and professional strengths recommending you for the position of the Demand Planner. You may also need to describe a situation in the past in which you coordinated distributing goods. 

The next stage of your pre-employment assessment is online testing. You will move on to the second face-to-face interview, only if you succeed in your PLI and PI tests. When you talk to your prospective managers in one of IKEA’s locations, you will need to answer not only questions about your general professional background but also specific technical questions designed to evaluate your mastery of the field. Prepare to talk about specific tools and processes that you employed to model accurate projections. Have a look at some questions posed by IKEA’s recruiters to applicants for the Demand Planner position: 

  • Tell me about an experience in which you analyzed information and evaluated results to choose the best solution to a problem.
  • What is Demand Planning?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate your Excel skills?
  • What is the key to a successful budget?
  • Why do you want this Demand Planner job? 
  • What KPIs have you used?
  • Do you have experience with SAP?
  • Have you developed Scorecards?
  • How did your previous employer structure the Supply Chain?
  • What is the most challenging part of budgeting for you?
  • Provide an example of a time when you analyzed market and delivery systems and successfully assessed material availability.
  • Tell me about your last experience administering online purchasing systems. 

You should craft answers to these questions before interviewing if you want to create a favorable impression. It is also advisable to research IKEA, its department divisions, and its commercial strategies so that in your interview you sound confident and ready to take on the responsibilities of a Demand Planner.  


IKEA's Assessment Tests for the Demand Planner's Position 

Interested in hiring only highly professional and experienced people for the Demand Planner's role, IKEA's managers ask job candidates to take two tests—the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI) and the Predictive Index, before making a decision to invite them to the face-to-face interview. These tests help IKEA's recruiters determine how much expertise and constructive energy applicants will bring to the company. 


IKEA’s Professional Learning Indicator Test

The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI Learning Indicator), also known as the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI), was designed to evaluate applicants’ general cognitive capability. Among cognitive abilities assessed by the PLI test are the qualities particularly important to the Demand Planner: digesting and implementing complex information, adapting to new environments and conditions, reasoning, analyzing, planning, and problem-solving. Overall, the test evaluates applicants’ nine cognitive abilities, grouped in three subcategories that, in turn, are combined into three broad categories:

Subcategories

                      Category

  1. Analogies

                        Verbal

  1. Antonyms
  1. Verbal Analysis
  1. Number Series

                       Numerical

  1. Math Problems
  1. Number Value
  1. Visual Analogies

                       Abstract Reasoning

  1. Visual Series
  1. Common Features

 

The format of the PLI test is simple. Aiming to evaluate candidates’ specific areas of reasoning rather than their acquired knowledge, the test contains only common words and expressions that are neither ambiguous nor confusing. It consists of 50 questions, equally distributed among the nine categories, and takes only 12 minutes to complete. Questions are of various levels of difficulty.

Yet this is not to say that passing the PLI test is easy. What is challenging on this test is not the difficulty of the questions but the short time limit allowed to answer them. You will have only 14.4 seconds to think over each question. To be able to answer questions so quickly and correctly, you need to practice beforehand. JobTestPrep offers you an opportunity to improve your test results with the help of its exclusive PLI PrepPack™. Practice with our materials and prove to your prospective employers that you have got the design and strategic talents it takes to be the Demand Planner at IKEA.


IKEA’s Predictive Index or PI Behavioral Assessment Test

The PI Behavioral Assessment is used by IKEA to evaluate prospective employees’ affective, behavioral, and cognitive processes. To minimize the risk of employing incompetent Demand Planners, the company asks job candidates to take the PI test that predicts how they will likely respond to customers’ problems and deal with various employment situations. The PI Behavioral Assessment focuses mostly on six traits of human personality: 

  • Dominance shows how closely you control your environment.
  • Extroversion indicates the extent to which you seek social connections, leadership opportunities, and novel experiences. 
  • Patience says whether stability and consistency in your environment are important to you.
  • Formality demonstrates how strictly you conform to formal rules and structures;
  • Decision-Making analyzes your thought process of selecting a logical choice from the available options.
  • Response Level evaluates your general energy, activity level, and stamina. 

The PI Behavioral Assessment has two parts, each containing the identical list of 86 adjectives. Among the adjectives appearing on the list are adaptable, helpful, independent, venturesome, assertive, and ingenious. One part of the test invites you to choose adjectives that you think really describe who you are. Another part asks you to choose adjectives that describe how you believe others expect you to act.

The results of the test will provide two patterns of your behavior at work. One, called “Self,” reflects your natural drives and needs. It also shows how you tend to react in certain situations. Another pattern, called “Self-Concept,” indicates how you adapt your natural behavior to expectations of your coworkers. Comparing the two patterns will reveal either tensions or synergy between you and other employees at your workplace.

There is no time limit to complete the PI Behavioral Assessment, but it usually takes up to 10 minutes to think over 86 adjectives in both parts of the test.

Reading a long list of words may be tiring and confusing. It is also essential to understand the differences between the tasks given in the two parts of the test to avoid creating an erroneous impression that you will be incapable of communicating across IKEA's multiple structures,  or that you will be unable to ensure that all parties agree about what demands forecast should be. Practicing with JobTestPrep’s simulations of the official PI test will help you build a more accurate PI Pattern on your actual exam. 


What is the Demand Planner?

The Demand Planner is a person who does revenue forecasting, alignment of inventory level based on seasonal demands, material planning, and forecasting. Forecasting involves knowing how many products and product lines within the business are on demand. To develop accurate and reliable forecasting, Demand Planners use an operational supply chain management. They also usually work with various departments to monitor their inventory and ensure the efficiency of supply-chain initiatives. They have deep understanding of finance, manufacturing, logistic, and sales.

Demand Planners have a background in applied mathematics or economics, and should know statistics and mathematics exceptionally well. Yet being good at calculating and using a variety of software and computer applications— SAP, ECC, SAS, and APO—are not enough for excelling as a Demand Planner. Strong leadership abilities are also necessary, because Demand Planners need to influence people and lead by collaboration the whole sales and operations planning effort.  Salaries of Demand Planners at IKEA from $61,629 to $70, 628 per year. 


IKEA’s FAQ and Answers for the Demand Planner Position

Q: How can I prepare for IKEA's hiring process? 

 A: You can prepare for IKEA’s hiring process by purchasing JobTestPrep’s preparation practice materials that contain PLI and PI tests closely modeled upon PLI and PI official tests, supplied with answer keys and detailed study guide. With our resources, you can significantly improve your results on IKEA’s pre-employment examination and track your progress while you are studying. Tracking your progress with the help of our answer keys allows you to identify and eliminate your weaknesses before you take the actual exam.

Q: How long do I have to wait to retake the PLI, if I fail it?

A: The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI Learning Indicator), also known as the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI), helps employers measure job candidates’ different cognitive abilities and aptitude for the role of the Demand Planner. Every organization has its own examination rules determining how often you can retake the assessment. You are advised to contact IKEA’s recruiters and ask them when you are permitted to retake the test.

Q: How quickly can I move up within the company’s career hierarchy, if I start with the position of the Demand Planner?

A: Most Demand Planners move on to other positions in the company after having worked 20 years in the field. Pay for the job of the Demand Planner rises steadily as you gain more experience. It, however, goes down for Demand Planners who have worked more than 20 years in the company.


Prepare With JobTestPrep

 

Practice for your IKEA’s pre-employment assessment with JobTestPrep’s exclusive PrepPack™, excel on the PLI and PI tests, demonstrate your knowledge of manufacturing and finance, and become the recruiters’ first choice for the position of the Demand Planner.  


What's Included

2 interview guides; Interview video tutorials; Interview preparation; 9 figural reasoning tests; 5 math drills; 4 inductive reasoning drills; 5 PI-LI practice tests; PI-LI study guide; 8 spatial reasoning tests; 4 back-to-basics study guides; 1 recognition of assumptions study guide; 2 antonyms tests; 2 average video tutorials.