Koch Industries
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Koch Industries Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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Accountant Interview

Anonymous Employee
Wichita, KS

I applied online and interviewed at Koch Industries.

Interview Details – takes a long time.. do phone interview.. do on site interview with four different managers... do call back interview...

Interview Question – All questions are situation, behavior, outcome questions.. be prepared to have specific examples   Answer Question

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Tax Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Atlanta, GA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Koch Industries in February 2014.

Interview Details – I applied for the position through the Koch website in late November. In January, I was contacted by a person in HR to schedule a phone interview for the following week. The phone interview was with a person in HR and lasted about 30-45 minutes. About three weeks later, I was invited for an in-person interview. Koch paid for all of my travel expenses and put my up in a hotel room the night before my interview. They even offered to rent me a car. The interview was blitz style, meeting with a tax manager for 30 minutes, followed by a senior tax manager for 30 minutes, and then a recruiter via phone for 10 minutes.

All interviewers asked me about my background, how I had found the job posting, why I wanted to work for Koch, and a LOT of behavioral questions. In the in-person interview I also spent a significant amount of time discussing my resume and the classes I had taken. They expect you to answer the behavior questions using the STAR method - Situation, Task, Action, Result. I prepared by researching list of behavioral questions and preparing responses. If you prepare, the questions are not terribly difficult. The whole process was fairly low pressure and everyone I spoke with was incredibly friendly and enthusiastic.

Interview Question – Example questions:
"Tell me about a time when you were part of a group and you felt strongly about going one direction but the group went another direction and you were right."

"What is you biggest strength? Weakness?"

"Tell me about a time you failed."

"How would you deliver bad news?"

"Tell me about a time you had to work with a difficult person."
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Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. Their offer was more than I expected and included a relocation bonus.

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Accountant Interview

Accountant

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Koch Industries.

Interview Details – On campus interview was all about behavioral questions.

Interview Question – Name a time where you failed and what your reaction was   Answer Question

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IT Service Desk Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee
Wichita, KS

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Koch Industries in April 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process was quick and easy. I had 3 interviews. I believe they were in need of an associate quickly due to high turnover in the department.

Negotiation Details – It was very easy; I took what was offered.

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Mechanical Engineer Interview

Mechanical Engineer

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Koch Industries in June 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter. Once I submitted my résumé then a telephone interview was arranged. It was a very professional interview. After a week, I was asked for on site interview. Interview was a mix of behavioral and experience related questions. Offer was made within a week. The company made all the travel arrangements.

Interview Question – Why do you want to leave your current job.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – On a second thought I did not like the location.

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Finance Intern Interview

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Interviewed at Koch Industries

Interview Details – HR responded relatively quickly to application and scheduled an interview within the next week or two. The interview was fairly tedious as it lasted about three hours. I was interviewed by 4 different people ranging from analyst to global business leaders. Interview questions were very culture centered. Questions also included behavioral type questions.

Interview Question – "Explain to me what you know about SAP and how to use it"   Answer Question

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Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Koch Industries.

Interview Details – Very detailed, team interview, each person is geared to evaluate different aspects of your personality and experience to be a culture fit. Read Koch's book on Market Based Management - and use the terminology

Interview Question – Qestions are all very specific example based - generic answers won't do, give - SBO - Situation, Behavior and Outcome   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – typical

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Information Technology Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Wichita, KS

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Koch Industries in October 2013.

Interview Details – Koch recruits at my school, I applied for on campus interviews. It was given by a former alumni who now works with Koch. Expect about 30 minutes of behavioral questions. Like others suggest - google search common behavioral questions and write down some possible responses so you have fresh examples in your head. After the campus interview, I was invited to the Koch headquarters. They invite candidates to Wichita the night following interviews for dinner, and also provide a hotel if you live further away and choose to attend the dinner. They also provided gas compensation for driving. I had 2 interviews back to back, just behavioral questions. Many of the questions were repeated, and I ended up using a lot of the same responses for both interviews.

They suggest that you read 'The Science of Success' before interviewing. I would recommend you at least take a look at Koch's 'Guiding Principles' and '5 dimensions of MBM' before interviewing. When responding to behavioral questions, try to tie in examples that highlight your use of these principles.

Dress nice, follow up, and show that you are passionate about what you are doing. If you take the interview seriously and take the time to prepare, it's not a tough interview.

Interview Question – Describe a time you were criticized about your work   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Didn't need to negotiate, they gave a good competitive offer.

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Accounting Interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Koch Industries.

Interview Details – Interviewed on campus then was invited for a company visit. Company visit consisted of a welcome dinner folled by two interviews the next day.

Interview Question – How did you add value in your past work experience?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The company is very successful but the people didn't seem particularly happy or personable. They gave off a almost brainwashed vibe.

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Accountant Interview

Accountant
Wichita, KS

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Koch Industries in September 2013.

Interview Details – Very comfortable setting. All behavioral type questions.

Interview Question – Give me an example of your weaknesses.   Answer Question

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