Koch Industries Interview Questions

Updated Jan 29, 2015
Updated Jan 29, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Koch Industries.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through university recruiting and met for a 45 minute on-campus interview. After one week, I was invited for a second on-site interview in Wichita which consisted of two, 45 minute interviews. Both the on-campus and on-site interviews focused mainly on behavioral based questions. Be prepared to provide real word examples.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a group decision that you had to go along with even though you didn't fully support it?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you felt you did not receive adequate feedback based on the effort you put forth?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Koch Industries.

    Interview Details

    I found out about Koch's internship program through my university's career fair. I filled out the application on the Koch hiring website. Filling out the application is easy and quick: you upload your resume and it is parsed for information, so a lot of boxes are automatically filled out with what you put on your resume. There is also a short section of behavioral questions. About a week later, I was informed that I could schedule a time for an on-campus interview. That interview was about half an hour long and fairly easy. All the questions were about my behavior. The interviewer did ask me a little bit about my technical knowledge to find out what sort of position I was looking for, but the interviewer emphasized that Koch does not expect interns to have extensive technical knowledge.

    A few weeks after that first interview, I was informed that I had made it to the second (and final) round of interviews, which take place in Wichita. Koch paid for a hotel room and reimbursed me for travel expenses. This final round of interviews consisted of two back-to-back hour-long interviews. The first interview was, again, focused on behavioral questions, especially on dealing with difficult customers/co-workers and process improvements (what processes I use to solve problems). The second interview was more technical in the sense that I was asked what programming languages I had experience with and what sort of programs I had created. This interview was still mostly behavioral however, and was focused on the same kinds of questions. The interviewer emphasized that Koch focuses on finding interns who fit the company values, rather than just focusing on technical skills.

    Read up on the Koch guiding principles and look up common behavioral questions and you will be fine. And, of course, be prepared to answer basic interview questions ("Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" "Why do you want to work for Koch?" "Why software development?" etc). Everyone I talked to was laid back and personable, which helped the process go smoothly.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you were creative in solving a problem.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate since the pay was very reasonable. You will be given about a week and a half to consider the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Tax Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Koch Industries in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Met with a couple associates at a career fair. They were friendly, talkative, and informative. I emailed them afterwards to thank them for their time, and they invited me to officially apply. Sent them my resume and transcript, then they emailed me for a phone interview. It was a basic behavioral interview with maybe 7 or 8 questions. I passed that round and they brought me in for an in office interview. They showed me around the office a little bit and then I had two interviews. The first interview was a behavioral with two people (one senior analyst and one manager), with some focus on my resume and a good bit of talking on their part. It felt like they were trying to sell me on their company as I was trying to sell myself (and I mean that in a good way). After that I went to another interview with a manager. This interview was much less formal. There may have been one or two behavioral questions but for the most part we talked about my resume and he responded to questions I had about the company and the economy. A couple weeks later they called me to tell me I got the job.

    Interview Questions
    • A few times they pointed out items on my resume and said Can you tell me more about this? or What was the most valuable thing you learned from that experience?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate because I was mainly after the experience, not the money.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Business Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Koch Industries in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through college career website. Was contacted within a week for an on-campus interview that lasted 30 minutes. Was contacted within another week to go to Wichita for 4, 45 minute interviews. Great people and accommodations.

    Interview Questions
    • What is one instance of a group decision that you had to go along with even though you didn't fully support it?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Wichita doesn't offer as much as other cities.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    (IT) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Koch Industries in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online since I didn't have time to see them at the career fair. Heard back within a couple days saying they would like to interview. Met them on-campus for a 45 minute interview that was non-technical. All of the Koch representatives were friendly and easy to talk with. I had a follow-up interview scheduled, but opted out because I had a more preferable offer.

    Interview Questions
    • There were a lot of questions that were based around how I worked in a group, such as: tell me about a time where you had difficulty working in a group. What was the difficulty? How did you handle it?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I made it to the next round of interviews, but declined because I was accepted at another company.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Koch Industries in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 Interviews that add up to an hour. Behavorial Questions in both. Dress appropriately. Not a company that accepts anything short of business casual. Interview specifically requires business professional. Interview most likely performed by both male and female. Prepare to provide real life examples for your claims.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiable. Starts you off at a competitive pay and states in writing that it is negotiable. Personally did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Human Resources Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Koch Industries in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for a position at an undisclosed business on a recruiter website in March 2014. Around Mid April I received a call from a recruiter in the Atlanta area naming Koch Business Solutions as the company for which I applied to. From there the recruiter asked if I could come into their office for a face to face interview a week later. This interview consisted of behavioral based questions and questions about my current role and qualifications. They advised me they would pass my information on to Koch to see if they wanted to schedule a phone interview with the HR department. HR confirmed they wanted to move forward and about a week later I had a phone interview which lasted 45 mins with an HR coordinator. The interview was all behavioral based questions. I would advise using the STAR format to answer these type of questions. When the interview concluded he advised he felt comfortable enough to pass my information on to the Hiring Manager for another phone interview. A week later I had a phone interview with the hiring manager which lasted an hr. This interview dug more into my qualifications and skill set. This interview was the most intense for me. There were also a few behavioral questions thrown in as well. After the phone interview I did not hear back for about 2-3 weeks. End of May I was notified they wanted to bring me to the Atlanta office for a face to face interview. I had two 1hr interviews with two interviewers in each session. Again, behavioral based questions which felt more like a conversation. A little over a week I received a call from HR offering me the position. The entire staff a Koch was professional and very very nice. The process is a long one but they want to make sure you are a fit for their company as well as give you time to confirm you would like to work for them as well.

    Interview Questions
    • Greatest Strength/Weakness?
      Time you failed?
      Describe a time you had to go above and beyond to assist someone?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  9.  

    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Application Details

    I applied online – 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 Questions
    • All questions are situation, behavior, outcome questions.. be prepared to have specific examples   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Koch Industries.

    Interview Details

    On campus interview was all about behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time where you failed and what your reaction was   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Tax Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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."
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. Their offer was more than I expected and included a relocation bonus.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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