Koch Industries Interview Questions

Updated Aug 27, 2015
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    Plant Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Koch Industries.

    Interview

    Detailed and Professional. The first interview day was about 1 hour long & was held in two different rooms. Drinks and small snacks were on a table to help with the wait. Scheduled interview times were prompt and HR was very easy to speak with. 5 months later the second interview lasted about 1 hour.

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  2.  

    Tax Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Koch Industries.

    Interview

    it was a typical interview process with a set of standard questions with the group and / or other groups. Questions are more like culture centered, work ethics, some part of technical background

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    Tax Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Atlanta, GA).

    Interview

    Situation, behavior, outcome based - they follow the book. HR, Managers and directors conduct the interviews. Most of the time they make you comfortable and relaxed. Office visits are offered, phone interviews and face to face interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me of a time when..., what did you do, what was the outcome, what did you learn   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Bad place to work.

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    Koch Discovery Day Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stillwater, OK
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Stillwater, OK) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Very laid back. Mainly asked me what my goals were for the rest of college and my career. They also threw in a couple of behavioral questions towards the end of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your goals for the rest of college?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time that you failed and found a way to overcome this mistake.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Atlanta, GA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Lengthy, one set of interviews took 3 hours! It's very much Situation, Behavior, Outcome; you tell them stories the whole time. They want to know how you reacted in certain situations, what your behavior was, and the ultimate outcome. This is basically a pre-screening test of their MBM strategy/corporate culture.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time when you had an argument with upper management and how did you respond?   Answer Question
    • Tell me a time when you came up with a creative solution to an issue?   1 Answer
    • Tell me a time when you were in an argument with a peer, they were correct, and how you responded?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    N/A I took what was given

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Koch Industries.

    Interview

    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

    I did not negotiate since the pay was very reasonable. You will be given about a week and a half to consider the offer.

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    Business Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Wichita, KS) in October 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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    Tax Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Atlanta, GA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    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

    I didn't negotiate because I was mainly after the experience, not the money.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Wichita, KS) in October 2014.

    Interview

    First I had a short, casual interview on college campus and then was invited to Wichita for two 45-minute interviews with behavioral based questions. About a week later I received an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you didn't have clear directions and how you acted.   Answer Question
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