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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Koch Industries (San Jose, CA) in May 2015.
This interview was conducted by phone with an HR employee for Koch Industries in Kansas. I called this person at the time agreed but no answer. I called back 2-3 times and connected, I was told by the HR person that they didn't answer at first because some one had just walked into their office. The position was described to me with some of the back ground of Koch Industries acquiring this subsidiary.The interview itself was fairly simple with standard questions being read from a script. The interviewer was courteous and patient, if not particularly warm or gracious. The interview lasted about 20 minutes. I came away from it without feeling one way or the other whether it had gone well or not.
- Standard questions like; What do you feel is your strongest attribute you would bring to this position? What would you say is your weakness? What is the main contribution made in your last job? Why did you leave your last job. If you ran into problems with one your team , how would you solve it? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Atlanta, GA).
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.
- Tell me of a time when..., what did you do, what was the outcome, what did you learn Answer Question
Bad place to work.
Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Wichita, KS) in March 2015.
The process of setting up the interview was frustrating in itself (and I am a pretty patient person). I was emailed by two different people, who both did not reply promptly and when they asked for my availability for the phone interview, I provided them with three different times and dates in the same week. They randomly replied the next day with a completely different time and date. I went ahead and went with it and cancelled one of my corporate calls that morning (Rude). Then to add to the mix, they had the dates mixed up- which I called them directly to clear up. Pretty confusing.. The morning of the interview they called me at 7:20AM, yes you read that correctly, to confirm it. The interview was very brief. To my surprise on the call with the recruiter, was my "who would have been" direct report on the call as well. This baffled me. I felt like they rushed everything and really didn't give me sensible questions that pertained to my work ethic, education or experience. I was quite disappointed at the end of this call actually. Then not even 45 minutes after the call I received a declination email. KOCH: If you are hiring for some new HR personnel, feel free to reach out. If you aren't, you should really ask yourself why. I think my teenage boys could have done a better job coordinating, planning and interviewing.
- Some behavioral health questions. Strength / Weakness. Boring. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Stillwater, OK) in February 2015.
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.
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Koch Industries.
Called to schedule a phone interview. Conducted phone interview. Received an email a few days later stating I had been selected for an interview with links and directions on scheduling a day, a hotel, a flight, and a rental car. Did not have many other details and was all conducted electronically. There was no personal interaction during this process
- 5 different individual interviews. Each asked different questions. A lot of behavior based. Answer Question
Helpful (8)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Koch Industries.
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.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Koch Industries.
Was called a few weeks after I applied on online. They scheduled a phone interview the very next day. The questions were standard (actually every behavioral based interview question that was posted Glassdoor was used in the interview). About a week after my interview they called me to come in person to the D.C. office. It was a half day event, I arrived at 12:30 and left around 3. I had four 45 minute interviews that had 2 interviewers. The next day I had a follow up phone call with the recruiter and about a week after they made their decision. They kind of catch you off guard and send you very mixed signals. For example, they reviewed their benefits, send me their benefits package, asked me my salary requirements multiple times, they seemed generally interested in me. But surprisingly, they went with another candidate.
- When telling a story that had greater importance, I BRIEFLY mentioned that I had a waitressing job. Big mistake, one interviewer harped on my waitressing job for about 15 minutes. I definitely was not prepared for that. It was actually very uncomfortable. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Koch Industries in January 2015.
I had an initial phone interview with 2 people, an HR rep and a Legal Secretary. It lasted approximately one hour. They called me the next day to set up an on-site interview, asking if I wanted a morning or afternoon slot. Once they determined a time, they e-mailed me a schedule of the morning, a map of the campus, and a benefits summary. It was a 4 hour (8:30-12:30) interview separated into 6 different interviews consisting of 10 people total. The initial interview was with HR where questions were asked to see if you reviewed the website, news articles, etc, prior to your interview. The remaining interviews were between the attorneys and legal staff. No interview was more than 2 people. The final interview was with a different HR rep who discussed your interest level, benefit packages available, and time-table of their schedule. The attorneys all seemed extremely nice, easy-going, and well-versed in their field. They were a little unprepared for the interview itself, as KOCH provides different questions based off a specific topic each interviewer is supposed to use. Most of the attorneys brought their list with them, but few seemed to stay on track with it. They mostly were interested in how your previous experience would relate to the position, past that, they were willing to chat about any (interview related) topic. VERY nice people. The staff seemed a little more pretentious, including the HR staff. They spent some time minimizing my degree and choice of college, comparing my bachelors degree from a private university to an associates degree at a community college. They just seemed like they had somewhere more important to be. It was very off-putting!
- "Based on you only being at your current job for less than a year, tell me why hiring you would be worth my time." 2 Answers
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Wichita, KS) in December 2014.
The process started with an initial phone interview. The conversation was very informal, asked about who I am as a person, what my aspirations are, etc. Was invited to interview in Wichita shortly after. At that interview, was asked very standard behavioral questions. Their whole goal during the process is to examine culture fit.
- Tell me about a time you had to have a difficult conversation. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Koch Industries (Atlanta, GA) in December 2014.
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.
N/A I took what was given
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