Anheuser-Busch is an innovator in the beer industry, crafting new beers every year in order to stay competitive. They care about their customers and their employees and they strive to build connections which create a sense of community within the workplace. Even in a healthy work culture, it can be difficult to balance your work with the rest of your life. Explain how you balance your life in your current or past roles. Talk about how you stay organized. If you are methodical about your work and your schedule, you can make more room for healthy activities like working out, and other fun stuff too!
"I ensure a good work/life balance by remaining organized and efficient during my work hours. This way, I am less likely to need to work overtime, for instance. I will often commit to fun events or activities on the weekend, which means that if I do not hit my weekly work targets, I do not get the time to attend that concert or that boxing class. This motivates me to be continually efficient during my work hours."
"Finding balance is always difficult. Especially when you love your job and you really want to give it your all. I have learned over the years that in order to be the best employee that I can be, I need to take care of myself. I used to never take my vacation days, but I do now and I also make sure that I make time for things I enjoy like kayaking and going on hikes."
Anheuser-Busch wants to hire 'go-getters,' employees who will make their own goals and are motivated to see them through. What goals have you set in the past for work or school? What steps did you take to accomplish them? How did you feel afterwards? If you can think of a goal you set in a role that is similar to the one you are applying for, definitely share that.
"I when I was a supervisor at my previous position, I set a goal of having my production team exceed their weekly goal by 20 percent. I had daily meetings to help give them strategies to meet the goal and I met with employees one on one who were struggling with this goal. When my team met their goal, I felt incredibly proud."
"One goal I set for myself last semester was to get a 4.0 GPA. I have never had a 4.0 before, and I was determined to challenge myself and get it. I scheduled in additional time to study for all of my classes and attended tutoring for a class I was having difficulties in. I had to make a lot of sacrifices but it was worth it when I got my report card."
First, it is important that you learn how to talk about beer. If you're going to work in the beer industry, you need to be knowledgeable! Consider these elements of a beer: 1) Body 2) Aroma 3) Flavor 4) Finish If you're not familiar with how to talk about beer, do a little research. You could even visit your local brewery and ask them about the different beers they create. Many bartenders also love to talk about beer. Ask them to describe the beer and take notes! A faster approach would be to visit the websites of some popular beer brands, preferably brands carried by Anheuser-Busch, to see how they describe their beers. Create your sales approach from there. Remember, the key to sales is to ask questions and make statements that the customer can agree with.
"If I were to sell you one of Anheuser-Busch's beers I would first take the time to ask you if you liked light, or full bodied beer. From there, I would ask further questions to narrow down your preference. Once I was sure that I had an understanding of your likes and dislikes, I would confidently make a recommendation by saying something like, 'Like you, I prefer a full bodied beer. I am a big fan of Budweiser's Black Crown Golden Amber Lager. I am confident you will like that one too. It offers a malt aroma with hints of caramel which makes it a great choice for someone looking for a smooth, yet full bodied beer.' Then I would have you try it."
"Anheuser-Busch has hundreds of products, so to help narrow it down I would ask you what style of beer you like. If you didn't know, I would ask what flavors you enjoy in a beer like chocolate, hops or a light finish. Then I would recommend one or two products to you that met your preferences. If you said hoppy I would tell you that you would enjoy the bold and hoppy flavor of a Goose Island 'Goose IPA.' I would then have you taste the product and let you know flavor notes you could expect to taste."
Anheuser-Busch is a large company with over 100 brands and 18,000 employees, in an industry that is changing. Stress will occur from time to time. The interviewer wants to know that you can handle your daily responsibilities, navigating the stress of tasks that might be added to your to-do list and the busy pace of an ever-changing work environment. Talk about how you stay organized by setting alerts and reminders on your calendar to keep you on task and on time. You can also give an example that explains how you approach stressful events in the workplace. Examples help the interviewer get a better understanding of how your mind works. They are looking to see how well you will fit with the team, so be sure to share enough information to give them that insight!
"I understand that sometimes stress occurs at inopportune times. When I am faced with a stressful situation I will debrief the situation with my manager, take a deep breath, and make a plan of action. I also find that when I have my day scheduled properly, it is more difficult for me to be blindsided by a new task or client need."
"Working in sales can be stressful at times. To help keep my cool, I carefully document everything and create a checklist. When I know what I need to accomplish and I can check it off along the way, I instantly feel more calm."
Anheuser-Busch wants to hire go-getters, and a highly motivated individual knows the importance in continually educating themselves.The interviewer wants to know that they are potentially hiring someone who has high energy, is never satisfied (in a positive way), and always looking at ways to improve. This self-improvement could be related to your personal, or career life. Perhaps you are trying to read more, or go to more art-based events. Maybe you have committed to volunteering, or even exercising more. So long as your answer focuses on self-improvement, there really is no wrong answer! Be sure to include a comment on your results, and how the self-improvement actions have made a different for your work life.
"I made a commitment to myself this year to become healthier, and more active. I started practicing yoga three times a week, and that has been a solid start for me. It's increased my energy, helped me to sleep better, and has even decreased my stress levels at work! What types of wellness programs does Anheuser-Busch have for their employees?"
"There is so much to learn in Marketing. I recently joined a Meet Up for young professionals in Marketing. It meets once a month and allows me to brainstorm with others in my field and hear from excellent guest speakers. I am passionate about my field and I really enjoy the Meet Up."
Considering Anheuser-Busch has already acquired more brands and developed more beers than nearly any other global beer company, this question is a tough one! Get creative! You can share an idea for a new beer or talk about a new way they can give back to communities in need. This is a smart way for them to test your company knowledge. Pick a topic, like investing in employees, or developing a new beer to appeal to a broader demographic. Take into account their values so that you can share something that they would find interesting and relevant.
"I know from my research that Anheuser-Busch puts a lot of effort into gaining momentum from millennial customers. This demographic is highly technical and constantly in touch via social media outlets. I would consider creating more consistent hashtags and additional hashtag driven contests for social media. The customer could take photo's with your product and they would post it to their social media accounts. You can never have too much exposure on places like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat."
"I have always enjoyed your higher end products like 'Goose Island' and '10 Barrel.' There has been a big movement in the past 10 years toward craft beer. I think Anheuser-Busch could benefit from collaborating with more craft breweries to create interesting beers that would not otherwise be given the exposure."
It's important that you do your research prior to your interview. You can read all about related news articles on Anheuser-Busch's 'Newroom' section on their website. Take the time to read what is happening in the media for any one of Anheuser-Busch's brands so that you are able to reference a current article.
"I am a Browns fan and I read about the 'Victory Fridges' that you installed for when we break our winless run. I cannot wait to win and get my hands on an ice cold Bud Light."
"I recently read about your 100+ Accelerator Program. I am passionate about sustainability and I am so glad that Anheuser-Busch' will be hosting this event. I look forward to hearing about the solutions and ideas that come from the scientists and creative minds that attend this event on sustainability."
Take a moment to think about what it means to have an entrepreneurial spirit. When someone has an entrepreneurial spirit they seek out the change they want to see, they are proactive. They are able to execute the change that they want to see. How has your entrepreneurial spirit brought you success in your previous role? Why is it important to possess this quality. You might consider discussing your influence when you were with a team on a project. What did you do to reach your goals? What kind of changes did you execute in your previous position?
"I feel like I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even before I was in management roles. If I think I can make something better or that a change is needed, I will do what I can make that a reality. I am careful of course, an important part of having a entrepreneurial spirit is being able to take calculated risks that lead to the results you need."
"The fact that Anheuser-Busch wants to hire employees with an entrepreneurial spirit is one of the many reasons I was drawn to working for this company. So many companies want employees to just go through the motions, never making a change. I want to work for a company where I can use my entrepreneurial spirit to think of new and better ways to market your products."
Sometimes the future is laid out for you, but sometimes you can feel like you're lost in the trees. If you just graduated from college, you may or may not know where you'd like to be in five years. Do not fret! The answer is simpler than you may think. Anheuser-Busch wants to know that you think about the future and are actively working towards your career goals. Better yet, they want to know how working for them will help you accomplish your goals! Anheuser-Busch has multiple training programs that help people develop their skills and find their career paths. Think about how this job will help you get one step closer to achieving your dream career!
"In three to five years, I would like to see myself as a top rep with Anheuser-Busch, and leading a team of junior sales representatives. My goal is to be successful in sales, earn a great living, and continue to build my career in the adult beverage industry."
"What I like about your company's culture is that you encourage your employees to make bold decisions and grow within the company. I can definitely see myself working here for many years to come, working my way up."
There are thrill seekers who enjoy the rush of taking the leap, and there are those who recognize the planning required before taking a leap. Your actions affect others, which is why it's important to exercise caution when making a risky decision in a corporate environment. You may be early in your career, with the riskiest decision being that you changed your major in college from English to Business. That's okay! Although Anheuser-Busch respects risk-takers, they want to hear that you know how to take wise, calculated risks.
"Last year I decided to apply for a new job within my company, but in a different department. I wanted to move from a customer service based role into a sales based opportunity. The risk was that if I did not get the job, my manager may think I was no longer interested in my current title. The flip side was taking on a new challenge in a job function I really knew very little about. In the end, I received the transfer, and it all worked out!"
"I am a cautious person, but over the years I have become better at taking calculated risks. I once applied for a Supervisor position within my department. I knew that I may have been a bit under qualified but I believed that my work ethic and dedication to the company made me a great candidate. I ended up getting the role because I believed in myself."
If you are looking for opportunities to advance your career, the sky is the limit at Anheuser-Busch! With 400 brands in over 50 countries, talk about room for growth! You may be taking the next step in your career or starting fresh out of college. It's important to do your company research before interviewing. You can start by browsing the 'About' page to learn about their mission and what they are doing to give back to communities across the globe. They started brewing beer in 1852, so they definitely know what they're doing! Share a few facts you learned from your research and explain how working there will help you accomplish your goals.
"I am newer to my career and feel that Anheuser-Busch will offer me the training that I need to kick-start my sales career. Your Sales Trainee Program is well respected and I am looking for a program that is hands on and focused. I have had my eye on your company for a year now and am confident that I will find a long-term fit here with all of the growth opportunities and support that you offer."
"I want a career with Anheuser-Busch because of your commitment to making the world a better place. I have seen your company step up during natural disasters and value your commitment to sustainable agriculture. The actions that you have taken show me that you truly care about others and that is what I am looking for in company that I want to stay with long term."
Coming up with ideas to increase productivity, or save the company money, is always great way to make a positive impact on your employer. Think of a time when you had the opportunity to make a difference by offering change in a process or procedure. Alternately, because giving back to the community is important for Anheuser-Busch, you might consider sharing how you have been involved with non-profit efforts with past employers. The Anheuser-Busch foundation has contributed more than $585 million to charitable causes and wants their employees to give back.
"A couple of years ago I suggested that our department forego the usual Christmas celebration lunch and take the time to commit to a volunteer opportunity instead. My co-workers really liked the idea so we did just that! This effort turned into a regular volunteer opportunity for our department. Now, we all collaborate with the local food bank at least once per quarter. We log our volunteer hours on our website and use our company social media account to encourage local volunteerism. What type of volunteer opportunities do Anheuser-Busch employees have? "
"Last year I noticed that we were spending a lot of money on our training but that we were not getting the results that we wanted. Not only did I decide to take on changing the training but I worked to get part of it to be an online training program which reduced our training costs."
Before you begin to toot your own horn, take a look at the job description. You will find a list of qualities and responsibilities that the interviewer expects you to be able to meet. The great news is - you have those! Otherwise, they wouldn't have called you! Remember, everyone they are interviewing is a person they feel meets the basic requirements. You want to show that you're an OUTSTANDING candidate. This means you are willing to go above and beyond what is expected of you, and that you have at least one stand-out quality. They also want to know that you are familiar with the company's culture and values and that you believe you would be a good fit. If you are interviewing for a sales position, you want to share how you exceeded your sales goals in your current position. Be sure to give them the actual numbers and accomplishments! If you are a recent graduate interviewing for the management training program, you want to give a specific example on how your education has prepared you to take on this new challenge. You have what it takes! Share what makes you unique.
"I believe that I am the best candidate for this role because I have worked for your strongest competitor for the past 3 years, being a top sales person in the company. I made the President's Club for all 3 years of my tenure, and have created really strong relationships with both on-premise and off-premise accounts. I also believe in taking ownership of my work and I believe that I would thrive in this work environment."
"I believe that I am the best candidate for your Global MBA Program because I am able to handle multiple projects at once and I am never complacent in my work. I will apply what I am learning in my MBA into my role with Anheuser-Busch and ensure that I am being the best leader that I can be. I am dedicated to anything I set my mind to, like receiving a 4.0 last semester."
As people have become more aware of their health, and eating right, they are demanding more information from the companies that produce their favorite foods and beverages. In fact, a few years ago, Anheuser-Busch put the nutritional information of their beers on their 'Tap Into Your Beer' website. People want to know if something is organic, farm-raised or non-GMO. Share your opinion on nutrition labeling; however, it's best to avoid any statements that may provoke a defensive reply. For instance; if you are unsure of the stand that Anheuser-Busch is taking on nutritional labels, it's always a good idea to stay away from a firm stance, yourself. Diplomacy is key!
"I believe that nutritional facts are great for those who want to see them; however, not everyone wants to think about their caloric intake when they are out having a good time. I know that you have added nutritional information on one of your websites but I think a happy medium would be for Anheuser-Busch to have a phone app where a consumer could easily scan a bar-code on a bottle to find the nutritional facts. This way, it isn't 'in your face' but it is available to those who want to know."
"I know that I always like to know the nutritional information on everything that I buy so I would appreciate having it on the bottle. However, many of my friends would not like that and I think that my opinion may be in the minority. I am fine with looking up the information online."
The interviewer would like to know that you have a true interest in beer products. The least effective answer you could give would be 'I don't like beer'. Whether you are a fan of Budweiser, Shock Top or a local craft beer, use your beer knowledge to describe your favorite beer. It is absolutely helpful to know how to talk about some of the brands under Anheuser-Busch. Get to know their offerings and give an opinion on a particular product, if you can. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewer what their favorite product. This could start up a great conversation! As long as you can share what you like about the flavor and the feeling you get when you drink your favorite beer, you are golden!
"I love Budweiser because it reminds me of going fishing with my dad. It's light and refreshing plus my dad loves it! Budweiser is the only beer my dad has been drinking for the past 30 years! What is your favorite beer product?"
"My favorite beer that you sell is Blue Point's 'Mad Sea'd' Lager. Watermelon is my favorite Summer treat so I was so excited to find a beer with a refreshing watermelon taste. I also enjoy the labeling on the can. I think I actually have a six pack of it at home!"
You have accomplished a lot more than you realize! Think about the obstacles and challenges you have persevered through. Perhaps you started a job in a new industry with little experience doing the tasks you were expected to quickly learn. Maybe you were asked to give your first presentation with no time to prepare. Remember, there's no right or wrong answer. Simply give an example that shows off your ability to overcome obstacles. Be sure to instill confidence in the interviewer that you are a capable employee. Remember that Anheuser-Busch less concerned about where you worked or studied and instead they want to see what you can do. Overcoming obstacles is a great skill to have.
"When I started working for food distribution center, I took on a junior sales role with no sales experience and I was new to the industry. The hiring manager liked my charisma and asked me to hit the ground running. I spent a lot of my time watching sales videos online, learning about the industry and Googling certain terminology, and asking my more experienced co-workers for assistance. I knew that if I gave it my best, I'd be able to find success. I will always take a new challenge on, head first; however, I am not above asking my team for help in the meantime."
"I remember once I was driving one of my first shipments to a store and I got completely lost. My GPS did not recognize the remote location and I was beginning to panic. I took a few deep breaths and stopped at a nearby gas station. Luckily, the cashier was able to give me directions and really ended up saving the day."
Anheuser-Busch is a company that rewards their employees based on their performance. In fact, employee recognition is a big part of their culture. This is a great motivator if you have the right personality type! When you know that your hard work will be recognized, it gives you something to look forward to. Explain how you stay motivated, even when faced with obstacles.
"My job can definitely be challenging but I do my best to stay motivated and keep pushing through no matter what. I take pride in my work and strive for quality and effective results. When I feel good about my progress, I am motivated to continue to work hard. I set goals throughout the day and reward myself by allowing a workout break halfway through the day or going to a nice dinner with friends after I clock out. Setting small and achievable goals gives me something to look forward to, and helps me to remain motivated. I am also motivated by my competition, I want my company to be the best."
"Working in the warehouse can sometimes be physically and mentally demanding. One of the things I do to motivate myself is reflect on the bigger picture. I remind myself that I am part of a team that is helping to create a product that people love. The smiling customer on the other side is my motivation."
Anheuser-Busch is the world's largest brewer, and that would not be possible without teamwork. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of working well with others, and that you enjoy collaborating with your team mates! Share a little bit about what you created with your team and how it all came together. Share how you contributed toward the goal by taking initiative and leading by example.
"In one of my college marketing classes, we were divided into groups to come up with a brand strategy for a new product. I helped delegate responsibilities by asking each person in the group which aspect of branding they were most excited about. Even though each of us had a different role in the project, we communicated ideas and gave each other feedback on what would help us reach the overall goal. It was a great experience because we collaborated so well and created an awesome brand! This class was actually the reason I fell in love with branding and I am so excited about your opening."
"I currently work in the Logistics Department and my day to day work revolves around teamwork. There are so many moving parts that go into delivering our product to the client. I communicate and work with drivers on the daily to help them make deliveries on time while also communicating with the client. The drivers are great and I enjoy working towards a similar goal with them."
Anheuser-Busch is all about innovation and trying new things like creating more sustainable packaging. Anheuser-Busch wants to hire employees who are willing to take the on new challenges and be proactive. Much of what you will learn at Anheuser-Busch will be self-taught, or on-the-job training. Show the interviewer that you are a keen employee with a full understanding of how you most effectively learn. Think of an example from school or work when you had to learn a new skill. It could have been a challenging course in school that required you to think outside of the box. Maybe you needed to learn a task on-the-job that stretched you beyond your typical realm of thinking. Start by addressing how you learned the topic. Perhaps you went to study groups to interact with other students. Maybe you studied independently. Or, perhaps learning this new task required a more hands-on approach. Think about how you adapted to the new material and what helped you learn in the process.
"Last month our company introduced a completely new inventory management software program. I am quite tech savvy but this program was very robust, even for me. I found a few tutorials online and started to teach myself the program after work. I wanted to have a head start before we had our in-office training. My company is fast paced and it is up to us employees to take initiatives."
"I took on a new sales territory at work. I had to go about researching the new demographics and adjusting my sales strategies. It was challenging, but I was determined to reach my goals in the new territory."
The interviewer knows you're not perfect. They simply want to hear that you can adapt and learn in a productive way when you make a mistake. Part of Anheuser-Busch's culture is taking ownership for your work which includes the occasional mistake that you may make. They want to hear how you can come up with an innovative response to failing, or making a big mistake. Give an example of a time when you were unsuccessful in the workplace. Share what you learned from the experience, and how you overcame the stigma attached to failing at a task.
"I remember the mistake I made at my first job. I was waiting tables at a restaurant and put an order in for fried steak instead of fried chicken. After the customer let me know, I took immediate action by alerting the kitchen, and telling them it was priority. I provided complimentary soup and salad while she waited, noting to my boss to take the cost out of my tips for the evening. The customer was so pleased with the experience that she forgot about the mistake in the first place! This experience did teach me to slow down a little bit and pay better attention when entering orders into the point of sale system. I have applied this lesson to every job I have had, sometimes we move to fast and lose track of important details."
"I once entered a wrong value in a sales report that I was presenting to management. One of the executives pointed it out. Although I was initially embarrassed, I took ownership of my error and promised to update it on the report and send it back to all of the executives after the meeting. I learned that it's okay to make mistakes as long as you are honest with others and you work to fix them."
No matter the situation, the interviewer does not want to hear any form of negativity about your past employer. Even if your boss was horrible, there's no need to share that in an interview. It's important to remain professional. Anheuser-Busch wants to hear about your interest in career growth, fresh learning opportunities, your future leadership plans, or your desire for a larger sales territory. They want to hear that you are ready for advancement from your current, or most recent, employer. It is important to communicate that your decision to leave your last role was well thought out, and that you are carefully considering the next steps in your career.
"When I first took a promotion at my current company I learned how to be a manager and a leader. I took advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow. That was 5 years ago and I have now reached a point where I feel stagnant in my career, which is why I decided to start looking elsewhere. Your Global Management Training program will offer me so much room to broaden my knowledge and leadership experience. That program is one of the major factors that attracted me to apply with Anheuser-Busch."
"I am currently looking for a new job because I want to work for a company that encourages employees to own their results. I don't feel this sort of empowerment at my current job. I have a truly entrepreneurial spirit and I am looking for a company that can foster that."
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (AB InBev) is engaged in producing, marketing, distributing and selling a strong, balanced portfolio of well over 200 beer brands. These include global flagship brands Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck?s; multi-country brands, such as Leffe and Hoegaarden; and many local champions, such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Quilmes, Michelob, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske and Jupiler. The Company also produces and distributes soft drinks, particularly in Latin America. The Company operates in seven segments: North America, Latin America North, Latin America South, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Global Export & Holding Companies.