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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 27th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Anheuser-Busch looks for employees who welcome change and innovation. How have you adapted to changes in your previous company?
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It's important to be adaptable in the workplace. Anheuser-Busch is proud of the changes they have made like expanding to over 100 brands and having more sustainable practices. Anheuser-Busch values individuals on their team who can handle change in order to keep up with their customers and their latest innovations.

Change can teach us to be more flexible and show us that we are more adaptable than we realized! It's important to stretch yourself and broaden your skills and abilities. Think of a time there was a change in management, policy, responsibilities or your schedule. Focus on how you responded to the change.
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1.
Anheuser-Busch looks for employees who welcome change and innovation. How have you adapted to changes in your previous company?
It's important to be adaptable in the workplace. Anheuser-Busch is proud of the changes they have made like expanding to over 100 brands and having more sustainable practices. Anheuser-Busch values individuals on their team who can handle change in order to keep up with their customers and their latest innovations.

Change can teach us to be more flexible and show us that we are more adaptable than we realized! It's important to stretch yourself and broaden your skills and abilities. Think of a time there was a change in management, policy, responsibilities or your schedule. Focus on how you responded to the change.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I used to work 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day when I was working in sales, but when we started calling customers on the west coast, my schedule changed to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was a little bit difficult for the first week because I had to change my workout schedule and couldn't always meet up with friends for happy hour. I focused on the positive, remembering my sales goals and recognizing that I could reach even more customers in this new territory. After 6 months, my sales increased by 25%. Those new commission funds are going to pay for my trip to Europe this summer so it was more than worth it!"
Carly's Answer #2
"Change is needed in order to improve your department and the product. I remember when they changed the software we used in the Recruiting Department. There was a lot of push back at first, people were comfortable and didn't want the change. I was open to it, because management promised that it would help streamline our processes. They were right, and I learned that even though change can be scary, it can also be extremely beneficial."
2.
Give me an example of how you would sell me on one of Anheuser-Busch's beers.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
3.
How do you think we can be more innovative at Anheuser-Busch?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
4.
Anheuser-Busch seeks to hire employees with and entrepreneurial spirit. Is this a quality that you possess?
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?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
5.
Tell me about a time when you implemented a change in the workplace.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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? "
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
6.
Anheuser-Busch prefers to hire those with a true interest in our products. What is your favorite beer that we sell? What do you like about it?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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?"
Carly's Answer #2
"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!"
7.
At Anheuser-Busch we believe that our employees should exceed their own expectations. How do you challenge yourself in the workplace?
Anheuser-Busch is looking for individuals who will come to work and set personal goals for themselves that they not only meet but that they succeed. No mater what your role in company is, Anheuser-Busch believes that employees should always be motivated to give their best. Share with the interviewer a goal you have set for yourself in the past and how you met that goal.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I enjoy working in a challenging environment and I find myself setting goals for myself daily. Just the other day I challenged myself to make 100 outbound calls to prospective clients. I ended up making 120, and that felt awesome!"
Carly's Answer #2
"When I am at work I am focused on what I am doing and I am ready to give my best. I work in marketing and I am always challenging myself to think of new ways to create a message. Even if it seems crazy at first, I follow my gut and I end up creating innovative material."
8.
What was your favorite course in school, and why?
The interviewer wants to get to know a little bit about your interests and your educational background. You can talk about what you enjoyed about your favorite class - from the professor, to the content. Explain what you learned and how it impacted your life. Maybe you learned a new skill or developed some of your already existing strengths. If your course relates to the role you are applying to, that is even better!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My favorite course was global marketing. I loved learning about other cultures and how important it is to adapt your product to their economical needs and cultural traditions. My professor was very creative and gave us assignments that really sparked us to think beyond the basics."
Carly's Answer #2
"My favorite class was a graphic design course I took. I was so intimidated at first, but learning the process that goes into creating a logo or a design really helped me to appreciate the process and look at advertisements differently. Sometimes you get the biggest lesson from classes that are outside of your comfort zone."
9.
When have you had an issue with a manager? How did you handle it?
You may not always get along with your manager, but how you handle yourself will tell the interviewer a lot about who you are as an employee. This question gives you the opportunity to show off your communication skills. Think of an example when communication helped you to navigate a situation between yourself and your manager.

Consider some your other qualities that helped as well! Perhaps you are a keen observer, patient, and an excellent problem solver. When you can communicate with your manager about how you're feeling or what you need, you can develop a solid and communicative relationship.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had a manager who was continually adding more responsibilities to my role. It got to be a little overwhelming! When I spoke with her about it I discovered that she was feeling overwhelmed too. We found a way to share the responsibilities and communicate better when each of us needed something. We ended up making a great team and both of our stress levels became more manageable."
Carly's Answer #2
"I once had a manager who was not very open to new ideas. She had been with the company for a long time and was hesitant to except new voices. One way that I overcame this hurdle was by letting her know that I respected her experience and voice. I then let her know that I deeply cared about the success of the company and that I wanted to share some ideas of how to make the project better. She was responsive to me because she knew I respected her."
10.
Anheuser-Busch puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of work/life balance. How do you create a good balance for yourself?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
11.
At Anheuser-Busch we want our employees to realize their own goals. What goals have you set in the past and how did you accomplish them?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
12.
How do you keep your cool, even in the most stressful times?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
13.
At Anheuser-Busch we value continued personal development. What actions have you taken in the last month to improve yourself?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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?"
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
14.
What have you read about one of Anheuser-Busch's brands recently?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
15.
Do you see yourself with Anheuser-Busch in the next 3 - 5 years?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Carly's Answer #2
"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."
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  1. Anheuser-Busch looks for employees who welcome change and innovation. How have you adapted to changes in your previous company?
  2. Give me an example of how you would sell me on one of Anheuser-Busch's beers.
  3. How do you think we can be more innovative at Anheuser-Busch?
  4. Anheuser-Busch seeks to hire employees with and entrepreneurial spirit. Is this a quality that you possess?
  5. Tell me about a time when you implemented a change in the workplace.
  6. Anheuser-Busch prefers to hire those with a true interest in our products. What is your favorite beer that we sell? What do you like about it?
  7. At Anheuser-Busch we believe that our employees should exceed their own expectations. How do you challenge yourself in the workplace?
  8. What was your favorite course in school, and why?
  9. When have you had an issue with a manager? How did you handle it?
  10. Anheuser-Busch puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of work/life balance. How do you create a good balance for yourself?
  11. At Anheuser-Busch we want our employees to realize their own goals. What goals have you set in the past and how did you accomplish them?
  12. How do you keep your cool, even in the most stressful times?
  13. At Anheuser-Busch we value continued personal development. What actions have you taken in the last month to improve yourself?
  14. What have you read about one of Anheuser-Busch's brands recently?
  15. Do you see yourself with Anheuser-Busch in the next 3 - 5 years?
  16. Tell me about the riskiest decision you have made in the workplace.
  17. Why do you want a career with Anheuser-Busch?
  18. What makes you the best candidate for Anheuser-Busch?
  19. Do you think Anheuser-Busch should display nutritional facts on our beers?
  20. Tell me about a workplace challenge you have experienced. How did you overcome it?
  21. How do you keep yourself motivated, even on the hardest days?
  22. At Anheuser-Busch, we put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. Give me an example of a time you collaborated with a coworker to accomplish a goal. Did you enjoy the experience?
  23. Tell me about a time you had to learn a new task. How did you go about learning it?
  24. Explain a recent mistake you made in the workplace. What did you learn from it?
  25. Anheuser-Busch always hires with a long term fit in mind. Why are you looking for a new job?
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