Anheuser-Busch is looking for individuals who will fit into the positive company culture they have worked so hard to create. When you work closely with your coworkers, you have the chance to show off some of your best traits, and also some of your worst. Be authentic in your answer! You want to show that you are someone that others enjoy being around. Even though it can be difficult to know exactly how others perceive you, do your best to reflect on your interactions with coworkers and remember your best qualities!
"I have a great relationship with my current coworkers. I believe, if asked, they would say that I am funny and easy-going. I think they would also say I was a hard worker because I frequently stay late, arrive early, and rarely have a sick day. I am especially reliable during crunch time!"
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!"
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."
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, "
Conflict in the workplace can happen to the best of us. Saying that, yes, you have experienced conflict in the workplace is not the important part. The critical part of your answer will be in explaining how you approached that conflict. Be sure to display your great level of professionalism and ability to react appropriately in the workplace. Start by briefly describing the situation in order to give the interviewer context. Remember, they are more concerned about how you handled the conflict rather than hearing a he said/she said story. Try to use an example that shows your proactive approach. This means you were the one who took initiative to resolve the issue.
"My coworker and I got into a disagreement about the best way to maintain client information. I thought my process was much more efficient, and they felt the same way about theirs. I suggested we come to a compromise, incorporating elements of each of our ideas to decide on one way of getting the task done. It worked out well in the end and we were able to successfully complete our project."
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."
It's important to be adaptable in the workplace. 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.
"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!"
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!"
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.
"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."
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 Us' page to learn about their mission and what they are doing to give back to communities across the globe. They started brewing beer over 600 years ago, 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. 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."
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. 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."
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. 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 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."
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."
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!"
Anheuser-Busch is a company that rewards their employees based on their performance. 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.
"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."
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.
"When I started working for 'Company ABC', I took on a junior sales role with no sales experience! 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, Googling certain terminology, and asking my more experienced co-workers for assistance. I will always take a new challenge on, head first; however, I am not above asking my team for help in the meantime."
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! What is your favorite beer product?"
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. 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 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."
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. 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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.