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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Berkshire Hathaway?

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1.

Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Berkshire Hathaway?

Before your interview be sure to visit Berkshire Hathaway Inc. career opportunities online. Take note of the range in opportunities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department you are interviewing with? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long term opportunity with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. by discussing the career path you would like.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I saw a few leadership opportunities posted on your company website that seemed very interesting. Ultimately, I would like to work my way into a management role that offered travel opportunities. I am very interested in working for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. because of the multiple growth opportunities present here and I look forward to proving my capabilities to you."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"First, I would like to make a memorable impact in the initial role I would be hired to do. Once I feel that I've done that, I would be interested in working my way into a position within marketing and business branding with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.."

2.

Because Berkshire Hathaway is geographically widespread, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?

Working for a conglomerate corporation can bring some unique challenges as their global footprint may be vast. Be sure to express to the interviewer that you are able to successfully handle those challenges.

If you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you do not have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "I do not have exposure to working around multiple time zones; however, this is something I could pick up on very quickly. With technology these days I am sure I could find some help with a handy phone or desktop application. Also, I am not opposed to working outside of business hours on the occasions where I would need to communicate with a client across the globe."

3.

How do you feel about performance incentives?

Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings re: performance incentives.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that performance incentives are a great idea. They keep an employee motivated to do a great job and ensure that they are on top of their KPI's. The majority of people are very enthused about being rewarded for their successes."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I think performance incentives are important for driving people to get results. For me, personally, they give me some skin in the game and get my team engaged in making an impact towards the results."

4.

Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.

In addition to being able to handle change, can you also recognize when change is required and be confident enough to present that to your organization? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to make a suggestion for change in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Last year when I was managing dispatch for my company I noticed a pretty solid opportunity for us to save on overtime hours. I created a presentation and gave it to my manager who took it to upper management. The changes were implemented and I was very proud of the suggestion that I made."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Our company did not have a strong policy when it came to workplace harassment and bullying. I was able to work with the leadership team to create a new program which has been readily welcomed by our staff."

5.

We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Berkshire Hathaway do to stand out from the rest?

Before your interview it is important that you not only research Berkshire Hathaway Inc., but also their competitors. What do you think that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is doing better than any of their competitors? Be positive, compliment Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on their efforts, and ensure that you do not bash the competitors at the same time.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched Berkshire Hathaway Inc. online and found a common theme when it came to reviews, comments, and news articles. That common theme is surrounding the fairness that you offer your employees. You have strong benefits programs and offer multiple growth opportunities in all departments. This seems like a really positive place to work. I simply didn't see your competitors standing out in that area."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stands out from the rest through clear branding and marketing strategies that your target market can relate to. I look forward to joining an organization with such great focus."

6.

Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?

Most people have taken on a position that was not a fit for them in the end. It's best top openly discuss any positions that you have held that were not a fit. This will assist the interviewer in being able to properly place you within their organization. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note, discussing how you bounced back from the misstep.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Yes, you will see that from March to May 2007 I held a role as Executive Business Development Manager with Company XYZ. This particular role was not what I was expecting and had little to do with management and more to do with cold calling onto C-suite level clients. This wasn't nurturing my plan to grow the management side of my career, so I resigned after just 2 months. Luckily I landed a wonderful job immediately after and grew with that company for the following 6 years."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Fortunately, no. I have been very conscious of the changes and moves that I have made in my career so far. I would rather have a period of unemployment than choose the wrong employer."

7.

How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more that I can clarify for you I would be happy to do so."

8.

If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?

Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and not being afraid to pick up the slack when needed, but make sure you don’t allow someone to take advantage of you.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I will always first choose to be a team player. If I had a co-worker call in sick, I would take over what I was capable of. The only time I would draw the line would be if I felt I was being taken advantage of."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If my coworker was purposefully being inefficient and expecting me to pick up the slack, I would likely not jump in. For the sake of the company, I am always willing to go above and beyond what is expected of me but not to the point where I am being taken advantage of."

9.

What are your strengths?

Which personal strengths make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent performer in a client facing role."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe my greatest strengths are in my communication skills- both written and oral. I use these daily in email pitching, phone call pitches or customer follow-ups, and then in person site visits."

10.

Berkshire Hathaway puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?

It is very important that you research Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Berkshire Hathaway Inc..

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have always spent time volunteering with local organizations. This includes the animal shelter, the children's hospital, and our local food bank. I believe that no matter how busy we are we always have time to give back. I have researched the efforts that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. puts in when it comes to charity. Your values and interest in your global impact are impressive. It's one of the reasons I am so attracted to your organization."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have researched your company's efforts to give back and I really like that you consider your charitable efforts to be another method of determining the success of your organization. It's important to be an active part of the community, in any capacity."

11.

At Berkshire Hathaway we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.

The interviewer would like to be assured that your communication style is a close match to the communication preferences of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. When working for a conglomerate vs. a smaller, privately owned business your communication style automatically becomes more 'corporate' in nature. Briefly describe your communication style to the interviewer and be sure to include the ways in which you feel your communications styles align.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My communication style leans more to the formal side. I like to be concise and keep expectations simple to understand. If I had to sum up my communication style in a few words I would say it is concise, clean, and friendly. From the communication exchanges I have had with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. so far, I believe our communication styles are a great fit."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some other words to describe your communication style:

- Articulate
- Conversational
- Eloquent
- Formal
- Informal
- Succinct"

12.

How do you balance life and work?

It is important to keep a healthy work/life balance in order to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you are able to maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that, when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"The perfect balance of work and life is difficult to achieve 100% of the time; however, I feel that in order to achieve a satisfactory balance, one must have hobbies outside of the workplace that they find fulfilling. These don't have to take up a lot of time but they should help to energize you. For me, I like to go mountain biking on the weekends."

13.

We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

14.

Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?

There are many ways that you can be a fit for a position, even though you do not come with direct industry experience. Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although my background is not in your precise industry, I have worked with many clients who have been in your industry. I bring excellent transferable skills that qualify me for this position. These skills include my advanced abilities in Excel, my outstanding cold-calling abilities as well as my proven background in team leadership."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I bring a lot of transferable skills to this position and industry. At the end of the day, my talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable."

15.

At Berkshire Hathaway we seek to hire those who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?

It is a great idea to map out a proactive progress plan before your interview so that you are prepared to discuss the ways in which you plan to make an impact on Berkshire Hathaway Inc., if hired. Be sure to display confidence in your abilities but avoid trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the impact you wish to make. A great place to start would be to see if there appears to be a common need mentioned in the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. job description/job posting.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I noticed in your job description that you mention a sales hunter mentality as being a must. My 90 day impact plan would be to aggressively tackle the cold call list that you mentioned has been neglected recently. These cold calls will result in an increase in sales appointments as my closing percentage is very strong."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If hired, I plan to make an impact on your business quickly. I will do this by fully absorbing my training, taking any additional coursework if required, and building healthy co-worker relationships right out of the gates."

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Interview Questions

  1. Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Berkshire Hathaway?
  2. Because Berkshire Hathaway is geographically widespread, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?
  3. How do you feel about performance incentives?
  4. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
  5. We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Berkshire Hathaway do to stand out from the rest?
  6. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
  7. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  8. If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
  9. What are your strengths?
  10. Berkshire Hathaway puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?
  11. At Berkshire Hathaway we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
  12. How do you balance life and work?
  13. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  14. Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?
  15. At Berkshire Hathaway we seek to hire those who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?
  16. At Berkshire Hathaway we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?
  17. Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
  18. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Berkshire Hathaway. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
  19. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  20. Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  21. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  22. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  23. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  24. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  25. Tell me about your education.
  26. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  27. How do you define success?
  28. When have you had to lead by example?
  29. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
  30. What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
  31. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  32. What are your salary expectations?
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