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35 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published September 20th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What do you know about Kimberly-Clark and our work environment?

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1.

What do you know about Kimberly-Clark and our work environment?

Do you know anyone who has worked for Kimberly-Clark before? Have you researched employee reviews online? Talk to the interviewer about your findings when it comes to the work environment at Kimberly-Clark.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I did a bit of research to prep for this interview, and I'm attracted to the work environment that Kimberly-Clark touts. For example, I'm drawn to the fact that the company's values - to be authentic, accountable, innovative and caring - have been woven throughout the fabric of the company. From what I can tell, everything you do - for customers and for employees - stems from these four values. That sounds like an environment in which I can thrive."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I know that Kimberly-Clark has ranked among the top 10 World's Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Places to Work Institute for the past three years. That tells me that your employees are happy in their roles - they feel challenged and as though their work matters. I absolutely love your People Philosophy, which clearly outlines what the company expects from current and potential employees, and how the company supports them."

2.

Kimberly-Clark likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The greatest accomplishment of my career thus far was graduating from college as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was at the top of my class, plus working full time. This showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and to be recognized for my dedication."

Michelle's Answer #2

"My greatest career accomplishment so far is being promoted the fastest in the entire organization's history and topping it off by closing a major deal less than 48 hours later. I was not only proud of myself, but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was a really special moment. I took a pay cut to move into my original role, so to exceed expectations, be promoted, and be financially ahead of where I was previously was exhilarating."

3.

What is your greatest weakness?

Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our own weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a project, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also definitely inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual. I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."

4.

How did you bring value to your last position?

This question is similar to 'Why are you the best candidate?' Think about the strengths and skills that made you an asset in your last position. Maybe you influenced changes that saved the company money. Perhaps you were the top grossing salesperson on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support for coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There were several ways I was able to bring value to my last position. First, I successfully exceeded each sales goal in my department. Second, I was able to motivate other members of my team and share my sales techniques with them. Third, I introduced two new procedures to the sales manager that helped us eliminate downtime between sales calls."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I brought value to my last position through my high level of reliability, my positive attitude, and my above average organizational skills. Successful project management is a large part of my work history, and the company I am currently with was lacking when it came to smooth project execution. I was able to greatly improve their performance in that area."

5.

How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?

Even the most well-meaning coworkers can distract you from getting things done at work from time to time. The funny and entertaining coworkers who like to chat online and send YouTube videos are often the ones who can get in the way of your productivity if you let them. How do you respond? Show off your ability to set professional boundaries, when needed.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I typically just set a kind, but clear, boundary and tell my coworker that I need to focus at the moment. I will offer an alternate time for a catch-up, over lunch for example. It is important for the sake of workplace culture to set aside time to be social with coworkers, so I usually just let them know when I'll be available for a quick break in the day."

Michelle's Answer #2

"If I have a distracting co-worker, I will highlight the distraction right away while remaining kind. I feel it's always best to nip issues in the bud before they get out of control. Overall, I'm very good at setting personal and professional boundaries, so this has never been much of an issue for me. I've found that if I'm clear that my time is currently allocated to another task, people respect that and are happy to catch up and be social at another specified time."

6.

Kimberly-Clark is a global corporation with brands and employees all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?

Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about and can handle an environment that offers diversity.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The global nature of the Kimberly-Clark business is one that I'm most excited about. I'm accustomed to being around people who aren't exactly like me, and I've been able to learn from exposure to a lot of different perspectives. However, I believe that truly being part of the global economy will be a life-changing experience that I will relish."

Michelle's Answer #2

"In my current company, we have a very diverse group of people that range in age, race, experience, gender and more. I embrace it fully. I love that, as a global company, Kimberly-Clark's teams reflect the diversity of your customers and enable stronger discussions, better insights and breakthrough solutions."

7.

At Kimberly-Clark, we value calculated risk. When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?

The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of taking calculated risks in the workplace and that you understand the difference between a calculated risk and a risky choice.

Think of a work-related risk, like trying out a new idea to solve a problem. You may even take on a new responsibility that you're not trained in, which is a little bit of a risk. Give an example that shows you are thoughtful and strategic when taking risks.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Last month I took an unusual risk by accepting an outside sales call when I am an inside sales employee. An existing client asked me to meet him because he had some additional business he was thinking of awarding our company, but he wanted to make sure we had a strong rapport before he handed the business over. I met him in person, and we got along so well that he gave me an additional $1M in annual business. I knew it was a risk because my traditional area of expertise is inside sales accounts, but I knew the reward was greater than the potential risk, so I took it. It was well worth it!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I certainly took a risk by leaving my strategic account management position to take an entry sales position in another organization. My family thought I was nuts. But, while it was risky, I wanted to get into sales and I wanted to experience a startup environment. It worked out great, as I got basic sales experience, and then have been steadily promoted since. My career has moved in an upward trajectory so much faster since I took that leap of faith."

8.

At Kimberly-Clark we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?

When it comes to consumer goods, the satisfaction of the consumer is everything! These days with reviews online and the power of social media, how will you ensure that consumer satisfaction is a priority when working at Kimberly-Clark?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Consumer satisfaction first comes from offering value. The product must meet the needs of the consumer n a way that the customer feels is worth or even exceeds the price he/she paid. Second, consumer satisfaction stems from outstanding customer service - when a consumer has a question, can he or she quickly get a response that's helpful? And third would be anticipating consumer needs and being first to meet them in the marketplace - constantly testing products and learning as much as we can about our consumers' habits can help make sure we know what they need, sometimes even before they do."

Michelle's Answer #2

"There are many ways to ensure consumer satisfaction; however, I feel that the top three ways are through top-notch customer service, investment in research and development, and consistently providing a product that solves a specific need. Ultimately, our products need to make a difference in the lives of our consumers, our end users need to trust us when they have a question or need help regarding a product, and they need to be continually surprised with new products that continue to make their lives better."

9.

At Kimberly-Clark we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?

Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education, being sure to highlight the best parts of your performance. If you do not have the formal post-secondary education, you will need to sell the interviewer on the idea that you have gained the knowledge required to succeed with Kimberly-Clark.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I value post-secondary education as well. Although I do not have a completed degree, I do bring a plethora of related experience from previous work experience. My previous organizations provided me with exceptional training. In addition to this formal, on-the-job training, I have also read numerous business books and attended a variety of industry related workshops. I have taken advantage of every opportunity I can for professional development and continuing education, and I'd look forward to continuing to do so in this role."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have a bachelor's degree in marketing from Concordia University, and I am proud to say that I graduated at the top of my class. I have a lot to offer Kimberly-Clark when it comes to my knowledge of consumer products, marketing and advertising, and I look forward to learning additional skills and tactics from my colleagues who have been working in the industry for some time and have knowledge and experience to share."

10.

Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?

Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on consumer product regulation. Be sure to remain positive and avoid going on a rant if there are regulations with which you do not agree.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I understand that regulations are essential for the protection of the consumer, as well as, ultimately, for the companies that manufacture and distribute consumer products. Like many people, if I could change anything, I would wish for some approval processes to be more streamlined; however, I know that when regulations are understood and planned for on the front end, the overall approval and regulatory process can be managed relatively painlessly."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I feel that the FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies ultimately have all of our best interests in mind - both the end user and those of us involved in the manufacturing and distribution process. I appreciate the regulations and the protection they provide for consumers - I know they add a layer of complexity and sometimes uncertainty to the whole process, but as long as that is factored into an initial timeline, it can be tackled without drama."

11.

Work volumes can become very high at Kimberly-Clark. How do you handle a larger than average workload?

The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stressing out about the multitude of tasks ahead of me. I also love the satisfaction of being able to cross things off my list!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to take a few deep breaths, review my list of tasks, and concentrate first on those that are of highest strategic priority to the organization - in other words, the tasks most likely to positively affect the company's bottom line. If I can put my highest expenditure of resources there, I'm more likely to make a positive impact on the organization overall."

12.

We believe in strong work/life balance at Kimberly-Clark. How often do you take work home with you?

The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home. If you do take work home with you, make sure to express that it is due to overachieving and not procrastination or poor time management.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Only occasionally. I make every effort to utilize my work hours efficiently so that the only time I take work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline or some type of emergency. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. Now, that's on the execution side, but on the ideation side, I can tell you that I'm constantly thinking about new ways to do things, new innovations to try or new approaches to problem, so that 'script,' if you will, is constantly running in my brain!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I try very hard not to take my work home with me. For me, it's very important to compartmentalize work and life and keep them separate so that I can give each of them my full focus in the moment. That means I have to be very disciplined throughout the workday, stay focused, and use effective time-management techniques to help me maximize my performance. This way, I'm meeting or exceeding goals, while still enjoying time with my family to disconnect from work and just 'be.'"

13.

Kimberly-Clark puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?

Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your personal traits vs. your integrity. This would include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would describe my personality as approachable, energetic, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me. I would also classify myself as bold - I'm willing to take risks in order to achieve higher and better results, ultimately for the good of the company and the good of the consumer."

Michelle's Answer #2

"It may seem like an odd combination, but I would describe myself as both logical and imaginative. I'm imaginative in the sense that I'm always looking for new ways to approach consumer issues and new ideas to test out. And then I'm logical in the sense that I want experimentation, data and results to know for sure that what my imagination comes up with is truly feasible."

14.

Kimberly-Clark wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

Every hiring manager wants to know how to keep you best motivated and excited about the job. Talk to the interviewer about what excites you and keeps you happy at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have a healthy competitive edge, even if its a personal competition. For me, I am excited and motivated by winning, whether that be winning over a new client, exceeding my KPIs or being recognized for a job well done. I am also motivated and energized by a strong team that supports and challenges one another."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I get excited when new challenges are presented in the workplace. This could include a new program, a new customer initiative, a sales contest, or even the training of a new employee. A fresh problem to solve or a fresh obstacle to conquer is highly motivating and exciting for me."

15.

What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

Everyone will have particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace, along with how you might overcome them.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have felt dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is a lack of respect among team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip, and where people are aligned behind common goals. From what I understand, Kimberly-Clark offers a collaborative work environment and greatly values authenticity, integrity and accountability, so that seems like a very good sign. How would you best describe the environment here?"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have felt dissatisfied on the job when I feel that I am undervalued as someone who has good ideas and can improve the customer experience. Some employers don't necessarily value the thoughts and experience of front-line employees or empower them to solve problems to the benefit of customers. I'm very pleased with what I've learned about RB's culture of empowering employees, and I believe that will help me be engaged and successful here."

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  1. What do you know about Kimberly-Clark and our work environment?
  2. Kimberly-Clark likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  3. What is your greatest weakness?
  4. How did you bring value to your last position?
  5. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  6. Kimberly-Clark is a global corporation with brands and employees all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?
  7. At Kimberly-Clark, we value calculated risk. When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?
  8. At Kimberly-Clark we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?
  9. At Kimberly-Clark we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  10. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  11. Work volumes can become very high at Kimberly-Clark. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  12. We believe in strong work/life balance at Kimberly-Clark. How often do you take work home with you?
  13. Kimberly-Clark puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  14. Kimberly-Clark wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  15. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  16. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  17. What are your salary expectations?
  18. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  19. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  20. Do you see yourself as a leader? When have you led a team?
  21. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  22. At Kimberly-Clark, we want to make sure we are the right fit for our employees. Describe to me your ideal employer.
  23. Sustainability is an important strategic imperative for Kimberly-Clark. Tell me a little about your views on sustainability as a competitive advantage.
  24. The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
  25. At Kimberly-Clark, we pride ourselves on being nimble and able to adapt to changes within a complex business environment. Tell me about a time when you have had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes.
  26. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Kimberly-Clark?
  27. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  28. At Kimberly-Clark, we pride ourselves on being resourceful. When have you been able to resolve a problem in your workplace?
  29. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Kimberly-Clark. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  30. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  31. If Kimberly-Clark hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  32. How would you handle a situation where your Kimberly-Clark supervisor did not properly communicate information to you?
  33. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  34. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  35. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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