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28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published August 29th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 28
Talk about a time that you utilized a creative solution to help with an environmental issue on the job. What resources did you use to help make the creative solution a reality?
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As an environmental engineer/expert, being creative and innovative should be a part of your soul and DNA. For this question, your interviewer will be looking for your ability to use education and/or research to come up with a creative solution to an issue. Be sure to speak in detail about the steps you took to put a creative plan into action and don't forget to talk about final results as well.
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  1. Talk about a time that you utilized a creative solution to help with an environmental issue on the job. What resources did you use to help make the creative solution a reality?
  2. Part of our consulting business here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd is advising clients on new technology and advancements in environmental engineering. When have you had to learn and implement new technology during your career?
  3. A career move to a consultant with Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd may find you working on new challenges that you haven't faced during your career. What's been the most challenging project you've led up to this point in your career?
  4. At Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd we seek to hire those who think outside the box. When was the last time you made a suggestion for workplace improvement? What was the outcome?
  5. What interests you in joining the business consulting world here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd?
  6. Why is data validation important in your work and how do you make sure that you do it?
  7. If hired here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, what transportation industries would you feel most comfortable working in? Which industries would you feel you need more education/experience in?
  8. In your point of view, what environmental issue will require the most attention in ten years?
  9. If hired for this position at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, what would be the ideal project for you to lead?
  10. Do you have any experience handling a budget as part of a project?
  11. At Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, how would you explain benchmark data to a client and its importance?
  12. Being successful in consulting and working here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd requires the ability to work effectively with Type A personalities. What are your experiences in working with this personality and how did you make the relationships a success?
  13. What are some of the bigger energy sustainability projects that you've been a part of during your career or training?
  14. Talk about some of the safety related projects you've been involved in during your time in the industry. What safety related perspectives would you be able to bring to the clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd?
  15. Our clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd expect top notch work from our consultants. How do you ensure that your work is error free when conducting research and/or data analysis?
  16. We value accountability at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. If a customer sent a formal complaint about an interaction with you, how would you handle it?
  17. Talk about a time that you applied a new technology or new information to your work as an engineer?
  18. What factors would you consider when determining the feasibility of new engineering project as a consultant with Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd?
  19. Part of our work here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd entails obtaining buy-in from clients on energy conservation. How would you sell energy conservation ideas to clients?
  20. In our world here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, our clients rely on real world analytical data versus assumptions and guesswork. What analytical skills would you bring to the table here for our clients?
  21. What experience do you have in leading or overseeing the work of others? How will this be beneficial to Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd if you are hired in a consulting role here?
  22. In what ways would our clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd benefit from your knowledge and services?
  23. If you are hired for this position here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, what do you think the biggest hurdle for you would be from the start?
  24. In looking to make the move to an Engineering Consultant here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, how would you approach clients, and potential equal colleagues, as the expert in your field?
  25. How do you stay organized and on track when working on a long-term project?
  26. If you were to join Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd in this role, you will be counted on to lead projects. Talk about a time you had to lead a team of individuals. What leadership skills do you have that you will bring to the table here?
  27. At Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, you will have the opportunity to work with high level executives and leaders from the companies we contract with. What experience do you have in working with people at these levels?
  28. Throughout your career, what types of roles and positions have you worked closely with and which roles are you most comfortable working with?
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15 Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd Answer Examples
1.
Talk about a time that you utilized a creative solution to help with an environmental issue on the job. What resources did you use to help make the creative solution a reality?
As an environmental engineer/expert, being creative and innovative should be a part of your soul and DNA. For this question, your interviewer will be looking for your ability to use education and/or research to come up with a creative solution to an issue. Be sure to speak in detail about the steps you took to put a creative plan into action and don't forget to talk about final results as well.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my time working for the state of New Jersey, I was tasked with water cleanup projects to help save natural lakes and ponds that were subject to major pollution from nearby factories. To first help sustain life in the waterways, I researched and attending some training on biofiltration systems. With the training I underwent, I utilized a strain of cabbage in the ponds that effectively filtered and destroyed many of the VOC's in the ponds. This allowed life in the waters to thrive while we searched for more solutions on the contaminants."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Last year, I worked hand in hand with mechanical and design engineers on new wind turbines that would dramatically decrease the killing of birds and bats in the areas where wind farms currently existed. I utilized my knowledge of bird flight patterns and flight control to help convince the team that vertical turbines were the best route to take. While a little more costly to produce and get up and running, the lessened effect on the local ecosystems were well worth the efforts."
2.
Part of our consulting business here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd is advising clients on new technology and advancements in environmental engineering. When have you had to learn and implement new technology during your career?
As a consultant, you must be well versed in changing technology in the environmental engineering field. As you answer this question, be sure to speak to your ability to both learn new systems/technologies while also being able to educate others on the advancements as well. If you have a particular time that you did this, be sure to let your interviewer know.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Over the last couple of years, my projects with major urban areas have incorporated roof gardens on buildings. Once believed to be incorporated in ancient Babylon, the rooftop gardens do a great job of absorbing CO2 and giving off oxygen while lessening the need for air conditioning in the buildings. During the process of learning about implementing the gardens, I trained many different contractors on our process for building and sustaining these gardens. I am very comfortable in the role of providing education to others and think I'd be a huge asset to the clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having worked in the auto industry for many years, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the design and implementation of the current electric cars that are on the market. As a leader of the program with General Motors, I was tasked with bringing new ideas to our design and engineering teams. I helped build great training programs for staff to help build buy-in to the new technology and to help put ideas into motion for new vehicles on the road."
3.
A career move to a consultant with Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd may find you working on new challenges that you haven't faced during your career. What's been the most challenging project you've led up to this point in your career?
No matter what challenge you choose to discuss during your answer to this question, keep in mind that your interviewer is mostly looking to hear how you handled yourself during a time when you were pushed to your limits. In your answer, discuss the importance of being resourceful and team oriented and talk about how these things helped lead to success in the project. Also, be sure that your interviewer walks away from the interview knowing that you are willing and able to tackle any challenge in front of you.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Looking back at the 12 years of project management experience that I have, the most challenging project I led was about five years ago. The challenge started from the beginning when I was tasked with improving waste efficiency at one of my organizations warehouses. At the time, I was not very well versed in warehouse operations, so I took the time to research and talk to experts within my organization to start the brainstorming process. The high level leader that tasked me with the project didn't really do a great job of defining any end goals for me and those are really important in planning for a project. So I scheduled several follow up meetings with him to define more specific goals for the project. In the end, I assembled a great team of experts that ended up reducing costly waste by almost 80% in our operation."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I'd have to say that the most challenging project I have faced during my career was a project that assembled team members from different departments within a manufacturing plant operation. During the planning and kickoff process where we all met together, I got the sense that things would run smoothly and cohesively and was I ever wrong. As I monitored progress, I quickly noticed that we were getting off schedule on initial deadlines. In communicating out to team members, it became evident that internal communication at this plant was a struggle. As some team members told me in person that there was a lot of internal strife between some of the departments, I decided to call a project meeting to discuss my expectations for communications while also holding a team building exercise. I made it a priority to clear the air right away that bickering and childish behavior would not be tolerated and that we were all working toward a common goal that benefited everyone. Following that, the team building activity really helped make some eyes open up to who people were really working with. By taking the bull by the horns and putting people in an uncomfortable situation, a difficult situation turned into a team that accomplished a major task with ease and teamwork."
4.
At Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd we seek to hire those who think outside the box. When was the last time you made a suggestion for workplace improvement? What was the outcome?
The interviewer would like to know if you are an engaged employee; offering suggestions and providing more profound thought when it comes to processing improvement in the workplace. Give an example of a time when you suggested an improvement in the workplace. It can be big or small! Did anything significant come out of your suggestion?

Ryan's Answer #1
"Last year I made a recommendation for our office to incorporate a recycling program. We were going through a lot of single-use coffee pods. It bothered me how wasteful it all seemed. I presented a spreadsheet to my supervisor comparing the single-use pods vs. investing in a built-in coffee machine. The savings over two years were significant, and my boss has now presented my idea to our head office. It feels nice to be heard in the workplace, so I continue to keep my eyes out for opportunities for process improvements."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I made some recommendations for change in our CRM system. The suggestions were surrounding how items received documentation and how outstanding tasks became highlighted. Our head office made the changes and a lot of people in our office commented on how much they liked the changes."
5.
What interests you in joining the business consulting world here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd?
Anytime the question regarding why you want to join the company is asked, it is very important to do your research on the organization and the position you are interviewing for so you can match your skills and desires to the job. In your answer here, be sure that you also speak to the potential move to a consultative type role if this will be the first time for you with a consulting organization. Be sure to highlight your qualities that make you an ideal fit for the job.

Ryan's Answer #1
"At this point in my career, I feel like I have really maxed out my capabilities in my current role as the IT Director with my current organization. Over the past two or three years, I've found so much fulfillment in my work when I've been helping others and providing education to them that I've narrowed my job search down to the IT consulting field. The prospect of helping other IT departments grow and become more efficient under my consultation is an adventure that I would love to embark on here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd!"
Ryan's Answer #2
"As I've grown in my role in the Training & Education department with my current employer, I've gravitated toward leadership development and succession planning with my organization and I'd like to bring these skills to work here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd as this position fits right in that mold. Using my experience and knowledge, you'll quickly find that I have a great ability to work alongside and train the top level executives with your clients in a manner that is professional and effective at the same time. My experiences in both healthcare and manufacturing sound like they'd fit well with your client base as well."
6.
Why is data validation important in your work and how do you make sure that you do it?
Data validation can quickly be summed up as 'garbage in equals garbage out.' In essence, any good data analyst needs to ensure that the data they use is functional and relevant to what is being measured so be sure to reiterate that to your interview. Then, explain the ways that you have gone about validating data in the project work that you've done throughout your career. The clients at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd will need to rely on the fact that data is valid and important to the work that you will be doing with them.

Ryan's Answer
"Thoroughness in data analysis is extremely important and an important piece in being as detailed as possible is data validation. My customers are reliant on the fact that data I provide is accurate and a true representation of what we are measuring. To ensure my data is valid, I have written scripts utilizing Python and I have also used the simple steps in Excel even to validate data. While sometimes time consuming, this is a necessary step in any data analysis and is not something that I take lightly."
7.
If hired here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, what transportation industries would you feel most comfortable working in? Which industries would you feel you need more education/experience in?
As consultants in the transportation industry, Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd consults many different transportation industries. This can include rail, aviation, marine and road. For this question, your interviewer is simply looking to gauge your experience and comfort in working with different sub-industries within the transportation sector. Be open and honest with your interviewer in your answer while also keeping an open mind to transferring your skills over into new areas.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my experience, I've spent the last eight years working in logistics in the marine shipping industry. Being on the west coast, most of my experience falls within shipping across and up and down the Pacific Ocean. If hired for this position, I could be an organizational expert in marine logistics. I'd also have a lot of ability to utilize my knowledge here in both the rail and highway industries as well."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As you can see from my resume, I've worked for many years with large aviation transportation organizations like UPS and FedEx. During my time with those organizations, I've implemented many safety, security and efficiency measures and would love to continue consulting in aviation. While I don't have direct experience in road or rail, I'd love to take my skills to those areas as well with some training and direction."
8.
In your point of view, what environmental issue will require the most attention in ten years?
As you come to Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd to interview, your interviewer has a pretty good understanding of your skills and abilities that you'll bring to the table by looking at your past work history and speaking to references. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear your philosophical view on what you believe is the key environmental issue in ten years. Be sure to speak openly and honestly with what you feel is the key issue and focus your answer on why you believe it is important and give some ideas with how you feel it can be monitored and fixed.

Ryan's Answer #1
"To me, the availability of quality water on our planet will continue to be a major issue and if desperate measures aren't taken, it will continue to worsen as we move forward. Water is one of the key elements of survival in the human race and that's why I've dedicated a lot of my effort in my career towards wastewater treatment using nanotechnology."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I think to truly answer this question and all of the issues that face our field moving forward, we have to look at overpopulation of the planet and how we will deal with pollution, water and natural resource issues. Each year, global industrialization and expansion creates less and less natural areas on the globe and resources like forests are wiped out on a regular basis. There are many theories to tackling this issue and more research and education of the general public will be important."
9.
If hired for this position at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, what would be the ideal project for you to lead?
To fully understand the reasoning behind this question, your interviewer is looking to get a sense for what type of work you prefer to do, what your strong points are and where to best position you with clients if hired for the position. Prior to your interview, be sure that you research the clients of Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd and the typical projects that are led with them. Make sure your desires align in some aspect of the business and speak openly and honestly about your most desirable project.

Ryan's Answer #1
"If I'm fortunate enough to come consult with Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, my ideal project would be working with the leadership staff of a high profile employer on a corporate restructuring project that makes them more efficient and more profitable in a short amount of time. As you can see from my experience, I really thrive when working with high level leaders like CEO's and Presidents on what I would consider my greatest area of expertise."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Being passionate about manufacturing and technology, my ideal project would put me face to face working with a team of engineers and production staff to help implement the creation of a life changing product in the medical field. This area of manufacturing involves high cost materials and the need to produce items accurately and efficiently. My project management skills would thrive in this atmosphere."
10.
Do you have any experience handling a budget as part of a project?
As a consultant for Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd working as a project manager with clients, you will likely be relied upon to work around a budgeting process. Talk to your interviewer about your experience in working with budgets on large projects and give them some idea of your ability to plan for, monitor and stay within a budget for a project. If possible, give any details on your experience that you can and talk about how you would bring this experience to working with clients.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my ten years of working as a project manager with a large manufacturer, I've definitely had to manage a budget for every project that I've led. The scope of my experience really spans the budgeting process from the research necessary to create a budget plan, tracking and updating through the process and meeting the requirements of the budget. At times when I realized that we may have under-budgeted a project, I approach whoever is necessary to ensure that proper funding is available, and if not, I take necessary measures to stay within budget."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As we've discussed already, a bulk of my experience as a project manager comes in the construction field where budgeting and meeting a budget are the key to success. I'd consider my expertise, and the biggest factor for budget success, to be my ability to plan for and create a budget during the planning phase of a project. With industry experience and research, a properly planned budget sets the tone for the project and what resources can be used up front. I think my ability in this area would be extremely beneficial to my potential clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd."
11.
At Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, how would you explain benchmark data to a client and its importance?
Benchmarking data is often an overlooked piece of information for organizations to consider when factoring their performance against industry competition. In the end, businesses are in competition and to gain an edge over their rivals, proper benchmarking needs to be done to get a true comparison. As an expert consultant to their clients, the leadership team at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd and your interviewer will expect you to know the importance of benchmarking.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In simple Layman's terms, I would explain benchmarking to clients by explaining that it is taking the best practice metrics from other peers within their industry using very quantitative measurements. In turn, I would explain that this benchmarking gives a starting point for their organization to set goals once internal metrics are obtained and compared to the benchmarked data."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Far too many times during my career have I witnessed organizations that were hesitant to even look at benchmarked data for their industry. I first do my best to sell leaders on the importance of comparing apples to apples within their industry to get a true gauge for how their company is performing. Then, once I receive buy-in to the process, I can then move forward with gathering information from a client on what best benchmarking measures would be. This is a tedious but necessary process with any data analytics project."
12.
Being successful in consulting and working here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd requires the ability to work effectively with Type A personalities. What are your experiences in working with this personality and how did you make the relationships a success?
To first understand this question, it is important that you know that Type A personalities are exemplified by being competitive, motivated, organized and goal driven, among many other traits. These traits often lead to success in high level roles within organizations and your chances of working with this personality type are high. Think of a time you worked with a typical Type A personality and explain the methods you used to ensure that you had a sound and successful working relationship. Make sure that your interview walks away knowing that you can work effectively with difficultly driven individuals with high expectations.

Ryan's Answer #1
"For the last six years, I have worked under your prototypical type A personality as my director. Being a self admitted type B, being under my new director was difficult at first. For me to be successful under her and for our relationship to flourish, I learned quickly that she liked me to regularly communicate timelines for projects and give updates when necessary as she was very time driven. As well, small talk and getting to know me personally wasn't a priority so our communications to this day are pretty succinct and to the point. In this role, I would feel very comfortable with working with high level type A's because of my firsthand experience."
Ryan's Answer #2
"If you haven't been able to tell during my interview so far, I am a type A personality myself. My personality has helped me become very successful as a Financial Analyst. Having had formal training in the different personality types, I know that I need to take a meticulous approach when working with other type A personalities. My current team is loaded with type A's and regular communication is key in ensuring that expectations are clear and timelines are being met. If hired for this position, I would know my place in working with leaders from clients and I can easily be both cognizant of my approach and have the ability to put my desire to be in the lead aside with them when needed."
13.
What are some of the bigger energy sustainability projects that you've been a part of during your career or training?
In looking to move to the consulting world at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, your prior experience in energy sustainability projects will prove to be an asset for the clients that you will work with. Talk in detail to your interviewer about a major project or two that you were a part of. As you speak, be sure to reiterate that this type of project would be beneficial to clients that you will work with at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.

Ryan's Answer #1
"With my current organization, I have traveled throughout central and South America to help design and build geothermal power plants for countries in dire need of efficient and environmentally friendly electricity. These projects have put me working with people from all over the world and I've learned so much great information that I can pass forward to the clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Solar energy has always been a passion of mine. I've had the opportunity to work with the installation of photovoltaic cells on the sides of large skyscrapers and the implementation of solar power towers in countries around the world. The power of the sun to create energy on earth is so powerful and I truly believe that our technology is just touching the surface of what we can harness. I would look forward to working with clients on new and exciting projects as we move into the future."
14.
Talk about some of the safety related projects you've been involved in during your time in the industry. What safety related perspectives would you be able to bring to the clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd?
A constant in the transportation industry has always been to make safety a top priority. As technology and innovation has greatly changed over time, safety procedures and processes have also greatly changed. To hear that you will have a continual eye gazing at safety with their clients, your interviewer is looking to hear about a project that you worked on that centered around safety. On top of you example, talk high level about your safety philosophy and how you'll help bring that to the clients of Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my time working in the highway and road construction industry, I've been a part of some great design implementations to make roads safer. By utilizing detailed traffic studies/forecasts and animated 3D design, I've been a part of the design of many roundabout applications that take away all dangers of collisions at busy intersections. In my mind, eliminating the risk of head on and t-bone type collisions is a top priority to help save lives and I'd bring this philosophy when working with clients here."
Ryan's Answer #2
"During my years in the rail industry, highway crossing was always a top concern when building new lines or re-routing existing lines. To design and build things from the safest place possible, a team effort was always necessary. I have worked with civil engineers and executives of short rail lines to create lines that make sense from both a logistical and safety point of view so it is a win-win situation for everyone involved, including the general public. It is very easy for some to lose sight of the general public, but I never do in my work and I would see to it that no client would either."
15.
Our clients here at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd expect top notch work from our consultants. How do you ensure that your work is error free when conducting research and/or data analysis?
While certainly an open ended question for you to talk about your detailed and thorough work, your interviewer is simply looking to hear that you have a plan for ensuring quality work each and every day you are on the job. Talk about the importance for providing accurate and reliable data and walk through any steps that you take to ensure that your work is error free. In the consulting world, the reputation of Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd will rely on the accuracy of your work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"For me, ensuring accurate data and error free work starts in the data collection process. I always make sure that they type of data collected is well defined to avoid unnecessary data in the analysis. Then, quality work comes down to organizing data in the best fashion possible and cleansing the data regularly. I know some analysts overlook these second two steps a lot of times, but the fact remains that these two steps are often the biggest hurdles to providing quality measurements to those that need it most."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Organization is the main key to ensuring accurate and mistake free data analysis. My organization starts with setting a data collection strategy and asking the right questions to ensure that the data I am collecting is the right data. Oftentimes, analysts live and die by the idea that executing and getting things done as quickly as possible is the only way of data analysis. This couldn't be farther from the truth and as the old saying goes, proper planning prevents poor performance."
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