Interviews Questions by Career
Interviews Questions by Company
Interviews Questions by Topic
Get Started
Interview Coach 1:1
Gain the confidence you need by asking our professionals any interview scenario, question, or answer you are unsure about.
Let Us Review Your Answers
Our interviewing professionals will gladly review and revise any answer you send us. Allowing you to craft perfect responses for your next job interview.
Interview Questions by Topic
Interview Questions by Career
Interview Questions by Company

Marston's plc Interview
Questions

28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Job Interviews     Companies     Food     Brewery    
Question 1 of 28
How do you feel about our branding and marketing strategy at Marston's plc?
View Answers
How to Answer
It is essential that you research, and understand, the brand(s) promoted by Marston's plc so that you can have an educated opinion on their marketing strategies. Perhaps they have great commercials, an informative website, or a strong presence at sporting events. Be prepared to discuss at least one aspect of their marketing and be sure to show your enthusiasm for the things you feel Marston's plc does best.
1000s of Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Suggested
Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
Barista
Bartending
Chef
Sous Chef
Waiter and Waitress
Engineer
Chemist
Answer Examples
1.
How do you feel about our branding and marketing strategy at Marston's plc?
It is essential that you research, and understand, the brand(s) promoted by Marston's plc so that you can have an educated opinion on their marketing strategies. Perhaps they have great commercials, an informative website, or a strong presence at sporting events. Be prepared to discuss at least one aspect of their marketing and be sure to show your enthusiasm for the things you feel Marston's plc does best.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One thing that I appreciate about Marston's plc is that your branding has always been consistent. It's entertaining and not over the top. I also like that you put a strong emphasis on supporting local sporting events."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your branding is what made me apply to work for Marston's plc in the first place. Your brand is refreshing, and your workplace boasts a close-knit culture."
2.
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future with Marston's plc.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I had a pretty specific career mapped out and do feel that I am on track, as expected. I am happy with where my career is right now and would like to see future growth, at a manageable pace, with Marston's plc."
3.
What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
Being in a management role is always a significant challenge. Share with the interviewer what you feel is the most challenging part of being a manager, and why. Also, discuss what you are currently doing to make this task less stressful in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rock-stars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my underperforming team members to prepare them for a larger workload."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I think the most challenging part of management is keeping a good balance between being a mentor, and a respected leader. I want to be the type of manager who people can come to when they need help, but also with boundaries when it comes to delegation and performance reviews."
4.
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of situations that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the kind of environment present at Marston's plc before the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am pretty versatile and can handle a variety of work environments, but I do prefer to work in an organized environment with a positive beat."
5.
How do you respond to customer or client complaints?
If you are interviewing for a customer or client facing role, you want to show off your ability to deal with conflict and nurture client relationships. Give an example of a time you helped resolve a customer's issue.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"A customer called me very frustrated about a problem with one of our software products. I listened and told them I would be happy to help. I asked more questions to understand the problem and then suggested once I had a better idea of what might solve it. The customer was very relieved and grateful that I took the time to listen and make sense of the issue."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If faced with a customer complaint I would spend my time listening to their concerns. Usually, people simply want to be heard. If things escalated to the point where the customer became threatening, I would call a supervisor for help in handling the situation."
6.
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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 at Marston's plc.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can feel dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is not mutual respect among the team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Try turning your answer into a positive by talking about what causes you to feel the most satisfied, on the job.

For example: "I feel most satisfied when I am in a company with like-minded, positive people. I love to collaborate and try new and creative ideas."
7.
What was your biggest take-away from your post-secondary education?
What was the most significant thing that you learned from attending post-secondary studies? Tell the interviewer what you value most from this experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My biggest takeaway from post-secondary education was the level of discipline that I mastered while there. I could multi-task, focus, and think in a completely different way once I had graduated."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I learned a lot in the majority of my courses, but I have to say that the greatest things I learned were surrounding my business courses. Economics is of great interest to me, and I learned from some valuable case studies. I believe these prepared me very well for real-life business experiences."
8.
At Marston's plc we prefer to hire those with an existing knowledge in the beer and brewing industry. Name 3 types of beers and how they differ from each other.
Assure the interviewer that you bring a real interest to the brewing industry. Display a bit of your knowledge by talking briefly about the three types of beers you are most familiar with and what the most noticeable difference is between them.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The three types of beer that first come to mind are Ales, Stouts, and Lagers. Lagers are the most popular type of beer sold in bars and liquor stores - likely because they have a crisp and refreshing finish. Ales generally come in second to Lagers, as popularity is concerned, because they are heavier. Many people still enjoy the assertive taste of an Ale. Stouts are well known for their darker, creamier taste. They are not consumed as readily as an Ale or Lager but a very popular choice, nonetheless."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have researched the brewing industry extensively, to prepare for this interview. The beers I am most familiar with are Ales, Stouts, and Lagers. Lagers are light and refreshing. Ales are heavier than a Lager, and then a Stout is much darker and creamier."
9.
Our industry is a very competitive one. Tell me one thing you feel Marston's plc could improve on.
Avoid giving a long-winded or overly opinionated answer when it comes to questions about company improvement. If you must provide feedback to Marston's plc try to draw out an idea that isn't too severe or negative. Always follow your answer up with a comment on what the company is doing right.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"That is a tough question because I enjoy what you are doing at Marston's plc. If I had to choose one thing I would suggest making your website more mobile friendly. Other than that - I think your branding is great and people love your product!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"One way I feel that Marston's plc could improve, would be to improve your social media presence. Your customers are loyal ones, and I am sure they would love to have an inside peek of your operations and up and coming products."
10.
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness...all qualities that make a great employee at Marston's plc. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.

If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have volunteer experience: "I have not formally volunteered in these most recent years, however; I spend a lot of time helping my sister who is a single mom. I will babysit on weekends, cook dinners for her and drive the kids to appointments when necessary. I feel that it is imperative to take care of the needs of the family."
11.
At Marston's plc we have a great selection of beers. Which is your favorite product?
It is crucial that you have a personal opinion on the product offered by Marston's plc before you go into your interview. Perhaps they offer a variety pack that you can pick up or maybe you are already familiar with the product. Choose one product that stands out to you and be prepared to discuss what you love about it!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have always enjoyed the majority of the product offered by Marston's plc; however, my new favorite has been the winter ale offered this year. It's crisp and has a lively finish. I keep it stocked at home because even non-beer drinkers enjoy it, so it's easy to bring out when people drop by unexpectedly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I am not a drinker, I can appreciate the care and attention that goes into all of your products. I am especially interested in your brewing process as it's unique and very much a craft process."
12.
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
A genuinely creative minded person will have outside activities aside from what's happening in the workplace. Tell the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you express your creativity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Outside of work I like to attend dance classes and I also attend the odd paint and sip wine nights at a local wine shop. I also enjoy reading as a way of nurturing my creative side."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I love to attend concerts! I am really into music and have started taking piano lessons twice per week. I believe that exercising creativity is important for everyone to do from time to time."
13.
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for three months last year I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. Once my manager returned she was very pleased with the progress that I made, and I gained a promotion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My current company recently implemented a new SAP system which means that every day has been a learning curve for me. I have had to learn how to manage inventory levels and document in the SAP system. I enjoy taking on new tasks and learning new things."
14.
At Marston's plc we seek to hire individuals who are passionate about the beer and brewing industry. What do you do to stay on top of industry news and trends?
Assure the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the brewing industry by talking briefly about the ways you stay up to date on new trends. It's a great idea to ask the interviewer how they stay up to date, as well. You never know what you could learn!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I make my home brew as a hobby, so I stay updated on new trends in brewing through my local homebrew store. I also follow a couple of great blogs such as brewbeerblog.com. I go to our local Beer Fest every year as well!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I stay up to date on new industry trends and news by reading a few subscriptions on a regular basis. My favorite resources include A, B, and C. Which are yours?"
15.
At Marston's plc we put a lot of effort into our safety and hygiene standards. Do you have any formal health and safety training?
Your health and safety credentials are on your resume; however, the interviewer would like for you to go into a bit more detail. You can talk about a course that you most enjoyed or perhaps discuss a certification that you would like to achieve down the road. It is excellent if you can open the discussion by asking the interviewer if Marston's plc is looking for a particular set of credentials when it comes to health and safety.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a certification in grain handling, keg cleaning, and bottling. I took these courses and became certified in 2013 by The Brewers Association. I would like to take additional training in Filtering and Pumping. Are there any particular courses or training sessions you would like to see me attend?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am happy to take any health and safety training that you require. I have taken some courses in the past but am unsure if they are still valid."
More Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
Barista
Bartending
Chef
Sous Chef
Waiter and Waitress
Engineer
Chemist
28 Marston's plc Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Interview Questions
  1. How do you feel about our branding and marketing strategy at Marston's plc?
  2. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  3. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
  4. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  5. How do you respond to customer or client complaints?
  6. What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
  7. What was your biggest take-away from your post-secondary education?
  8. At Marston's plc we prefer to hire those with an existing knowledge in the beer and brewing industry. Name 3 types of beers and how they differ from each other.
  9. Our industry is a very competitive one. Tell me one thing you feel Marston's plc could improve on.
  10. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
  11. At Marston's plc we have a great selection of beers. Which is your favorite product?
  12. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
  13. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  14. At Marston's plc we seek to hire individuals who are passionate about the beer and brewing industry. What do you do to stay on top of industry news and trends?
  15. At Marston's plc we put a lot of effort into our safety and hygiene standards. Do you have any formal health and safety training?
  16. Do you understand the difference between craft beer and big beer?
  17. In such a competitive industry, how do you think Marston's plc stands out from competitors?
  18. Environmental responsibility is important to Marston's plc. What do you think of our organization's sustainability efforts?
  19. Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
  20. Why do you want this job?
  21. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  22. What feedback did you receive at your last job?
  23. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
  24. Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
  25. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
  26. What are your salary expectations?
  27. Discuss a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty. What did you do? How was it above your normal job requirements?
  28. I'm interested in knowing more about the culture and type of work you are seeking. What is your ideal position at this time?
Disclaimer
Our interview questions and answers are created by experienced recruiters and interviewers. These questions and answers do not represent any organization, school, or company on our site. Interview questions and answer examples and any other content may be used else where on the site. We do not claim our questions will be asked in any interview you may have. Our goal is to create interview questions and answers that will best prepare you for your interview, and that means we do not want you to memorize our answers. You must create your own answers, and be prepared for any interview question in any interview.
Learn more about what we believe >
Read our Terms of Use for more information >