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Updated Jun 29, 2014

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Territory Sales Manager Interview

Territory Sales Manager
Laramie, WY

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Altria in May 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter for Altria after I email him my resume in response to an email I had received from my university's college of business regarding Territory Sales Manager positions Altria was filling in Jackson, WY, Seattle, and Bellingham, WA. I said I was very interested in the company and the position so two days later, the recruiter called me again and I set up an interview for the next week on campus. I thought the interview was fairly straightforward. There were two men interviewing me, one was the recruiter that had contacted me and the other I assume was a Territory Sales Manager (he conducted the majority of the interview). They asked a lot about my education and work background and my experience so far. They also asked a few behavioral questions.

To be honest, I was not impressed with the recruiter at all. When he initially contacted me, he of course mentioned the positions in Washington state and Jackson. However, when I got to the interview, he said "alright, so you're interviewing for the position in Rock Springs, WY." I was very shocked because a position in Rock Springs was NEVER mentioned to me before the interview. When I asked about the positions in Washington, he said they had been filled. I was very irritated that nothing had been said to me before the interview. I was still interested because I needed a job and this would have been a great opportunity, but their lack of communication and honesty beforehand did not impress me.

I got an email about a week later saying that I was not going to be interviewed any further, which I was kind of thankful for because of the initial interview and the thought of having to live in Rock Springs. For a company whose largest product is tobacco, they seem to be a pretty great company.

Interview Question – Say you're trying to meet your sales quota for the month and you have a buyer that will buy from you and allow you to reach that goal. However, you realize later that you quoted the buyer incorrect prices and the products are actually selling for more than the buyer thinks. How would you handle this situation.   View Answer


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Negative Experience

Average Interview

Territory Sales Manager Interview

Territory Sales Manager
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied online - interviewed at Altria in June 2014.

Interview Details – -Position is more of merchandising role than sales.

-1st interview is "screening". Basically will be asked a series of impersonal questions and expected to answer like a corporate zombie. Interviewer will not ask any questions about you.

-Those fresh out of college and unfamiliar with how human beings communicate in the real world will be good at this interview.

-be sure to brush up on corporate platitudes--bonus points for this!!!

-be good at going through the motions.

-know the STAR method for answering a question---interviewer will probably specifically ask you to answer in this format.

-2nd interview will consist of a panel where you again are expected to speak in corporate platitudes and "sell" college textbool style.

-When you ask for the job as a true salesman would, expect them to say "we have a number of applicants and you will know one way of the other"...... Expect then to hear nothing.

-realize that big companies are the most inflexible and offer the least opportunity for you to effect change.

-start your own business and dont be a slave to a corporation that discourages your creativity and limits your ability to live a free life.

-cheers!

Interview Question – Use the STAR method to tell us about a time you were able to change something at your previous/current employer.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Summer Sales Intern Interview

Summer Sales Intern

Interviewed at Altria

Interview Details – Applied online. Phone interview for about 30-45 minutes, just basic getting to know you and asking about your resume and such. 2nd round is a sit down with 2 representatives presenting a business plan with role playing and asking you basic situational questions. 3rd round was an interaction in the daily lifestyle of an Intern.

Interview Question – None that I felt were so difficult. Just typical "what would you do in this situation" or "how have you handled this" questions.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Territory Sales Manager Interview

Territory Sales Manager
Penn State University, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Altria in April 2014.

Interview Details – Initial communications occurred at a Penn State career fair where I was directed to apply online. After my online application, response time was very fast, they informed me that my interview would be the next day. In the interview there was a hiring manager and a territory sales manager working on a promotion. They both started within the company in the position I was applying for. They asked how I heard about the company and a lot of the basic interview quesitons; what are your strengths, weaknesses, favorite job and favorite boss. Next they asked about situations that were specific to my life such as a leadership roles I held and problems I faced. They like to use a method called STAR to describe these events. Where STAR is an acronym: Situation faced Task to be completed Action to be taken Result. For the first round of interviews, everything you need to know about how to interview well is listed on their company website under interviewing.

Interview Question – They ask about your moral objections to selling their products.   View Answer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Sales Logistics Specialist Interview

Sales Logistics Specialist
Richmond, VA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Altria in November 2013.

Interview Details – First a phone interview with recruiter, then a panel interview in Richmond at Altria with four managers of different departments. The interview was based on the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format. A month later, I got the automated email saying I was not selected.

Interview Question – Name a few of your weaknesses.   View Answer


No Offer

Neutral Experience

TSM Interview

TSM

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Altria.

Interview Details – 3 Stage Hiring Process with District Manger, If you are applying for a position you should be ready to relocate. This is the type of position best suited for recent college grads who may be more flexible to relocating for a sub-six figure position.

Interview Question – Case Study was awkward.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Territory Sales Manager Interview

Territory Sales Manager

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Altria in February 2014.

Interview Details – After meeting with the representatives at a job fair I was contacted by email to schedule a phone interview that was suppose to be 20 minutes

Interview Question – If you were owned a shoe company how would you advertise your shoes.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Territory Sales Manager Interview

Territory Sales Manager

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Altria.

Interview Details – Met at Career Fair. Enjoyed talking to employees. Interview was a 2-on-1 situation and they asked a lot of behavioral questions.

Interview Question – They asked a series of situational questions   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Intern Interview

Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Altria.

Interview Details – Really responsive and helpful during interview process.

Interview Question – Prepare yourself to be grilled in your interview!! Go in confident and don't let tough questions throw you off your game.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Information Services Intern Interview

Information Services Intern
Richmond, VA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Altria.

Interview Details – I had an interview at my university first with 3 of the Altria's senior employees. Each employee asked a question that was behavioral oriented. The questions were not difficult as long as you prepared scenarios that you could use to describe situations or events that happened to you.

After, I received a call for the on site tour. I was shown both the HQ and Manufacturing Center. During the tour you engaged in regular conversations with the employees. Then, they take you to lunch were they kind of ask you general questions about yourself.

Interview Question – Tell me something that we should remember about you.   Answer Question

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