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Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Fastenal (Colorado Springs, CO) in December 2014.

Interview

I applied online and was called a week later to have a face-to-face interview. When I showed up, I found out that I was having a group interview including myself and two Fastenal employees. It was a straight-forward process. First, I was asked to delve into my experiences and work history. Once I was done with that, unexpectedly, I was asked why I had decided to move across the country without a job rather than to just transfer through my previous employer? I was deeply offended by that and although it was NOT my obligation to answer this, I had many good reasons and chose to do so (if it were to at least better my chances for hire). It wasn't completely the questions itself, but the way the question was inferred to me. After I told him my personal reasons of doing so, the interview completely changed pace and feel. I knew from then on that they were completely uninterested in talking with me and I knew they were thinking that I was wasting their time - that's definitely how I felt. Next, I was asked "how I would rank myself against previous peers." I said confidently and honestly, "near the top." Right away, he looked at his partner and gave him the look of 'Yeah right, this guy is full of it.' It made me mad and I gave him a long explanation of my work experiences to back up my claim. Next, I was asked "why do you think you can be a salesperson." Given I had the experience, skillset, and education, again, it was asked in a snide way as if I had no place in belonging there. Lastly, they asked me to regurgitate the history of Fastenal. I didn't have the answer and admitted to not knowing because I primarily focused on what items Fastenal offered, how the company works (what it does), and who their customers are. I also said I didn't have the time to go very in-depth in my research because I had been largely inundated with my move across the country and I had a lot of personal things I've been taking care of including a destroyed fixer-upper house I had move into. After that, the interview was over and rudely, the guy had the nerve to say "now you can go home and work on your house." What a complete tool. I knew it was a low paying job but I thought I could go in there and have a casual interview process. Interviews don't scare me! Although I knew near the beginning of the interview that the guy was acting like he didn't even want to interview and was complaining to the prior interviewee that "Ugh, I've got several more of these to do," he could at least take my time and his job seriously. It's not the first time I had it happen and it was my fault I wasn't 100% prepared to nail this interview, but I expect to not go into and interview and not be treated like _ _ _ _ and be disrepected.

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Longview, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Fastenal (Longview, TX) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Placed application and resume online. After that, I was contacted by the branch manager for the store in which I was applying. Interview went very well (the best interview I ever had) and was told that he would pass it along to the district manager. Received a call approximately two weeks later to schedule another interview with the district manager. Interview went a little less well than the first but still very well in my opinion and was told yet again that a third interview was required with another district manager in another location. This interview was not at all like the first two. This guy really delved into my resume' and asked many many questions about every little intricacy of the entire document, which, in my opinon should have been the topic from the first interview but it catches your expectations off guard when you become complacent with the the first two interviews. He asked me why I hadnt finished school and I told him the answer and he laughed in a good way like a good ole' boy does. He told me that given my resume and most of my jobs I have had in the past how he couldnt see how I would fit into the trainee position. I must say I was really thrown by this guy who incidently told me he had never worked for any other company but Fastenal. This left me wondering why a job that only pays $2,000 per month before taxes would need such a strenuous process for a position which pays so little. And that led me to ask myself (I wanted to ask him this) why would someone with a Bachelor's in anything even be applying for a trainee position? Isnt this at the heart of why someone labors to complete their degree? To not have to settle for such menial positions? Is it an intelligent decision to let someone in a hiring position who cant have any real empathy for applicants since they havent worked in the job market? Anyway, I am still waiting for a call but the outlook from the third interview is bleek in my opinion since it didnt go very well in comparison to the other two.

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Fastenal (Atlanta, GA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Applied for the position, heard back from the Store Manager of the branch I applied for about 5 business days later. Had an interview with the Store Manager and District Manager the next day. Interview was a little tough but I am relatively new to sales and the business. Most of the questions seemed standard but others were person and really got me thinking. I haven't been challenged like that in quite some time by an employer but I am glad I was because my answers are what got me the position. Entire process took about two weeks, includes the first week of waiting for a response to get an interview and waiting on drug testing results to come back. All in all I would say Fastenal has their ducks in a row and they are true to their word.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some long term goals with the company? (Longer than 15 years)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Offered a fair salary and the the District Mgr added an extra $100.00 a month for the drive I had to make. Its only a 30 min drive but definitely not going to turn down money!

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bryan, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Fastenal (Bryan, TX) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, received email from district manager for me to setup interview with the store manager, interviewed with store manager, then heard nothing for more than 3 weeks after being promised word in less than 2 weeks for a 2nd interview. I had to follow up and was told they done hired someone else and that I need to recontact the district manager, I did with a phone call and email with no response. Unethical treatment of potential employees. In need of HR training.

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seguin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Fastenal (Seguin, TX) in December 2013.

    Interview

    The hiring process was pretty basic, the district manager was more interested in what I could bring to the company from past experience and education rather than simply past experience. The interview was very relaxed and I felt comfortable the entire time. When I transferred to another branch, the interview was over the phone and the new manager felt comfortable enough to hire me based on that.

    Interview Questions

    • How are you going to collect payment on accounts from customers that have disappeared from the area?   Answer Question
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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mobile, AL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Fastenal (Mobile, AL).

    Interview

    Two interviews. 1. first with the general manager - just basic questions 2. second interview with district manager. He just wants to get to know you and give you the job.

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Fastenal.

    Interview

    Not bad, but not very directed towards the job title

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    still going though it.

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Hiring process takes over a month. I had to go through 4 interviews. One was a ride along day where you spend half a day doing work and you don't get paid for it.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, DE
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Fastenal (Newark, DE) in April 2013.

    Interview

    First interview was pretty standard. Then I had an "observation interview," where I rode along with a manager to deliver some orders. Took an assessment online and then got a call the next day with a job offer and accepted.

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Savannah, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Fastenal (Savannah, GA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Took 2-4 Months by Sad DM. Managers have no real skills!

    Interview Questions

    • Never asked if looking for long term, expected a short term Job!   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None! Didn't know till day I started?

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