Fastenal Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview Questions

Updated Oct 4, 2014
Updated Oct 4, 2014
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Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Longview, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Longview, TX
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Fastenal in September 2014.

Interview Details

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.

Interview Questions
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Fastenal in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    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!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bryan, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bryan, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Fastenal in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seguin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seguin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Fastenal in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mobile, AL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mobile, AL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Fastenal.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Fastenal.

    Interview Details

    Not bad, but not very directed towards the job title

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    still going though it.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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 Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, DE
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, DE
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Fastenal in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Savannah, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Savannah, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Fastenal in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    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!   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    None! Didn't know till day I started?
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Fastenal in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied for job at Fastenal.com by taking the test and submitting a resume. Contacted by email by the District Manager to set up an interview. Met with District Manager for about 30-45 minutes. Waited a day and then interviewed with General Manager at my possible branch. Spent the full day shadowing and asking questions about the job, very informal with the General Manager. Day 3 phone call from District Manager with job offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating of salary. Didn't even try.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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