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Fastenal Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview Questions & Reviews

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales
Seguin, TX

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed 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 Question – How are you going to collect payment on accounts from customers that have disappeared from the area?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

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Sales Trainee/Outside Sales
Mobile, AL

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed 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 Question – Nothing was too hard, it was pretty easy.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales

I applied online and interviewed at Fastenal.

Interview Details – Not bad, but not very directed towards the job title

Interview Question – None   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – still going though it.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales
Newark, DE

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed 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 Question – Who taught you?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales

Interviewed at Fastenal

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 Question – all the usual questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales
Savannah, GA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Fastenal in April 2011.

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

Interview Question – 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

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales
Syracuse, NY

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Fastenal in August 2009.

Interview Details – 1:1 interview with the District Sales Manager
1:1 interview with the Regional Human Resource Manager
1:1 interview/ ride-along with the hiring stores manager

Interview Question – What Questions do you have for me?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – N/A


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales
Dallas, TX

The process took 3 days - interviewed 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

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Fastenal.

Interview Details – Interviewing here is pretty laid back. It is usually 2-3 stages. First, you will probably meet with the district manager in the area you are applying for. If he likes you, he'll probably have you do another interview with another district manager who manages another district in the area. Finally, if he likes you as well, they will have you interview with the general manager of the store you would be working at. This is important because each store typically only has 3 employees. That would be the general manager of the store (That basically does the same exact thing as the Outside Sales), then you have the Outside Sales position, and then there is usually a part timer who just does the grunge work.

During the interview with the District Managers put on more of your "Professional" attitude. If you make it to the general manager interview it is usually really laid back. The general manager is usually a guy in his mid 20's who is usually pretty cool. Honestly, I don't think they even care about the "Typical" interview questions. They basically just want to get a feel for you and see if they can actually work with you and see your face everyday. Because it is basically you and him that will be running the whole store. Be cool and laid back....Just talk with them. Basically, all you need to do is have them like you and prove that you are just not a complete moron. Get along with them and show that you have maybe just more then one brain cell in your head and you will most likely get the job.

Interview Question – They might ask, "How would you handle a situation with a customer who is upset"..   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation at all...It's basically you either want the job or not. It's base so everyone basically starts at the same pay regardless...................


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales Interview

Sales Trainee/Outside Sales

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Fastenal in June 2010.

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Interview Question – What are your strengths and weaknesses?   Answer Question

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