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Customer Development Specialist (Sales) Interview

Customer Development Specialist (Sales)
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Gordon Food Service in January 2010.

Interview Details – Initially applied online, using a friend as an employee referral. GFS was very prompt in responding with an indication of interest. First contact was a telephone interview, followed by an in-person interview with HR. After speaking with HR representative, I received a 'thanks, but no thanks' email -- much to my surprise. After a follow up call, I was asked to meet with an area sales manager. I was told that my application had been 'lost', and was thanked for my tenacity. I then met with a current sales person (CDS) for a 'ride with', which consisted of a full day on the job, the next step was an interview with Regional Sales Manager, followed by an interview with Commercial Sales Director. There were also personality and IQ tests. Upon receiving an offer, I was asked to come in for a hair follicle drug test. After successfully passing that test, I was given a day to report to work.

Interview Question – "What restaurant/hospitality experience do you have?"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Very conservative, militaristic culture -- to speak of salary or finances to early in the process will negate the candidate.
An incredible amount of energy is required from the candidate during this time. Interviews are spread out geographically, as well as incredibly early a.m. times -- let this serve as foreshadowing of the work environment.

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