Gordon Food Service Sales Development Specialist Interview Questions

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    Customer Development Specialist (Sales) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Gordon Food Service (Chicago, IL) in January 2010.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • "What restaurant/hospitality experience do you have?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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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