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Guitar Center Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014

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Studios Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Emeryville, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Guitar Center in January 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process was not that bad. It took less than half an hour. After that, received a call to fill out paper work and take a small test about the work environment and safety issues.

Interview Question – There wasn't any.   Answer Question

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Information Technology Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Thousand Oaks, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Guitar Center in February 2013.

Interview Details – This is the worst interview experience I ever had. I passed the phone screen with the hiring manager and was asked to come in and interview. I was asked to bring 15 copies of my resume and fill out an online application. I filled out the application but a few days later the staffing person said it was not there. I explained to her that I filled it out and the system tells me I already did and won’t let me do it again. She kept saying that it has to be done and I kept asking what she would like me to do as their system is telling me it is already there. She seemed paralyzed and never offered to resolve it.

I showed up on interview day to one of their corporate facilities. I brought 15 copies of my resume to interview with 4 people (one being the staffing person) who already had copies. The staffing person never took them, did a cursory sort of interview and when asked about my application status she smirked and commented that if my application is not submitted she cannot “verify my experience lines up”. Again, I asked what I can do to help and she just responded with sort of a I-know-something-you-don’t-know look. It was awful.

The common theme amongst the managers I interviewed with was around how I would motivate people who had to work every night and weekend with antiquated technology and poor compensation. While I lived only 5 minutes from the facility, one person kept warning me how bad the commute would be. The work area of cubes was kept pretty dark and the management had windowless to the outside offices along the wall. It was a dreary place.

The staffing person told me she would get back to me within a week. She never did. I called her and she said they already filled the position. Shortly after that, I saw the position for the hiring manager was also posted as open.

Interview Question – The difficult part is trying to read the staffing person. If there was something wrong, she should have been forthcoming or not brought me in for the interview.   Answer Question

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Operations Associate Interview

Operations Associate
Tigard, OR

I applied online - interviewed at Guitar Center in March 2014.

Interview Details – the interview was only one with a possible call back. Interview was an informal attire with informal communication. the questions were directly related to the job assignment and criteria. the interview itself was in the general area of the store not in a enclosed office or private. the call back or second interview was more pointed and directed to the direct needs of the organization relative to the ability of myself and my desires and needs.

Interview Question – There was nothing unexpected. All questions were directly related to the store retail products and sales.   Answer Question

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Collections Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Thousand Oaks, CA

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Guitar Center in January 2014.

Interview Details – Just like others, I passed the phone interview, however, when I met with the SFMO, and the collections manager, all looked good. However, I was passed on as a candidate with no reason given as to why. This seemed unprofessional to me.

Interview Question – How would you handle old A/R Accounts   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Flint, MI

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Guitar Center.

Interview Details – Went in for an open interview process. Waited for about 45 minutes, as there were a lot of people waiting for an interview. Eventually, I was called back to the back office. One of the sales floor managers who I was familiar with from previous personal sale experiences interviewed me.

Interview Question – Describe the difference between tube tone and solid-state tone.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Knoxville, TN

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Guitar Center in September 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online, there were the typical questions as well as ones related to knowledge of gear but apparently that is not enough to get a job there. After applying there for almost 2 years and following up with applications 2-3 times I finally landed an interview. The interview was pretty normal he asked me a few questions, inquired about employment history. I don't guess I got the job, I followed up twice after my interview and was told each time that he still hasn't come to a decision, well it's been a week now and he told me has going to come to decision 5 days after so I am assuming I didn't get the position. They appear to be looking for people with straight up sales experience over knowledge of the gear, I even got that vibe whilst in the interview, despite being a paying customer and haven't outstanding knowledge of all the gear in most the departments at the store.

Interview Question – Give an example of a time where you delivered outstanding customer service.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Guitar Center in July 2011.

Interview Details – Interview wasn't bad. I wish i studied more before the interview. They asked question like 'whats the difference between a balanced and unbalanced cable, pick up patterns, name 3 keyboard manufacturers. I just didn't like the fact that they weren't up front with telling you whether you were hired not. Not hard to say yes or no. I keep calling back for about 2 weeks - 'Call back. Managers on vacation -_-. However im glad i didn't get the job because I heard the pay was horrific. =(

Interview Question – why should we hire you   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Syracuse, NY

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Guitar Center in January 2011.

Interview Details – The manager and another man (who i assume to be the assistant manager asked a few questions about effects pedals, like what type of effects are there? what are the typical string sizes for electric and acoustic guitars?, name a few effects pedals that you are familiar with. Other than that not much was asked. The rest of things that were asked were vague and hard to answer. I assumed that a position would be offered to me on the spot like they usually are at this store (i spoke with several other employees previous to the interview and all of them returned that they were offered the assumed position at the end of the interview.) However, they said they'd call back in 5-7 days which is understandable. The technical questions were easy but the vague questions were hard to answer...

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  • What are some brands of pedals that you are familiar with?   View Answer
  • What are the typical string sizes for electric and acoustic guitar?   View Answer

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Recording Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Mays Landing, NJ

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Guitar Center in January 2009.

Interview Details – very poor

Interview Question – what kind of interface do you use to record?   Answer Question

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Marketing Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Guitar Center in August 2010.

Interview Details – Interviews were with senior level management for non managerial position, which was intimidating. The interview style ranged from relaxed to very structured.

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