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MSC Industrial Direct Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 26, 2014

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National Accounts Manager Interview

National Accounts Manager
Dallas, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

Interview Details – Was contacted by 3rd party recruiter, went through MSC's process which took literally 11 weeks. Including a 3 hour skills assessment test and phone call with a NYC Psychologist.

Interview Question – Tell me 2 things that are not on your resume that should be.   Answer Question


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Management Position Interview

Management Position
Davidson, NC

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

Interview Details – Process took 4+ months. Initial phone screening interview with HR Recruiter followed by phone interview with hiring manager. Then no communication, i tried to get feedback on progress from recruiter, got the standard line of "we'll get back to you when any decision has been made". Asked to have a few more phone interviews with seemingly random people. Between each interview I had to chase the company for results, next steps and general trying to keep on their radar. Requested that I complete an application form but that had already been done a month before (great paperwork tracking system, not! - this should have been an early warning flag for me). Then 'radio silence' for 2 months, I actually thought that I had been dropped as I couldn't get any response from the internal recruiter.

Final interviews at HQ and were organized very poorly. I was told to arrive at 10am, but when I got there my first interview was scheduled at noon so I had to sit in the building foyer for two hours. The interviews themselves were pretty standard and all the interviewers were very positive about my skills and experience. Then never heard from the company. I contacted them weekly for four weeks asking for an update, eventually I gave up. When they finally got back to me I was told that they were going to repost the position with some different job tasks.

MSC is clearly internally disorganized and has difficulties executing on decisions. I should have listened to my gut early on and not wasted 5 months.


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Management Postion Interview

Management Postion

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

Interview Details – Phone Interview with HR and the following week with the hiring manager.
No communication for 6 weeks (thought they moved on)…
Got an email from HR asking for application to be filled out (even though had already sent it) and that I take a management assessment test.
Followed up 4 weeks later by onsite interview, all day, 8-9 interview sessions, a little overboard but all pretty standard. Very positive feedback from interviewers, very positive feedback from HR.
Never heard from company again, not one word good or bad. Professional courtesy would dictate you thank someone for the considerable amount of their time you wasted and let them know you are going in another direction!
This company clearly has issues making decisions and executing, can’t imagine how hard it would be to actually accomplished something there.

Interview Question – Management Assessment - Pretty standard IQ, management aptitude and personality tests (outdated though). Interview with Psychologist was a joke, he seemed more interested in what I currently earn then assessing ‘my personality’ and he had a tantrum when I questioned why he was asking certain things. Most unprofessional conversation I have had as part of an interview.   Answer Question


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Senior Manager Digital Marketing Interview

Senior Manager Digital Marketing

Interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct

Interview Details – Very lengthy phone interview that appeared to be more about the the HR person proving that she knew the marketing industry.

Interview Question – All of the questions were fairly granular, but nothing out of the ordinary.   Answer Question


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Easy Interview

Senior Supply Planner Interview

Senior Supply Planner
Davidson, NC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct in April 2013.

Interview Details – 1 hour phone interview with their HR person/recruiter.
Next step was a 2 hour phone interview with the team leaders (one hour each, 2 team leads). Very easy-going and both seemed impresssed.
After that was a full day face-to-face (they flew me to their HQ) where I met with 5-6 separate managers. All were very friendly and seemed VERY interested in me.

Interview Question – No tough questions at all! Mostly about my background. Had to take an Excel test.   Answer Question


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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Procurement Interview

Procurement

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

Interview Details – Interview process lasted a very long time, all day. The interview ran long causing me to miss my flight which I paid for myself. The interview turned out to be for a position that I was significantly overqualified for.

Interview Question – Most questions were standard. They did make you take an excel test on Excel 2003 which I hadn't used in years.   Answer Question


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Account Executive Interview

Account Executive

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct in January 2013.

Interview Details – 1. Phone interview with HR
2. Face to face 2hr face to face with some psych questions.
3. 1hr "test drive" with a current associate
4. Hurry up and wait back ground check and drug screen

Interview Question – What qualifies you as a candidate for this position   View Answer


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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Searchandiser Interview

Searchandiser
Melville, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct in December 2011.

Interview Details – 7 interviews.Week 1 - Completed a phone interview with their recruiter. Week 2 - I came in and had 4 individual interviews, each was approx 45 min long. Week 3 - Passed a background check and completed 2 more individual interviews. Week 4 no offer.

Interview Question – They pulled up my SEO projects and analyzed them.   View Answer


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Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Finance Interview

Finance
Melville, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct in March 2010.

Interview Details – General discussion of skills and experience; they thought I was overqualified. Company wasn't convinced that the position was challenging enough and seemed to feel it was a dead end job without even giving the benefit of the doubt to the candidate. Something isn't right with the employee philosophy of the company. Employees are apparently not valued. They have no concept of talent acquisition. Prior comments are 100% accurate. Surprised the company has survived but would'nt be if they don't make it in the tougher environment ahead. Could be a good short stock play.

Interview Question – Why are you willing to take a pay cut?   View Answer


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Average Interview

GSA National Accounts Manager Interview

GSA National Accounts Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct in August 2009.

Interview Details – The company is very old school and is expanding into the west coast they sell MRO products. They have been in the Seattle area for about 5 years and have very little market share. They are a siloed company with the GSA sales reps reporting to the branch managers and not the GSA national account sales manager. The interview with the HR lady went well and she was very professional. Next I meet with the GSA National account manager for about an hour and 30 minutes. He was professional and asked some good questions. They interviewed 3 people for the position and did not move on with any of them. They are a company that needs to hire a lot of good sales people because their competition is eating their lunch. They did not give any reasons for not moving on with me and just sent me a letter in the mail.

Interview Question – They asked the normal questions nothing to difficult. What was the reason you applied for the position. What did you like and dislike about your last employer etc.   Answer Question

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