McMaster-Carr Management Trainee Interview Questions

Updated Apr 22, 2015
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    Phone screen and then an on site interview that consists of 5 interviews--one of them will be a lunch interview. The phone screen is your basic behavioral interview. You'll get a chance to learn a little more about what they're looking for during the screen. If you are asked back to a second interview, transportation to the office was provided by McMaster-Carr. On the first interview you are taken around the office and the warehouse. The interviewer will ask you questions about what you think of the way things are done here and why do you think they do things the way they do. The rest of the interviews were standard interviews where they ask you to tell them a bit more about yourself and why you are interested in the position. There will be one interview, however, where you'll be tested on your observational/analytical skills. They'll flip to a page in the catalog and ask you questions.

    Most of the interviewers said they enjoyed working at McMaster-Carr because they are constantly learning. Questions about who is in charge of development and who dictates when you move to another department of McMaster-Carr were left unanswered. The feeling one gets of McMaster-Carr is that it is a generally secretive organization. It is unclear why they are so secretive, but perhaps it is part of the un-flashy McMaster-Carr culture.

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    I received a recruiter call and declined an interview. The recruiter was very nice and she took the time to talk with me about the kinds of people that they were looking for. I ultimately decided not to move forward because I am not interested in management.

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
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    Declined Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McMaster-Carr (Cleveland, OH) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted out of the blue by one of their recruiters. The interview process was a phone screening followed by behavioral interview. If you pass that, you travel to one of their regional facilities for a final round interview.

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at McMaster-Carr in March 2015.

    Interview

    An internal recruiter with the company contacted me via email after coming across my resume somehow. She asked that we speak on the phone to chat about my future possibilities with the company. She called me and told me a bit about the position and then after talking for about 15 minutes she asked if we could go on and do an interview at that point. She essentially just asked me about my school and work experience straight off my resume. The interview lasted about 30 minutes. We discussed where I might be working if extended an offer, as well as other logisitical things. I got an email about a week later saying that they weren't interested. Overall it was a good experience, just a bit random in nature...

    Interview Questions

    • Just generally asked about previous experience. No tricky or vague questions. Very straightforward.   Answer Question
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process was very straightforward and I was kept informed throughout the entire process. I was contacted by a recruiter through my school's career site and thought that this could be a great opportunity. Although the reviews on glassdoor reflected the company negatively, I decided to give it a try. The first round interview was just a simple phone interview. For the second round, they sent me to their LA headquarters/warehouse for a half-day interview. I was very impressed that they offered a car service to pick me up, even though I was local. When I got there, I checked in and they immediately gave me a schedule of the entire day and who I would be interviewing with. One of the management trainees gave me a quick tour of the entire warehouse (which was extremely impressive I have to say) and asked me some questions regarding the functions of the warehouse and why certain mechanisms are in place. After that, I met with a supervisor who was a very detail-oriented and intelligent guy. He showed a great passion for McMaster-Carr and the top quality service that they provide. Next up was my lunch interview. I was not so happy with this portion of the process, as they treat lunch as another interview. At other companies, lunch is supposed to be an opportunity to enjoy yourself, meet people, and ask more questions about the company. This lunch, however, was a case study regarding how to improve significant issues that the company is current facing in their day to day activities. It made it very difficult to enjoy my lunch, let alone eat, when I was working to understand the case study and coming up with a comprehensive solution. The last part of the interview is a meeting with a regional manager who oversees an entire production unit and leads a team. That interview was rather chill and was mostly me talking about myself and how I could tie my previous experience to the work I would be doing at McMaster-Carr. All in all, other than lunch, the interview was a positive experience. All of the senior members of the team I met were very smart. Only thing that I could see McMaster-Carr turning people off is the fact that it's a very risk adverse company that has perfected a service for more than a hundred years. They are looking for new, fresh minds out of college that can help improve that service but there is only so much you can do. In the end, I turned down the offer because I felt like there weren't many growth opportunities outside of the company, as supply and logistics is not my area of interest.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you analyzed something in much detail and how did you go about it?   Answer Question
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Warehouse tour, sprinkled with "why do we do it that way" "what do you think of..." , with 2 - hour long 1:1 interviews. Where comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet. Transportation was provided.

    Interview Questions

    • Flipped through a catalog "Of these products, how would you go about adding another product, removing one, and present these to management"   Answer Question
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    I got an email from a recruiter saying that she found me through a search service and like my background and experience. I had a phone interview the following week. The interview went well and they asked me to come up for a tour of the warehouse and a series of in-person interviews. The travel reimbursement was generous and everyone was very nice. The in-person interview day is definitely tiring and lasts 4-5 hours, but you do get a nice change of pace with tours of the warehouse and interviews with different people. The hardest part of the interview process is that it's tough to get a sense for what they're looking for, whether you're giving good or bad answers, and which parts of the process actually count. That's all pretty typical of job interviews, of course, but I found it to be particularly pronounced at McMaster-Carr. They like to move quickly, so if you do get an offer, it'll come within a day or two. If you're still waiting to hear back from them three days later, you most likely didn't get the job. One thing that I did find kind of off-putting is that everyone there seemed extremely self-important. Taking yourself and your work seriously can be a good thing. But that's not the same as being overly self-important, which is kind of annoying.

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    • Why are you interested in working at McMaster-Carr?   1 Answer
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter who found my resume on Indeed, and we set up a time for a phone interview the following day. During the call, it became apparent that my career objectives were not aligned with the position's responsibilities, so I declined the opportunity to move forward in the hiring process.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic phone screen asking about your career objectives, what interests you in McMaster Carr, etc.   Answer Question
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Elmhurst, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McMaster-Carr (Elmhurst, IL) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was first reached out to by a recruiter. The entire process only took 2 weeks from that point forward, it could have easily been a week but I was busy that next week for an onsite interview. Needless to say, it's impressively quick.

    I don't remember applying but the email was sent to my university address. The 30 minute call was purely behavioral: you'll talk to a recruiter. Be ready to tell him/her a bit about yourself, weaknesses, strengths, situations like disagreements with your boss/team, a time when you messed up, motivated others, etc.

    A couple of days later, I received an email inviting me for an onsite interview. Since there isn't much information about McMaster-Carr online and hence the interview, it's in your best interest to ask questions as they come up to your recruiter. Mine was extremely nice and open to questions. The Glassdoor reviews were also pretty helpful to me. Basically, I had a good idea of how the interview was going to go before I got there, which definitely helped my comfort level once I was there. Just in case you're wondering, it's all paid for and you're treated pretty nicely.

    The on-site interview: It starts with a 45 minute-1 hour "tour" of the warehouse. Something to know: McMaster-Carr has 5 branches and all of their corporate offices are attached the warehouse. HQ is in Chicago, everything I can tell is that that's where you want to be. I placed "tour" in quotes because it is a walking interview. You'll be walked around to the different departments and asked questions about their operations, mainly "Why do you think we do x task in this way?" or "How would you do this?"
    After the walking interview, there will be 5 back-to-back 1 on 1 interviews. One of those will be over lunch. These interviews are all behavioral and are meant to pick your brain. The overarching question is, "Can we trust this person to solve problems with a sense of efficiency?" They determine this by asking about experiences from your resume and then going further in depth. There isn't a formula for the questions they ask so there's no point in me writing them down because they were mostly specific to my experiences. The one case question is listed below. In general, I found the interviews to be conversational and fun. Hopefully you do too.

    I received my offer the next day and as a kid out of college, very few offers can beat it.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) How would you organize our catalog?
      2) Why do you think we keep our warehouse clean?
      3) How would you organize our warehouse?
      4) A case study about how to decide whether to place an order for 1yr or 3yrs. Basically, name the pros and cons of each.
       
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at McMaster-Carr (Chicago, IL) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through campus career office, they contacted me and we set up an interview, the interview went well, but i still wasn't sure what exactly it was that they did. my overall experience was positive.

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