Paychex Sales Representative Interview Questions

Updated Jun 26, 2015
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Paychex (Kennesaw, GA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted me via phone after finding my resume on LinkedIn. Went through phone interview and wanted me to come in for a face to face with a pre-filled application. Had to take off work for the interview, and the interviewer gave the impression that I was wasting her time. Felt like it was over before it started. Didn't even ask for my application, had to remind her that I had it. Total waste of time, and after speaking with a few people that have worked/interviewed with them said they had a similar experience. Very unprofessional to ask people to take time off work to interview and not take the time serious.

    Interview Questions

    • None! she barely asked anything. Her only question was about my current employer, not me.   1 Answer
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    Core Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Paychex (New York, NY) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Pretty extensive process. Essentially you have an initial phone interview, online assessment, in person interview with Sales Manager, in person interview with another Sales Manager, and then finally an interview with a VP of sales.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negot. Straight base salary + commission

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Paychex (Fort Washington, PA).

    Interview

    Was contacted through a recruiter. Nothing unusual about the interview; they just went through my resume and asked questions about previous experience and employers

    Interview Questions

    • Why did I want to get back to work after taking time off and why did I want to get into sales   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The position seem like a dead end opportunity

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Paychex (New York, NY).

    Interview

    3-4 interviews

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation.

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    interviewed at Paychex (Orlando, FL) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Asked me one question and seemed like they didn't want to be there. Wast of time.

    Interview Questions

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mendota Heights, MN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Paychex (Mendota Heights, MN) in January 2013.

    Interview

    The interview starts with a timed math test. The test questions are ticky weird questions like:
    Two men went fishing and caught 50 fish. Man one caught twice as many as man two. How many fish did man two catch? -- Odd questions like that.

    Next you sit in an interview with probably two people and they only ask sales questions. The questions are like 'what would your manager say are your 3 best sales qualities' or what makes you a strong salesperson. I found the interview to be very impersonal and the interviewers were very dry and uninteresting. The job description they gave me was that I'd be making 100 cold calls per day to local businesses to offer them payroll. From those calls they ask that I have at least 50 presentations. Of those 50, 10 of them need to be closing presentations, of those 10, 2 of them need to buy the product.

    If you get past the first interview, you should expect to have at least two more and a ride along with one of the sales reps to see if you'd be interested in what they do.

    Interview Questions

    • Since you have no business to business experience, why would we want to hire you?

      My initial thought was: you wouldn't.

      At that point I knew this job was NOT for me
       
      Answer Question
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    Core Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Paychex (Minneapolis, MN).

    Interview

    Interviewing process does take 1-2 months. Be prepared to have your ducks in order when interviewing for this company. I studied the company, its products and services, and the industry. Phone interview is standard, got the call back to meet with manager. I knew the interview was going well when the manager started talking about compensation, what the job was like (in detail), and what to expect. This interview lasted 90 minutes. Took their math test and personality test. Next, received a call back to do a ride day with current rep, we hit it off and it went very well. Then met with another manager in different office. Final step was to have an interview with the Zone manager. Waited 10-15 minutes in their office for final decision, was made an offer at that point. I asked to negotiate the base, which was denied. The manager said all reps start at $38K base. I have 7+ years of sales experience. I accepted the position. The economy affected my sales career and I needed to get back in the door with a great company.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a challenge you overcame with a difficult client?   1 Answer
    • Tell me why you left your last employers?   1 Answer
    • Tell me what your greatest success was in your sales career?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    $38K base, no negotiation, but I asked. Manager said company policy. No room for negotiation for base. Surprised, but not surprised since it's big corporate. Bottom line, this is a demanding job and the turnover is evident. However, you'll lose even more reps that are using Paychex for experience and have no true loyalty since there are higher paying sales positions in the workplace. And all the reps that get hired by Paychex know it.

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Paychex (Los Angeles, CA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Started with a recruiter after I was contacted about my resume. I then had a brief phone interview that took about 15 minutes. Standard questions. I then was asked to come in for a 1:1 interview with the VP of sales. Interview went well but they did not like the fact that I had not graduated yet. Did not get a call back for a second interview. Seemed like a good company but not interested in seniors that are ready to graduate.

    Interview Questions

    • Pretty typical sales questions. 3 weaknesses/strengths...   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (1)  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Glendale, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Paychex (Glendale, CA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Paychex hiring process is very extensive and can be cumbersome however it does give you insight into the amount of effort placed into there hiring process. They recently switched the testing method to Top Grading. This method requires about 4 interviews and testing, once you are hired you are sent to rochester for training. You will then need to pass a Job dependent test in order to have a job. I would recommend to be proactive and plan for a 1-2 month hiring process.

    Interview Questions

    • They generally dont ask alot of very difficult questions however they do ask a lot. They ask you to paiint them a snapshot of your current career and how you got there. They will ask questions that indicate to them Why you make the decisions that you do. There were was not one question that stood out to me, sorry that I can't be more specific.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation. Salary vary from department and city.

  11. Helpful (2)  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Paychex (Rochester, NY) in June 2012.

    Interview

    I applied on the website, was called for an interview 2 weeks later, met with a panel of 8 people...everyone was very nice and asked the same questions. I was called back to another interview and met with 2 more individuals..who talked more in depth about the position. I was contacted a little over a month later for another interview after I left several messages. This next interview i met with 3 more people who yet again asked the same questions. Still unsure what the next step is

    Interview Questions

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