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Senior Staff Accountant Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at United Natural.
Interview Details – The interview process started quickly with immediate feedback from the HR department, including completion of a lengthy application. The interview seemed to go well, but the follow up was non-existent, and there was no response to emails to the hiring manager. I felt this organization lacked basic business etiquette.
Interview Question – There were no specific questions asked. I felt the interview lacked structure & focus. View Answer
Creative Services Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at United Natural in March 2013.
Interview Details – I had initially submitted an online application and then was able to secure a personal referral to HR. I was contacted by an intern for a 10 minute screening call - which took several days to schedule because of her limited schedule. Her demeanor was very robotic. No acknowledgement that I had a strong personal introduction at the executive level. After a brief screening call I received a pro-forma email rejection 2 days later.
Interview Question – No questions related to the position or my skills - more general about greatest challenge, learning experience, management style etc. Answer Question
Customer Service Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at United Natural in April 2012.
Interview Details – Initially contacted by the HR-Rep very personable. Most of the questions were your basic phone interview type questions. Was contacted several days later to come in for 1:2 interview process. The interview was conducted in a large conference room. The interviewers gave a overall description of the company and the position applied for. The interview consisted of both interviewers asking questions and taking notes.
Truck Driver Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at United Natural in October 2011.
Interview Details – After applying online I was contacted via telephone and a brief interview was conducted. Questions pertained to experience and qualifications I listed on my application (food service distribution is a plus). A time/day was set for a one on one with Transportation Manager.
After checking in at front office, being assigned a "visitor badge", I met with HR member who conducted initial phone interview and I was escorted to Transportation department. Attention to safety and protocol are observed. I was asked to wait in employee break room.
Transportation manger came in and introduce himself. At his office we discussed previous driving experience and details of the job in particular. He spelled out the days and hours as a new hire will be scattered, offering that you will work four days a week with three off. Three consecutive days off will take approximately 5years to obtain. More than likely you will work Mon, Tues-Weds off, work Fri-Sat... You will work as a floater for at least a year and then start to have consistent routes. Routes are aquired by bid based upon seniority.
Note - the hours mentioned varied from what I was told in initial phone interview with HR. Close, but obviously HR doesn't know of the possible combination of work hours/days drivers work?
The Transportation Manager didn't "sugar-coat" anything and was quite clear expressing the rule of seniority within the company and odd days/hours a new hire would be expected to work.
His interview consisted of five specific questions relating to behavior and past experiences (with three possible alternative questions if the previous didn't apply).
Warehouse/Transportation dress seems to be casual. Lots of employees in shorts and pants, tee shirts or polo... adherence to safety.
Building lacked any windows.I feel sorry for the routing-transportation staff which works inside. Not a good atmosphere!
Note: I was told UNFI - Rocklin has outgrown the facility. Why not move Transportation Dept to a new building onsite and use the warehouse space for needed warehouse space?
Follow up to interview has been hit and miss. Rescheduling of drive test (due to sick lead driver).
Drive Test: Prepare to demonstrate a "pre-trip" inspection. Adhere to safety at all times. Bring a rag to check fluids, gloves to check steering components etc. Truck we drove was a dual axle tractor w/48' liftgate trailer. Tandem axle on trailer is set at furthest back rear position for drive test (take turns wide). A docking scenario will be checked, avoid a "blind side" back in and drive around or u-turn to accomplish this (you will not be told what to do. Just directed to dock there). During the test you will cross railroad tracks, follow rules of safety. Not a lot to it, 30-45mins...
Afterwards: Promised phone calls don't happen when stated "I'll/he'll call you on..."
The delay has given me more time to review the company.
Thinking back of the employees I saw on site; drivers are way tired (getting off shifts), that's expected. Staff on breaks don't seem too happy. I have yet to be greeted by any staff/employee with exception of the front office receptionist(s). But, that is her job.Surprised seeing smoking in front of the building (smoking cessation plan should be implemented). For a Natural Food Distributor it was odd seeing break-room vending machines full of junk food. One would think the company would promote healthy choices from within?
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Anonymous Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at United Natural in December 2010.
Interview Details – Face to face interview wasn't really an interview at all. Manager simply explained the ins/outs of the job, the territory, vacation, pay, benefits, expenses etc. Not a single interview question was asked. I did take the opportunity to touch upon some of my experience and how it related to the position. You will definitely need to be aggressive and tell them about your experience and how it relates to the job. I had a feeling the job was already filled as it seemed we were just going through the motions. From what I've heard through other people it was probably a blessing that I wasn't offered the job. Doesn't seem like the retail reps do very well.
Interview Question – Never asked an interview question.....waste of time. Answer Question
Margin Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at United Natural in July 2010.
Interview Details – I was contact by an HR person. He was very nice and informative. The first interview took place few days later. It was with the Regional CEO. Very non formal, very nice. I passed this interview and was interviewed by the company CEO who gave me some cases. I guess i wasn't that good because i did not pass
Interview Question – Two Factories. Same Revenue. IS the value the same? View Answer
Sales Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at United Natural.
Interview Details – 3 phone interviews and 1 group/panel interview.
Interview Question – What is our current stock?
What is our last years revenue?
Who is our biggest competitors? Answer Question