Waste Management Interview Questions

Updated Aug 12, 2015
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    Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pompano Beach, FL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Waste Management (Pompano Beach, FL) in November 2011.

    Interview

    After applying online, it took a couple of weeks for a telephone interview with an HR person from headquarters in TX. Subsequent to that I was scheduled for an in-person panel interview with 3 senior executives: Regional Sourcing Manager, VP Controller and Purchasing Director for the region. I found it to be the most intimidating and diffucult interview I have ever had. Difficult questions were asked, mostly pertaining to how to deal with personality conflicts and difficult people. My impression is that this particular Purchasing manager was very difficult to work with. He was cagey about compensation, only offering up that his people were "well compensated" but worked "very very hard." I came away from the interview with an unfavorable impression of the workplace there and was not surprised that the position was filled by another applicant.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you were in disagreement with how something was done at a workplace and how did you deal with it? Did you go along with it or voice your opinion?   Answer Question
    • How do you deal with difficult people inside the office as well as customers?   Answer Question
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    Major Account Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Waste Management (Lombard, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    It was horrible. The recruiter had it in his mind that I was not a good fit from the start no matter how much I explained my experience would equate to the role. I really wish I would have been allowed to speak to someone else or interview in person.

    Interview Questions

    • If I had sales experience.   1 Answer
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    Route Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Waste Management (San Diego, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I approached the interview very unprepared. I thought it was going to be an explanatory thing from the recruiter and didn't realize it was an interview. I was referred to the recruiter by an employment agency who just said to call this person. I wasn't very interested in the position and misunderstood the employment agencies recommendation.

    Interview Questions

    • If I had researched the company and position   1 Answer
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    ITMA Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Waste Management (New York, NY) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online when they had the campus event. Communicated with HR to setup the 1:1 interview. One employee from the same program came in town to conduct the interviews(maybe there are more, I only met one; his luggage were sitting next to him in the interview room). Was told to bring enough resumes by HR when making the appointment, but the interviewer didn't even plan to look at it. (To me, he was just looking for the 'smart' people to dedicate more effort in the screening process.) He routinely introduced the program. Asked me to introduce myself. Then "what color is a lime?' Other questions include how to estimate the weight of Airbus A380(not correct answer), burning rope to measure 45 minutes(can be solved) and something else I cannot recall. I asked him why the Google questions afterwards. His answer is just fair: to see how interviewees react under pressure and to see the thinking process with such pressure(I couldn't image what kind of pressure this company put on recent college grads) The interviewer looked burned up to me. Or maybe his just had a rough night. The "enough resume" from HR and unexpected brainteasers is a sign of miscommunication( unless that was the intention).

    Interview Questions

    • 1. what color is a lime? 2. how to estimate the weight of Airbus A380 by just looking at it? 3. how to measure exactly 45 minutes given two ropes that burn at inconsistent rates from end to end. Both ropes take one hour to burn completely to ashes.   Answer Question
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    Outside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Waste Management (Raleigh, NC) in December 2014.

    Interview

    First, a recruiter calls and talks through the position. He then schedules an interview. The interview lasted about an hour for me. Pretty casual setting. No panel, just one-on-one. Hard to gauge response of interviewer. Pay is $45,000 base + 20% commission. This position goes up to $1000 a week contracts. Larger accounts are taken by a large-account specialist.

    Interview Questions

    • Define 'pipeline'. Lots of technical questions from a 30 page file from corporate. He did not ask all the listed questions, but there is a very structured script that dictates the interview.   1 Answer
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    Driver Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Georgetown, DE
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Waste Management (Georgetown, DE) in April 2011.

    Interview

    They didn't give nothing out but what u earned..Uc got paid by the hour..Thats it...Other then that..u do ur job and still get talk 2 like ur a dog.."Sorry 4 that ,,but true"

    Interview Questions

    • Y do they get way with it,,My boss,, his boss didn't do nothing bout it..The way he talk 2 all the DRIVERS...   Answer Question
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    Recycling Driver Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Matteson, IL
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Waste Management (Matteson, IL) in March 2013.

    Interview

    they give you a phone interview then a face to face interview

    Interview Questions

    • How do you react in a face paced enviroment   1 Answer
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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Waste Management in October 2008.

    Interview

    I was given a phone interview with a person from HR that lasted about 30 minutes. I was contacted 2 days later and set up an interview with a panel of 4 employees from various positions. The first interview lasted 45min-1hr. I was contacted 4 days later to go back for a second interview which lasted about the same amount of time. The second interview was only the direct manager and a HR rep. About a week later I was sent an email letting me know I had not received the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to made a difficult decision when dealing with a customer. What was the situation, and how the result.   Answer Question
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Waste Management (Washington, DC) in August 2011.

    Interview

    Contacted by GM who thought HR had already spoken with me, when they had not. 2 hour 1:1 interview in a casual setting with role playing questions- very odd. The interview was far too long to be anything close to productive. Was asked to present a PowerPoint on " my attributes". My submission was barely acknowledged. I followed up dutifully to be told the position was being " re-upped" and I am in running. I received a thank-you but no thank-you from talent acquisition unbenounced to the GM an hour later. A hiring freeze was in place through 2012.. Funny, they seem to be hiring old cronies from Allied Waste without regard to freeze.

    Interview Questions

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    Customer Service Representative Indianapolis Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Waste Management (Indianapolis, IN) in April 2015.

    Interview

    submitted application on line. I was called in for interview the interviewer wasn't quite together yet, they were out of print paper we had to wait. the interviewer was running late.They didn't give good directions to find the place either.

    Interview Questions

    • How efficient I was on micro-word.   1 Answer
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