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Updated Jul 17, 2014

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Buyer Interview

Pompano Beach, FL

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Waste Management in November 2011.

Interview Details – 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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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Waste Management in October 2008.

Interview Details – 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 Question – 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

No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative
Washington, DC

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Waste Management in August 2011.

Interview Details – 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 Question – Tell me about your old boss.   Answer Question

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Difficult Interview

Driver Interview

Georgetown, DE

I applied online - interviewed at Waste Management in April 2011.

Interview Details – 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 Question – 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

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Recycling Driver Interview

Recycling Driver
Matteson, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Waste Management in March 2013.

Interview Details – they give you a phone interview then a face to face interview

Interview Question – How do you react in a face paced enviroment   View Answer

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Negative Experience

Average Interview

Customer Service Supervisor Interview

Customer Service Supervisor
Wixom, MI

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Waste Management in December 2012.

Interview Details – This was the most unprofessional interview/hiring process I have ever been privvy to:

When I arrived to the interview I was seated in front of the entire staff in a very uncomfortable chair, then had to wait over 35 minutes for my interviewer to arrive. I was concerned that they had forgotten me, and was about to ask the receptionist to check or reschedule when the interviewer finally showed up. There was a brief apology, but no explanation at all. This should have been my first clue.

The interview was very boring, to be honest. I don't know if the interviewers were just tired of interviewing by 3:45 in the afternoon, but they just didn't seem interested at all and at one point one of them yawned. It happens, I know, but kind of insulting after I had been waiting all that time. I feel like even if I was the best candidate out there, I probably wouldn't have gotten a fair shake. They seemed more concerned about checking off the required questions than really listening to me respond and provide answers. Very frustrating." In addition, I asked for a business card from each interviewer and was told they didn't have any with them, so I could not follow up with a thank you. At that point though, I knew I didn't want these two to be my bosses anyway, so it really wasn't that much of an issue.

I interviewed for this job the first week of December and just today (1/23/13) I got a rejection e-mail. During this time period, I have attempted to contact the recruiter on a weekly basis and never got a response at all. No phone call, no e-mail. All I was looking for was a status update--was I still being considered? Rejected? Would there be a round 2 interview? Then today, I finally get the canned e-mail response. I consider the entire process to be very unprofessional. I'm not upset that I didn't get the offer--that's OK--I'm just upset at the way I was treated during the process. But, with unemployment what it is in Michigan I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Interview Question – It has been so long since I interviewed that I don't remember the questions anymore, sorry. What I do remember is that they are pre-selected and there is no deviating from the interview "script" at all. Be prepared for behavioral type questions and come with lots of solid examples of "tell me about a time when....   Answer Question

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Customer Service Manager II Interview

Customer Service Manager II
Lewisville, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Waste Management in September 2012.

Interview Details – I was called in for a second interview and was given positive feedback upon departure, I was told as I was leaving the second interview that I should expect a call back by the end of the week. I sent a "thank you" email to my interviewers who quickly thanked me in response and again stated that they would be in touch shortly. 5 days after the 1 week time frame that was given to me in the second interview, I sent a friendly email to the recruiter that contacted me for the interviews and she told me, "Hold tight! We will be in touch." As of 2 weeks later, I have still heard nothing and I just discovered that they have posted the same job today as a brand new posting. Horrible communication! So unprofessional and inconsiderate.

Interview Question – I was led on and they never gave me the common courtesy of an update of my candidacy after I wasted hours of my time on phone interviews, multiple telephone calls from their recruiter and 2 in-person interviews.   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Upstream Project Specialist Interview

Upstream Project Specialist
Indianapolis, IN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Waste Management in March 2010.

Interview Details – I was referred by my current manager to the local Waste Management on-site Project Manager at the company where I currently provide other services. There was an Upstream Project Specialist position open at an area manufacturing facility. I sent my resume to the manager at that site, and got a call to schedule an interview from corporate HR a few weeks later. I was interviewed by the site Project Manager and Regional Sales head. The interview went very well, and I also submitted a paper I prepared that detailed the job requirements and profiled my personality, experience and skills to show how well I would do in the position. I received a verbal "Very well done" at the end. I was told I was one of 3 being interviewed. I sent the appropriate thank you cards. I left feeling very positive about my potential.

TO DATE (going on 2 months), I HAVE NOT HAD ANY CALLS OR EMAILS TO TELL ME THE STATUS OF THE JOB. I had waited the appropriate 7-10 days to beginning asking of the status, and repeated calls and emails to first HR and then to the site Program Manager have been COMPLETELY IGNORED.

To say the least, I am highly irritated. OK, I understand that I didn't get the job. However, it is incredibly RUDE to not a) tell the other interviewees that they were not chosen, and b) not return calls or emails to provide very much desired and necessary feedback of why I was not chosen.

Interview Question – Would there ever be a time where you would ignore safety in order to complete an important activity?   View Answer

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Maintanace Interview

Oklahoma City, OK

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Waste Management in December 2012.

Interview Details – Expected to know all electrical mechanical and hydraulic systems. Be ready to answer questions about background check and knowledge. Be ready to be put in the spot light about your experience and of course you will skip all the above steps if you have a friend in management.

Interview Question – could you do the impossible in 5 minutes?   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Siebel Configurator Developer Interview

Siebel Configurator Developer

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Waste Management in March 2011.

Interview Details – So I got an email from recruiter that hiring manager wanted to talk to me about the position I had applied.
It took a month for the interview to happen.It got postponed two times and the hiring manager called up at cancelled time twice.Seems these guys don't block there calenders.

First I spoke with two managers who were not even aware of the job description.The voice was breaking and unclear.I had to pardon them again n again for the questions asked to that I dont miss anything.I did managed to ask most of the questions and felt confident.This took around 25min.

Then I got a call from another hiring manager after 10min.Some of the questions were:Who is the CEO of WM,Why did you choose the school you are in,why not MIT,what does WM do,what's our revenue,Do you think we make so much using waste,salary expectation.Since I didn't wanted to propose a salary first,he offered me a very low number and the reason being cost of living is very low in texas.I immediately said a NO,that I would never join at such a low salary and I thought you want want your employees to be motivated.
After that manager started asking questions related to fourier transforms,linked list,etc which was not at all related to the position I was being interviewed.In all,it was a real bad experience talking with these three managers.I'm glad I didn't made through.

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