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Waste Management Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014

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Buyer Interview

Buyer
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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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

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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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Driver Interview

Driver
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

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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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Area Manager Interview

Area Manager
Columbia, MD

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Waste Management in April 2012.

Interview Details – The interviewer was late. Once he arrived he did not have my resume on hand. After I gave him a copy he began to downgrade the waste companies that I previously worked for.

Interview Question – why was I looking for a job???   Answer Question

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Intern Interview

Intern

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

Interview Details – Was scheduled for a video interview with somebody there and a person from HR...turns out video on their end was not working so they could see me but I couldn't see either of them...awwwkkkk. The person who worked there seemed normal and polite. Person from HR seemed angry...neither offered to turn off video camera when it was a one-way interview.

Interview Question – Please detail how you would go about working a long term project.   View Answer

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Sales Manager Interview

Sales Manager
Phoenix, AZ

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Waste Management in January 2014.

Interview Details – Though the pre-screening experience was generally a positive one, I found the first-line management interview to be far from what I expect from a major corporation and leader in its field. The manager with whom I interviewed made no attempts to be evenly remotely warm with me. "They tell us to ask these questions so that's what I'm going to do," he said, then went on to ask me the pre-canned questions in a robotic fashion. When asked if I had questions, I said "Yes. What is your leadership style?", I asked. He said "I'll tell you something once, but if I have to tell you again, there will be a lot of screaming and shouting." Great, I thought, this is what every senior manager needs in their life ------ NOT!

Interview Question – Many scenario based questions are asked. For example, "Tell me of a time when you were in jeopardy of losing a customer, and what you did to fend that off. Also, explain how you used your resources to accomplish the objective, and what the outcome was."   View Answer

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Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative
Saint Louis, MO

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Waste Management.

Interview Details – Apply online, you're called for an interview...typically two interviews, unless its an hourly position then most likely you will only have one.

Interview Question – Nothing too difficult, standard interview questions.   Answer Question

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IT Analyst III Interview

IT Analyst III

I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Waste Management in December 2010.

Interview Details – Hiring process was formal and smooth. Discussion was very typical where as the question were typical of a normal hiring interview. Interviewers was very pleasant. Interviewed with multiple people within a few days.

Interview Question – What am I looking for in a company?   Answer Question

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