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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Altria.
I applied online. Was contacted via email to set up phone interview. Phone interview was mostly behavioral questions. I was contacted via email that I was moving on to the panel interview. Definitely recommend going to company website for the Interview Preparation Tips. These tips will fully prepare you for the interview.
- Name a time you used data to accomplish a sales call. Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Altria (New York, NY) in October 2014.
The first interview was a phone interview with questions about my background and verification. A few questions about the company and feeling to see if I had researched my potential employer (which I did and I recommend everyone to do so for any employer (sounds like common sense, but most skip this step). The next interview was with a unit manager and district manager for that area. They asked the star-based questions. Just make sure you answer in situation, action, outcome. Then they asked a situational case study (What would you do in the situation of a store owner not following the regulations etc.) The third interview is a case study. You have 30 minutes to overlook a case, decide the useful information and then do some mathematical business and analytical calculations (they do have the formulas). You discuss what you came up with, your ideas, and your basic sales pitch. Then proceed to use the pitch in role model format. They will conclude with more star based behavior questions. The fourth interview is a day in the field. One will ride along with a seasoned tsm, district and/or regional representative. TSM will conduct several sales calls and then you will model and complete a few as well. (this is not a ride-along, IT IS AN INTERVIEW). ***Make sure you ask lots of questions and take many notes. They are looking for how you relate to the business owners and how you adapt to your surrounds when new information presents itself.They look even closer at how you are using the notes, points, and analytics you calculate, what they have coach you on, and what you have observed from the TSM as well. Tips: definitely review the altria website information about the sub companies, watch the interview help video, review all the platitudes, values, culture, and mission statements to draw from during interviews. *as if most know, but if not full suit is needed (women as well)
- Tell me of a time when you had to use analytics and calculations to solve a problem or make a sale. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Altria in October 2014.
The process involved a lot of behavioral questions along with some general interest questions about me. There were two engineers that were interviewing me. They were friendly and it was a relaxed process. I got a call back about a month later with the job offer. all behavioral questions were in the star format.
- Tell me about one time you were very creative. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Altria in October 2014.
Three rounds of interviews. The first round was all behavioral based. The second round is a case study where you have to present and make a sales pitch. I wasn't called in for the third round, which I was told was a day on the field to see how I would behave.
- The interviewer was very harsh on my responses during the sales pitch. This caught me off guard. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Altria in October 2014.
The interview consisted of 3 rounds. Behavioral, then a panel with a case study, and then a day in the field with a current TSM. The process was very quick for me, I got my internship offer within two weeks which was very exciting. The questions were very difficult, and definitely required some thought. The questions also had follow up questions, and during the panel the person interviewing me was firing back questions really fast. You need to be very quick and to the point when answering. Don't BS and answer, it is better to take 30 seconds and really think of a good one.
- Name a situation in which you used data to solve a problem Answer Question
No negotiation for me
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Altria in October 2014.
Spoke with a recruiter at a University info session, completed the online application and then had a phone screening interview. Was invited to an in person interview with 2 Sales Managers. Interview was mostly behavioral in nature with a lot focused on how you work on your own and take initiative. Interviewers were very upfront about wanting to hear responses to their questions using the STAR format and were taking notes based upon that.
- What is an idea you had in one position you held that you carried over and enacted in another position? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Altria in October 2014.
I talked with recruiters at my school's career fair and attended their info session. I submitted my resume and cover letter online. They contacted me about a week later for an interview. The first round was over the phone, reviewing my resume and asking behavioral/situational questions. The second round involved more behavioral questions and a sales case, where I had 30 minutes to analyze data then create a sales pitch.
- Behavioral questions. They asked a lot of them and I had trouble coming up with examples. The sales case is data heavy - you have to be able to sort out the irrelevant vs. relevant data 1 Answer
- No Offer
The initial interview consists of many behavioral type questions. Answering in the STAR method is the most beneficial because if you miss a step they will ask you about it. Ex. If you explain a situation in which you faced diversity in the workplace, but did not explain the end result, they will ask you about it and note that you did not answer the question fully.
- Explain a time, in the workplace, when you used analytical skills to solve a complex problem? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Altria in September 2014.
Overall, the interview was about 30 minutes. The interview was an in person interview. The interviewers were very perceptive and asked many follow up questions to learn about the your behavior and see how you handled situations. Further, be prepared to have a least a minimum of 3-5 situations or experiences you are able to give many details and examples about. After the first interview, their will be a panel interview followed by a day in the field experience.
- Tell Me About A Time Questions. Ex. Tell me a time you disagreed with your group and how did you resolve this? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Altria (Atlanta, GA) in September 2014.
I interviewed with Altria at the NABA Southern Region Student Conference in Atlanta. The process was not as rigorous as for other companies I interviewed with that day. There were two men conducting the interview very nice people, great energy. I truly enjoyed the way the interview went. They started by introducing themselves and telling me what were their duties at the company ; then they went on and told me about why it would be great to work with Altria. They each took turns to ask questions they asked about 5 to 8 questions in total and at the end of the interview they gave me a nice Portfolio with their cards which I found very thoughtful and the portfolio actually came in handy too because I did not have one and I had 3 other interviews that day, so I needed to have something that would have made mme look professional loprofessional enough.
I received the offer in the mail and did not really negotiate because I am going to be an intern so there is not much flexibility in that case.
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