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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Keene, NH – Reviewed May 11, 2013 New
Interview Details – Applied internally and spoke with two managers and the exec. The team is constantly growing in defining what areas we are analyzing and improving our audit methods. Fairly relaxed culture, plenty of time and room for freedom in what to work on. The team focuses on operations/warehouse audits, but has many ad-hoc audit requests from finance, buying side, etc.
Interview Question – What would you change about this company? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate
No Offer – Reviewed Mar 11, 2013
Interview Details – Met with a recruiter at an on-campus event. Followed up with a phone interview that was basically behavioral and walked through my resume. Then, got flown out to their headquarters for a full day of interviews. One round was a case, one round was behavioral, and the last round was also behavioral.
Interview Question – What was a time when you made a mistake and how did you resolve it? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Keene, NH – Reviewed Oct 29, 2012
Interview Details – Campus Recruiting - consists of on campus interview and then a possible callback to the main site in Keene ~ on campus interview consisted of a bunch of typical behavioral questions. On site interview, consists of more behavioral questions and a scenario question.
Interview Question – Tell me about an abstract problem you faced and how did you resolve it? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Upper Marlboro, MD Sep 2011 – Reviewed Oct 22, 2012
Interview Details – Met them at the career fair, had the first round next day. Within 2 weeks, got a call for phone interview. Total waiting time was about 3 weeks
Interview Question – It was all behavior based. faily easy Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Chester, NY Aug 2012 – Reviewed Aug 25, 2012
Interview Details –
First Spoke with a human resource manager at a job fair who scheduled the interview for later in the afternoon. Upon arriving at the gates the security officer told me that they didn't have me on the list for interviews. I showed him the card that was given to me and he said that he couldn't let me in if I wasn't on the list. He wouldn't even call the office. Luckily the woman from the job fair drove by at the time and told him she had forgotten to add me and he let me in.
I had to wait over an hour for the interview to begin. While I was waiting I was able to observe many employees come into the office and express there concerns. Everyone was given a chance to speak with a manager without needing to give any advance notice, and the managers seemed genuinely concerned with helping them. I first talked to the human resource manager and then to the shift manager. Both were professional but unapologetic about the long wait.
Interview Question – I was asked to remember three random words at the beginning of the interview. About a half hour later I was Asked what those three words were. View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY May 2010 – Reviewed Jul 3, 2012
Interview Details – The interview gave every impression of a company that had their act together and was professional. The real conditions of the job were alluded to but not elaborated, and so it wasn't clear how the job would actual be. The questions were challenging but fair and was a fair interview overall.
Interview Question – Describe challenges you have faced with disputes between employees and how you resolved it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I would negotiate more aggressively however don't expect to get anything. Very stingy in benefits.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Keene, NH May 2010 – Reviewed Apr 23, 2012
Interview Details – HR usually takes a while to organize interviews, be patient. Once you get through the phone screen, most questions would be about your resume and work.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you over other candidates? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Little negotiation opportunity, but worth trying.
No Offer – Interviewed in Kapolei, HI Apr 2012 – Reviewed Apr 21, 2012
Interview Details –
I had received a phone call from the HR manager regarding my resume & application submission via the C&S Wholesale Grocers website. I was asked if I would be able to go to their offices for an interview with the HR manager and Vice President. When I agreed, I received an e-mail with directions to the office. The office is easy to find and located in the industrial area of Kapolei. The Hawaii office operates as Hawaii Logistics LLC. When you enter, there is a receptionist in a booth. And as a visitor you are asked to use the phone to dial the extension of the person you are meeting with and sign-in on the sheet. The office is very secure. The HR manager met with me and escorted me a flight of stairs to the office area. It was very quiet. The interview was conducted in the Vice President's office. As I mentioned earlier, I was interviewed by the VP and HR manager. The first question asked, I believe was, "Tell me about yourself..." The following questions were also asked (not in the exact verbiage, nor in the exact order):
- HR Manager: Tell me a time when you had a disagreement with a supervisor and how was it handled.
- VP: What is your greatest strength?
- VP: What is your greatest weakness?
- VP: If asked, what 3 things would your previous supervisor say about you?
- HR Manager: I was also asked a question on how I would handle a situation with regard to a client requesting for a last minute order to be completed ASAP, but I would receive push back from the warehouse.
- VP: Would you feel comfortable going into my calendar to schedule an appointment? Or would you have to ask me?
- VP: I was asked about my computer skills because they were looking for someone who had strong Microsoft Office programs, most especially Excel and Outlook
- VP: When will you be able to start? They were looking for someone to start ASAP.
They did explain what was expected of the position and emphasized that they needed someone who would handle all types of individuals (from high-level executives to everyday workers in the warehouse). They discussed salary and what the position would be starting at.
I asked VP and HR Manager questions about the company (future growth, current success, etc), what they looked for in a successful candidate. I also asked what the next steps would be. They said they were going to have a few more interviews that week and would contact the candidates by the end of the week via mail or e-mail. I thought the interview went well and waited to hear from them.
The end of the week came along and I had sent a follow-up e-mail to the HR manager to see what my status was as far as being considered for the position. Well it has been over a week since my e-mail and 2 weeks since my interview. I NEVER received a response to my e-mail, nor have I received one of those generic e-mails / mails regarding not being considered for the position. No hard feelings really, but the HR Manager could have at least respond to my e-mail with a simple statement. I thought that was a tad unprofessional on the company's part. By the way, I checked the company's website and the position is still posted. It's even posted here on glassdoor.com. I wonder if they hired anyone... we will never know.
Interview Question – What is your greatest strength? Answer Question
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Keene, NH Aug 2009 – Reviewed Jan 8, 2011
Interview Details – I appplied online for a position, I can't remember if it was Recruiter or Recruiting Coordinator. I had never been to the address before so I was a little early. Not surprisingly it was a big, grey box of a building sitting back behind the main commerce area in Keene with ahuge, mostly filled parking lot. I checked in at a glass window reception counter and then waited nearly 20 minutes for someone to come out and meet me. (I hadn't been that early, I killed time in the car and then checked in about 2 minutes prior to the interview start time.) I walked with a young girl through a labyrinth of dark halls until we came to a large room with several very, very small offices off of it. I didn't have a ton of recruiting experience and these people were blown away. I talked about things during my interview (sales and closing tactics, cold calling practices) and they were practically taking notes. They asked me continually, after shutting the door (I met with three different recruiters and then a manager) why I would want to work there! They were nice and friendly, but didn't have much positive to say about the job or the company - nothing negative, they just didn't say anything positive.
Reason for Declining – I couldn't get out of there fast enough, I felt like the place was literally sucking peoples souls out! They didn't technically offer me a job, they just called that afternoon to set up a final interview and I declined. I got the impression everyone worked there because they needed a job and either didn't have the innovation or ability to work somewhere more engaging.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Atlanta, GA Mar 2009 – Reviewed May 14, 2009
Interview Details – Worked with internal recruiter; phone screen; flew out twice for interviews.
Negotiation Details – Unsure
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