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CDW Interview Questions & Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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No Offer

Positive Experience

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager
Chicago, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at CDW in January 2011.

Interview Details – Interview over phone then in person

Interview Question – What sales expierce do you have   View Answer


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Inside Sales Account Manager Interview

Inside Sales Account Manager
Mettawa, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at CDW.

Interview Details – A couple of short phone conversations, then face to face with hiring manager

Interview Question – nothing was difficult, its a job mainly for college kids so no real curve balls   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager
Chicago, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at CDW in March 2012.

Interview Details – There were two interviews followed by an onsite. At the onsite I met my manager who told me as soon as I walked in that I had the offer and then we just chatted about the job, who he had previously hired and why. Very informal throughout and largely stress free.

Interview Question – If a potential client uses a competitors products and aren't interested in switching their infrastructure how do you react?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Bid Desk Interview

Bid Desk
Vernon Hills, IL

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at CDW in October 2013.

Interview Details – Environment was very friendly, CDW is definitely family oriented. They ask questions to help determine a persons personality. I would say CDW is probably one of my favorite interviews.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Account Manager Small Business Interview

Account Manager Small Business
Mettawa, IL

Interviewed at CDW

Interview Details – was referred by a friend who received a $50 bonus upon my completion of 30 days. i was called and briefly screened a week after submitting my resume, and asked to come in for an interview on the same call. i interviewed with a sales manager in a small interview room in the mettawa location. process was straight forward, and i was asked a short assortment of commonly asked questions regarding my skills, employment, and education. i received an offer on the spot.

Interview Question – how does your education apply to your potential career in inside sales?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

SMB Account Manager Interview

SMB Account Manager
Mettawa, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at CDW in June 2009.

Interview Details – There was a phone interview with an HR manager. Then they brought me in for a face to face interview with the HR Manager and the Sales Manager for the SMB sales group. The interview was an enjoyable process, the company is well known and supposedly one of the top companies to work for. However their offer was way to low. Their base salary was $35K plus commission. When I asked for a commission schedule and an idea of what the average commissions a sales rep would make in their first year, HR wouldn't provide me with that. I had over 3 years of inside sales experience with another IT VAR, but all sales organizations are different, so I needed to see what types of commissions I could count on. When they made me an offer, I had to decline it, because they refused to tell me a key piece of information. Now I am with another VAR making over 100K per year.

Interview Question – How do you handle difficult clients? And sensitive situations?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I had over 3 years of experience and a book of clients that I could call on. They weren't willing to pay for experience and didn't want to give me all of the information necessary to make a good decision.
They wanted a body not an experienced IT sales rep.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Human Resources Interview

Human Resources
Vernon Hills, IL

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at CDW in January 2011.

Interview Details – Very good interview. Easy going.

Interview Question – Tell me how you grew your previous organization's revenue?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Inside Sales Account Manager Interview

Inside Sales Account Manager
Lake Forest, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at CDW in January 2012.

Interview Details – All I have to say is, if you have any type of sales experience at all and are NOT right out of college then RUN. Dont walk RUN and or dont even bother to attempt to get a job here. There base is 25k a year and you are required to cold call all day long hoping to land some accounts. The manager that hired me basically did the worst interview I have ever had. Could of chatted with him over the phone rather than waste my time going in to talk with him. This job should of been a slam dunk.......I have over 5 years of sales experience but I felt that during the interview that this manager wanted nothing to do with someone with actual experience!! Got the over qualified look plenty of times. Basically I think CDW likes to hire people to train from the ground up so they arent scared of someone with experience coming in and taking their job. Just my opionion.....

Interview Question – Why do you want to work at CDW?

Really, this was the hardest question during my interview! Kinda comical. The rest was all small talk
  Answer Question


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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager
Chicago, IL

The process took 3 days - interviewed at CDW in April 2012.

Interview Details – I applied through their website after seeing the job posting on my University job board. I was called for a phone interview the next day. The phone interview lasted 1 hour. At the end of the call I was asked to come in asap to meet with the person who would be my manager. I then met with the manager who I really really liked.

The HR person came back to go over the benefits package. Since it wasn't my first offer I asked for time to consider the offer. I was told that I could take a week but the start date would be 10 days out because they have a 6 week training period where they train groups all at once. During our phone interview he had mentioned another start date that would have been more than a month away but that was no longer on the table. I think that maybe the later start date would have been under another manager and that's why it wasn't part of what was available anymore.

The cubicles are really big. There are lots of prizes and free food but the pay for the first two years is the worst. I was also told that to get close to 6 figures in year 4 it would require working 10 to 12 hour days for the first year.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to overcome an objection.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Hours too long for low earnings initially.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at CDW in July 2011.

Interview Details – phone interview, 1 on 1 then offered the posiiton. very easy offered posiiton that day which idicates they do not care who they empliy

Interview Question – what makes you excel at sales   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – none

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