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Updated Feb 24, 2014
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I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at CarMax.

Interview Details – This process is super lengthy! The interviews are usually bundled into 2 separate ones with 2 people in each one and both sets in one day. This can equal about 3 hours give or take. Sometimes there is a lot of sitting around and waiting.

Interview Question – Why do you want to be a buyer at Carmax? Answer this question by repeating a lot of what their website and job description says if you have l   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no option to negotiate.

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I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at CarMax.

Interview Details – Panel Interviews mostly done with 2 people. Interviews are done by a senior buyer and another buyer who alternate back and forth to ask 4-6 open ended questions. Then after the first panel interview a second group will come in and do the same. If you are good a 3rd interview with a senior manager who makes the actual decision will come in and either ask the same type questions or will just chat.

Very easy just tell a story that answers what the situation was, what you did and why and how it ended.

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  • Tell me about a time your opinion differs from a managers   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time you led a group in a challenging task or project   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time you had you had to communicate a change to your team   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time you missed a deadline on a project   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time you had to get to the root cause of a difficult problem   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. It's a take it of leave it offer.

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Kansas City, MO

I applied online and interviewed at CarMax.

Interview Details – Applied On Line when position became available. 330 On Line Behavorial questions....nothing out of the ordinary but time consuming, make sure you set aside some time dedicated to answer. One hour phone interview with HR mostly behavorial questions. Email sent with about 10 questions. Face to face interview in front of 2 managers. All questions mostly behavorial.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time...... When did you have to confront a difficult......All standard interview questions   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Hours and Pay

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Dulles, VA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at CarMax in July 2013.

Interview Details – Had a great phone interview within a week of applying and received a lot of great information about the company but just a standard "tell me about a time" interview. Followed up with an in person interview. The interviewer seemed annoyed and unprepared and very unorganized. He looked over my resume while I was sitting there and at one point had to have me explain it, though my resume was setup in a very simple standard and easy to follow. I turned down the job offer because I decided that if that was the location I would be working for I did not think it would be a good fit for me.

Interview Question – Very straight forward questions but come prepared with a lot of specific examples of things you've accomplished or worked hard on.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The phone interviewer was great and professional but after talking to the people at the store I would be working at I decided that I would not fit in there.

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I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at CarMax in August 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online, got a follow up email 2 days later asking me to fill out a secondary interview. I scheduled a quick phone interview. Write down the questions the recruiter asks you. They are word-for-word the exact question your interviewer will ask you. After the phone interview you will be scheduled for an on site interview. This interview is for no reason way too long. 4 and a half hours. You show up and take a questioner, asking if your ever stolen or done drugs- of course you answer no. Then you wait. A manager pulls you into his office and asks you the same questions you just answered on the computer. Then you wait. Then you interview with 2 mangers. They ask you the same questions the phone interviewer asked you. Then you wait. Then they set you up with a SAT style aptitude test. Then the hiring manager gives you a cup and you literally take an on site drug test. You go on your marry way. I got an offer a little while later, but declined.

I got the appearance that CarMax is a cool low key place to work, but while I was in the office I saw the schedules for some of the buyers, One saturday off a month - never a Sunday. That did not turn me on. Let's be real, for a 35,000-40,000 / year job. I want alternating full weekend off. Also, I didn't really see a career in the company organization. There can be 10 buyers but only one senior buyer. Looks to me like you'll never getpromoted with those odds. I chose to look else where for employment

Interview Question – Almost all Customer Service behavioral questions.   Answer Question

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Dulles, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at CarMax.

Interview Details – First I was setup on a phone interview which lasted about an hour. A week later I received a call to setup an in person interview. The manager that interviewed me seemed confused and lost during the interview. He seemed like maybe it was his first interview though he said he had worked for the company for 16 years.

Interview Question – Most questions were about how you accomplished a task or worked with others and you'll need to be as specific as possible.   Answer Question

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I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at CarMax.

Interview Details – Once you apply typically a buyer will call you and set up an interview. You'll be interviewed by a buyer and sales manager first. if they like you they will set up another interview right away with a senior buyer and purchasing manager. From there you pretty much got the job

Interview Question – All the questions are pretty much the same, just worded differently, All customer service situations and management questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate, but if you don't have and retail management experience don't expect to get more than 35,000. once you get promoted they give you an additional 5,000. which is non-negotiable.

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

Interview Details – The interview process starts with 2 phone interviews with a recruiter, then a week later I was called in for a in person interview. The hiring manager was not in but I had 3 panel interviews which were 2 on 1 and had to take hour long test using logic and reading graphs. I came back the next day and had another 2 on 1 interview and while leaving out the door I was called back in for a drug test. I was told that my paper work was being reviewed by corporate.

Interview Question – Typical "tell me about a time?" question   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was asked about current salary and they matched it

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Houston, TX

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

Interview Details – Recruiting is normally handled through referral or through application on the CarMax website. First interview is normally a phone interview that will be scheduled with a corporate recruiter and followed by a minimum of 3 in-store interviews. Interviews are in a format known as Behavioral Interviews and you should look up the type of questions you will be asked by googling Behavioral Interview. I would also recommend reading up on the company from the CarMax website to prep yourself for the questions as well

Interview Question – Interview is pretty straight forward give good details and show good energy   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They do not negotiate in Texas you should expect an offer for this position from the mid 30's to the low 40's

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Virginia Beach, VA

I applied online - interviewed at CarMax in February 2013.

Interview Details – A long process. The first part was an online assessment that took roughly 30 minutes. A few days later got a phone call to schedule a phone interview, this phone interview was about an hour long. It was all cookie cutter questions, What would you do in this situation, nothing outside of the box. It got to the point where the redundancy was highly annoying. The 3rd part was an in person interview that was scheduled to be 2-4 hours long. The first part was 30 questions of drug use, criminal record, and stealing. It was odd that at this point in the process they were going over all this all again. They also run a work history check through the Social Security administration. After that did a knowledge assessment, basic math questions, reading and compression, and analytical questions, which took a little over an hour. Finally I did a face to face interview with Manager, which was once again the same type scenario based questions from the phone interview. Throughout all the interviews they made it a big deal that you have an open schedule, I am in the Reserves (one wknd a month, 2 wks a year) and this seemed to be a slight issue with them. i also made mention that I wanted to pursue my Masters and later on in the final interview he asked if I had any school or any other obligations that would prevent me from working certain times. Not sure if he didn't hear me, or was just following the script.

Interview Question – What did you do in ( difficult, bad, unexpected,) situation? ( Asked 10 times)
Weakness, Strengths
All run of the mill questions, big business style.
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