Cars.com Interview Questions & Reviews
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- Affiliate Marketing Internship (1)
- Digital Media Senior Representative (1)
Field Sales Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cars.com.
Interview Details – Starts as always with HR, then hiring manager, then hiring managers manager. Questions are pretty generic and really want to know about your background. They really want hunter mentality big time so present that as much as possible. Know the "challenger sales" method as it is their primary sales training/technique
Negotiation Details – Very little room on base salary to negotiate
Digital Media Senior Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Cars.com.
Interview Details – First time I felt absolutely "sold" in a job interview, and I literally was drooling for the job, and the chance to work with the manager. Was not hired first time I interviewed, but was called back when several reps and managers were promoted
Interview Question – As a female, working with car dealers, are you prepared to deal with some inappropriate comments, and uncomfortable situations, and how would you deal with them Answer Question
Manager Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cars.com.
Interview Details – The interview process was efficient and very positive. Everyone I met with was extremely welcoming and really made the company admirable. I would definitely recommend cars.com for anyone looking for a career change, they really value their employees.
Interview Question – all of the questions were equally challenging, but very well worded. Answer Question
Inside Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cars.com in November 2013.
Interview Details – Applied and was contacted via phone call within 3 days. Setup a window for me to call (because I never can control when I'll be with a customer) from 2-230. I was able to call at 210, the person didn't answer so I left a voicemail. Around 4 they called back wondering why I hadn't called (didn't check their voicemail?), I explained the situation and we were able to set up a later time. Phone interview went ok, but always felt like I was behind the 8-ball after having to reschedule. No in-person interview offer was extended.
Interview Question – Asked how my customers would describe me. Scenario I hadn't really prepared for. Answer Question
Digital Marketer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Cars.com
Interview Details – Long and drawn out process, leveraging recruiters to do communicating. Learned a lot about company and had ample opportunities to make informed decisions. People I met with we're intelligent and professional.
Interview Question – None, although they struggled to answer some of my questions. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Not a good fit.
Marketing Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Cars.com
Interview Details – The interview process for this position was straightforward. I submitted my resume through the careers website, and got a phone call from the HR person. A few days later I talked with the hiring manager who asked me to come in for an on-site interview. A couple days later they called with my offer.
Interview Question – Why do you belong here? Answer Question
Associate Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cars.com.
Interview Details – There were 3 interviews for the first round, followed by 3 more in a second round. Typically the first was one on one, the second with a group, and the third another one on one. Very friendly interview, not too challenging. In my interview I had some brain teasers, which were hard, but I got through them ok.
Interview Question – "Talk me through how you would think about the disruption caused by teleportation technology on current mass transit" Answer Question
Affiliate Marketing Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Cars.com.
Interview Details – My initial interview was a phone interview in which the affiliate marketing manager asked me about why cars.com and how my experience provided preparation for this role. My second interview was held at their Chicago headquarters in which I was interviewed by her and another affiliate marketing manager. He asked the same questions. He also asked what I thought cars.com did and where I see myself in 5 years. The culture is informal which they believe fosters more collaboration, innovation and interaction. Their employees are mostly young. Their hierarchy is pretty flat but there are well defined roles. The company is still growing and expanding because it is relatively young. It has a start-up company's spirit but it also has the spirit of a seasoned company because they've obviously established a presence in the online community.
Interview Question – Because they just created this position, it was hard to gauge from the description what they were expecting from you or what exactly the role entailed. Answer Question
Web Developer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cars.com in April 2013.
Interview Details – Met manager at a career fair at my university and was later contacted regarding a potential intern position. Had an initial phone screening and was asked basic SQL questions (ie discuss the different types of joins). Was then contacted by a team manager for an in-person interview. The in-person interview lasted several hours and consisted of three separate interviews with two members of the team at a time. The questions consisted of basic programming knowledge, basic system design and SQL, and some brain-teasers and sys-admin type questions. In the end they were looking for a part time intern, but I was looking for a full-time internship.
Interview Question – Write the merge-sort algorithm in pseudo-code. View Answer
QA Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Cars.com.
Interview Details – I had an interview with about 6 people all in 30 minute windows.
Interview Question – What would you do if you had 2000 test cases to run through with a limited amount of time? View Answer