I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Cintas in July 2013.
Interview Details – I got a call from HR. Called me out to their office & hours away. They were interviewing all the management trainee positions on the same day. They put us all in the same waiting room, which I thought was unprofessional and awkward. Took a 120 question test, then I met with the manager. I got an email 2 days later saying they went with someone else.
Interview Question – Name a time where you went above and beyond what was asked of you Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cintas in June 2013.
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I recently went through the interview process with Cintas in Virginia. The interview process is extensive due to how important it is for the company to make the right hire. The outside sales rep position is not easy, and they make sure that you know that (which I really appreciate). The first interview is used as a screening to see if you are the type of person they would want on their team. The second interview is a "Ride Along", so you spend all day (7:30AM-5:00PM) shadowing a current sales rep so that you can see how the cold calling works and how appointments are executed. My personal opinion is that the time spent with the sales rep is actually an all day interview of you to see how you interact in a new situation like that (tip: ask lots of questions and do not be shy). There is an interview at the end of the day (mine was at the end, but they made it sound like it was supposed to be in the morning, so it may vary depending on their manager's schedules). The final interview is with the Director. He asks lots of difficult questions and does a really good job figuring out if you would be the fit they need for the position.
All in all it's not an easy process to go through, but it is worth it. They have this extensive process because they have made many poor hires, or hires of employees who just can't handle the large work load of doing outside sales. You have to know you are able to perform at a high level for sales and with organization for this type of position. I think Cintas is a wonderful company and I appreciate their interview process because it shows that they care about making sure they get the right person for the right job. Make sure you have at least one year of outside sales experience that you can pull from, and make sure you have your numbers for how you performed.
Don't go for the job if you're not going to show up in your nicest suit and tie. It's a professional position, so dress the part. Come prepared.
Interview Question – "9 out of 10 people I hire without outside sales experience crash and burn... How will you be any different?" Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Cintas in June 2012.
Interview Details – They called me for a phone interview, roughly 10 questions that were discussed freely. Very easy going conversation. A couple days later I got called in for a in-peron interview which consisted of: 3 interviews total. They made it easy for me by having all 3 in the same day so i wouldnt have to drive all the way back there. The first two are about your past work history and any leadership skills you may have developed over the years. teh last one with the GM, was more about the company and where I see myself in the future.
Interview Question – How will the other employees view you? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was none.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cintas.
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I was contacted by phone from the HR partner and set up the initial interview. The first interview was a screening interview with the HR Partner and consisted mostly of a resume verification and a few brief questions that were typical resume faire (strengths, weaknesses).
The HR partner then contacted me a few days later to arrange second interviews. The second interviews consisted of meeting with various Managers in the building and each of them had a prepared booklet with questions required to be asked by Corporate. None of the questions were extremely difficult and were all typical "scenario" type questions.
Again, after a few days the HR partner contacted me to set-up the final interview with the General Manager. This interview seemed to be less formal (there was no booklet) and was more about getting to know my personality and if it would fit with the rest of the teams. Questions were more about personal life, management philosophies and opportunities for advancement. The manager informed me the next step was a meeting of all the interviewers where they all had to reach a unanimous consensus on who they would pick, and he warned me that they may pass on some very highly qualified people because the vote had to be unanimous for the best superstar candidate.
After another few days (putting the interview process at around 2 weeks) I received a call that I was selected and asked to come in to review the offer and start paperwork
Interview Question – Almost all the questions were based on scenarios, all pretty typical if you have experience in a production environment or have worked with people. "describe a difficult situation where...." Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They made me their best offer up front
I applied online - interviewed at Cintas in August 2012.
Interview Details – I had two interviews and one ride along. The longest part was waiting for my back ground check to come back from the county.
Interview Question – The questions were not difficult. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was not any they had a set salary for the position.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cintas in March 2013.
Interview Details – It was a negative experience from the start. I was referred to this company by a friend who had interviewed and was offered the position, but did not accept.. He had the recruiter contact me, which he did, and set up a 15 minute phone interview. One of his first questions was regarding my current employer... "Is this your first job out of college"? I am in my mid 30's and a seasoned and experienced salesman. He didn't ask about my work history or experience. I asked him some basic questions regarding the information that was passed on to me by my friend, and he answered rudely saying " you are not (friend), he has more experience than you)??? my friend is 10 years younger and does not have more experience than me, although he does talk a good game. So the recruiter was condescending and rude. On to the interview, i met with the hiring manager that i would be working under. She is a new manager in the Pico Rivera location. Preached how she was "upfront" and "will tell you the way it is" and "blunt". She interviewed me, had me go out to lunch with a few of her staff, which were all super young (sometimes a bad sign) and afterwards said that she was impressed and like what she heard. She wanted to see some numbers, which I provided the 2nd day after the interview, as promised. I sat down with her again, she said that the numbers looked good but that she had two "stronger" candidates, but that either way she would let me know within the week. She said to call her on Friday if i did not hear from her, which i did. I left a voice message and emailed her. I did not hear back from her or the recruiter. I'm fine with not getting the position, but this was very unprofessional. She was not as straight forward as she claimed. Being in sales and around professional environments, this is the first time i have heard of something like this from a company this size. The hiring manager told me that this office was the worst selling office. They cleaned house and hoped to change things. These are signs of a bad culture and from my experience and from what i saw and heard (and didn't hear), things may not change at this location.
Interview Question – Recruiter prepped me for questions, however, not one single one of them were asked. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cintas in May 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online, recieved a phone call in several days, at the end of the interview I was invited to meet with managers at the office. I was interviewed by 3 different people. A week later I got an e-mail saying I wasn't chosen.
Interview Question – Behavioral questions Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Cintas.
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Seemed unorganized, didn't know what the other hand was doing. I had a phone interview with one portion of the company and was told I would hear back within a week...nothing. When I called the HR manager I interviewed with, he never called back.
Then I had more interviews with Cintas for the emerging business portion and they had no answer for the HR manager on the uniform side never contacting me again.
Interview Question –
What is your expected salary?
-This is a tough question to answer so I gave them a ballpark answer. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cintas.
Interview Details – Applied online and also through the Cal Guard Work for Warriors program. It was rather relaxed. The Manager and I got along great and he told me a few times how I was more qualified than most people they get applying, with my military and degree/work experience. He also asked a few curious questions about my Guard commitment. And then I didn't even get a second interview. I don't think they wanted someone still in the Guard, though they claim to be a very pro military company.
Interview Question – They were all very standard situational type questions. "Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a supervisor" and stuff like that. Pretty simple if you have any life experience at all. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cintas in April 2013.
Interview Details – The process is quite drawn out and is fairly intimidating. A culmination of 4 interviews led to lunch with the regional vice president. The interviews involved about 6-8 role-playing questions per and then allowed time for looser structured questions for the interviewer and interviewee.
Interview Question – Name a time when you took the initiative to improve the safety of your work environment and what difference did it make? Answer Question
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