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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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Store Manager Interview

Store Manager

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Gander Mountain in June 2010.

Interview Details – Initially I was contacted by a recruiter from thier corporate head quarters. She interviewed me by phone for an hour. These questions had to do with previous experience, situational questions about management style, career goals and what I knew about the company.

 The following week, I was then contacted by the district manager who had me come in for a 1:1 interview at the store. This interview was somewhat informal and consisted of questions about why I wanted to work for the company, what my interest was in the outdoors, and a review of my job history.

Two days later, I was contacted by the area HR manager. They interviewed me by phone. This interview lasted about 45 minutes and was structured. Typical HR script type questions. Focused on specific expamples of situations and management and leadership style. I was given information on company benefits and a general pay range for this position was discussed.

Week 3, I was contacted by Gander Mountains corporate headquarters and invited to fly to Minnesota to their corporate head quarters for interviews and an evaluation. They made the flight arrangements, rented a car, hotel reservations and reimbursed all the travel expences I encured. Prior to this visit, I was sent a link with 7 online tests to take. These ranged from personality, aptitude and psychological exams. These took a total of 3 hours to complete. My travel arrangements had me fly in, get a car and be to the corporate headquarters for my first interview an hour after I landed. I had 4 interviews in succession with director of store operations, HR director and the corporate recruiter that had initially contacted me. All the questions they asked were straight forward background, management style and situational in nature.

The following morning I had to travel to CPI's offices, a psychologist consulting firm. I then had a 2 hour interview with a psychologist. This was like any other job interview but the questions were much more touchy feely and expanded on my feelings, other people's opinions etc. Uncomfortable and stange. Then I was brought to a room and given 3 more timed tests on my vocabulary, math and interpretations skills. I then had two hours to get to the airport and fly home.

Apon my return, I'm not called for 5 days. Then I am contacted my the district manager to come into the store for my 8th interview. This time I am asked to talk to the outgoing store manager. For the 8th time I explain why I want to work for this company, my work background, my management style etc. Then I get debriefed on what obsticles I will face taking over this store, what is going on with building repairs and maintenance etc. If I had to describe it, I would call it a passing of the torch conversation. I'm also handed a copy of the bonus structure during this meeting.

The following week, I am called and told they are going in a differant direction for this specific location but I am encouraged to stay in touch with them and apply for another position when one comes open.

After 8 interviews, flying 1/2 way across the country and back in two days and spending nearly 20 hours in my car travelling to and from interviews, I'm not sure this is a company I wanted to work for anyway.

Key take aways from conversations I had:
1) company restructuring, going private due to poor financial performance, history of bankrupcy.
2) Recent changes in middle management, these guys have history of woking for Budweiser, they don't know retail but, they know business.
3) Bonus structure not great. 28% of annual salary max, based on sales, profit, shrink, credit card apps, extended warrenties.
4) Selling guns brings alot of red tape. Someone on your team makes a simple mistake on ATF forms and you and half your team could find yourselves on unemplyment in a heartbeat.
5) Looking for good ole country boys that drive a pickup and like killen stuff. Present yourself in a blue collar fashion with a hands on approach. Community envolvement with local civic organizations.

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Difficult Interview

Customer Service Associate Interview

Customer Service Associate
Cleveland, OH

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Gander Mountain in April 2013.

Interview Details – Received a phone call from human resources, came in for the first interview with the store manager, and then back in for a second interview with the area manager. This is where I was offered the position by the second manager and the HR person.

Interview Question – what is your experience with selling credit cards or the like?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – nothing


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Gander Mountain in March 2014.

Interview Details – There were two interviews. The first was with the department manager and the second was with the store manager. They basically asked questions about what I had done in the past and what my availability was.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a change in direction.   View Answer


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Store Manager In Training Interview

Store Manager In Training

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Gander Mountain in May 2014.

Interview Details – Recruiter was great. Very positive and informed. Asked basic management questions and let me know how process should work. District manager called as recruiter said he would but was obviously not into the process at all. Passed me off to a store manager which did not make since when I was a store manager applying for a store manager position? The store manager asked basic questions and wrote down about 4 things? Not in to it either? I had to keep on them to get the rejection notice.. Apparently my 20 years very successful big box (larger than theirs) was not appealing to them? Should have listened to my hunting buddies who said they stink:)

Interview Question – When was your ethics challenged?
Why gander Mountain?
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Average Interview

Zone Supervisor- Fishing Interview

Zone Supervisor- Fishing
Dickson City, PA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Gander Mountain in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and received a call about a week later. Had an interview with the hardlines manager. The interview with him was more a conversantional interview. That was immediately followed with the soft lines manager asking the situational questions (explain a time type). Then they had me sit down with the store manager that al so had a conversation interview with me.

Interview Question – Explain how you mange multiple tasks at once.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Inventory Analyst Interview

Inventory Analyst
Saint Paul, MN

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Gander Mountain in December 2009.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by 3 people. 2 Inventory Managers and 1 HR Representative. The interviews were pretty basic, normal interviews. Introductions were given and backgrounds were discussed. Very conversational.

I thought everyone was very friendly and personable.

The office and work culture seemed excellent. People were very friendly and team oriented.

The office was in downtown St. Paul. The building looked as though renovation had been done.

Interview Question – Why did you leave your last job?   View Answer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Upper Management Interview

Upper Management

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Gander Mountain in October 2011.

Interview Details – Store manager reviewed my resume, said it was very impressive. Asked leading questions like "What would you do if an irate person wanted more than policy allowed". After clarifying the question (is it legal, does it involve firearms, ammunition, etc) gave a precise and sufficient answer that was accepted as very good. Interview continued in this manner, notes were taken by Manager, who seemed very impressed and said I'd be great at the job. I was told they would get back with me. The next day was introduced to my new boss (the position I was interviewed for).
Very underhanded process. Should have been told upfront the position was already filled. It takes at least a week to get hired so they had already hired someone prior to the interview even though I'd applied three weeks earlier.

Interview Questions

  • How would you handle an irate person who wanted something that was against company policy?   View Answer
  • How would you handle a consistently tardy employee or someone who calls off every weekend?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Ashland, VA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Gander Mountain in September 2008.

Interview Details – This was a new store and interviews were held at a local hotel. I applied online and got a call back with the details of when and where to meet for an interview. Prospective employees were called in one by one to be interviewed. I was interviewed by our store manager.

Questions were simply and to the point, and seemingly was more of a personality test than really testing your knowledge of products or customer service.

Why do you want the job?
Why would you be a good fit for Gander Mountain?
Tell me about your outdoor experience.
What was your favorite outdoor memory?

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – I received .50 lower than my asking hourly wage. I believe i was making $8.75


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

District Manager Interview

District Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Gander Mountain in December 2008.

Interview Details – Met with Store Manager and he recommended me to the DM. I interviewed with the DM and was offered a training position. I had to pass a background and drug test. I also had to do a phone interview with an employee in the HR department. I was given the opportunity to start on a date that I picked, due to prior plans with my family.

Interview Question – I was in retail for a long time, so the questions were not hard or unexpected. I think the question that I answered correctly which gained me the most favor was "are you willing to relocate?".   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was not given a chance to negotiate my salary.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Firearms Sales Interview

Firearms Sales
Blaine, MN

I applied online - interviewed at Gander Mountain in August 2011.

Interview Details – Good hiring process. Thorough interview process and corporate training. Promise of positional training, but never followed through. Corporate training details many benefits available to employees with emphasis on open and encouraging access to all employees; failed to deliver on most simple benefit agreement.

Interview Question – Situational/scenario questions concerning firearm sales, and ATF training.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not extensive. Offered a low, $8.25 hourly wage, and I requested higher amount. at $11.00/hour. Denied and told that all sales positions start at $8.00/hr. Needed a job so I took the offer.

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