Gander Mountain Interview Questions

Updated Aug 26, 2015
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lakeville, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Lakeville, MN) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Brutal. Very intensive and asked questions that weren't associated with the position. I was intimidated by the store manager, but I called constantly to get the job. You have to stay in contact with them so you don't get forgotten about. Many people get offered the position but get "left behind" during the drug test and orientation portion. You have to show that you want to work there.

    Interview Questions

    • What kind of experience to you have with guns? (I was applying for a camping position)   1 Answer
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    Customer Service Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Cleveland, OH) in April 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • what is your experience with selling credit cards or the like?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    nothing

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Indianapolis, IN).

    Interview

    You will be interviewed at least 3 times. I would suggest you get everything in writing. Each interviewer will ask a series of different questions, answer best you can. Each interview will take 30 - 45 min. ( that was my experience ).

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    Negotiation

    short

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    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Mary, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Lake Mary, FL) in October 2012.

    Interview

    In depth and extremelly detailed. Focused on processes and how to manage the processes that apply at Gander. Panel interview was relaxed and easy to manage. Be ready to discuss how you handled things successfully in your past management positions you have held.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions about processes and how I can make them work in my store.   Answer Question
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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Port St Lucie, FL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Port St Lucie, FL) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Cold , they seem frightened of upper management. More concerned with their own job safety, it was all based on credit history and things that had nothing to do with job performance

    Interview Questions

    • If a person " borrows " paper clips would you report for stealing   Answer Question
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    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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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    Zone Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (San Antonio, TX) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Tedious. Lots of interviews, lots of questions. Lots of the same questions. Lots of empty promises. Lots of foreshadowing to how great it could be. Lots of time going back and forth to the interview location in order to meet the entire management staff. It was tiring. It was like being screened for treehouse membership.The overall experience was soul sucking.

    Interview Questions

    • Too many questions. They want to put you through a lot of pressure. A lot of rewording the same questions. A lot of your typical retail crud.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Non negotiable, and a lot of pressure to accept the offer ASAP.

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    Firearms Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Joliet, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Joliet, IL) in September 2014.

    Interview

    The interview was a group interview. It was interesting because there were people there interviewing for multiple positions so it really lessened the competition in a way. This also made it a bit more difficult to get full description of the job because the position I was interviewing for was not the sole focus of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard why are you here and what makes you qualified.   1 Answer
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    Sales Audit Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Saint Paul, MN).

    Interview

    Very laid back and friendly environment. Interview was on phone then at the office which was a two step back to back. Took about a week for a decision to be made. They kept in touch and informed throughout the week.

    Interview Questions

    • Very informal friendly questions almost like a get to know you meeting.   Answer Question
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    Hardlines Zone Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Gander Mountain (Grand Rapids, MI) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was asked a series of staged questions. Was made comfortable about talking about hobbies and things other than work. The interview was about an hour long. There was time at the end to ask any questions that I had which was nice

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