I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Lowe's in February 2014.
Interview Details – I am a Department Sales Manager for Lowe's so the process for an internal hire is a little less formal than an external hire. Its about a one hour 2 on 1 interview with the Store Manager and HR Manager. They choose 3 candidates that they feel are the best qualified from those that applied that the they want to interview then set-up a day and interview time with each candidate. 10 questions on a preset interview form which I am not sure if they are different or not for an external candidate but had a lot of references to the Lowe's working structure. Each question gave them a section to take notes and then to rate you on the question. They took turns on each question which were kinda generalized with a few specifics that asked for situations that ranged across how you problem solved, resolved a customer issue, helped a struggling employee, were adaptive to change and your ability to get results. After the 10 preset questions then the store manager asked 2 additional questions of their own that where not required.
Interview Question – Tell us about a recent situation in which your team was struggling and how did you embrace the situation and what did you do to resolve the situation? Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Lowe's.
Interview Details – After submitting an online application I was contacted by the Store Manager for the interview. The interview was a 2:1 panel type interview.
Interview Question – The interview questions are behavioral type interview questions in order to determine how you may react, given a similar set of variables. So, be as specific as possible. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiations, as Lowe's utilizes software that assigns a base pay given one's experience, zip code, education etc...
Interviewed at Lowe's
Interview Details – Online only to start process. Kiosks in stores as well. Behavioral interview questions as past performance suggests future success. You start with the human resource manager and advance to store manager. If you sit with the store manager you are likely getting the job.
Interview Question – I was asked about working with a team and how I made it successful. Answer Question
Interviewed at Lowe's
Interview Details – It can be a process. For every position you want you have to apply and interview for all.
Interview Question – Why is the Company putting less value on associates with years of service and paying new associates considerably more? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lowe's.
Interview Details – Company will pull from all available applicants (small window that job openings are posted at times so you need to be on the look out for openings) and the store will do a panel interview.
The panel then rate the answers and tally the score, best score wins the job....so previous experience, education, relationships do not matter...you need to be able to interview well
Interview Question – Positioning answers as if you already had the job....ie, as the Assistant Store Manager I would... Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, they plug different variables into a computer and it spits out an offer. Pretty much it
Only allow for so much education or experience before you don't get value for it in the salary
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Lowe's.
Interview Details – Submitted application through our career portal. My store manager received a call from the store that I applied for questioning if I would be eligable for the position. I was then contacted and an interview was scheduled. I traveled to the store that I had applied for to do the interview in person. Received an offer several weeks after the interview.
Interview Question – Tell me a time when you provided support to a customer issue that had broad implications to that customer. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Lowe's in May 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online for the position. I expected that it would take a while to hear back but to my surprise I was contacted the next evening and asked to come in for an interview. I am currently employed so she was very friendly and asked when would be a good time for me as she didn't want to interfere with my job. I was off the following day so surprisingly she set me up for the following morning at 9AM. I was told that i would interview with her and the Store Manager. I arrived a few minutes early and approached customer service as she requested. The young lady let me know that she didn't think she was in and called back to ask someone. She finally asked the manager himself and it was clear that we wasn't even aware that he'd have an interview that day! Excellent communication and preparation... She arrived after a short wait and I had to sit outside her office while she printed the required forms for the interview. The interview itself was neither difficult or exciting. The company uses an 8 question structured interview. He and her took turns reading questions from a document and writing answers; such as "How would you handle an inventory issue?" or "Tell me about a time when you led your team to accomplish an overwhelming workload. " They were all common situational questions to gauge people and retail skills. They briefly discussed what I was looking for in pay and where I worked. They also asked about my typical schedule and were quick to inform me that the job included mostly late nights until midnight or later and weekends. They gave each other the unspoken "glance" when I mentioned that I normally worked mostly days in my current position but I'd expected that there would be more nights. This almost made the job undesirable for me, not because of the hours but because of their attitude about the position. It made me feel as if they were looking down on the Assistant Managers if their operation. They advised that each interview was given a score based in the answers and that the job typically goes to the highest score. They also said that company policy requires that atleast 3 interviews must be conducted for each open position before a hire can be made. I was not impressed by the interview and had already decided that I'd probably not accept the position if offered. I am an experienced Manager with 15 years behind me. I conduct interviews every day and never want to give the impression that I received. I received an email thanking me for my interest but we are "pursuing other candidates" the following week.
Interview Question – Nothing Unexpected Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Lowe's.
Interview Details – Applied online through indeed.com. Was called back about a week later and interview by the Store Manager and HR Manager. Learned that the HR manager does all the hiring and interviewing while talking to him. Went through situational questions, financial acumen, competing priorities, performance development and management, and about me. Was called a week later and offered a job by the store manager.
Interview Question – Difficult: Tell me about some of your opportunities and how have you gone about changing the way you approach them? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Amount of money they offered which was considerably less compared to the amount I am making now for the same title in a different company.
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Lowe's in February 2013.
Interview Details – Applied for an ASM position on line and was called back the following week for an interview. Interview went well with typical behavioral questions. Met with the HR and Store Manager with 8 questions being asked. Near the end of the interview, I was informed that there was another ASM position that they were looking to fill and that I would be considered for that one. The position was posted and I re-applied. I had called the store back at the end of the application deadline and found out that I was one of three being considered for the position. I was called back and offered the position but it was $20K below what I was currently making (which was included in my application). I offered the Store Manager additiional information about my background and experience that justified my current salary and he said he would see what he could do with HR. Never heard back from him and found out three weeks later that my application was no longer being considered by reviewing my application status. No phone call or email...very unprofessional experience.
Interview Question – None were unexpected or difficult... Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Offer was $20k below my current salary
I applied online - interviewed at Lowe's in August 2012.
Interview Details – I was called for an interview about two weeks after applying for the job. I was asked to come in the next day for an interview. Wen I showed up all employees I interacted with we're very friendly. I waited in the training room for a while, while they were interviewing another person. When I went in for the interview they asked me to tell them a little about myself. There were two managers interviewing me. After I told them a little about myself they asked 8 behavioral type questions, alternating between the two of them. They gave me plenty of time to answer questions and would ask probing questions if I was having difficulty answering questions.
Interview Question – Explain your prior experience with ordering inventory for a store. View Answer
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