MSC Industrial Direct Interview Questions

Updated Aug 3, 2015
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    Account Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Garden Grove, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct (Garden Grove, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I had two phone screening calls. One was for the headhunter that contacted me and the other was the HR department from MSC. After, I had a one on one interview with the direct manager. I did not receive word until probably a week and a half later.

    Interview Questions

    • One thing that they asked me was would I be a good fit.   Answer Question
    • What skills would you bring to the table to help the company?   Answer Question
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    Verifier/Checker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fernley, NV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct (Fernley, NV) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Standard question & answer. Basic self assessment questions. Interview with 3 levels of management. 4 or 5 days between the many processes of getting hired to actually working. Easy if you give generic "I'm awesome" answers. Be confident with each level and smile a lot.

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    • When are you considered late   1 Answer
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    Order Picker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

    Interview

    It was very simple like any other but for this job the good thing about it is they give you a Spend A Day that you actually do the job a day before you get hired to see if you like it.

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    Merchandiser Selector Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mableton, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct (Mableton, GA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    They ask very simple questions, its a two day process. The interview and the spend a day performance interview. Its very easy just verify the label and pick the right amount for the customer. After that they would determine if you can get the position or not. Also even if your job is not selecting you are going to get trained in that position for when the picking department needs assistance.

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    IT Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melville, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct (Melville, NY) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Phone Interview. FIrst Interview with HR, Tech Lead, Manager Second Interview with Tech Lead, Manager again. 3 week wait Interview with HR, Manager, Director HR was friendly. The two Tech Leads were very technical and knew the processes. The Manager was mostly concerned about not having any issues. The Director did not ask me any prepared questions. I found the process to be a bit long.

    Interview Questions

    • Tech Lead asked good SDLC questions. Manager asked good questions about requirements definitions, handling ambiguous requirements, and conflict. Director was distracted.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The offer was as is. No negotiation was allowed, although I tried. They were firm on 2 weeks vacation. No bargaining.

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    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

    Interview

    Through my interview process, I started to get the feeling that I knew more about sales than the DSM I interviewed with. Very uncomfortable process and it really made me skeptical about the next step in the interest process.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Better Offer

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    Order Picker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct (Atlanta, GA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Great interview the interviewer was complimentary and professional, seem to ask very good questions that were applicable to me and to the position I was interviewing for it went smoothly and I was taken to the next step in the process what they call spend a day..

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a problem that you solved without supervision   Answer Question
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

    Interview

    Moved fast at first, however they did seem disorganized. Questions at in person interviews centered on managing people and taking feedback on personal performance. Multiple in-person interviews scheduled for the day. Most were with different HR people. They seem to think they are experts at hiring based on the psychology and behavioral interviewing process, but I would argue they are incredibly over-complicating the process. I was very excited about the opportunity with the company, however in hindsight, I'm glad it didn't work out. The position is needed, but I have concerns they don't know what really happens in the job and how it helps a company's success. Took two months for them to follow-up after my final meetings that they were moving in a different direction. Again, pretty disorganized. If you want top-talent, you can't wait that long. Would love to know with whom they filled the job. My guess is with someone of the opposite sex than I and I'm ok with that. The only other women I saw were in HR. That may be a sign.

    Interview Questions

    • Sometimes we need to provide feedback to our employees, tell me how you approach the conversation?   Answer Question
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Incredibly lengthy, redundant and impersonal. Very pretentious in tone, similar to a car salesman who feels they simply deserve your business. Very old methodology of screening candidates. A sizable company that apparently likes to play the 800b gorilla card....so beware when they preach family atmosphere and open door policies. Their actions and reputation say otherwise.

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    • What concerns do have about MSC?   1 Answer
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    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at MSC Industrial Direct.

    Interview

    First was called by a recruiter for a phone interview that took 30 mins. The recruiter called me 45 mins later than when she was suppose too. After the phone interview I was invited for a face to face. I sat waiting for 30 minutes waiting to go back to start interview. I was interviewed by two people who it seem like they were new to interviewing they read 50 questions off a paper. Basically the same questions reworded. The Interview took 2 hours then they had me do a walk through the warehouse even though they knew they were not having me back for a second interview.

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