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PLS Logistics Services Account Executive Trainee Interview Questions

Updated Feb 15, 2015
Updated Feb 15, 2015
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Account Executive Trainee Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PLS Logistics Services in February 2015.

Interview Details

First round was on the phone, second round was via Skype.

Phone: Be prepared to talk about yourself, PLS, and what you want to do in your career.
Skype: The managers I talked to made the interview very comfortable. It is a young company environment, so I felt right at home talking to the interviewers

Interview Questions
  • Give me a quick two minute summary of your résumé.
    What motivates you and why?
     
    Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at PLS Logistics Services.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, phone screening then final Skype interview with 2 sales managers. Overall pretty laid back were very nice and it took only 2 days to get back to me with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, set 38 k + commission
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview was very professional. They have you dress business professional but that was the last time I wore my suit while at PLS. I was taken by an HR girl to a random room with a computer to complete a typing assessment and finish some application paperwork. Then we went to another room where I spoke to Jordan, one of the managers. He was very professional. He explained the job a bit more. Then they had me shadow someone at their desk right away to get an idea of what this job was. It seemed pretty simple at first. Then Frank came and got me and we went into the other room and talked some more. The questions were mostly about my history and what I thought about the job position so far.
    Two days later, I got a call that I was hired. As of today, I have been with the company for over 6 months.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were shrunk down to the size of a pen and put in a blended, how would you get out?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It is 38k base pay plus benefits. After you hit 5k margin in sales in one month, you get a % commission. But that's not for at least 4-5 months with the company
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
  3.  

    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PLS Logistics Services in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I just did the phone interview. They went over my resume briefly and asked basic questions:
    Describe a time that you set a goal and accomplished it.
    How comfortable are you with cold calls?
    How comfortable are you with 100% commission?
    What is your long term professional goal?

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too complex. probably the hardest was question was to describe a time when you had a challenge and how did you over come it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PLS Logistics Services in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Reached out to the company via my school employment website and a recruiter reached out to me the next day to set up a preliminary interview on the phone. This interview consisted of basic interview questions nothing too surprising. They also explained what exactly the position would be on a day to day basis. They followed up two days later asking to set up a Skype interview with one of the branch managers that I would be working under. This interview they asked for more information on how I would feel about cold calling and were clearly trying to figure out if I have what it takes to cold call for them.

    Interview Questions
    • Very straight forward questions. What drives you, motivates you, would you be willing to move to a different location? What traits make you believe that you would be successful in this position.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I was given the vibe that I would be cold calling down sheets day after day. This job

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at PLS Logistics Services in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    ***3 step interview process plus testing***
    -initial phone screening
    -testing- typing, US States and a logistics homework assignment
    -face to face interview with sales manager (questions were pretty straightforward and pertained to candidate experience and drive
    - After the face to face interview, I shadowed an Account Executive and asked as many questions as I could regarding the sales process, leads, commissions, training and good industries to focus on when researching leads
    - After shadowing an AE, I had a Skype interview with the regional sales manager.

    I received a job offer the very next day. Took required drug test and background check.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    If you are self motivated and driven to put in the work necessary to exceed in sales be sure to emphasize that in every phase of your interview process.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PLS Logistics Services.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with basic questions. I was asked to come in for a face to face interview. In the face to face interview I spoke with a manager and discussed the company and position. Then he had me shadow a few of the sales executives. After that I had another interview with a different supervisor. He just asked more standard questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at PLS Logistics Services in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    They sent me an email wanting to set up an initial phone interview with the corporate office, asking regular questions about who you are. Then she wanted me to go into a second face to face interview in their office. The interviewer was asking me questions more about the account executive trainee position and if I would be a good fit. I dislike cold calling all day and pushed him away, after that knew they wouldn't hire me. Because over qualified

    Interview Questions
    • Would you prefer to be on a phone for most of the day?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PLS Logistics Services in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially contacted by great recruiter that covered all of my questions. Even asked about best/worst days in the office and she was very up front about it. I was able to discuss the different opportunities ahead (mostly location based) and she offered some things to think about. I also spoke with a second recruiter, she may have been assigned to the program track I decided to pursue (?), and was just as helpful. Two phone screens before an on-site visit. Visit kind of surprised me -- office is in a corporate park but is one big open floor for the salespeople. Operations is tucked in the back corner and the branch manager is in an office in the middle. I spoke first with a sales manager who was the trainer for the program. He didn't seem to offer much beyond seeing if I had "it." I sat with an AE at his minicubicle to watch how the day-to-day went. He was unsuccessful in other sales roles but was settling in well at PLS. He was very honest that days are up and down. Next I met with the branch manager and had about a 20 minute conversation with him. Not direct questions, but an open conversation. I was told to prepare for a geography test that never happened. I was also asked to bring references and an assignment on trucking company specialties, but they weren't even mentioned until I left them with the branch manager on my way out. I thought it meant that I wouldn't be moving on, but he did say that the interview process recently changed to be more sales oriented than HR, so maybe that part was cut out.

    Interview Questions
    • I expected an intense grilling from the branch manager to really see what I had, but the interview was not that at all. We got a little bit into experience and goals, but it was more an opportunity to connect.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Beginning compensation is great; apartment, mileage, $38k for while you're training. What turned me off was the draw on commission once I started selling on my own. The AE I sat with said that a bad week or two can wreck you and there's not much you can do to stop the bleeding. I was also concerned that I'd be responsible for the delivery execution even though I was miles and miles away and couldn't do much, especially with drivers that didn't always speak English. Too weird for me to make promises on the phone with absolutely no support in backing them up.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Account Executive Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Really unprofessional company. Took awhile to contact me after the phone interview. Eventually offered me a second interview which I declined due to the horrible reviews for the workplace. Everything seemed unprofessional and disorganized. From what I hear, the position is mostly commission based. Good for someone who thinks they could be a successful salesperson.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer

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