Sherwin-Williams Interview Questions

Updated Sep 14, 2014
Updated Sep 14, 2014
282 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    College Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Sent in application, received a phone interview invite. Phone interview was about 45 minutes. Phone interview is an initial screening and within 1-2 weeks will either deny you or invite you to an in-store interview with a training manager. Finally, you meet with the district manager and a decision is given.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you incorporate safety into your every day life?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Marketing Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Was recommended to apply by a friend. Contacted by HR within a few weeks of applying for an over the phone interview. Invited in a week after the phone interview for a two day interview process with a variety of team members. Was asked to take accept the position a few days later. All interviewers were friendly and willing to answer any questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not find any questions to be especially difficult. You will do well if you are prepared.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Already had travel plans prior to accepting the internship and was granted the time off.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Management Training Program (MTP) Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams.

    Interview Details

    I was initially contacted by a recruiter via email through my college campus. I responded for further information and was scheduled for a phone interview. Once the phone interview was completed I was then scheduled for a Store Visit at a local store. During your store visit you are being evaluated by the store manager, but you are there to ask questions to see if the job is something you'd be interested in and to see what store life is like. After this process was completed I contacted my recruiter to let him know how the process went and was then scheduled for a final interview with the District Manager (DM). The DM asked general interview questions and contacted me the same day to let me know I had the job offer. The entire hiring process was very quick and only took about 4 weeks total.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the interview questions were very standard and expected. "Explain a time when you dealt with a difficult customer."   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was a non-negotiable over of $39,000 made.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

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    Interview Details

    I had a wonderful interviewing experience. I went into the Corporate Headquarters and everyone was very professional, but also laid back. I was asked all behavioral questions and I had a feeling that they wanted to really get to know me more as a person than about my skill set. I did not attempt to negotiate my pay.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Management Training Program (MTP) Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I apply for the job in the beginning of January and was emailed for a phone interview invited. I was schedule for a phone interview a week later. Ask a lot about leadership and management roles and situational events. The interview went very well and I was asked to do a store visit next week.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a leadership role that you provided to your employees.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Management Training Program (MTP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I did my intital talk to a recruiter at a job fair and was then invited to a store visit where a reversal interview was conducted. I got to ask the assistant manager and manger about their roles, time, and responsibilities in the store. Shortly after the store visit I went for final interview and was formally offered a position. The whole process took about 4 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Office Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams.

    Interview Details

    This was the most thorough interview process i've experienced, in a good way. they conducted an initial get-to-know-you meeting with one of the 4 managers. I was brought back for another round that included competencies, then I made the final two and met with the district manager. Very thorough.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Manager Training MTP Interview

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    Interview Details

    Went through my career website and submitter my resume to my career coach. He passed on my resume and then I received an email detailing my interview date and time.
    I got thru to the 2nd step of the process and went in for a store visit about 2 weeks later. After the store visit I interviewed with the city and diatrict manager and they offered me the position that same day.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic questions about past job experiences and scenarios.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicopee, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicopee, MA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Simple in store application, took about a week to contact me, had one interview but I have never seen more than three, process from application till working in store was roughly a week and a half, they like to build up an employees knowledge so lack of experience isn't always a bad thing as long as you are willing to learn.

    Interview Questions
    • Learning about paint is a slow and detailed process so there was a lot of difficult and unexpected question but they have test you take to keep you well informed (simple 4-6 question test that are copied out of a simple 3-5 page bullet point study guide.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    As a 18 year kid I didn't have much negotiation but once you become a asset they will work with you on salary, as for hours and days off it depends on your particular store, but it's 3-5 employees per store so it felt like a family.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was a long interview process. Initially I applied online then a few days later I got an e-mail to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview is a basic phone screening. Then there was a delay because the recruiters had placed me in the wrong territory. Then after that issue was dealt with I had an in-store visit. During the in-store visit you are supplied with questions for the manager and assistant manager to answer. Then after the store visit a follow-up call is made to the recruiter. After that I had an interview with the regional manager. Once again this is a very standard interview, but for those whom have never been on an interview they ask you question and you should answer in STAR format (google it). Google common interview questions and that will basically cover the questions they ask you. Personally, I read the book "Greatest Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions" and I felt that prepared me very well. Then after that you will meet with the district manager who will describe the position more and ask you some more STAR format questions. A hint to anyone interviewing for this position ask relative questions throughout the interview and especially when they ask you if you have any questions. Personally, I had a very high understanding of the position but asked questions that I knew the answers too just to keep the conversation flowing and seem more inquisitive about the position. They offered me a position 2 days after my meeting with the district manager. I accepted the offer and a week later they told me I would start next week. So overall the process took me 5 steps and took almost 2 months! Sherwin-Williams is seemingly a terrific opportunity for a recent college graduate and so hopefully it will be worth it.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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