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Management Trainee
Orlando, FL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in April 2012.

Interview Details – I contacted a recruiter via email after meeting with some company representatives at my former University. I was responded to almost immediately and my resume was reviewed and a Skype interview was scheduled. After that I went in for a 1:1 Interview with the district manager and finally, a week later, an in-store visit. I was offered the position via phone after the in-store visit and accepted.

The interview process with Sherwin-Williams is very thorough and very professional. They want to find out if you are a fit for them and vice-versa as fast as possible. It is clear they value the people they have on their team and everyone I met truly enjoyed their jobs. A great interview experience!

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Negotiation Details – There wasn't a particular phase for negotiation. They seek people who are willing to re-locate to some degree and you can discuss the specifics of this at any point during the interview process.


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Management Trainee

I applied online and 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 Question – What was one time that you inspired someone?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

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Management Trainee
Atlanta, GA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in March 2009.

Interview Details – Presented good impression of Co. Lot of hard work, but rewarding.

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

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Management Trainee

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in September 2011.

Interview Details – Call was about 30 mins. Reception wasn't great; had it been all would have gone better. General information; back and forth. Offer would come later.

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Declined Offer

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Management Trainee

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in March 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview went well, and then I was invited for a store visit at the local center. Store visit consist of store tour, asking current store manager and assistant store manager questions about their positions, and then the behavioral questions 1:1 by the store manager.

Interview Question – Go through your resume.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Management Trainee
Chico, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in April 2012.

Interview Details – Talked to campus recruiter. Then filled out application online. Got a phone call for interview. Then taken to store. With a 1 on 1 interview.

Interview Question – Tell me about yourself?   Answer Question


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Management Trainee Interview

Management Trainee

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in July 2011.

Interview Details – I applied for the Management Trainee Program online through the Sherwin Williams website. I was contacted by a recruiter about a week after I submitted my application. I informed him I was looking for work in a specific city because I was relocating there. He said once I got there we could schedule a phone interview.

The recruiter scheduled the interview, emailed me at the last minute to reschedule, and then missed the interview because he scheduled something else around the same time. I found that very disrespectful, as I spent almost an hour waiting (in addition to the time I spent prepping) for the call until he told me what had happened. He called me the next day, and asked fairly easy and generic questions.

He asked if I was willing to relocate. I said I was, but not for a little while, because I had just signed a lease on an apartment that I could not break. The recruiter explained that even though I had applied for a listing in the city I lived in, I could not stay there once training was done due to a lack of available positions. I would have to relocate about five hours away if I wanted the job. The was no help with relocation costs if I had to break my lease or pay rent on two places.

Overall, I felt the interview process was very unprofessional. They need to be more specific on what they mean by "relocate." I feel they should not list openings in a certain city if they cannot guarantee space. I felt my time was wasted especially since I was upfront about the fact that I had just moved to that city.

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Management Trainee Interview

Management Trainee

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in October 2010.

Interview Details – came to campus, went for a shadow in a local store, didn't sign up for a second round interview

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Reason for Declining – not my thing


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Management Trainee

Interviewed at Sherwin-Williams

Interview Details – The first interview was a phone interview, it was very easy, the second was a instore visit followed by a second phone interview. They try and get you in by saying there is unlimited growth and great benifts, but thats only if you want to stay in sales.

Interview Question – They ask basic interview questions   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I wanted to eventually transition to HR the chances of that there was slim.

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