I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Total Wine & More in October 2012.
Interview Details – The hiring process for this company is pretty lengthy due to background, credit, psychological, and drug testing. Be prepared for these things. There are typically two interviews followed by an orientation day if hired. The first interview is pretty basic. Common questions are how you respond/act in multiple customers service scenarios, the hours you're available to work / how flexible you are, your lifting abilities, cash handling abilities, and most importantly your wine and beer knowledge. Second interview is to have you fill out paperwork for background checks, drug testing, and to further discuss you availability and any questions you may have. Most questions focused on seeing how bubbly and honest I could be, due to the companies high lost prevention focus. Everything is centered on your loyalty and clean background. If hired, expect random drug testing and background checks.
Interview Question – Explain the worst manager you have ever worked under and why. Then state how she/he could have managed the staff and store better. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate pay, but they do start new employees well above minimum wage to deter theft and high turnover.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Total Wine & More in April 2013.
Interview Details – Basic application process. Followed by two interviews with various managers to figure out your personality and work ethics. There is a survey which asks pretty standard personality questions.
Interview Question – None Answer Question
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I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Total Wine & More in November 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted an application and was called back after 2 weeks. Had to go through an in person interview, background check, and drug test. Process took almost a month and a half.
Interview Question – Simple interview. Most difficult question is what would my past employer say was my greatest weakness. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I asked for $10 an hour and was told that merchandisers start at $9 and that's on the high side, but after 3 months I could be bumped up higher.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Total Wine & More in June 2011.
Interview Details – They will sit you down in a room with the manager that is interviewing you, and will ask you several different questions, i.e. describe a situation in which you disagreed with a manager and how you remedied that, what are your greatest skills, etc. They will also have you take a personality test to see if you are high or low risk for the job. You have to be diligent about calling them back once they have made you an offer. Their processes are very drawn out.
Interview Question – There's not much out of the ordinary when it comes to the interview process. It's your typical run of the mill questions. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Total Wine & More.
Interview Details – Multiple Interviews. Includes background check, personality test, drug test.
Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary View Answer
Negotiation Details – I got an offer, and I accepted
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Total Wine & More in January 2011.
Interview Details – It took a full day, they make you feel welcome, they are all nice. You are interviewed by several people but it is not a panel interview. The final result is that they do not know what they want even when they get the best candidate. i was told by several recruiters that it tales them a long time to make a decision. it seems that they do not know what they want.
Interview Question – You take a strange test and no one gives you the outcome Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Total Wine & More in September 2012.
Interview Details – It was very rigorous, which is good. I like that they screen candidates thoroughly. I dont want to be working with someone who does drugs, or is a criminal.
Interview Question – all the questions that they asked me where very straight forward. very simple. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Total Wine & More.
Interview Details – Surprisingly, this job required me to appear for three separate interviews on different days. First was a pre-screen by the manager on duty, then a standard interview with the hiring manager, and then a third, fairly informal interview with the manager of the specific department I'd be in. On the second visit I had to take one of those silly personality tests on paper which took about a half hour.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you acted out of line and how you learned from it or fixed any problems caused. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Total Wine & More.
Interview Details – Interview process is normal, they look for people with great personailty and sales, customer service and cash handling experience. if interested you are hired then sent for a drug test. Then you come back between 2-10 days for orientation.
Negotiation Details – None and you are not told the salary when hired. You have to ask!
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Total Wine & More in July 2012.
Interview Details – Overall good interview, they really wanted to understand my level of knowledge of wine and spirits on a scale of proficient, experienced or lacking. I really enjoyed dialogue around growth of the company and the need for managers with operations and sales backgrounds.
Interview Question – I would have to say it was trickier...The question was: Describe the worst boss you have ever had. It was a tricky question because you do not want to say how bad he or she was but what you learned from their tenacious leadership. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Ask for a signing bonus. If you are moving from out of state to the new location, ask if they will pay for moving expenses.
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