Univar
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www.univar.com Redmond, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Univar Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 8, 2014
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Supply Planner Interview

Supply Planner

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Interviewed in Bedford Pk, but they seemed nonchalant, not in a hurry to hire. I met with 3 individuals, good people. They all seemed guarded on information they gave out and there was no direct HR involvement.

Interview Question – Did I mind this computer system?   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager

I applied in-person and interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Interviewed by phone and face-to-face with the Cleveland branch Sales Manager.

Interview Question – Questions about my knowledge on specific industrial products.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Phone conversation with the Sales manager.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Manager Interview

Manager
Houston, TX

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – In person interview with direct manager, then follow up interview with two other managers.

Interview Question – What were the opportunities for advancement   View Answer

Negotiation Details – didn't really negotiate. At the time it was an outstanding offer with a great company. I was anxious to accept.

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Supply Planner Interview

Supply Planner

I applied through other source and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Contacted by HR - Met with hiring manager 1:1 - Interviewed with Director - Was hired in about 1-1.5 month

Interview Question – Supply Chain Director is hard on numbers and concepts. Use plenty during interview discussion   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They will definitely low ball you. Be prepared to negotiate.

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Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Was contacted by a recruiter, & had my first interview via phone through HR. I then met with the hiring manager the follow week, and then had my third interview the week after with the GM, Administrative manager, & HR manager.

Interview Question – just your basic interview questions, nothing outside the box   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Director Interview

Director
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Univar in June 2012.

Interview Details – Recruiter interview, phone interview and then in person interview

Interview Question – None that I recall   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Easy, ran all of it through the recruiter.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative
Brooklyn, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Univar in July 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and received an email the same night asking me to come in for an interview. I answered the email the next day and was very excited to meet the Customer Service Manager. When I arrived for the interview, the customer service manager was filling in for a short-staffed desk. I was asked to take a look around and did exactly that. After I had walked around the retail store numerous times, I decided to return to the check-out counter. The person interviewing me was still helping customers. I was asked to fill-out an application and sign a release to perform a background check. The interview took place right there at the service counter with other employees listening in and walking around. Very unprofessional. This should have been a sign of things to come. I had a very pleasant experience, despite the numerous distractions and unprofessional interview location. The CSM was very friendly and explained the hiring process. After we had a conversational-style interview, I was on my way, feeling very good about my performance. I followed up with an email and received a response within two hours that I would be meeting with the sales manager. The sales manager sent me an email around 10pm that same evening asking me to come in for the second interview. I arrived and proceeded with the interview, which was a little more private. It lasted all of 20 mins and he was sending nothing but positive vibes. He even explained that he would be in touch to schedule a skills test the following week. I followed up with an email the next day. No response, which was expected. A week later, I sent another email asking if I was still being considered for the position. No response. Another week later, I sent an email, this time to the CSM, basically asking if they had selected a candidate and if not I was still very interested in the position. Still no response. I found this extremely unprofessional and thought that after two interviews a "No thank you" would be in order. But not at Univar. They showed an overwhelming interest in me, until for an unknown reason, I never heard another word. In the end, I am pleased to not have been offered the job, because I would hate to see how they treat employees when they are signing your check. Just be ready for a VERY unprofessional interview process.

Interview Questions

  • Will you stay with Univar if hired?   View Answer
  • After explaining that I had been laid off from my previous 4 jobs during the second interview, I was asked, "What makes me think you will stay here when you were with this company X amount of time and this one for X amount of time?"   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Credit Coordinator Interview

Credit Coordinator
Kirkland, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Sent resume and went straight to an inperson interview. Only 1 interview which included both my immediate supervisor to be and the Director of Corporate Credit. Offer came a week or so later contingent on a background check

Interview Question – Nothing weird of out of the ordinary here.   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Sourcing Analyst Interview

Sourcing Analyst

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Worked through headhunter to get an interview.

Interview Question – There were no difficult questions. It was clear that the hiring manager did not want to follow through with a project which came from the executive team. He may well have tried to hire someone who wouldn't make him look like a slacker.   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior SAP Analyst Interview

Senior SAP Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Univar.

Interview Details – Interview process is pretty similar to the standard one, phone screening followed by onsite

Interview Question – Are you ready to work 24X7X365 ?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They paid more than my expectation

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