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Updated Jul 15, 2014
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Senior Manager Interview

Senior Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at W.W. Grainger.

Interview Details – Recruiter called Then had phone interview followed by group interview


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Process Trainer Interview

Process Trainer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in August 2013.

Interview Details – The process for hiring requires the candidate to have a phone interview with the recruiter. Once that screening is done and the candidate passes, s/he must meet in person with the hiring manager and some of his/her team members. If one passes that, one is offered or notified of the acceptance/ decline of the job.

Interview Question – There are over 50 questions asked in a session, it is hard to pick what is the most difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Territory Sales Representative Interview

Territory Sales Representative
Denver, CO

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in July 2013.

Interview Details – Phone interview, followed by an online assessment then an in person interview

Interview Question – Asking about your sales style   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Federal Government Sales Manager - National Interview

Federal Government Sales Manager - National
Lake Forest, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in October 2013.

Interview Details – Panel interview with behavioral questions regarding the competencies / skills they were looking for regarding the position. The position was for ARMY and some other federal locations

Interview Question – They were apparently looking for a detailed business plan and someone with national footprint experience. Most unexpected is what is negative coaching i have received from a manager? when i answered, they continued to push on what it was, When I tried to turn it to how i took the coaching and act on it, i could not get them to let me turn it around.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative

Interviewed at W.W. Grainger

Interview Details – Recruiter call and did phone interview, then met the sales manager and a phone interview with their boss. Easy process and fast moving

Interview Question – How did you handle a difficult customer   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Commercial Account Manager Interview

Commercial Account Manager
Wichita, KS

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger.

Interview Details – Very lengthy. 4 phone interviews before finally getting face to face. All questions were very situational.

Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Supply Chain Analyst Interview

Supply Chain Analyst
East Lansing, MI

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in November 2013.

Interview Details – Met them at university career fair. The staff were friendly and very casual which reflected their culture.

Interview Question – A technical question was asked regarding a customer wanting 50 of our product over 10 weeks. Would you prefer to give him/her all of the products at once or over the time period and why. Also, what would you take into account to determine your answer?   Answer Question


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Government Account Manager Interview

Government Account Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger.

Interview Details – The interview process is composed of 3 stages. The first stage is a call with the HR specialist from HQ offices who filters out candidates for the role by screening applicants based on experience, business acumen, and organizational fit. The second step is follow by a face to face interview with the hiring manager and another manager who can provide feedback to the hiring manager based on the interviewees responses and performance. The final step is a call with the hiring managers boss who asks questions regarding the role and wants to confirm the positive feedback given by the hiring manager. If you make it past the second interview process its a done deal practically. They use the STAR ( Situation, Task , Action, Result) process during the interviews so be ready to speak broadly about your past experience in terms of projects and their outcomes. I had a good experience interviewing with Grainier and got the Job. I found the industry exiting and the work rewarding. One year later I am still pleased. Good luck!

Interview Question – Please tell us about a moment when a peer was going through a difficult situation whether at work or in his personal life and tell us what you did to help him/her and what the result was   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very fair and reasonable. They offered me a good package from the start


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Customer Service Associate Interview

Customer Service Associate
Jonesboro, AR

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in July 2011.

Interview Details – This is all done through a third party. The recruiters are pretty mindless, so get their name and number and stay on top of them. Do not call the store to ask about your application, we cannot help you in any way shape or form until the recruiters perform their two phone interviews. Then you will be called in for a face to face interview with your supervisor. There may also be a panel interview with account managers, upper management, etc. depending on the level of job you are applying for.

Interview Question – Just your typical corporate interview. Run through your resume, and exude confidence.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Coming in at an entry level position, there was not really a negotiation phase.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Supply Chain Intern Interview

Supply Chain Intern
Lake Forest, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in October 2013.

Interview Details – The screening process started from the school's career website followed by an initial on- campus interview which was pretty straight forward. There were only questions about the resume more or less. Second interview was an on-site one consisting of 4 forty five minute interview back to back with higher level management. Again, very general questions and nothing specific to supply chain. They asked a lot about previous work experience or internships.

Interview Question – All of the interviews questions were behavioral and situational. Nothing technical as I said. Only on supply Chain question - 'If you were to go in a DC, what are the first five things you would observe and why ?'   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate at all.

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