I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in July 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online and within a few days was asked to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was not too hard, just a few questions seemed a little odd. The interviewer was very friendly and made me feel comfortable. After the phone interview, I was sent a link for a Chally personality test. After the test, I was not asked to continue in the process.
Interview Question – When was a time where something got in the way but you continued anyway Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in May 2013.
Interview Details – Process was very quick and easy. I applied online and got a call a week later by HR rep to discuss my background. Next they scheduled an in person interview with 4 managers 45 min each. It was more of a casual talk with some behavioral questions. One day after the interview I received a call with an offer. Overall, everyone at Grainger were super nice and professional.
Interview Question – Standard questions:
Tell me your strengths and weaknesses.
Tell me about a time when you didn't get along with a coworker and how did you handle it.
Give me an example of when you were involved in a project and how did you contribute...
That type of questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiations needed. The salary was sufficient and they included signup bonus as an incentive.
Interviewed at W.W. Grainger
Interview Details – Generally positive and appropriate where needed and seen as fitting for operational security and probity. As well, the effective ratio of questionable indicators was low, showing the value of secure and stable progress within the firm. Interviewee and interviewer interaction was a tertiary sector of discussion. Such effects can show forecasting ability for the regional permissibility future factoring.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in March 2011.
Interview Details – Applied on Company Website under Careers Link several times before being contacted, finally contacted by a recruiter months later, training class start date was set and you had to be able to attend 5 week, full-time training, had to put in a great effort to keep in touch with the recruiter to remind them of you
Interview Question – The interviewer asked if they could give me feedback on my interview and proceeded to criticize me on everything I answered. It may have been a test for how one takes criticism. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation occurred over the phone with a recruiter, not really a negotiation- they just told you the terms of employment, told you your pay and gave you a few choices of shifts to choose from
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger.
Interview Details – Interview process was pretty basic. Phone interview, followed by interview with hiring manager, followed by interview with two hiring managers (includes previous hiring manager), followed by close out (stamp/phone interview) with Regional Sales VP. If you've made it to the brief close out interview with the VP, you've got the j.o.b.! Good luck
Interview Question – The situational questions that can somewhat sound like trick questions. Be yourself and know your experience. Base everything upon the consultative selling process and the leveraging of your customer relationships to close business. Customer relationships along with leveraging external and internal resources are what make you successful in this role! Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiating...
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in January 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewed at my university career fair with the HR manager . Received a call back to interview with the Operations manager. Within a week or two I was offered the internship. The process was not to bad, though you must pass a skills test.
Interview Question – Basic behavior questions, nothing to difficult Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger.
Interview Details – The process was very organized and thorough. First was a phone interview screening from their HR, where you answered basic interview questions. If you happen to pass, a Challey assessment was sent to you and should you pass that a second interview will follow where you meet with a manager most likely the person who will be your boss. Third is a a phone interview by someone who ranks above the manager you met, in my case it was the district sales manager for the northeast. They will contact you soon after if you are offered a job.
Interview Question – Tell me of an instance where you used your knowledge to alter the market concepts in your industry. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations, I was happy with my offer.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in June 2013.
Interview Details – Was contacted by Grainger "Talent Acquisition Scout" who saw my resume on a job board. Told me there was an opening locally and they were interested in me. Asked him about who was currently handling this position and I was told an individual was on a PIP and was on his way out. Led me to believe there was an actual job opening, later found out this was not the case. He explained the hiring process and sent me a self assessment form and a link to the Chally psychological tool. After completing both was contacted again by same recruiter and told I would be receiving call from another Talent Acquisition Scout about setting up an interview with the District Manager. This new recruiter called me and informed me there was no job opening at present but they were looking to build up a book of talent in case something came available and she wanted me to meet with District Manager. I asked her about the local Account Manager who I was told was on a PIP and she flat out denied this and said that a job could be possibly open in 40 days. Told her I had no interest in meeting with the District Manager just to help them build up a book of local talent in the event someone got fired, but that she was welcome to call me back when they had a real job available. I guess it's proactive to build up a stable of horses you draw from if the one you're using can no longer pull a plow. But from what I can ascertain, they've gone through three horses down here in the last five years. Maybe they ought to put some of these talent scouts out to pasture and feed the horses pulling the plows a little more hay.
Interview Question – Would I be willing to meet with a District Manager when no job was actually available? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in May 2013.
Interview Details – The HQ recruiter was great and picked my resume out for the outstanding qualifications. I did the Chally test and application as instructed and was scheduled for an onsite interview.
Here's where is went downhill - a 2 person team was waiting comprised of a senior and junior manager. The senior manager was very professional and asked relevant questions. Every time he asked the junior manager if he had any follow-on comments or questions the junior manager would roll his eyes and say he had nothing. I could tell the junior manager didn't like me as soon as I walked in the door I can only assume being over 50 doomed me from the start.
Since my experience and credentials are significant it would seem they are looking for the "young/pretty" people.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at W.W. Grainger.
Interview Details – I first came in contact with Grainger while at a job fair. I became interested in the company and position because the representative they sent out had such great energy and enthusiasm. Since I wasn't graduating until this year, I only recently started the interviewing process.
I had a phone interview with a recruiter which went really well. Since I had a good interview, they invited me to complete their Chally assessment so they could decide if I would be going to a face to face interview. I've taken the Chally assessment before so I knew what to expect and they were very pleased with my results. I was told that I would be reached shortly once they determined the final day and location for the interview.
In the meantime they wanted me to fill out an official application online since I hadn't already done so. This is where problems started... They knew where I was from and I can imagine that the recruiter was fully aware of the restrictions on distance for jobs (you have to live within so many miles). She told me about two openings both of which were too far and not in the area we discussed. Luckily an opening for an area I could work in did open up shortly after, so I applied and notified my recruiter.
About a week after that, my recruiter emailed me to let me know that she should be receiving the final schedule for the interview that day and that she would give me a call. About two hours after that, I got an automated email from Grainger in regards to the position I applied to saying that they would be moving forward with other candidates. I emailed my recruiter to let her know what happened and I haven't heard back.
I think it's very interesting that I could pass a first interview, an assessment and be in the process for a second interview, and then get rejected through an online application.
Interview Question – The questions are mostly behavioral and sales related. Answer Question
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