W.W. Grainger Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Federal Government Sales Manager - National Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Commercial Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Wichita, KS
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    Declined Offer
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    Supply Chain Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  East Lansing, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Lansing, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Government Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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
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    Customer Service Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Jonesboro, AR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jonesboro, AR
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Supply Chain Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Territory Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Called by recruiter. Then had phone interview. Then went on to the main office and interviewed between two managers.

    Interview Questions
    • All the questions were the normal ones as in any interview   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Distribution Center Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minooka, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minooka, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at W.W. Grainger in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Multiple step interview and hiring process. Applied online and was contacted through email to set up time to come in and take two short tests/evaluations. After evals, few days later scheduled 1:1 interview with manager. Few days later was contacted via phone and offered job. Tests/Evaluations consisted of identifying errors with matching names and transposing numbers/letter combinations.

    Interview Questions
    • Typical interview questions. Most difficult part of the process was trying to get a member of HR to reply back to emails asking what day/time I needed to show up since I was told I would receive information via email but didn't until one business day before.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Base starting pay of 15.39 an hour.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Supply Chain Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First interview: On campus, 45 minutes. Few behavioral questions, nothing technical
    Second Interview: Final Round, 4 Interviews (2 on 1), behavioral "tell me about a time", nothing too technical, few situational questions nothing tough.

    Interview Questions
    • What are some important metrics important for forecasting warehouse inventory?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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