W.W. Grainger Interview Questions in Lake Forest, IL

Updated Aug 17, 2015
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    Content Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL).

    Interview

    Had a phone interview prior to in person interview. Regular interview questions. Was interviewed by 3 employees from different teams. Lasted approximately an hour with all 3 in person interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Describe your analytical experiences. What types of excel functions do you know how to use?   Answer Question
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    Sustainability Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    It was a contract role so I applied through the staffing agency. Then I had a phone interview with the two people I'd be working with. Next they had me answer some questions by looking at some spreadsheets to analyze. Lastly, I had a final interview with the same two people.

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    Supply Chain Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL) in October 2014.

    Interview

    1) Meet and Greet 2) Interview (about 30-45 min, STAR interview process, some questions that gauge your ability to stay calm and think on your toes under pressure, and lastly questions that gauge your overall high level understanding of what they do) 3) Final Interview (they fly you out to HQ for this one, more fit and leadership ?'s than anything, marathon interviews... 4 back to back 45 min interview sessions a few mini cases and one main case)

    Interview Questions

    • You're given results of 2 quarters for the company as a whole and then results from the private label... What might have caused increases and/or decreases in these numbers?   1 Answer
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    Global Supply Chain Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL) in October 2014.

    Interview

    First step was on campus meet up at a coffee house by campus. next was an on campus interview. i heard back a week later and they flew me to chicago to to final round interviews. 2 nights. first night, tour of the offices and then networking with full time employees in the supply chain area. shuttled to hotel. picked up next morning with my things and taken back to headquarters. there were two sessions, morning and afternoon. i got the morning session. 4 interviews. you stay in one room. they give you water and a few snacks. And managers from 4 different departments come and interview you. all completely different interview styles. then at the end the HR rep comes in and gives you a case study question. Want to see if you can think fast and rationally. then they gave both sessions lunch.

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    Supply Chain Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I got my first round interview through a career fair at my school. I was invited back to their headquarters where I was put through 4, 45 minute interviews and a case study in a row. The interviews were very conversational and not to dificult

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult questions... What would you do..? name a time...?   Answer Question
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL).

    Interview

    The interview process was very organized. HR provided materials for review about the company and values. An interview list was also provided that contained the names and titles of the interviewers. Everyone was on-time. One of the interviewers was a manager in HR, who interviewed for "fit" in the company culture. After the interview, the process moved very quickly. There was no second interview and the offer was made quickly. The head of the department made himself available for any follow-up questions. A very positive experience overall.

    Interview Questions

    • Imagine Grainger would like to move to a from a marketing channel-specific optimization model to a customer-centric world. What is your approach to make this happen that would best maximize revenue?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate. The HR person was very responsive and handled the process very well.

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    Corporate Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    No Offer

    Interview

    Phone Interview, Face to Face with 2 people & then another of the same on the same day.

    Interview Questions

    • What did your most recent manager give you in a performance review as negative performance? What was it? What did you do?   Answer Question
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    Supply Chain Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL).

    Interview

    1st round: College Campus Interview, two half hour behavioral interviews. 2nd round: On-Site Interview, four 45 minute interviews back to back with 15 min break after the second interview. All interviews were behavioral.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain a situation in work or school where you have taken a risk and how did you handle it?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I have not accepted yet, but I am in the process of making a decision.

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    Federal Government Sales Manager - National Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL) in October 2013.

    Interview

    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
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    Associate Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL) in October 2013.

    Interview

    On campus for the first round. And then brought on site 4 back to back interview. The 4 interviewers are from different area of supply chain function and the interview content is varied based on their personal style.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you creatively solved a problem.   1 Answer
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