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West Marine Interview Questions

Updated Dec 1, 2014
Updated Dec 1, 2014
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  1.  

    Inside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at West Marine.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process took close to 4 months, mainly due to how disorganized they were. They were ready to hire me and then said that it would have to be a few months before they could extend an offer, since they miscalculated their budget for that quarter.

    Interview Questions
    • Must have extensive boating knowledge and experience, which I do, but most people probably do not.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was an offer, take it or leave it. It's based on your knowledge and experience. If I had to do it again, I would negotiate for more money, or walk..
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Assistant Manager II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at West Marine.

    Interview Details

    Hiring is off-shored to a third party to evaluate before the manager ever sees you. The company does not trust its store-runners.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you turn in your (dead) grandmother if you caught her stealing?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    get a higher salary and/or job title early, because you will not be promoted on merit.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
  3.  

    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    You start by filling out an application on line and high light store in you are where you would like to work. Follow up with the store managers directly. The end of April or the first of May is the hot time to start as a part time associate in the North East. The major boating season is just ramping up. The will review your application, and have you come in for the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • I really didn't have a most difficult or unexpected question. They would like people to have some type of knowledge of the industry. I've been sailing for over 20 years.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at West Marine.

    Interview Details

    Submitted Application, then contacted Manager, After their review, set-up an interview, waited about 2 weeks then found out I got the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None....low level retail
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    AM1 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at West Marine in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process at the retail level starts with an on line application, then a store follow up with the store manager. At the store level I spoke with both the store manager and the top assistant manager. Having a good knowledge of the "Boating Market" and any retail back ground is a plus to get you on the sales floor.

    Management positions start with two hour (lplus) computer analysis, then an hour phone interview by 2 district managers. This was a professional interview and the questions are directed at your capabilities and your direction of taking the manager role. I was then interviewed a week later, by phone, by two retail store managers. I hung up after the interview and wondered how either became store managers. The questions were poorly scripted for them and they seemed clueless when I ask direct questions on current P&L, and store staffing of the store I was in line to take over.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kemah, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kemah, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at West Marine in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    very short and to the point, needed help asap

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    terrible pay but i needed a job
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at West Marine in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received a call to come in for an interview about a week later. At the interview it was 2 members of management, another girl applying for the position, and myself. The questions asked were relatively basic: Why do you want to work here, what type of experience do you have, tell us about yourself... That kind of thing.

    Interview Questions
    • None. The questions were are all pretty straight forward.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at West Marine in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Online application process is very easy and quite thorough. Ability to upload resume or curriculum vitae is very easy. You should expect quite some time for a callback if they choose to interview. Also, there are a series of questions which you answer about work situations and the way you would handle them.

    Interview Questions
    • Many questions are directed toward how you would react if coworkers were gossiping or participating in inappropriate or unprofessional matters. Basically, they are asking if you would ignore it or tell your manager.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Assistant Category Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at West Marine in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview is always a phone call from the Human Resources department. You will be asked if you smoke tobacco as West Marine is a "smoke-free" workplace so regardless answer "no". If you pass the phone interview you will take a Caliper Test it evaluate your potential growth within the company. Sense of urgency and the capability to work with other is a big thing they're looking for. if you pass the Caliper you'll be brought in for an in-person interview through which you'll be interviewed by groups of current Merchandising team members. if you pass the in-person interviews you will then be given an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do I see myself: Merchandising or Replenishment?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There really is no negotiation unless you have exceptional experience or an extraordinary talent.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Watsonville, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Watsonville, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at West Marine in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    After several in person interviews by various department levels, I took an aptitude test. Then I was called back for another interview by a Sr. Manager. While I was waiting for their hiring decision I was offered another position with an employer that I felt was a better personality fit.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I took another position.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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