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A very comprehensive schedule for you to follow and overall it lists everything that you will need to learn to be successful. It will depend on your PC location on the extent of the product and operations training, but they will try overall to put you in a successful location to learn from. Lots of travel opportunities and will get to network with a lot of people in the industry.
Very past paced and demanding, may not be suitable for some. Once in outside sales phase, if you're not selling chances are you probably won't make it to manager. If you get placed in a small market for outside sales, it will be even more challenging especially if your accounts don't have that much potential to begin with. Earnings potential capped in training program.
Advice to Management
It would be much more beneficial if trainees learned from managers that were previously in the program. Working for a manager that's not been through the program, they can be hesitant to show you everything, such as P&L and profit sharing decisions, which are critical for future managers to understand. Also have successful outside sales people be more engaged in the development of trainees in their outside sales phase, such as taking them into their accounts and showing them which products are from repeat business and which are project based.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online – interviewed at Consolidated Electrical (Cary, NC).
I believe I applied via Craigslist and received a reply to come interview fairly soon after. I was told that if they did want to keep bringing me back for interviews, that it would be at least a month long process, as it is with a lot of businesses. (If you're looking for a quick hire, look elsewhere.) They train you for about 2 years or a little longer, and then strongly encourage you to relocate to a different branch and run the credit division of that office. This position is for people who are looking to move. They hire from within for the credit manager position, so you will need to go where there are openings, but it sounded like they'd work with you if you have a specific area in mind that you'd like to relocate to. I had about a 20 minute interview with the credit manager who will be conducting the training. He told me about the position and company with a condescending tone, and then he asked about my past work experience and why I thought I'd be a good fit for the position; Though, I was wondering why he even extended an interview invitation since his attitude led me to believe that he had his mind made up that I wasn't a good fit from the beginning. After that, a lady brought me two tests to complete. One was a timed 12 minute math and English test. No one finishes; they just see how far you can get and how accurate you are. After that was a 185 question personality test that is filled out on a scantron. All in all, I was there about an hour or a little longer. It seems like a great company to work for overall (stable and established), but even if I had been asked to go back for a Round 2 interview, I probably would have passed because of the personality clash with the current credit manager who'd be doing the training--just personal preference. Also, the job pays around $36k/year with minimal bonuses.
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Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) is an industry-leading consolidator of electrical distributors. With more than 500 locations in 45 states, the wholesaler sells products such as ballasts, power supplies, transformers, switches, wiring, lighting, motors, and temperature controls. Vendors include 3M, Coleman Cable, GE, Hubbell, and Leviton, among others. CED sells to residential, commercial, and industrial construction firms, as well as manufacturing plants and warehouse facilities. Founded in 1957 as The Electric Corporation of San Francisco, CED has grown through ...