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Management Trainee Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer

Interview

Was flown out to Atlanta had behavioral and operational/logistical questions. Don't know what they offer their hiring on. Was taken to lunch by to employees which was an interview in itself, one was a trainee the other came through a different company.

Other Interview Reviews for McMaster-Carr

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Atlanta, GA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter after posting my resume online. When the recuirter called she asked for a time to set up a phone interview. Did the phone interview at the same time. The next day was contacted to fly out to the location (ATL). Flew out to ATL about 1.5 weeks later. Given a tour of the warehouse, and shown some of their processes. Very impressive. Met with about 4 people in one on one, culminating with an interview with the branch manager and finally a lunch with 2 managers (which was really an interview). Very good experience and seems like an aggressive, but great culture.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think we have different call centers? If we are out of X item and a customer wants X item how will you work with him/her? How do you think this widget got in this bin? What has interested you the most on this tour? What decisions in your past do you regret?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Compared my background (schools, yrs experience) to other comparable backgrounds in the company and was offered a salary. Was told I could negotiate within a couple thousand per year if I had a good reason. Package was so generous I chose not to negotiate.


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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted via email by a recruiter from McMaster-Carr who said they saw my profile on my campuses career search platform. I engaged in an informational interview, during which the recruiter asked me if I wanted to go ahead with a brief behavioral interview. I said I sure and she essentially asked me to talk through my resume. Within a week I was contacted again by the recruiter saying McMaster-Carr would like me to go to one of their offices for a superday consisting of a tour and multiple interviews. I chose to travel to their LA office. McMaster-Carr paid for my flight and provided a stipend to cover any additional incurred costs. I flew out to LA the night before the superday. The superday consisted of a walking tour of the facility, meeting with different departments (marketing and the call center), three one hour interviews and a lunch interview. The interviews were all behavioral with an emphasis on how I would fit with McMaster-Carr. Definitely get to know the company and its unique business model beforehand. The interviewers were all very nice and genuinely seemed to enjoy their jobs. As many of the other comments mention, it is very hard to decipher what exactly they are looking for in a candidate. I thought my interviews all went well.

    Interview Questions

    • Why don't we brand the manufacturer on our parts in our catalog.   1 Answer
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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    The overall process was extremely streamlined and very communicative. The recruiter reached out to me via email (found my contact info on LinkedIn) and we coordinated an initial phone screening within the next couple days. That same week I was offered a flight out to interview at the company.

    The actual interview consisted of a tour of the company (office spaces and warehouse) as well as three additional interviews with managers of differing experience levels--one before lunch, one during lunch, and one after lunch. The first interview was fun and relatively light-hearted. I think they were trying to get more of a sense of who I am and what my experiences had been. The lunch interview asked more work-related questions probing at specific leadership and problem-solving experiences. The final interview grilled me analytically (this last one definitely made me question my overall performance).

    Everyone at the company seemed really happy and the interviewers were mostly really pleasant to interact with. Following the interview, my recruiter kept in very close touch and detailed every step forward.

    Overall a very smooth process.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example of a time you saw a problem before it developed, and describe how you solved the problem.   Answer Question

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    I've just had a phone interview so far, but in person coming soon. It was straightforward though, and not that difficult. It was a behavioral thing, and she asked about almost everything on my resume.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you choose your school. What challenges have you faced there. How did you deal with them.   Answer Question

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Cleveland, OH) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Was invited to an interview at a job fair before attending. Did the interview, and several days later was invited to interview further over the phone. After this, attended an interview in person in the Cleveland area. I was first toured around the entire building being asked questions about how I thought a process worked, or why belts went a certain way, etc. All technical and process based, I was warned I did not have to get the questions correct, just show how I thought out the issues. I got most correct including one at the end I was told none of the tens of other interviewees he's had have answered correctly. I seriously enjoyed this portion, I learned a lot and got to show how I thought under pressure. He told me I crushed this portion.

    I then had a series of four more interviews with managers and executives. I had a lunch break in between in the cafeteria with two manager trainees who casually interviewed me and told me about the local area. All four interviews were fairly standard with the lead executive of the distribution center spending 15 minutes talking about how great my current job sounded and the aircraft I flew. All four told me I did well, I felt comfortable and answered quickly the entire time. At the end, I was told I did extremely well and to expect to hear word soon.

    I know my review will be discounted because I marked it negative and did not get an offer, but here's how it went. After having this great experience receiving positive feedback, I heard no word for three weeks and an email to the HR contact. I called her where she proceeded to awkwardly shuffle through paperwork in the background, then tell me she didn't have an offer for me. She offered to call back with feedback, but never did after multiple attempts to hear back. I ultimately gave up trying to hear back after receiving such great feedback on site.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you use a lesson from your college major's courses to improve our distribution process?   Answer Question

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Cleveland, OH) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I had a brief phone screening where I walked the recruiter through my resume. This was all very easy and she asked clarifying questions as she needed them. Two weeks later, they flew me to their office for an in-person interview. The first part was a tour of the warehouse where I was asked to answer questions about their process and why I thought it worked the way it did. Then I had two traditional style interviews that consisted of a basic explanation of my resume followed by behavioral/STAR questions. Finally, I had an informal lunch interview with two employees. The process lasted about 4 hours total. Two weeks later, they let me know that they would not be extending me an offer, but that they were willing to schedule a followup call to give me feedback. They told me I should have been more detailed in my responses to STAR questions about my motivations for making certain decisions. (They said that they place a higher value on detail than most companies.) However, they were impressed at the number and type of questions I had for them, and emphasized this as a positive point during my interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Interviewed in February. First, got a quick HR 5 min call to set up a time to phone "interview." HR phone call screening next.....quick 15-20 minutes and didn't ask many questions. Very secretive. Zero feedback. Good luck...

    Interview Questions

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Cleveland, OH) in November 2008.

    Interview

    general behavioral interview for the first round. day long company visit for the second (final) interview. during the visit I interviewed with about 6 different people from various positions. offer was extended within a week after the final interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the following process, what do you think is going on here?   Answer Question

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took a week. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Chicago, IL) in March 2010.

    Interview

    I applied for the Management Development Program in Chicago or L.A. Shortly after I emailed McMC my application I got an appointment for a telephone interview.

    One of their Corporate Recruiter called (who participated in the program herself) and we chatted a little bit. I told her about my current work and some experience in my past and she quickly explained what McMC does. Afterwards I was able to ask questions regarding the position and the company. Then she had some specific questions in regard to my resume (what did you do, how did you like it, what did you achieve...). The whole conversation went for like 40 minutes.

    My questions regarding their company and program haven't been answered. The most common answer was: "Sorry, since it's a privately held company I can't answer this question." Which is okay when I ask for revenues etc. But shouldn't I want to know how many people work there etc. in order to get a feeling if it's the right place for me?

    The structure of the program is okay but not structured at all. Also, you don't have any kind of specific trainings etc. The freedom though was what interested me.

    During the telephone interview she told me four times that my resume is outstanding and my experience would be perfect for McMC. One of her teammebers would be contacting me at the end of the following week. (my interview was on a Thursday).

    The following Monday I received a rejection letter. Dated the same day the telephone interview occured. That certainly threw me off, especially after her positive feedback. How about some honesty or at least pretending you made the decision during the following week? This just shows me that McMC as a working place might not be to much fun if that's the way they treat each other.

    Also, my follow-up email is still unanswered (although we had a nice email contact and very friendly interview).

    Interview Questions

    • What was the most stressful situation during working for this company?   Answer Question

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Pros: “Some of the smartest people I've met in the workplace were part of the Management Trainee program at McMaster-Carr. The majority of people in my hiring class went on to make a big...”“Some of the smartest people I've met in the workplace were part of the Management Trainee program at McMaster-Carr. The majority of people in my hiring class went on to make a big impact at McMaster-Carr or other organizations. You will build a close bond with your co-workers since the environment was so toxic.” – Full Review

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